Top Ten Tuesday | Throwing it WAAAY Back (aka Books I Read Before I Knew What the Term “Blogging” or Word “Blog” Meant)


Hello, friends. After taking a week off from “Top 10,” Finding Wonderland is returning to the fun. We may have woke up today (or for night owls like me, be going to bed) with the calendar telling us today is Tuesday… but we’re channeling our inner Throwback Thursday with a blast from the past.

Broke and Bookish September 12Throwback Freebie: Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog, Favorite Books Published 5 or 10 or 15 Years Ago, Ten Older Books I Forgot How Much I Loved, etc. etc. Tweak however you want! - Broke and Bookish 


Ok. So how to spin this topic? It’s one of the easier topics I’ve recently put together, but it also requires the Top Ten Tuesday-er to do some leg work and dig through the graveyard of “old reads.” I’m not really sure what I was loving the first year I blogged. *Looks through blog’s review archives* This might be for a couple of reasons.

A. I have a terrible memory (a very likely truth)
B. I didn’t review books during my first year of blogging (Or very few in comparison to more recent years)

So between this combination of facts, I’m unsure what to feature today. That said, I did decide to go ahead and split this up into “two parts.” The first five titles are books I reviewed or read during my early days of blogging (or as best I can remember). The latter five titles are Older Books I Forgot How Much I Loved (because they need more love).

As we do (nearly) every Tuesday, let’s get to listing.

1. The Selection by Kiera Cass | This one was read and reviewed in my early days of the blogging game. More pertinent than that (aka why it’s on this list) is that this is really the book that started my I-like-YA-fiction journey. Amazon | Goodreads


2. Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden | One of my most favorite from this author. A beautiful historical read that I’d often like to re-read (and don’t because OHMYGOSH! Look, at my TBR!). Amazon | Goodreads



3. Beastly by Alex Flinn | Different than its film adaptation, this one (another “early days” YA read) is still a lovely read for those who enjoy contemporary fairy tales. Amazon | Goodreads


4. A Journey by Chance by Sally John | According to my “book review” tag (which may not be accurate considering I do forget to properly tag things!), this book was my first-ever book review. My memory of the story particulars is fuzzy, but I do think I enjoyed this series. Amazon | Goodreads


5. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks | My first Nicholas Sparks read. I’ll admit: Yes, I do enjoy his books. Only problem is, I haven’t read one in a while because there hasn’t been any film adaptations recently (I read them prior to the new films releasing). Amazon | Goodreads


Part 2 >>

1. Fire by Night by Lynn Austin | It’s been years since I read this one. But my finishing PBS’ Mercy Street reminded me of it. As I remember, it’s a fabulous 5-star kind of story. Amazon | Goodreads


2. True Devotion by Dee Henderson | Ah, the heroics of a Navy hero. Before Dani Pettrey (my favorite!), I read this series. Of course, I love the nod to the military and the wonderful way in which the author portrays the military. Amazon | Goodreads


3. One Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury | I don’t know that I can say I “enjoy” this series because tears! That said, it’s a beautiful story about the aftermath of 9/11 and just one example of the emotional fallout of the attacks. Though fiction, the idea and emotions of the story are no less complex and well, emotional. Amazon | Goodreads


4. Somebody Like You by Beth K. Vogt | LOVE this wonderful contemporary romance. In fact, just thinking back on it (which I read several years ago) reminds me I’d really like to read more by Beth. Amazon | Goodreads


5. The Princess by Lori Wick | An oldie sweetheart of a story that I read long before blogging. Someday I’d like to revisit its charming world. Amazon | Goodreads


*publishes tomorrow afternoon; channel linked above
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That’s it for another week and another Top Ten Tuesday. Tell Me, have you read any of these? Are there any old reads you feel all the nostalgic feels for? Tell me about them and how you spun this week’s topic. I look forward to chatting with you – here and on your own bookish havens. (Leave your Top Ten Tuesday links because I’d love to visit.)

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  1. I enjoyed the movie based on Beastly, so I should go back and read the book.;)
    I'm curious to look back on my first book reviews. I think "First Date" by Krista McGee might of been the first one.;) I was terrible about tagging things (still am), so I don't know that I want to look back that far.;)

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  2. Oh, my list: http://amandanicolle.blogspot.com/2017/09/take-ten-top-childrens-books-i-forgot-i.html?m=1

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    1. Someday I should go back and read Beastly. The film is quite different from the book (which reads a little "young" in comparison to the adaptation), but it still, nonetheless a sweet fairytales.

      I've not read First Date but did love Krista's Right Where I Belong.

      Thanks so much for visiting, Amanda.

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  3. I have to admit that I really enjoy Nicholas Sparks books as well! :-) Great list!

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    1. YAY! Glad to meet another Sparks fan, Chrissi. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  4. I haven't read any of the books on your list but I have had The Selection on my TBR for forever now. I'll get around to reading it someday :)

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    1. This is a feeling I know all too well, Louise. Books on my TBR (for eons) is not unusual for this girl. ;)

      Hope you enjoy - and thanks for dropping by!

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  5. Haha, I think I do remember you not book blogging much in your first year of blogging. Funny how time flies and how much we've grown and changed with our blog :)

    My TTT

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    1. Isn't it? Always interesting to look back and see how much we change. I think I kind of "fell" into book blogging the more I blogged. It was like I suddenly realized there was a "book blogging" community that was ALL ABOUT BOOKS. It was probably this that really reignited my love of reading too. So really, I own this community a big "THANKS!"

