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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #10 - REWIND: Books I Read Before I Was a Blogger

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Now I have only been blogging for just over a year (not long left to enter our blogiversary giveaway) so I read a lot of book before I started blogging. These 11 books/series are the memorable books and I will re-read for years to come (and I have probably talked about before here on Hills of Books and will time and time again).

The Fantasy Books
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I first read book one back in 2013 (I think), it got me hooked on this series and I have loved every sequel so far. It has been lovely to see so many other people joining the fandom in that last few years (keep all that fan art coming!).
Graceling Series by Kristen Cashore
I read this book back in 2012, this is a book I picked up due to Goodreads recommendations and the plethora of good reviews. I love the relationship in this book and I have to say I was disappointed that the two charters from this book don't feature more in the sequels, but I will always love the 'first' book in this series.
Glass Storm (Glass Series) by Maria V. Snyder
I honestly can't remember how I ended reading this series - back in 2011 according to Goodreads- but this series blew me away and I have love every read and re-read of the trilogy. I will always prefer this trilogy to the Study series (yes I am one of the few) although I have read Yelena's story and enjoyed, she just didn't hook me the way Opal's has.
Touch of Power (Healer Series) by Maria V. Snyder
I read this series back in 2014 because of my love for Snyder other work. I love the worlds, characters and romances that she creates in all her books.
Warprize Series by Elizabeth Vaughan
This is a book I stumbled across when scrolling though some book website -probably goodreads or amazon. Another amazing fantasy book with some great characters, I would LOVE more books following these characters.
The Gift (The Pellinor Series) by Alison Croggon
 The Gift was one of my first steps into fantasy books and I can't count the number of times I re-read this book since that first read. This book will defiantly always remind me of my 10 year old self as she followed Maerad's journey of self discovery. 
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson Series) by Patricia Briggs
This is an amazing urban fantasy series which is still getting new books getting added to it! I would recommend it to anyone who likes urban fantasy books and kick-ass characters.
To Marry a Prince by Sophie Page
This book was a charity shop find which completely surprised me. I am generally not a great fan of contemporary books but I really enjoyed this one and have read it multiple times now.      
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You  (Gallagher Girls Series) by Ally Carter
I think this might have been another charity shop discovery for the first book at least. As a young teenage girl I loved the idea of a spy school and this series lead my onto a love of all of Ally Carter's work - can't wait for Take The Key And Lock Her Up.
All These Things I've Done (Birthright Series) by Gabrielle Zevin  
When I went through a dystopian phase (I am sure most teen readers had one of those when the Hunger Games exploded?) this was one of the more original ones that I found. It has a great mix of teenage 'issues' of high school and teen romance but also mixed with the add issue of having mob connections and being responsible for looking after siblings. 
Scarlet Series by A.C. Gaughen
I love Robin Hood re-telling's and this is one is up there with my favourite ones. Defiantly recommended.