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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books I read Before I Was a Blogger

Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I was a Blogger

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 This was tough to choose only ten; there are just too many options!  I will try and make this as varied as possible.  So here is my randomly assorted list:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

….well duh. These changed my life and helped me through the toughest years I’ve gone through thus far.  They will forever hold a special spot in my heart.

The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo

Beautifully written with lots of life lessons and inspiration. I’m looking forward to reading more of Coehlo’s works in the future.

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Pink Carnation, #1)Pink Carnation Series by Lauren Willig

I discovered these by accident when the first one was a bargain book on Barnes and Noble. After that I turned into an addict; buying and reading the other two which were out within the week and then buying (not renting from the library) each new one as they come out. Romance, espionage, history, and Europe (mostly) not much more I could ask for in a nice light read!

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman

These were amazing! The first book in the series, The Golden Compass, was a little slow for me and I had to read it twice before I really loved it…and then I really really fell head over heels in love with it and the whole series. I was depressed for about a week after finishing this series because I was soo sad it was over and I could never have that “first” experience again.

The Other Side of SunThe Other Side of the Sun by Madeleine L’Engle

I haven’t read this book in about 9 years, but it is the first book I remember reading by myself and feeling moved by. It involves the KKK and actual witchcraft along with other heavy issues.  I remember finishing this book late at night while I was in high school and then crying for hours into my pillow until I finally fell asleep. It was powerful to me then, and I haven’t had the guts to re-read it yet, but it is on my TBR list.

Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst DogMarley and Me by John Grogan

I have this on my list because the book came to me at a turning point in college.  I wasn’t reading for fun anymore, but then I picked this hardback up and became super excited about books again.  And this is only like the 3rd piece of nonfiction I’ve ever actually read and finished.  AND this is a great TRUE story!(Even though I cried for hours upon hours throughout the book: I’m a dog person.)

Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)Magyk series by Angie Sage

A fast and fun “get-away-from-your-life” series.  The characters are great, the story is action-packed, and the setting is pretty unique.  I love this series and enjoy recommending to kids. (P.S. The newest book in the series, Fyre, comes out this month on the 16th!)

The Princess Bride Princess Bride by William Goldman

I loved the movie and then I discovered the book.  I’m still baffled by some of the author commentary in the book.  I did get most of it was sarcasm, but was all of it? Anywho, the actual story story was amazing! Again there’s adventure, action, and romance…winning combination!

The True Story of Hansel and GretelThe True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy

This is another book I haven’t read since high school because of how heartbreaking it is, but it was a story that stuck with me.  I didn’t pay attention to the parallels between the book and the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel so I honestly can’t say if there are similarities, but for me it was just a powerful WWII novel. It is quite graphic in its descriptions and it will mostly likely make you cry, but it was a book I had to buy.

What are some my amazing reader’s favorite reads from before 2011?

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