      Glad you stopped by, Lianne! :)

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  6. I read another book by Alex Flinn and was completely charmed. What a fun look back. My TTT

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    1. Her books are indeed charming, Anne. Such sweet, "easy" reads. :)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  7. I think I read the Selection when I first started blogging, and was exploring YA for the first time. I barely remember it, but not because it wasn't good- I think it's just been so many books ago?

    Great list!

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    1. I've been there, too, Greg. Sometimes, we simply forget the particulars because, well, as you say, it was too many books ago!

      Thanks, as always, for visiting!

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  8. Great list! I haven't read any of these (and haven't heard of a lot of them) but it's been a lot of fun so far this week to see some of the older books bloggers loved once or still love now. =)

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    1. For sure, Jess. Always fun to see blogger's backlists and either a. be reminded of a book we meant to read way back when or b. discover a new-to-us read. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  9. Some new to me books here, but OH YES for the familiar. One Tuesday Morning might be a good read for someone who wasn't old enough to recall how completely stunned we all were.
    Thanks!

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    1. True. I hadn't thought about One Tuesday Morning in that light, Debra. But you make an excellent point. I remember being really invested in Karen's 9/11 series, but for me, I wouldn't say they're "happy reads." :D

      So glad to have you stop by! Thank you. :)

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  10. I haven't read any of these, but I do like fairy tales, so I might check out Beastly. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. Fun! Hope you enjoy Beastly if you decide to read it. :)

      Thank you for visiting!

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  11. The Selection is the only book of that genre that I've ever finished! And, I love Lynn Austin. If you liked Mercy Street you might like a these: https://hopewellslibraryoflife.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/top-ten-books-with-the-civil-war-as-the-setting/ I also did a post just of books for Mercy Street (hospital story) lovers, but most are also in the linked post.

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    1. Nothing wrong with that. Sometimes certain genres just don't suit us. :)

      Glad you too are a Lynn Austin fan. I haven't read her more recent books, but I do remember being under this series' spell. And YES! Mercy Street is so good. Too bad it's been cancelled (and thanks for the link).

      Glad you stopped by, Lisa. :)

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  12. How have I not read any of these? Though I have seen the movies for Beastly and The Lucky One. It's interesting to go back and see what we liked in the beginning. :)

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    1. I have this reaction while visiting Top Ten Tuesday posts WAY too often, Sara. :)

      ...it sure is! If you're like me, sometimes I go back and wonder, "...and I read that, why??" ;)

      Thanks for visiting!

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  13. Okay first off you blog is to die for! It's so cute and clean cut I am in love with the design and content
    I agree The Selection is such a fun read and it's a great one to get you into YA
    I don't read a lot of contemporary books, but I really did enjoy The Lucky One.
    Great list!
    New follower!!
    Ashley @ Books To The Tea
    http://bookstothetea.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi, Ashley. Thank you! I appreciate the kind words/feedback. I'm always glad to know this is a pleasant visiting experience for readers. Thank you so much for being a following - welcome! Please know you're welcome to join the convo anytime.

      The Selection sure is a the perfect entrance into YA. Such an easy, simple and yet completely entertaining read. Love my contemporary reads! Which is funny since I'm a big Costume Drama (TV) fan. For some reason though, when it comes to reading, I don't read a lot of historical fiction.

      Thanks for visiting!

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  14. I love your take on this topic, and I love the way you set up your photos.

    Happy reading,
    eli @ the (book) supplier
    My TTT

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    1. Thanks so much, Eli! Appreciate that - and you stopping by. :)

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  15. Aw this is so fun! I was thinking of doing it in a similar way, books I first blogged about, but I cringed so hard when I went back hahah. I just opened a bunch of the Goodreads links to check some of these out, because they sound so good! I love that The Selection was a YA Gateway for you- I feel like SO many of us have those! (Mine was The Hunger Games hah) and it's so fun to reminisce! Great lists!

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    1. ...I relate, Shannon. Boy do I relate. (I cringe all the time in response to my early stuff, too. But I've been returning to the archives here and there - when I have the time, and giving my old stuff an edit or deleting old meme posts.)

      'Selection' was the perfect YA gateway. Such a fun, easy read. (And I still love it today!)

      Thanks for visiting - and I agree. It is fun to reminisce. :)

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  16. I totally forgot about Beastly. I don't remember much about it, but I do recall that I enjoyed it more than the movie. Also, you are not the only one with a bad memory. If it wasn't for joining Goodreads, I'm not sure I could come up with an adequate list.

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    1. I'm glad you liked Beastly, Alicia. I don't remember a great deal about it either, but I haven't re-watched the film a few times. It's just so cuuute!

      Thank goodness for a. Goodreads (RESOURCE!) and b. our blog archives. Without them, I wouldn't have a clue what I posted when. ;D

      Thanks for visiting, Alicia!

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  17. Oh, The Selection! I totally forgot about it, but it's one of those books I loved as well and I think I read it just the year before I started blogging :) Nicholas Sparks is one of my golden-oldies as well, though I also haven't read any of his books since a while now.

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    1. The Selection is, for me, an easy, romantic and fun read. I've read its sequel, but not beyond that. Still, I'd really like to read the rest of the books despite the controversy about those spin-off books. They're still fun reads!

      I haven't read any of Sparks new releases. I was reading them in correlation with the film adaptations, but since they're haven't been in a while, it's been the same for me - no Sparks reads.

      Thanks, as always, for stopping by, Lindsey!

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