Happy Tuesday! I hope you’re all having a lovely week so far. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is quite a challenging one: the Top Ten Books from Before Blogging that I Still Haven’t Read. I’ve been book blogging for years now, so long that I can hardly remember when I started (eighth grade? ninth grade?). I started out with a different blog using Blogger, and then I created this WordPress one a few years later. I know for sure that I’ve been book blogging for at least five years, so remembering what I wanted to read way back then that I still haven’t read is a little difficult. However, I’ve managed to piece together a list of books that generally fit the bill.
Let’s take a journey into the mind of fourteen-year-old Holly, shall we?
1. Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
I was a devoted Sarah Dessen fan when I was younger, and I ended up reading the majority of her books. There are a few that I never got around to for some reason, and this is one of them. Her books were always my go-to summer reads, so I’m sure I’ll end up picking this one up at some point in the future.
2. The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
This is the sequel to Johnson’s book Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes, which I read and enjoyed enough to want to read the sequel. However, because so much time has passed since reading the first book I really have no burning desire to read this sequel now. Unfortunately, this is a short series that I’ll most likely leave unfinished.
3. Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
I loved the first book in this trilogy– Perfect Chemistry– and I always meant to read the other two books, but I never got around to it. (This will be a recurring theme in this post: me “not getting around” to reading books. Basically, there are so many books and so little time in which to read them all!)
4. Many Waters & An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle
These are the fourth and fifth books in the A Wrinkle in Time Quintet. I read the first three books and actually still own the entire series, but for some reason I have never read these last two installments. I feel like I would still really enjoy them, so I’ll have to put them back on my TBR!
5. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
Again, this is another sequel that I have yet to read for no particular reason. I really enjoyed The Giver, especially considering it’s one of the early books in the YA dystopian trend that recently exploded with popularity. (And if you ask me, Lowry wrote it much better than many of the newer novels!) I’ll definitely have to continue on with this series eventually!
6. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
I’ve always pictured this book as being the quintessential YA summer novel, and because of this idealization I think I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to read it. However, at this point I think I just have to read it whenever I have the time and I’m in the mood. People seem to love this series, as well as the movie adaptation.
7. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
Ever since I first discovered The Lover’s Dictionary I’ve been infatuated with its basic premise: the story of a romantic relationship told through dictionary entries. What could be better for us word-loving bibliophiles? Plus, David Levithan’s books are always a treat to read.
8. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Back when I was in middle school, this was one of the more popular YA novels. However, after all of the initial hype settled I began to hear some mixed reviews, which is why I set it aside to read at a later date…. a later date that has apparently never arrived! Unfortunately, I don’t think this is one that I’ll be picking up any time soon.
9. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
I LOVE LORD OF THE RINGS. ❤ I’ve owned a copy of this book for years, but it has always sort of intimidated me. I don’t know much about the actual story itself, and I’m afraid that it’s going to be confusing at first. But I’m determined to read it at some point!
10. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
I adored these movies when I was younger, and I’ve always toyed with the idea of reading the entire book series. Part of me wants to save them for a rainy day when I could use a little cheer– I feel like these will instantly put a smile on my face, no matter how blue I’m feeling!
What are some unread books left on your TBR from your pre-blogging years? What do you think of the books on my list? Which ones should I read? Let me know in the comments section below!