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Monday, April 8, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday *4* [top ten books I read before I was a blogger]


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week we get a new topic for a top ten list. 

This week's Topic: 


top ten characters i would crush on if i were also a fictional character


This might be a long post, because I have a few more to add to my list, but actually they are all cluttered together :) Anyway, when I saw this week’s topic, my mind first went blank, but then I went to my old reading lists, from a couple years ago, before I started blogging (in August 2011!) I found some books that I seriosuly forgot I had read, and there's some that I remember quite well. It's so interesting, because I see that I read a lot of historical fiction and some Chick-Lit, and it's just interesting to see that I did not read much stories that include characters my age. There's New Adult, which is so freaking awesome, but even a few years ago, when I was 17 through 19, I was craving to read characters my own age, so I do now see myself reading much more New Adult & some Adult, but here's what I did read before August, 2011 :)



- I love Chick-Lit, I do. I love the humor, sometimes it's quirky but really cute, the sometimes realistic situations, and the HEA love, that usually occurs. It's just always a fun read. Some Authors that I read so much, before Blogging, were Emily Giffin (She's one of my favorite Authors!!) Elizabeth Noble, Harriet Evans, Jill Mansell (love her novels!) & Sophie Kinsella, another great writer!

Some of their novels include, Love The One You're With, Something Blue (love this one, seriously, where's the film already?!) Take A Chance On Me, Remember Me?, Can You Keep A Secret?, The Reading Group & A Hopeless Romantic

(Click The Covers To The Goodreads Pages) 


- This novel, Commencement By: J. Courtney Sullivan was partially set in a college setting (at Smith College) and it's a really, really good story, with believable characters, that have some realistic situations, and each of the four women just have different personalities, different aspirations etc. I think this came out in 2009, and I remember reading it when it first published :)



- I was in high school, maybe going into my sophomore or junior year, when I read all four of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and yes I saw the two movies, and read that fifth novel, that came out a couple summers ago. I just loved reading about four different characters, and they're, to me, a good feeling type story. There's also My Name is Memory, and I think I read this my freshman year in college, but anyway, this novel looks into the subject of Reincarnation,and anyway, that subject interests me, and to me, it fit well into the story. I liked Daniel a lot, and it was just a good one. All I hope, is that there is a second book, serisouly, because ahh there's an ending that just left me with that "Whoa what?!" type of feeling, so yeah ;)



- I love historical fiction, and haven't read that much lately, but it's a genre that just makes me happy to learn stuff that may or may not have happened, but I love that what if anticipation so here's a few covers below of some of my favorite. Oh, and The Last Queen By: C.W. Gortner is mega awesome in my opinion. I read my senior year of high school, and it deals with Juana of Castile, who was a character that grew on me, and was from the 15th Century. I even researched about her, and she was called crazy, because some say that she killed her husband, as he was poisoned, but there's other theories too, but oh my that Philip, would definitely be considered a bad boy in current modern stories, but he's a bad one, and they do fall in love, and it's a tragic love story, and I loved every freaken page; it was that good! Ok enough of my ranting....




- I love Curtis Sittenfeld's writing. I have read all three of her novels, and her fourth is coming out this summer, and I'm so psyched! I already requested via Edelweiss & hope I'm approved :) Her stories are all really different; one is in a boarding school/high school setting; another is sorta College, but also steps in the shoes of a 'New Adult' and then there's one that is in the perspective of a young girl, all the way to being a middle aged woman, that's also happens to be First Lady. 




- And lastly is Palto Alto By: James Franco. Ok, I have to admit, that I have a mega crush on Franco :) You can ask some of my best friends. Anyway, this novel are an assortment of short stories of coming of age stories, that surround young adults, from Palto Alto, California. I thought they were really good, and yeah I wanted to read more, from a few of the stories, so it twas a very good one...and I wish I did not read this one from the library, because if I had my own copy, I would have had him autograph it....I couldn't resist, here's a Pic of him and I a few years back at a film festival in my hometown, and ahh it was a really cool moment for some of my friends and I. So yeah, there was that chance to get an autograph, oh well, next time :) 



Ok, that's all I got for now :) Comment below with your link because I would love to see what you all post! 

~Marissa

83 comments:

  1. I'm a huge Sophie Kinsella fan! Her books are always so funny and really relate-able. My favorite is probably Can You Keep a Secret and Confessions of a Shopaholic.

