Top Ten Tuesday – 1. Favourite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

Top Ten Tuesday Favourite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish (click on the picture to visit their blog). A new Top Ten list is posted every week for fellow bloggers to participate in.

This was an incredibly difficult list for me to write, not because it’s asking about my top 10 books before I was a blogger, because I have only been blogging for about 5 months, but for several other reasons;

  • I am a Melina Marchetta addict, so all of her books are favourites for me.
  • There are several series that I love which, if included, would make up the bulk of the 10 books, not leaving enough room for other books I love.
  • I started thinking about what makes a book a ‘favourite’. Is it how many times I have read them, if I have recommended them to other people, or simply the long lasting opinion I have from a book, even years after I’ve read it?

As a result, I wrote and re-wrote my list, never feeling as though I was quite hitting the mark. I felt like I would be judged by some all-knowing, blogging God who might smite me down for putting a book on my list when I haven’t really talked about it that much or made it publicly known that I like it (shh…it’s my first Top Ten and I want to make it right…plus…this is just where my brain goes sometimes). So to save me from sure insanity (or slight frustration at least) I have put some parameters in place to help guide me.

  • I have decided not to include all of Melina Marchetta’s books, instead choosing only my top 2.
  • For any series I love, I have chosen to include only my favourite book from the series.
  • I am using a combination of things to decide my favourite books. Some of the books on this list I have read so many times the pages are starting to fall out, others I have only read once, but will never forget.

So here are my Top Ten Favourite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger;

  1. On The Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta
  2. The Fault in our Stars – John Green
  3. The Piper’s Son – Melina Marchetta
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J.K. Rowling
  5. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  6. Where She Went – Gayle Forman
  7. The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  8. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
  9. The Secret life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
  10. Marley and Me – John Grogan

– Annette


4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – 1. Favourite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

  1. Great list Annette! Look at you, defining how you came to do your Top Ten. 🙂 It was so difficult to pick a Top Ten because I was going through the same type of questions you did. For me, what ended up making the list is those that I thought of immediately. I wrote them down books that immediately came to mind–crossed off a few because they have been written about either here or the staff intranet. So my list was the byproduct of that thought process. 🙂

    Welcome to Top Ten and thanks for stopping by my spot. Happy Reading!

    • thesideofwonder says:

      Yes it was a bit of a process! I’m not quite sure why I felt compelled to explain it to everyone though 😛 but I’m glad that its not just me that finds it difficult to narrow down the list.

      Thanks for commenting!
      – Annette

  2. Isn’t it funny (?) how our minds do ‘that thing’ with the judgement and the what if I leave out one tiny detail scenario … ‘God’ will punish me (or whoever) I believe it’s considered ’emotional intelligence’ when we can challenge this ‘radio doom and gloom’ chatter our minds offer us. When we can turn away from this annihilating p.o.v and find a compassionate way to deal with our thinking. I love that you shared that with us Annette and I LOVE ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ … love Taylor xxx

    • thesideofwonder says:

      It is funny…and now whenever I think along those lines I always remember the quote from The Fault In Our Stars;
      “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things.”
      I would love to adopt this attitude in my everyday life, but its not as easy as it sounds. It is a work in progress though!

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