Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is: Books We Loved When We Started Blogging.
1. Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson. This book was one of the first YA books I read when I first started blogging and I fell head over heels in love with it. It was so good, well worth a reread (I should do that soon) and it is still one of those books that I think about, but hardly ever mention.
2. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I had a hard time with this one initially because of the writing style, but then I got used to it and I loved this book. I cannot believe Mafi is writing more books in this series, YAY!
3. Pivot Point by Kasie West. My first West book and also my first alternate lives book. Both Pivot Point and Split Second were really good books.
4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I am still not a huge fantasy fan and in fact, I have not finished this series yet, ooops. This book was a little hard for me to get into at first, but I ended up really enjoying it.
5. OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu. This book was one of the most correct depictions of OCD I’d ever seen and it helped me feel like I was not alone. I would have given anything to have a book like this when I was a teen.
6. The Program by Suzanne Young. Still one of my go to recommendations when someone wants to read something compelling and/or full of feels. I’ve been obsessed with this series from the beginning and I cannot wait to read the next installment.
7. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch. This book is so amazing, heartbreaking and beautiful. This book broke me in pieces and I found myself sobbing into my pillow late at night when I finished it.
8. Gated by Amy Christine Parker. There needs to be more books about cults. I love reading & learning about cults and this one was awesome. Let’s just pretend the sequel didn’t happen, okay?
9. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay. Gorgeous, heartbreaking book that left me sobbing on my bed. Wonderfully complex characters and beautiful writing that took my breath away.
10. Splintered by A. G. Howard. An Alice in Wonderland retelling? Yes, this book and the second book in the series were so good, so captivating. I still need to read the final book in the series (have had it forever) but I don’t want to let these characters go.
I started blogging almost 7 years ago. It took a lot of digging in my brain for books I loved before then because truly, blogging is what made me into an avid reader, not the other way around. So here are a few of the books I can remember, some from while I was growing up and others from right before I joined the online book community.
1. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I think we all know by now what this book is, since there’s a movie and everything. I didn’t know anything going into it and I ended up really enjoying it. It’s been so long since I read it so it’s not very vivid in my memory, but I do remember that I loved the imagery.
2. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I had just discovered the world of paranormal YA after reading Fallen by Lauren Kate, and this was high on the recommendations lists I found while Googling. I LOVED this and it’s still a fave, even though I know TRC is 100x better.
3. Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. I first read this in fifth grade, so 15 years ago or so. Yikes. But I reread it every few years and love it every time. It’s probably really bad and problematic but sometimes books that got you when you were young are just immune from criticism.
4. Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison. You all know my love for Georgia. These books absolutely never get old. This was a series I discovered as a kid and similarly to Harry Potter, I grew up laughing alongside these characters. They’re hilarious and easy reads and I can’t wait for Rosie to read them.
5. The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. So this was my first foray into adult romance, when a friend of mine passed this along to me. She knew I loved vampires and was obsessed with Anne Rice’s versions, so she thought I’d love these and she was right. These are terrible and get weirder and more absurd as they go along, but I loved them then, even if I can’t get into them anymore.
6. Tithe by Holly Black. I was OBSESSED with this book for years. It’s my favorite YA fae book and I’ve been chasing similar feelings ever since to no avail. I love it so much. As a young teen I loved that it was set in New Jersey since NO books were ever set there. I loved that the main character dressed like I did and had friends who were similar to my own friends. It was the first book I remember ever showing what real kids looked like since up until that point I had only read Harry Potter and other similarly magical books.
7. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. I’m going to use this book as a catch-all for Tudor romances. Guys. I was stuck at my grandparents’ house one day and it was raining outside so we couldn’t use the pool. So I grabbed this off the shelf and was immediately sucked in. After I finished, I just went and devoured every Tudor book I could get my hands on, including other ridiculous romances like Gregory’s and more solemn affairs like The Autobiography of Henry VIII or The Lady in the Tower.
8. Wasteland by Francesca Lia Block. This was my all-time favorite book for a very long time, only recently being replaced by Melina Marchetta. But up until that point, I reread this every few months and sobbed like I was actually one of those characters. I can only think of a handful of authors that have made me feel the way Francesca Lia Block does.
What books were some of your favorites when you first started blogging?