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    1. Yes, I agree. I loved Can you Keep A Secret? And I think I've only read the first shopaholic one, or wait, actually the one where she goes to Manhattan. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. Hello sweety! This is such a amazing post to observe! Utterly like it! Are we following yet? Let me know, I always follow back! (: New post on my blog! Stop by me soon! xx

    With love ❤.
    www.fashionholicsparkle.blogspot.com

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    1. Hello sweety! Thanks for stopping by and I heartly appreciate it! This is such an amazing post! (: New post on my blog! Stop by me soon! xx

      With love ❤.
      www.fashionholicsparkle.blogspot.com

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  3. I've heard a lot about Emily Griffin's novels! I think I should give one a try! NEW FOLLOWER

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    1. You should! They are all so good; still have to read her latest one though :)

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  4. I can't believe I forgot The Sisterhood of TP. Such a good coming of age series! And I love all the chicklit you got up there. Have you read Something Borrowed? That was pretty good too. Great list!

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    1. Yes, they are! & I did read Something Borrowed, and it's funny, because I am like Rachel, in some ways, but I totally favored Darcy, whose like the opposite of me, but she's my favorite character lol and I liked her story much more.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. James Franco wrote a book!? Sadly, I haven't read any of those, but I think I'll check some of them out!

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  6. I have not read any of the books on your list. I'm sure they are great though! Thanks for the comment.

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  7. I love Sophie Kinsella's books, they're so cute and fun! :)

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

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  8. I love The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants though I was a little disappointed in the 5th book. You are so lucky to meet James Franco. Who wouldn't crush on him :-) Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

    Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession

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    1. Yeah the fifth one hmm yeah I'm with you. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Great post. And I'm really happy you put My Name Is Memory on your list. I really love that book. It is supposed to be a series. I hope she writes quickly. I need to know what happens! :)

    Happy Reading.
    My TTT is here if you want to check it out http://www.thewindypages.com/2013/04/top-ten-tuesday-9.html

    Cheers!
    Kimberly

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    1. It is?! Great, because I really need to know what happens, just yeah lol It has been like 2 or 3 yrs since it came out? Yes, it needs to be out now, pronto :)

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  10. Ha, I put a lot of Sophie Kinsella books on my list as well! Can you keep a Secret is definitely my favorite :)

    My TTT:
    http://thereadingkitten.blogspot.nl/2013/04/top-ten-tuesday-2.html

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  11. PREP is so completely fantastic! I topped out at ten before I thought of adding it to mine. I love how you squeezed in more - clever idea!

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  12. A great list of books! I too love historical fiction. I have been wanting to read most of the titles you posted so I need to get busy. And awesome pic with the ever so dreamy Franco! Thanks for following me @ The Key to the Gate. I am a new follower to your blog!
    Happy Reading,
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

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  13. I think we must be book twins. I could have written another favorites TTT with all the books you listed :) Yay for fiding another Curtis Sittenfeld fan!

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  14. Great list, love Sophie Kinsella too. Also really liked Prep but for some reason never read anything else by this author, want to read the other two you mentioned now.
    New follower :)

    BookishTrish @ Between the Lines

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  15. I haven't read most of these, but I did really enjoy the first couple books in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. I'm not sure why I never finished the series -- I really need to. Thanks for the reminder!

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  16. Thanks for stopping by! :D Nice list.=)

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  17. I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't read a single one of those. :( Looks like I've got to make a trip to GoodReads after this!

    Thanks so much for checking out my TTT earlier! I'm a new follower. :)

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  18. You've got some awesome selections! I just got Prep a few days ago but I haven't started it yet, definitely looking forward to it tho!

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  19. Good list! Thanks for stopping by my list :) I did read Something Blue and I DID like Darcy a little bit more. When I was working at the bookstore ages ago and someone would buy it and express dismay that it featured Darcy I would assure them that they'd get over their dislike of her, lol. I also have Commencement sitting on my shelf, where it's been for, oh, four years or so. Must get on that.

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    1. Yes, so true! But, I got to admit, while reading Something Borrowed, I already liked Darcy, much more than Rachel; it might seem weird but oh well lol

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  20. Nice List! I have a bunch of them on my tbr list but haven't read any of them.
    Thanks for coming to check out my Top 10 Tuesday Post :)
    Have a great week!

    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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  21. I actually haven't read any of the books on your list. But I do have several of them on my TBR list, such as Sophie Kinsella's books. And I love historical fiction too.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

    Ashling @ Reading, Writing, & Anything but Arithmetic

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  22. i need to read man of my dreams... american wife inspired me to go back to school and become a librarian

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  23. I read the first 3 or 4 of Sophie Kinsella's books.
    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

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  24. I haven't read any Sophie Kinsella actually - I really should, as so many people seem to love her books! :-)

    Great post!

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    1. They are really well written and just funny and yeah lol :)

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  25. Thanks for visiting my blog. I loved Something Borrowed and Something Blue. If you like Sophie Kinsella...have you read I've Got Your Number? I really liked that book as well.

    Great List!! I followed you too :)

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  26. Love Love Emily Giffin. I'm surprised you picked Something Blue over Something Borrowed, but I loved them both. I love Emily Giffin covers. Otherwise I haven't read any of the other books.

