TTT : Favourite Books I Read Before I was a Blogger

April 9, 2013 meme, TTT 28

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by one of my favourite blogs – http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.ie – if you are not reading this blog, then you should be!
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.
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!

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28 Responses to “TTT : Favourite Books I Read Before I was a Blogger”

  1. Kelly W

    Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, those two will be in almost every Favorite Books lists. Ya staples. I’ve heard some mixed reviews for The Host, which actually makes me really want to read it so I can form my own opinion. I’ve also heard so many good things about Colleen Hoover! Gah, as if I didn’t have enough books I need to read….

    I totally understand understand what you mean in your explanation of The Baby Trail. I also have a few books that probably weren’t perfect, 5-star reads, but felt that way to me because they captured a hard time in my life and helped me through it. It’s amazing that books can do that! I’m really glad you found one to help you deal with infertility, I can only imagine how devastating that is to someone who so badly wants to be a mother.

    Great list!

    • Trish Hannon

      I recommend the Host but it takes forever to take off and make sense. Still I ended up loving it and making everyone read it!
      Love that books help make sense of hard times. I don’t call my favourites comfort books for nothing!

  2. astichoquette

    Ooh I’m with you on The Host. I remember it took me a while to read but that I ended up liking it more than Twilight. Of course, it’s been so long that I barely remember it so if there ever is a sequel like originally planned I’ll have to reread it.

    I’m intrigued by Gone Girl since you said you love to hate it! And after reading the summary on Goodreads I’m even more interested. I don’t read many thrillers or mysteries but the ones you suggest always get me curious.

    • Trish Hannon

      Would love to hear what you think of Gone Girl if you get to it but don’t say I didn’t warn you about the infuriating characters!

  3. Kelly TheWellReadRedhead

    I love your choices! Gone Girl especially, and Hunger Games. You’ve got me intrigued about The Likeness.

    And I completely know what you mean about your reaction to The Baby Trail. Sometimes if a book comes at you at an important time of your life, circumstances can make it a more powerful read for you than any Pulitzer Prize winner could.

    • Trish Hannon

      Thanks Kelly, highly recommend The Likeness, one of my favourite books ever. Yes, the right book at the right time is a powerful read, you said it exactly right.

    • Trish Hannon

      Oh Kimberly, hopefully your library or book store will stock it soon so you can join in the love (or live, you’ll get it when you read it).

  4. Tina Van Dyn Hoven

    Great list! Just finished In the Woods, and now I really want to get a copy of The Likeness! Harry Potter and the Hunger Games (just the first book) are definitely on my list as well! And anything written by Jodi Picoult

    • Trish Hannon

      I’m delighted you enjoyed Into The Woods, Tina. Isn’t it fab. And The Likeness is BETTER! I enjoy Jodi Picoult too but more so her earlier books.

  5. Kelley

    Great list! I really want to read Gone Girl and anything by Tana French. I find it interesting to see The Host on so many of these lists today. I saw the movie recently, but maybe I’m missing out by not reading the book.

    • Trish Hannon

      Oh Kelley, read Tana French, she is amazing, you are missing out until you do! I want everyone to read these books!! And then Gone Girl 🙂 Have yet to see The Host, will be interesting to see how it compares.

  6. Susan

    Nice list! I’ve read the majority of these and loved them all. Tana French is a special favorite of mine — I’ve enjoyed all of her books. I didn’t realize HOPELESS was about adoption. Now, I’ll have to read it for sure! I’m an adoptive mother, so these kinds of stories always speak to me 🙂

    Happy TTT!

  7. kimbacaffeinate

    Awesome list, I have read them all except for The Host and Gone Girl but they are in my tbr pile, thanks for all the lovely comments on my blog while i was enjoying my mini-vacation. We has a wonderful anniversary

  8. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    Great list! Is it sad that I can barely stand to look at the last Harry Potter book? If I look at it too long my throat starts closing up like I’m going to cry…*sniffles* Lol, The only other books on this list I’ve read are The Hunger Game books. I need to read The Host, I own it so eventually.

    • Trish Hannon

      Michelle, I feel the same way about DH, so sad it’s all over and so many great characters died too *sniff*. Still adore it though.

  9. Stephanie Allen

    I just finished Gone Girl over the weekend and I agree with you about the ending. Also, Amy is probably one of my least favorite fictional characters ever.

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