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This weeks theme is Top Ten Favourite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger. As a new blogger this was an easy one for me as most books fall into that category, the biggest problem was limiting it to ten.
1 The Likeness by Tana French – this book is a masterclass in how to create a well written psychological thriller. Intense, darker than dark and with characters so real that I can’t believe they only exist within the pages of a book. Ok you have to suspend belief to go with the plotline but just do it, it’s worth it. A book about fitting in and belonging but the catch is it’s in a place you should never be.
2. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover – a book with themes of adoption and running, feels like this is a book written just for me! And then we had a heroine who was strong, funny, independent & most of all a survivor. Not a book to easily forget. Live this book.
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – I was nervous and beyond excited to read this. I was terrified after loving the other books that the last one would let me down and ruin the series for me. No need to panic, JK delivered. And I lugged this huge hardback everywhere with me till I was finished.
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I waited till all 3 books were published and I devoured them over 3 fantastic days. These books moved away from some overdone clichés (apart from the love triangle!), they have fantastic world building and characters that I adore.
5. The Host by Stephanie Meyer– I’ll admit it, I had problems starting this one. The sci fi element put me off and when I did start, I read 50 pages and gave up. I tried again about 6 months later and I fell in love. Very, very slow starter and confusing as hell but when I got it, then I really got it!
6. The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier – love the painting and the book. It appears so simple but the descriptions are colourful and beautiful. There was so much detail about the mundane that it should have been boring. But it wasn’t, it held me captive until the very last page.
7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – this is one I love to hate. Characters that annoy me, a finish that infuriated me and the author played me like I was a puppet on a string. I loved the writing and I have a tonne of favourite quotes from this book. Believe nothing when reading!
8. Just One Look by Harlan Coben – One photograph changed the life of this normal, suburban family forever. Twister than a corkscrew and with one of the most evil, scary bad guys I ever came across. Not one to read home alone.
9. The Baby Trail by Sinead Moriarty – I read this book when trying to cope with infertility. This book helped me so much. A crazy, ditzy main character that puts humour into a sad subject and helped me feel less alone. Even better, friends read it too and it gave them a perspective on what I was dealing with. So even though its not a 5 star book, it gets 5 stars from me just for keeping me company during a hard time.
10. Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt – a series that I read when I was a young and that I have never forgotten. Strong, loveable characters that claimed their rightful places in my book heart. If I feel a bit nostalgic, this is a book I will pick up and still enjoy to this very day.
Bookish Chat : So what do you think of my choices? What is your top book pre blog, give it a shout out here. It’s Tuesday so today’s the day to make my tbr shelf grow a few more feet!