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Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

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Hosted by the awesome folks as The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme celebrating all things book. This week we’re looking back to those books that started it all. The books you loved long before you could go online to rave about them. The ones you had to rant about in person to your poor (lucky!) friends because they made you the book-obsessed person you are today. Here are the Top Ten books I loved before I was a blogger:


I get that there are problematic themes in Blyton’s work. But to me, Enid Blyton is the crux of my childhood. I can’t count the number of times I read The Famous Five series, The Secret Seven, The Adventurous Four, the Naughtiest Girl and so on. They are classic, wonderful, uncomplicated stories that enriched my young life.


Obernewtyn was a series I started reading when I was about thirteen, and I’ve read them a few times since then. Post-apocalyptic before it was cool, Obernewtyn tells the story of a young Misfit girl, Elspeth, who’s been born with powers that she doesn’t understand. Hidden away and mistreated by the authorities, Elspeth learns to fight back. The series isn’t finished yet (!!) but the last book is on its way…


Melina Marchetta was cool WAY before the amazingness that is The Lumatere Chronicles. Meeting the insane, loveable, loyal Italian-Australian family at the centre of Looking For Alibrandi is a must. I studied it in high school and EVEN SO I loved it.


Tomorrow, When the War Began was the Hunger Games of my generation. By which I mean it was the dangerous book we read that our parents worried was too violent for us. Ellie and her friends have ‘gone bush’ for the weekend and by the time they come home there’s a war on, and all their parents are prisoners. What do you do when your home: everything and everyone you love, is threatened? You fight back.


I’m picking this as my favourite Harry Potter, but I love them as a whole series and a whole experience. I think this generation all grew up with Harry, and while I didn’t need him to rekindle my love of reading, J K Rowling absolutely enhanced my teen experience with Harry’s amazing story.


Because Tolkien, that’s why. The Lord of the Rings is a brick of a book, a phenomenally imagined world packed with rich, archetypal characters that make it one of the best fantasy novels ever. (“After all this time?” “Always.”) I discovered it as a fifteen year old just venturing into the realm of fantasy reading, and it was love at first read.


Albert Camus’ philosophy, particularly The Myth of Sisyphus, is fascinating. I love thinking about thinking, about  why things are the way they are, and how they came to be thought of that way. I love the ideas Camus posits in his essays – and I’m not going to go into them here because I’d rather you let his ideas speak to you directly. He does them justice; I can’t!

MoabHow wonderful is Stephen Fry? Whether it’s his accent, his lovely, slightly hoity-toity mannerisms, or the awesomeness that is his show, QI, there’s a lot to love. The most striking element of Moab Is My Washpot, one of Fry’s two autobiographies, is how brutal Fry is with himself. Not just brutally honest: actually almost cruel. I don’t think he has ever felt like a success. And he seems at best bemused by, at worst flummoxed by his popularity. I have such a soft spot for people who are so much more than they believe themselves to be.


Anne Shirley. Who didn’t love the redheaded bundle of energy at the centre of Anne of Green Gables? Growing up, Anne was someone I revisited on more than one occasion. Recently I bought the whole series so I could get my nostalgia on. And I’ll definitely get around to reading them. Soon.


I don’t trust people who don’t like Bridget Jones, as a general rule. This ridiculous, manic, endearing, so-very-relatable woman is one of my favourite book people. I hated her obsession with self help books (SO MUCH). I loved her social ineptitude. I despaired for her ability to be happy. I adored her relationship with Mr Darcy Mark Darcy. She’s the best kind of main character.

I’d love to hear about the books you loved before you blogged! Link for me, my pretties, in the comments!

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22 thoughts on “Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

  1. I love Anne of Green Gables, too. However I only read it a year or so ago so I did blog about it.

  2. I recently read the Stranger by Camus- he’s pretty awesome.

  3. ACK! How could I leave Lord of the Rings off my list! I am ashamed! Here is my list: Top Ten Tuesday.


  4. I have to agree with you about Bridget Jones – how can you not laugh out loud at that book. Can’t wait for the next installment later this year (or is it next year?)

    • Oh my goodness I did not know of this next Bridget Jones book! You’ve made my day!! I’m looking it up immediately 🙂 Thanks for the comment (and the info)!

  5. Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings made my top ten as well!

  6. All of my favourite books are here! All my favourite authors! Melina Marchetta and John Marsden are my all time favourites 🙂

  7. Anne of Green Gables and LOTR are both on my top ten list — and Harry Potter should have been. (I’m kicking myself for leaving it out.) And I’ve been meaning to read some Isobelle Carmody — thanks for the reminder!

    • I think that Harry’s kind of too obvious, almost? Like, OF COURSE he’s one of the best things ever, why should it even have to be on the list?! Thanks for coming by!

  8. Anne of Green Gables is something I really need to read soon, loved the TV series and the books are on my shelf craving my attention.
    Check out my TTT.

  9. HAHAHA. Bridget Jones’s Diary is fantastic! And Harry Potter is probably my favorite series ever. My favorite of the books is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. That is the book that hooked me and made me realize that JK Rowling had things all planned it. I loved it!

    • I loved Azkaban – but man, I HATED the movie of Azkaban. And I agree, that’s when Rowling got a little dark, and a lot more grown up. And I think we’re all secretly (or not so secretly) Bridget Jones 😉 Thanks for coming by!

  10. I loved Tomorrow, When the War Began, it’s such a powerful novel. Harry Potter is awesome too. I would like to buy Anne of the Green Gables and read it soon. Also I have the Stephen Fry book waiting to be read! Great list and Happy Reading!

    My Top Ten!

    • Oh, oh, Stephen Fry is just so wonderful. And Tomorrow is one of those books I haven’t read since childhood but I still remember it clear as day. Thanks for the comment!

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