Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Before I Was a Blogger


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's edition is to make a list of books that were your favourite before you were a blogger.  Before I got into blogging I rarely, if ever, read YA fiction so my list will be all adult novels.  Some are books I read for pleasure and others I read for class.  Enjoy.

 Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai- I read this for my Gay Literature class at York University.  It is about a homosexual boy coming of age in a war torn country. Excellent read.

The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman- I also read this one for class.  I read it in my Neo-Victorian Literature class and it is about a young girl who is a prostitute.  It is full of weird medical history, grave robbing and sexuality. 

 Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald- I read this book when I was in high school and it was absolutely stunning.  There are a few disturbing parts but it is so well written.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood- I read this one for fun and it is a great dystopian read.  I mean it's Margaret Atwood so it's gotta be good. 

 Jack Maggs by Peter Carey- This was another one from my Neo-Victorian Literature class.  It is a re-telling of Great Expectations by Dickens and it is very well written. 

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini- If you haven't heard of this book you must be living under a rock.  Great read about a boy growing up in Afghanistan.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden- Another great historical read. 

Life of Pi by Yann Martel- This was just turned into a movie which lived up to the books standards.  Definitely read the book before seeing the movie. 

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger- Loved the book, not the movie.  It was really well done and had me crying. 

The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart- I read this book for my Canadian Literature class and I absolutely adored it.  It tells some Canadian history and it also shows humanity in a great way.
While adult fiction may not be something that you normally read, if you get a chance I hope that you can try one or two of these out because they are so well written and they are all beautiful stories.

Happy Reading!

16 comments:

  1. I'm always interested in Canadian lit. So now I'm off to find Stone Carvers. Thank you!

    Here's my list, Favorite Books I Read Before I Was a Blogger.

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  2. I read The Time Traveler's Wife quite a few years ago too. Great book - I didn't want to spoil it with the movie, so I've never seen it. Sounds like that was a good move. :)

    Here's mine: TTT @ Krista's Dust Jacket

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  4. I can't even look at that cover for The Handmaid's Tale. *cowers* Love the book though.

    This is the second list I've seen The Stone Carvers on, never having previously heard of it, and I think I need to try it!

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    1. That cover is pretty shocking but I think that's why I like it. It's gritty. The Stone Carvers is excellent!

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  5. I like so many books on your list! Memoirs of a Geisha, The Handmaid's Tale, and The Kite Runner are some of my all time favs. The Kite Runner especially was amazing, but so so sad. Have you read A Thousand Splendid Suns? Another great read from Hosseini.

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    1. I have read A Thousand Splendid Suns. I really liked that one too; especially the woman's aspect. He has a new book coming out soon and I'm excited to read it but a little worried it won't live up to the other 2.

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  6. I didn't do TTT this week, but I almost could have just used your list! So many of my faves on here. Geisha, Kite Runner, Handmaid's Tale...and The Time Traveler's Wife is my all-time fave. Love your list :)

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    1. Thanks Kelly! They are all such good books.

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  7. I've never read The Kite Runner, but I'm thinking I should. That and Time Traveler's Wife (which is just sitting on my shelf) have been on a lot of people's lists!

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    1. The Kite Runner is quite good but so is his other book A Thousand Splendid Suns

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    2. Loved A Thousand Splendid Suns, but haven't read The Kite Runner yet. :)

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  8. I have a copy of Life of Pi but haven't read it yet. I'm going to try to read it before I watch the film.

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  9. Glad to hear Life of Pi movie was good. I loved the book too. :) Might have to see the movie now. And so many interesting book choices - off to add a few to my wishlist.

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  10. A couple people thought I was crazy for including The Handmaid's Tale. I honestly love it. A little graphic for most people I recommend books to I guess though.

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  11. Nice list of books.

    My Top Ten

    Have a great week!

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