Books I read pre-blogging


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is a freebie and so I’ve chosen:

Top 10 favourite authors I read before I was a blogger:

I read a lot of books before I started blogging, in fact it makes me dizzy thinking of the number of books I must have read but the ten authors below were, and still are, firm favourites.  I couldn’t fit everyone on the list but here are the first 10:

Donna Tartt – The Secret History


Daphne DuMaurier – Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel,  Jamaica Inn Frenchman’s Creek, The Birds

JRRTolkien – The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion

Arthur Conan Doyle – the Sherlock Holmes stories


Scott Lynch – The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies

Patrick Rothfuss – Name of the Wind


Diana Gabaldon – The Outlander series

Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials series

Joanne Harris – Chocolat, Blackberry Wine, Holy Fools, Sleep Pale Sister, Coastliners, The Evil Seed

Holly Black – Tithe, Valiant, Ironside

26 Responses to “Books I read pre-blogging”

  1. pagesandtea

    I’ve read a few of these – Jamaica Inn, the first Outlander, a few of Joanne Harris. And on my TBR – Locke Lamora, The Secret History (I really want to read this, no idea why I never get around to it), My Cousin Rachel and The Name of the Wind.
    I have a Sherlock Holmes collection somewhere too and fancy going back to that.
    Great list! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      They’re all good reads and have stood the test of time. I love the Sherlock Holmes stories – I should probably have a reread.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I’ve only read two of these (LoLL and NotW), both were pre-blogging for me as well

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    You made me think about how far and wide I used to range in the genres I read before blogging, and how my decision to share my love of books drove me to focus on my great true love for speculative fiction. Tolkien is the only author that stood the test of time and changing tastes, but he’s always been in a class of his own… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I do love Tolkien and he certainly does stand the test of time.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Greg

    I’ve never read daphne duMaurier but I want to, mainly because I love the Birds. And Tolkien definitely is a favorite. I still need to read Holly Black!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved Holly Black’s fae series – in fact the Cruel Prince was the most recent and I really enjoyed it. Tolkien is just amazing. DuMaurier is just a wonderful author, her writing is so good and some of her stories are absolute classics.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Carmen

    Too bad you read all these in your pre-blogging days as I would have enjoyed your take on them. 🙂 I, too, read great books in my pre-blogging days, and now I have on a list to re-read, though I feel that, with such a massive TBR, I will never get to re-read a book again (never say never, right?!) :-0

  6. sjhigbee

    I also enjoyed all the Sherlock Holmes stories and Daphne du Maurier’s books – I’ve always thought they were fabulous – My Cousin Rachel is my favourite, but I loved them all… A great list, Lynn:)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Daphne DuMaurier is such a beautiful writer. Plus some of her stories are just the best.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        I absolutely agree – I also loved her short stories:))

  7. Jennifer | Book Den

    I read some of these before blogging, too. I didn’t discover Scott Lynch until after I started blogging. I still need to read Rebecca!

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    This is a fantastic topic that I need to take note to remember for future freebie TTTs. There are so many great books I read before I started blogging that I would like to bring more attention to!

    • @lynnsbooks

      So, so, many books pre blogging. Wow, how to even start.
      Lynn 😀

  9. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, what a great list?! I love Daphne du Maurier, Tolkien, Arthur Conan Doyle and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. While I am looking forward to reading more by Scott Lynch and Joanne Harris (I have Chocolat on my TBR pile). 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I do love Joanne Harris and think you would like her earlier works too.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

    Rebecca and The Lies of Locke Lamora have both been recommended to me countless times, so I am happy to see they’ve made your favorites list.

    I LOVED The Hobbit, but when I tried to read TLOTR series, I struggled with the first book. I really need to continue on with the series and see if I do better with the second book…

    The Outlander series! I binged the first 7 books back in 2009, but have YET to read the 8th book (came out in 2015 I believe?) because by the time it came out, I had forgotten everything from the first seven books lol

    • @lynnsbooks

      I only read six from the Outlander books. Rebecca – I love that book, I must have reread it 4 or 5 times at least – I heartily recommend DuMaurier. LotR is a funny one, not everyone loves Tolkien’s style, some people just find him too wordy.
      Lynn 😀

  11. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

    I need to pick up The Lies of Locke Lamora. So many bloggers love that one and I finally bought it. Hopefully I can get to it soon.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I hope you love it – the only thing I would say is I think it can feel a tiny bit slow at the start but then you find yourself totally sucked into the world, the plot and the characters.
      Lynn 😀

  12. imyril

    YAAAAY I always cheer for The Secret History and Locke Lamora 😉 I’ve just read White Tears, which actually reminded me a lot of The Secret History in the ‘unpleasant characters’, ‘clearly inappropriate crush’ and ‘OMG THIS CAN ONLY END BADLY’ way (also beautifully written, but less angsty and more entirely justified insane paranoia – Seth really IS being haunted, whereas Richard just angsts about EVERYTHING 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ooh, I’ve not heard of White Tears before but just went to check it out and it does sound rather amazing. That one goes on the wishlist.
      Lynn 😀

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