Saturday, November 28, 2020

Let's Chat... Books I Read Before I Started Blogging

Hello, friends! I hope you're having a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend. This past week I saw this tweet from an author I admire:

And I really like this, because of course end-of-year lists aren't the end all, be all. That said, it also got me thinking because this author has written some books I love. Books that definitely would have hit end of the year lists for me--except I read them before I was blogging, so they didn't make any list for me.

Which brings me to this post--I'm going to share ten books I read before I started blogging that I love SO MUCH and definitely would have made my end-of-year lists if I'd been blogging and making lists like that at the time I read them.

(These are in no particular order, btw--I can't even attempt to rank them!)

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

Obviously a book by the author who inspired this post has to be on this list :) Chasing Brooklyn is a story written in verse--one of the best books in verse I've read, actually. It's unique and romantic and sad and I think about this book literally all the time. If you want to have many feelings and beautiful writing, Chasing Brooklyn is perfect.

The Secret Circle by L.J. Smith

This series and pretty much everything by L.J. Smith could make this list. These books made me feel so at home and they have a place near and dear to my heart. I mean, witches and romance--perfection, yes?? I think I need a Secret Circle re-read now that I think about it because I truly love this series so much.


Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

I change my mind pretty much every day on which Sarah Dessen book is my favorite, but I think Just Listen resonates with me the most. It's another one that I think about all the time. "Don't think or judge, just listen." AHHH.

Evernight by Claudia Gray

This series was among my obsessions after I worked my way out of re-reading Twilight over and over again. The only thing similar between this and Twilight is vampires and romance, but I was eager to devour anything of the sort. I adore the premise of this one (like, I truly wish there could be more in this world!!!), and I fell so in love with these characters. To this day I still love Balthazar.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

I know, I know, but I'd be a liar if I didn't include this book. It would have been my number 1 read of 2009. This book was my LIFE back then. Not quite so much now, but I do still love it.

Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors

This book is such a gem! It's cute and sweet and the premise is basically the best thing ever. Look at this: When a random act of kindness involves Katrina with Malcolm, a handsome teenage guardian angel intent on fulfilling her greatest wish, fame and fortune seem like the most obvious requests. But after two botched wishes, Malcolm knows Katrina is hiding something from him. How can she tell him the truth, when her heart's desire has become Malcolm himself? TELL ME that doesn't sound fantastic??? I don't believe you. Read this book, thank you.

Scent of Danger by Andrea Kane

This was the first ~adult romance~ book I ever read, so it has a special place in my heart. But honestly it's a fun little suspense. I enjoy re-reading it every now and then because Sabrina and Dylan's chemistry is exquisite, and Sabrina and Carson's blooming father/daughter relationship?? An all-time favorite.

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

I remember standing in Borders, practically begging my dad to buy me this book because I wanted to read it *so bad.* Totally worth it. Quite possibly the first "unlikable" female protagonist I ever remember reading, I reflect on this book often. So, so good.

Intertwined by Gena Showalter

I probably passed this book up at Borders like ten times before finally caving and buying it with babysitting money when I was ~14. It then became one of the books that took over my life because of course I was obsessed. Vampires and shifters and fun. I will forever wish this series was completed, but regardless I will continue to re-read this one and the sequel FOREVER.

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

I will forever wonder why more people haven't read this series. It's one of my all-time favorites, and I am obsessed with it to this very day. Dru Anderson is one of the OG strong YA protagonists. She's snarky. She's awesome. And she has a little love triangle of her own that I have strong opinions about and still consider writing fanfiction for because MY HEART. 

So there it is, ten books I read before I started blogging that would have been on my end-of-year favorites list. Have you read any of these? And did you enjoy this post?? Because I am definitely interested in writing another sometime soon!! :)

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