Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was a Blogger


April 8, 2013 by Alice in Readerland

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

(Titles link to Goodreads.)

~*~ Favorite Books During My Spy Book Phase ~*~

(Because you can never read too many spy stories.)

GG #1

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

This main character is a great pavement artist and takes Covert Operations in school! You can see my review here.


The Squad

The Squad: Perfect Cover by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Cheerleader spies. Enough said.

Honorable Mention:

The Spy Wore Red

Though it’s not fiction, I absolutely love The Spy Wore Red: My Adventures as an Undercover Agent in World War II by Aline, Countess of Romanones. I can’t recommend it enough.

 ~*~ Favorite Books During My Dragon Book Phase ~*~

(Because, yes, I always wanted a pet dragon.)

Dragon Slippers

Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George

I loved Dragon Slippers (the first in the Dragon Slippers trilogy). Dragons, wittiness, and adventure, oh my! Just look at that tagline on the cover: She wanted dragon gold. She got a pair of shoes.



Pern: Harper Hall Trilogy by Ann McCaffrey

My grandmother introduced these books to my mom, who introduced them to me! If you haven’t read a by book from Ann McCaffrey yet, you definitly should (though the Harper Hall Trilogy is my favorite)!

~*~ Favorite Books During My Mystery Book Phase ~*~

(Because there are few things that make me pick up a book more than the promise of a good mystery.)

Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keen

Nancy Drew! A great deal of my childhood was spent reading the Nancy Drew series!


Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe

Bad Kitty is filled with unique, quirky characters, laugh-out-loud lines, and a fun mystery!

~*~ Favorite Books During My Travel Book Phase ~*~

(Because books take you places.)

13 Little Blue Envelopes

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

This was such a fun book! I loved the different locations the main character visited, and I was always excited to see what was in the next envelope!


how to be Bad

How to Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle

Who doesn’t love a fun road trip?

~*~ Favorite Books During My Read-Meg-Cabot-Books Phase ~*~

(I never grew out of this phase. Okay, so I never grew out of any of the book phases I mentioned.)

Being Nikki

Airhead trilogy by Meg Cabot

This was such a fun trilogy by Meg! My favorite line out of all the books? “You know your Lamborghini is on fire, right?”

Princess Mia

The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot

My favorite book out of the series was Princess Mia (#9). Which was yours?

What were your favorite books you read before blogging?

I love comments

94 thoughts on “Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was a Blogger

  1. OOOoo I forgot Nancy Drew! I loved reading those books too. And I have Airhead and want to reread it soon. I remember really liking it back in the day. Same with the Princess Diaries. I always wanted to read Ally Carter’s books, but haven’t gotten around to it. Thanks for stopping by today. p.s. I scheduled your interview to go live Wed 10th for Harley’s Hall of Fame =)

  2. Good call with the Nancy Drew- I definitely read my share back in elementary and middle school.

  3. Perfect Cover sounds awesome! I also loved I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You. Great picks :)

  4. KateB says:

    Meg Cabot! <3 I read so many of her books before I was a blogger and loved them all. She's brilliant. I also love that you have Nancy Drew on your list! I was a huge fan!

  5. Melissa says:

    Wow I love this blog….
    I actually haven’t read any of those books. :/

  6. Anne says:

    I really mean to read 13 Little Blue Envelopes. Then I forget to do anything about it. Have you read the sequel? Thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. Angie says:

    I love the cover of Bad Kitty… going to check to see if the library has it right now! Here is my list: Top Ten Tuesday.


  8. Jenifer says:

    Ooh, I love Nancy Drew!!

  9. YAY for Nance Drew books! I read those as a kid :)
    Top Ten Tuesday
    April Blog Hop

  10. Michelle says:

    I just got the Ghallager Girls book from the library! Very excited to finally start that series :) Bad Kitty also looks good (and How to be Bad was cute).

  11. Teresa says:

    Ahhhh Nancy Drew! I used to love Nancy Drew! Awesome list!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  12. Molly says:

    Of all your picks, I’ve only read the Nancy Drew mystery, but it was my favorite!

  13. angelicreader says:

    I haven’t read any of them yet. :(

    Good thing TTT came up with the list this week right?

  14. Daphne says:

    i loved the Airhead series (or anything by Meg Cabot, really) but this one doesn’t get a lot of attention. love that you added it. :)

  15. Nikki says:

    Oh my gosh, I was obsessed with Nancy Drew when I was in grade school! Those yellow hardcovers were my constant companions. <3

    My Top Ten

  16. Chelsea says:

    Great List! I haven’t read any of these but they all sound really good. I will have to add a few to my TBR :-) Thanks for stopping by my TTT.

    Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession

  17. It is so great to see other people with Meg Cabot on their list! I swear I don’t remember a time before I read her books ;)

  18. 13 Little Blue Envelopes is the only one I read among these books. Wasn’t totally smitten by it, though. Bad Kitty sounds interesting! I’d check it out.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

    Julie @ Books and Insomnia

  19. Quinn says:

    I recently read Dragon Slippers, and it was absolutely adorable! I love JDG, but my favorite is Sun and Mon, Ice and Snow!

    Thanks for sharing :)

  20. I actually have not read any of these! Actually, I MAY have read that Nancy Drew, because I went through a phase where I read a ton of them, but I’m not sure I could pick the ones I read out of the masses. I do want to read Ally Carter’s series (LOVE Heist Society) and JLB’s spy/cheerleader books sound fun too.

  21. Oh, The Princess Diaries, Nancy Drew, and 13 Little Blue Envelopes! All excellent choices :)

  22. Great List! I had a spy book phase in high school – but those awesome books weren’t available yet!

  23. Tanja says:

    I’ve only read Princess Mia of all of these. It was long time ago. Still I enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by :)

  24. comehometobooks says:

    I haven’t read most of these, but I did recently start the Gallagher Girls series and it’s loads of fun. I also used to love Nancy Drew, although I haven’t read those books in a long, long, long time!


  25. Great list! I need to read 13 Little Blue Envelopes yet still. There are just so many great books out there to be read. :-) Thanks for stopping by my list. Happy Reading!

  26. Kelley says:

    Ohhh, I love that you broke this down into different phases of reading you went through! So many interesting books. Dragon Slippers looks adorable and I want to read it right now!

  27. Debra says:

    The Gallagher Girl books are a guilty pleasure of mine. I also LOVE Dragon Slippers. I may own all of Jessica Day George’s books.

  28. I have to say I haven’t read single book on your list.

  29. I love the Gallagher Girls series! They’re such fun books to read. I can’t wait to read 13 Little Blue Envelopes, I love books that mention travel, and this one sounds like it’s a great book!

    Thanks for stopping by my post! :)

  30. Great picks – I also read Ally Carter’s GG books before I started blogging, and they are the best. I’ve only just heard about The Squad books and I’m SUPER excited to read them.

    Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my TTT!

  31. Lisa says:

    The only book I’ve read it 13 Little Blue Envelopes. I like it, but I actually liked the second book way better. I haven’t read the first one for a while, though, so I don’t know.

    I own I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You but I STILL haven’t read it. I need to do that soon.

  32. Candice says:

    Love how you broke them out into your phases! i definitely read like that sometimes, where I can’t get enough of one type of book! Also, Dragonsong… can I just say how much I loved these books when I was younger?! Great list!

  33. Great list! I need to read 13 Little Blue Envelopes yet. Great List. :) Thanks for coming by my Top Ten. :) Happy Reading!

  34. Ah! I haven’t read any of these! I’m thinking a trip over to GoodReads is in order after this comment.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

  35. Kelly L. says:

    I love the Airhead trilogy! It’s probably my most favorite series by Meg Cabot ever.
    And the GG series by Ally Carter! I love them all! (:
    Thanks for stopping by my TTT! (:

  36. Lisa Jean says:

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I enjoyed your list. I liked the phases and we have similiar taste in many books since I also read and enjoyed them!

  37. Rebecca says:

    I’ve heard lots of good things about Ally Carter and her books – hope I get around to them soon. Nice list :)

  38. elena says:

    I believe the last Gallagher Girl book comes out this year so I’m totally going to binge read then. I already love the Heist Society series.

  39. Shelver506 says:

    Yay Gallagher Girls! I found them after blogging, not before, but I still adore them.

  40. I actually have not read a single one of these! I adore Maureen Johnson’s twitter account and she is an author I reallllllllly need to be checking out.

    Thanks for taking a gander at my list ;D

  41. I was never a Nancy Drew fan, but I LOVED the Hardy boys and some other similar series about 3 boys who solved mysteries. I loved the mystery, I was so addicted to the story.

  42. Merin says:

    I have a massive amount of love for Nancy Drew. My friends and I read practically every single one of her books when we were in elementary/middle school. Such good memories!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  43. Sunny says:

    Okay, I have the same problem as you. I don’t know what to comment on because there’s just so much! I love all the phases you put, so creative and I adore that! I now added lots on my TBR because hello, cheerleader spy? I’m intrigued. Ally Carter and Meg Cabot, check and check. The others? I’ll be checking out ASAP.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT :)
    Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

  44. Litza says:

    I love how you formatted your list! There are some awesome looking books on there. I’ve only read 13 Little Blue Envelopes and the first three Princess Diaries books. Looks like there are more books to add, now! Thanks for stopping by my blog, too! :)

  45. mylifeapancake says:

    I haven’t read any of these, but going to have to check out The Spy Wore Red as it sounds really interesting!

  46. Oh great choices! Loved How to Be Bad and 13 Little Blue Envelopes!!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT

    Following back

    Eva @ All Books Considered

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