Top 10 Tuesday #68

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Hosted by the girls at The Broke and The Bookish, this weeks list:

Top 10 Books I Read Before I Started Blogging

This is probably going to be difficult…let’s see. I want to put some things here that I haven’t already listed a couple dozen times. Looking over this list, I realize I read a lot more diverse genres before I started blogging.

  1. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova — It’s a mostly epistolary story about Dracula. It is told in such a way that you believe that Dracula could actually exist in the modern world, but it also takes you back. It was a sumptuous book and I’m thinking it’s time for a reread.
  2. Queen of Babble series by Meg Cabot — I just love when I serendipitously find a book, then discover it’s not only a series, but all the books are out already! This series is funny and smart. And I love Meg Cabot.
  3. The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde — Oh, I cannot say enough about this series and this author. So brilliant and original. I read the first four and then a few years later, he decided to continue the series. It would be incredibly difficult to just pick up the next book because they’re so involved and there is so much going on, I would have to reread the first four to remember all the crazy little things that are going on (by the way, in this world, just one of the crazy things is that Dodo birds are alive and kept as pets). I ain’t got time for that! (Though it is fantastic and you should read it.)
  4. Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding — I had barely even heard of it when a friend suggested it to me. I had never really read a book like this before. I fell in love with Bridget because she did not have it all together, but more than that, she was kind of a mess. We were like Bosom Buddies, though I was a little younger than Bridget.
  5. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange — Yes, I will read pretty much any interpretation of Pride and Prejudice.  This was actually pretty well done, except the ending was Out Of Character for me.
  6. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner — This was such a light-hearted, hopeful novel…until the end. It kind of got away from me then, but I did love it. 
  7. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen — The narrator in this book is a teen girl with a bad attitude…something I was not used to. She had issues, but when Remy meets Dexter, she finally finds someone who accepts and even likes the way she is. Loved this book. The cover does it no justice. I probably never would have picked it up because it looks like a sickly sweet book, but it’s really not. Remy is snarky and mean and a bad-ass, exactly the opposite of what I was expecting.
  8. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver — I actually picked this up because my mom bought it. I had heard nothing about it before, but this was way before I checked out everything on the internet. It is about a family of missionaries who move to Africa to do their work. It was really good, though it’s kind of one of those books that peter out toward the end.  I did love it, though, despite this.
  9. The Body Movers series by Stephanie Bond —  This is another case just like #3, I read the first three books and loved them (they’re funny, smart, there’s mystery and THREE love interests for our heroine).  But the last three books came out so much later, that I would have to reread the first three to remember all the different elements and plot points.
  10. The Secret Society Girl series by Diana Peterfreund — This is such a great series. I really want to reread it. It’s completely different than the series that she has currently out, it’s contemporary and kind of New Adult way before there was such a thing.

That’s just a taste of all the books I loved before I started blogging. As you can guess, there are tons.  If you want to see other books I read/loved, friend me on Goodreads, though that list is hardly comprehensive, either.

~*~Daphne~*~

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17 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday #68

  1. Candice April 9, 2013 at 8:58 am Reply

    All of these sound so good! I really was a more diverse reader before blogging. Not so much with different genres, but maybe different focuses? I think I read a healthy balance of YA and adult books back then. I’m really starting to feel like I need to read some more adult books these days! Maybe have to try some of these!

    • Daphne April 9, 2013 at 11:44 am Reply

      jennifer weiner is fantastic.

    • Daphne April 9, 2013 at 12:19 pm Reply

      also, i think you would really like the Thursday Next books

  2. ChrissiReads April 9, 2013 at 9:29 am Reply

    I absolutely loved The Historian. Great list!

    • Daphne April 9, 2013 at 11:44 am Reply

      thanks

  3. Rory April 9, 2013 at 9:36 am Reply

    I love, love, love the Thursday Next series and The Historian is constantly on my TBR stack, I am think about reading it this Halloween – seems appropriate.

    • Daphne April 9, 2013 at 11:45 am Reply

      ooh, fantastic idea.

  4. Alice in Readerland April 9, 2013 at 10:29 am Reply

    This Lullaby is definitly one of my top favorite books (I just reread it yesterday, actually), but I do wish it had a better cover. The Queen of Babble series was fun and I want to read Bridget Jones Diary! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my TTT list!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

    • Daphne April 9, 2013 at 11:45 am Reply

      Bridget Jones will take very little time, so funny and awesome.

  5. Brittany April 9, 2013 at 11:26 am Reply

    I loved Queen of Babble! Anything of Meg Cabot’s adult stuff – I was pretty much an instant fan!
    I read The Body Movers first book and it was just okay for me, but I bought half of the series at once so I still have 2-6 sitting on my shelf! Haha.

    • Daphne April 9, 2013 at 11:46 am Reply

      oh, you need to read those! love stephanie bond.

  6. Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books) April 9, 2013 at 11:48 am Reply

    Thanks for reminding me about the Thursday Next books! I read the first one and really enjoyed it, but didn’t continue on with the series. Now, I’m going to have to re-read the first one in order to remember what’s happening, but I definitely want to finish the series.

    Happy TTT!

    • Daphne April 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm Reply

      he has another series that I started but didn’t finish, all about nursery rhymes. very much along the lines of Thursday Next

  7. The Polished Page-Turner April 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm Reply

    I love seeing Meg Cabot on people’s list. I am such a fangirl of hers! This is the second list that I have seen This Lullaby on and I am glad i just picked it up. It will be my first Sarah Dessen book!

    • Daphne April 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm Reply

      that one and The Truth About Forever are the two I’ve read, they’re both great.

  8. bookgoonie April 10, 2013 at 5:55 am Reply

    The Historian wasn’t on my list, but it was one of mine too.

  9. Quinn April 10, 2013 at 11:18 am Reply

    I love, love, love Meg Cabot but I haven’t read the Queen of Babble series yet. I really should. I used to read a wide range of genres, too, before I started blogging. I still do try to read different genres, though, but I have to put in a effort.

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