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Monday, April 8, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday...April 8, 2013

My Top Ten Pre-Blogging Books
I became a teen librarian in September 2005. I started blogging in July 2009.  
I will limit my selections to YA books I read between those dates.

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green...this continues to be one of my all-time favorite YA books.
2. Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going...I listened to the audiobook of this gem.  It is a very funny, thought-provoking book.
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak...if you haven't read this book you are missing a GREAT one.
4. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie...I just checked to make sure I hadn't reviewed this book and I found that it shows up on about every other Top Ten list I've created.  :)
5. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson...another "must-read" YA book.
6. His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman...I was mesmerized as I rapidly read through the books in this series.
7. Feed by M.T.Anderson...I listened to the audiobook of this Science Fiction selection. Apparently that is the preferred way to consume it as few readers have liked it as much as me.
8. Stiff by Mary Roach...the subtitle says it all: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. This is a nonfiction selection.
9. The Race to Save the Lord God Bird by Phillip Hoose. Another nonfiction selection about the extinction of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker.
10. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart...Frankie is so plucky I can't help but be a fan.


  1. E. Lockhart's books are so much fun, and I still need to read Looking for Alaska! :) My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.com/2013/04/08/beforeblogging/

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  2. I read The Fault In Our Stars not too long ago and I'm almost worried about reading Alaska because I don't know if it can live up to the insanely high standards I have for John Green, because TFioS was SO GOOD. But I've got it, and will definitely read it soon!

  3. Looking for Alaska is one of my favorite books ever (and the only John Green book I enjoyed, weirdly.) Of course, I hadn't heard of it until I started blogging, so it didn't make this week's list.

    Bekka @ Pretty Deadly Reviews
    My Top Ten

  4. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, is such a great book! I keep telling myself I need to reread it, but I it hasn't happened yet.

  5. I loved Speak! It was great! NEW FOLLOWER

  6. It's funny, Stephanie Perkins was just talking on Twitter yesterday about how much she loved Stiff. I haven't yet read it, but two recommendations in one day for a book that came out ten years ago...well that has to be a sign right?

  7. His Dark Materials and Part-Time Indian are on my list too! Definitely some of my favorites.

    I still need to read Looking for Alaska. I don't know why I haven't gotten to it yet. I mean, it's John Green!

  8. I haven't read any of the books on your list... I'm a bit embarrassed about that. Anyone as into fantasy as I am ought to have read His Dark Materials, yet for some reason I bogged down in the middle of the first one. I think it had more to do with what was going on in my life at the time, which was rather stressful, than with the book itself. I should probably try again.


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