Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.  So, I’ve only been blogging for about a year now, and since I will be celebrating my 30th birthday in a couple months, I’ve read a ton of books, the vast majority having been read before I began blogging.  I had a lot to choose from:


In no particular order . . .

pride and prejudice

HP1one for the moneyrebecca-covercharles-and-emmagolden compasssun and moongoose girlAbsolutely True Diary of a part time indianuncommon reader

1.  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  I hate to be predictable, but ya’ll, this is the best book ever!

2.  The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.  This is my favorite series, ever!  Rowling created something so special, and I love that I was part of the fandom – before the movies.  Heck, before the fourth book was even released.  Another thing I love about HP is all the attention it has brought to children’s and YA literature.

3.  One for the Money by Janet Evanovich.  This book showed me how much I love books that make me laugh.  My favorite books almost always have some humor in it.  My roommate from college and I always joked about how in almost every picture from freshman year that was taken in our dorm room, there would be a Stephanie Plum novel somewhere in the shot.

4.  Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.  Because it is damn creepy!  I even named my dog after the author.  Not that my dog is creepy.

5.  Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman.  One of my favorite non-fiction books.  I just love this story.  It’s sort of romantic, and sweet, to see two people who have such different religious views, but still love each other and respect each others views.

6.  His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.  You guys, this series is amazing!  It really makes you think about things.  Also, the audiobooks are kick-ass!

7.  Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George.  I did recently re-read this one for Project: Fairy Tale, but the first time I read it was before I began blogging.  I just love this story.  I love the setting, the writing, the story and the characters.  It’s my favorite JDG book, and one of my favorite fairytale retellings.

8.  The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale.  I listened to this via audiobook because the narrator of the audio is a librarian I know.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I knew nothing about the fairytale.  But this book was amazing!  Again, a very fairytale feel!

9.  The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  I read this a few months before blogging.  It was a book I had been meaning to read for a year or two, and finally devoted some time to it.  I laughed, I cried, I felt all the feels.

10.  The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett.  You guys, as fellow book lovers and avid readers, you need to read this novella.  It’s short, and quick, but I think any lover of reading would appreciate the awesomeness of this story!


This was kinda hard!  Here are some honorable mentions:

  • Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Marley and Me by John Grogan
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaason

Ahhh – I feel like I could go on and on!  Do you guys love any of these books?  What are some of your favorites?

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About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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53 Responses to Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

  1. You’ve read some great books, Quinn. Although I have to admit to not having read a few of them…but I will check out The Uncommon Reader. 🙂

  2. The Janet Evanovich continue to be my guilty pleasure reads, even though I do think she’s kind of phoned it in for the last couple of books… I continue to laugh out loud – okay, I may even snort – when I read them.
    Rebecca is also amazing – great list!

  3. Rory says:

    Rebecca nearly made my list, it is such a wonderfully atmospheric book. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Sherman Alexie’s book, but I have not read it yet. I didn’t know you were a Pride and Prejudice fan! (only kidding)

  4. I need to read that Sherman Alexie book- I read the Indian Killer a year or two ago and really enjoyed it.

  5. Angie says:

    The Absolute True Story of a Part Time Indian is really a good book. I love it!! I too read that before blogging and should’ve mentioned it! Here is my list: Top Ten Tuesday.

  6. KateB says:

    Bridget Jones is (and always will be) one of my favourite chick-lit novels. And Stephanie Plum! I’ve only read the first five in the series but I can completely understand why she features in your top ten this week! Rebecca is creepy! I had to do a presentation for it when I took a literature class at uni and couldn’t get over how much it scared me without being traditionally scary.

  7. Kayleigh says:

    I can’t believe I finally found someone who has read The Uncommon Reader!! I read it last year and LOVED it! Such a sweet and bookish novella, definitely perfect for bloggers.

    My Top 10 List

  8. Out of all of these, the only book I know is Harry Potter, which is on my list too 🙂
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  9. The Uncommon Reader looks interesting! Nice companion read to ‘Mrs Queen Catches the Train’!