    Here's my post: http://rachaelc94.blogspot.com/2013/04/top-ten-favorite-books-i-read-before-i.html

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    1. I just liked Darcy's outgoing personality more and I myself am more like Rachel but haha yeah Something Blue just intrigued me more and I just loved Ethan! :)

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  27. I LOVE Jill Mansell. I still pick up her books when I can. I also LOVE James Franco! I'm so jealous you got to meet him!

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  28. Wow, I haven't read any of these. Wait, is that possible? {goes back and checks list} Nope, not one! I'll be adding some of those historicals to my TBR list. The Tasha Alexander is already on it.

    Thanks for the follow -- I'm returning the compliment!

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  29. Sophie is so wonderful!!! :)

    I've been meaning to read Redeeming Love for like ages. Great list!

    Thanks for popping by my blog.

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  30. So many great books! Great list. Thanks for stopping by my blog

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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  31. I loved Prep, I forgot to put that on my list. That was my book in high school. I really related to the main character.

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  32. Great choices! I'm totally adding Commencement to my list - thank you for the rec.

    I've loved The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants for years, so glad to see it on your list. By the way, I haven't read Palo Alto (although it's on my to-buy list), but did you know that James Franco's mom is a YA writer? I have her book Metamorphosis: Junior Year on my bookshelf - it's based on Ovid, which is pretty cool. =)

    New follower! Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

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    1. Yes I know she's an author as but haven't read any of her books yet.

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  33. I LOVED Can You Keep a Secret?!!! It was so laugh-out-loud funny!! And Something Borrowed was also a fav of mine (I didn't like Something Blue as much bc of Darcy). Oh and Commencement and Prep have been on my TBR forever!!

    -so cool you met James Franco... he seems kind of douche, I'm glad he was nice enough to get a picture with you!!

    Thanks for stopping by My TTT

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  34. I should check out some of that historical fiction! I do love all of Curtis Sittenfeld, too. If you like Ann Brashares, you should check out The Last Summer (of You and Me) -- it's my favorite of her books!

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  35. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is pretty awesome.
    Thanks for stopping by my TTT :D

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  36. Aww. I really want to read Sophie Kinsella but haven't found the chance yet to do so. Want some of those feel-good books. :)

    Thanks for dropping by and following my blog! I followed you back. ^_^

    Julie @ Books and Insomnia

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  37. I love how you broke this down! I wish I'd thought of doing that. *snaps fingers* I would have had a huge chick lit section, because that used to be my jam. Haha.

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  38. New Follower here!
    Loving your list! I too am a Franco fan and I only just found out last week that he writes. I am curious to read his work even more so now that it has popped up on your list.

    CeCe @ steamingmugofbooks.blogspot.com

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  39. Yay James Franco! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  40. I loved the Sisterhood as well! I can't believe I didn't add them... it was awesome getting to know all four girls. I haven't read most on your list, but thanks for sharing and making my TBR list grow. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT.

    Brandy @ A Little of the Book Life

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  41. Something Blue is one of the best Emily Giffin books! And Sophie Kinsella is hilarious!

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  42. The Queen's Fool was the first Philippa Gregory book I read and it's still one of my favorites. I've also been meaning to read James Franco's book because I also happen to be a fan of his :)

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  43. I really like The Other Boleyn Girl. Too bad the movie wasn't very good. But the costumes in it were gorgeous.

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  44. I still need to read Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I have it, but haven't gotten around to it. Better bump it up!

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  45. Excellent list! I haven't read any of these, but I do have a couple Kinsella books. I just might have to pick them up! Thanks for a great list and also for stopping by my blog! :)

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  46. I've heard a lot about Sophie Kinsella books and Emily Griffin but honestly I haven't read anything from them. Awesome list! Thanks for stopping by at my blog!

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  47. Love love love Can You Keep A Secret? Great choice!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT :)

    Following back

    Eva @ All Books Considered

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  48. I really have to read more of these books! I do like chick lit and historical fiction. My Name is Memory was good, but I'm still waiting for a sequel :(

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  49. I tend to stay away from books designated as 'chick lit' but on occasion I find one I like.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  50. That is a LOOOONG list. Sadly, I never read much realistic/chick lit, but I'm trying to broaden my horizons and get into it. M\

    My Name is Memory is a book that I've wanted to read for a while now, but I'm not really very sure what it's about.

    I read the Other Boleyn Girl before blogging too! To be completely honest, though, I think the Boleyn Inheritance was better than the Other Boleyn Girl.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

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  51. I haven't read any of these books! But I would love to read the two Emily Griffin books! I am a new follower on GFC and bloglovin'. I came over from book blogs :) I would love if you came and stopped by to check out my blog as well, mostly about books, and some everyday life stuff too.

    Sarah
    http://justtryingtoletitbe.blogspot.ca

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