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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10 Responses so far.

  1. Briana says:

    You have some great books on this list! I also read Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, and The Princess Bride before blogging.

  2. This is the second time in a very short time that I have heard great things about the Pink Carnations series. I need to pick these books up and read them! They sound right up my alley! =)

  3. Harry Potter is on my list too! I read the entire series one summer and absolutely fell in love! Great list 🙂

    Here’s my Top Ten!

  4. My favorite English Teacher in high school recommended The True Story of Hansel and Gretel to me. I never really paid any attention in her class, I sat in the front and spent most of my time reading a book (I did well which I guess is why she didn’t mind). I remember really liking the book, but there was something about the author’s interview at the end of the book that annoyed me so much that I never went back to reread it.

    I somehow forgot to add Harry Potter to my list, go figure.

    • Steph says:

      That’s funny! I did the same thing in my English classes and pretty much every other class in high school!
      I don ‘t think I read the author’s interview; I will have to check that out before I decide if it’s worth a re-read. Thanks for the input 🙂

  5. Amber says:

    Hi Steph! I found the link to your blog on my facebook page. I’m enjoying it!

    For some of my favorite books pre-2011, The Hobbit has to be in the top tier of books; it’s the first ‘real’ length book I ever read, and it’s a connection I have with my dad, who loved reading the Fellowship of the Ring to me. It took me almost the whole school year to get through that book, because it was in the third grade, and I kept pestering my teachers during reading time “What does that word mean?”. It was a challenge and really set my reading expectations high. I also love “The War of the Oaks” by Emma Bull; it’s an amazing urban fiction book, with a girl named Eddie who is drawn into a turf war between the faeries in Minneapolis. I could go on and on, but these two are always on my top favorite lists.

  6. Steph says:

    Hey Amber!! Thanks for checking it out !
    The Hobbit is a good one. Can’t believe you read it in the third grade though! Impressive.
    I am adding The War of the Oaks to my TBR list now 🙂 I love books with settings in MN, since it’s so rare…and of course fairies are awesome.

  7. Yamini says:

    These sound interesting, especially the last one. Sadly, I didn’t read much before—never got any inspiration to do so.