This is my first T5W after recently discovering the Goodreads group! This week focuses on books we read before we joined the book community i.e. before Goodreads, book blogs, instagram, booktubers and the like. Back in the day, (I say that like it was 30 years ago, when it was actually 5/6 years ago…) I used to find my books at the local library, or the bestsellers section at Waterstones. And that’s mainly where I discovered these 5 books/series! I didn’t include Harry Potter/Twilight/Hunger Games as they are a given…
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Most probably the most recent series I picked up before the book community. I remember my mum reading them years ago and she picked them back up when the TV series started. By that point I was interested at the TV show so I picked up the books myself to see what they were like. I remember reading them in my first year at University (by then the first series had come out) and as soon as I finished the books, I caught up on the first series in time for the second, and the rest is history!
2. Blitzcat by Robert Westall
I picked this book up because of the cover before I knew what a ‘cover buy’ was. I loved books about cats so when I saw this I wanted to read it instantly! I really loved this book and is still one of my faves. About a cat surviving through WWII.
3. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
A required-reading for English class. I think I was the only one who paid attention and really enjoyed this book! I loved the symbolism and the message it put across. I love it so much that I went and bought my own copy, read it a few time, then lent it out to whomever would accept it!
4. The Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith
Ah, I remember asking for this series for my birthday because I knew the TV series was starting and I was still on a vampire kick from The Twilight Saga. I didn’t finish the book series sadly, as I soon became fed up of the vampire trope. But oh, the memories!
5. Bad Girls by Jacqueline Wilson
Ah, my first auto-buy author was Jacqueline Wilson! I read almost all of her books released before 2006 and I loved ever single one. This was one of the staples which will always stick with me. It was about a girl who got bullied at school and I related to it a lot!
So these are my top 5 for the week! There were loads of books to choose from but these are the ones which really stood out as part of my reading journey.
Thanks for reading!