Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.
This week is top books from before you joined ___________, in my case that’s the book blogging community—so really the blank is just whatever type of online book community you’re part of. Let me know your top five before books in the comments!
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I picked up this series in high school, way before I knew book blogging and BookTubing were even things. It’s a classic young adult series that I will never not enjoy.
2. Graceling by Kristen Cashore
This book is what got me into young adult fantasy, no doubt about it. Essentially certain people in this land are “graced” with different abilities—Katsa, niece of the King, is graced with killing. She’s feared by most and is used by the King as a weapon, while on the side she does her own secret stuff to undermine him. Katsa is fierce and vulnerable and really the first badass female character I read; and then there’s Po, the cute graced princeling, who rivals Peeta for sweetness.
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I’ve always been a reader—ever since I was very little—but Perks is the first book I’ve ever really, really, really connected with. When I read this in high school it hit me so hard. Charlie didn’t feel like a character, he felt like part of myself, and that’s what really cemented wanting to read young adult for me and also wanting to be a young adult writer.
4. Anything Sarah Dessen
Sarah Dessen has been coming out with books probably the same amount of time I have been alive. Contemporary was really one of the only genres I read for a while and Sarah Dessen was (is) just a queen to me. Every book of hers just hits me in the heart.
5. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
I’m sure we’re going to be seeing this listed a lot, and while I don’t really like or enjoy the series anymore I felt the need to put it on here. This was one of the first books I read that was part of a fandom. I’ve never read Harry Potter, so just being part of the fever and fervor of Twilight was fun.