  10. Jade says:

    There are a number of books I enjoyed on your list, but didn’t quite make it on to my list for many reasons. P&P, because I have actually reread it whilst being a blogger. His Dark Materials, because I absolutely loved the first book but have yet to read the others in a series.
    Rebecca has been sitting on my bookshelf for some time now, seen as it’s one of your all time favourites, I may just have to dig it out before my expected date of reading it (Halloween time).
    Harry Potter naturally made my list this week 🙂

    My TTT

  11. I always see Rebecca around everywhere. I really need to read it!

    My Top Ten

  12. P&P HP, His Dark Materials, The Goose Girl, One for the Money! I approve this list. Also, I really need to read Rebecca. It shames me that I haven’t yet!

  13. Liesel Hill says:

    Harry Potter = awesome! Didn’t think to put that one on my list. And I think I either do or used to have a copy of Rebecca (looks way familiar) but don’t think I ever read it. Great list!
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  14. Christina says:

    Harry Potter made my list as well—LOVE, LOVE that series. If I had included classics, P&P would have made my list as well. I haven’t read Goose Girl, but I really need to make time for it. Bridget Jones made my list….that book and movie always makes me laugh out loud. Great list, Quinn!

  15. Molly says:

    I’ve been meaning to read Charles & Emma! Sometimes it’s fun to mix things up with some nonfiction.

    • Quinn says:

      I love to read a few nonfiction books ever year. Charles and Emma is wonderful. Oh, I also really recommend Bomb and The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin too!! So good.

  16. angelicreader says:

    I read One for the Money last night. Really enjoyed it. Loved Harry Potter. I think it’s kind of like a right of passage as a kid.

    • Quinn says:

      I have a hard time believing people when they say they didn’t like HP. I mean, what’s not to like?

      • angelicreader says:

        Someone actually told me the other day that she hasn’t read Harry Potter yet. Yet, she has a book blog and is in her thirties. I think I am STILL suffering from shock.

  17. Candice says:

    Oh, Ella Enchanted!!!! I loved that book! I really need to finish the His Dark Materials series; I’ve listened to the first 2 on audio and they are phenomenal! I’ve also seen several people list the Stephanie Plum books, which makes me want to read them even more than I already do! Great list!

    • Quinn says:

      I love the audios for His Dark Materials. And The Amber Spyglass! Oh my gosh! It’s an emotional one!

      Do you read at least the first few Stephanie Plums. Hilarious!

  18. Lisa says:

    Great choices! I’m so happy to see the Sherman Alexie book on your list — I love that one! Harry Potter too, of course, and the Golden Compass, and more…

  19. I always wondered about One for the Money. Did you see the movie? It was pretty cute. And HP and P&P are just amazing. Great picks

    • Quinn says:

      I have seen the One for the Money movie. It was cute, but trust me, you need to read the book! It is hilarious! The characters are just freaking awesome.

  20. Daphne says:

    i haven’t read Goose Girl, but I did read another book by Shannon Hale, Princess Academy, and it was fantastic! And now I know I have the same name as your dog. :/

    • Quinn says:

      I love Princess Academy! I need to read the second book. My favorite Shannon Hale book is Book of a Thousand Days. You should look into that one too.

      Oh and Daphne is the best name ever!! 🙂

  21. I want to read the Goose Girl finally 🙂

  22. I loved the Golden Compass when I first read it, and then the more I thought about it, the more pissed off I got at how he ended his books… 🙂 They had great covers though! And the polar bear was awesome! 🙂

    Julie~ My TTT

  23. Cecelia says:

    Oh, I love your list! So many good books. I am astonished at myself that I forgot to put in Harry Potter. And an Austen book is always a good choice. Loved GOOSE GIRL and TRUE DIARY – you’ve picked winners.

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my Top Ten!

  24. Gah! I forgot Harry Potter. Where’s that timeturner when I need it?

  25. Janita says:

    Everyone should have HP on their list (even though I forgot to put it on mine haha). I’m pretty sure I’ve read The Golden Compass (and watched most of the movie), but the rest of these books I haven’t read (sigh). Great list!

  26. Marissa @ For The Love Of Film And Novels says:

    nice list! I still have so many to read though 🙂 like Pride & Prejudice but the mini series with Colin Firth, was of course excellent!

  27. Great list, Quinn! My daughter was delighted to see The Goose Girl there, as she’s been trying to get me to read it for several years. (I will, I will… I just have to find time amid all the other reading!) I love JDG, and I love the fairy tale, so I’m embarrassed that I haven’t read Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow yet. And Rebecca? Definitely creepy, but good. Very atmospheric.

    I’m off to add An Uncommon Reader to my Goodreads to-read shelf. Thank you for stopping by The Bookwyrm’s Hoard earlier today!

  28. Lisa says:

    Why am I not surprised to see Pride and Prejudice as number one? Haha.

  29. His Darks Materials is such a good trilogy. I have my favorite books, and then there are those books that I hold higher than all others because of how amazing they are. This series is part of the latter grouping. Pullman’s writing is so intricate and beautiful and he brings an amazing world to life. And I agree with the audiobooks. I only have The Golden Compass on audio, but when I was younger I would listen to it every night before bed.

  30. I think this is the first time that I’ve been sad to have read Pride and Prejudice and Rebecca relatively recently! They were both pretty good candidates for my own list but I’ve read them since I started my blog so no go…such great books, though, so excellent choices! I put a Harry Potter book on my own list, obviously.

    I’ve never read Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith but I love the sound of it! I’ve never really been a huge fan of non-fiction but so far this year I’ve read two and really enjoyed both so it’s something I want to keep up while I’ve still got some momentum 🙂

  31. tinalinatime says:

    I adore Shannon Hale’s books (all of them!) especially The Goose Girl. Her fairy tale retellings are just so perfect. Glad to know you enjoyed it too! 🙂

  32. Jocelyn says:

    Oh, see, the ONLY reason P&P didn’t make my list is because it’s been on so many TTT’s of mine recently. But it TOTALLY belongs there in spirit. And Bridget Jones can be a kinda substitute, maybe?! Great list!

  33. elena says:

    Absolute yes to HP! I can’t believe I didn’t read His Dark Materials sooner, I would have loved it so much as a child.

  34. Nikki says:

    Of all of these, I’ve only read Harry Potter, P&P, and Golden Compass… love those! Definitely going to have to add a few of the others to my TBR list…

    Thanks for stopping by my Top Ten 🙂

  35. acps927 says:

    Rebecca was one of my favorites in high school! And of course P&P is a great story!

  36. Teresa says:

    Great list! I love that I am seeing HP all over the place lol Thanks for stopping by my blog

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  37. Oh man, I’ve been meaning to read more Shannon Hale for ages, and Charles and Emma has been sitting on my library to-read for, like, a year. Glad to see someone really liked it.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  38. Isa says:

    Pride and Prejudice turned out to be an unexpected love, I remember trying to read it a few years ago and I couldn’t get into it at all. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it last year. I’ve heard about Rebecca but I didn’t know it was creepy, definitely adding to my wishlist. 🙂

  39. I love Pride and Prejudice. One For The Money and The Goose Girl both sound really good 🙂 Great picks!

  40. Kate says:

    Yay for Harry Potter! I read Ella Enchanted many times growing up as well 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by!

  41. I think I have seen HP on just about every blogger’s list today, though it’s an easy one…I don’t think blogs existed when most of the books were released! I have it and P&P on my list as well!

  42. So many awesome books! Of course, I’m glad to see HP, Pride and Prejudice, and Rebecca on here. I still need to read One for the Money and His Dark Materials series, but they are on my wishlist. Thanks for sharing!

  43. Chachic says:

    Yay for Harry Potter, His Dark Materials and The Goose Girl! Those are the ones that we have in common in our lists. I can’t believe I forgot to mention Pride and Prejudice. I have a copy of One For the Money back home in Manila but I have no idea when I’ll get to read it. I love books that make me laugh out loud or even just smile while reading them. I’m a big fan of books that have good humor, some of my favorite authors are those who can write witty banter.

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