Hi friends,

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s theme is : Books I enjoyed but never mentioned on my blog BUT I chose to look at what I read before blogging and even before discovering Goodreads!

It’s really impressive how being part of a reader’s community and then blogger community or even bookstagrammer community changed my reading tastes!

You influenced me and had me try new genres, the biggest change being with YA reads and YA fantasy reads! Then came the indie authors that I never read before blogging/Goodreads AND romance with S.E.X !!! 🙂

You’ll see that my romances pre-blogging were rather the “fade to black” variety than the spicy one!

I also never had read a scifi book before blogging! Now Red Rising, Aurora Rising etc are some of my favorite books!

I realize that I was influenced in my reads by my dad (with all the thrillers and spy stories), a pretty cover (the light romances) but that didn’t change much and also librarians recommendations!

I recall my dad looking for recommendations in the newspaper some four years ago, after I had discovered Goodreads and I told him that for me, peer recommendations worked better than paid critics in newspapers and magazines.

Without further ado, here is what I read BB (Before Blogging).

Did blogging change your readings too?

Thanks for reading!


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  1. I used to just.. browse & pick whatever looked good to me while in the bookstore.

    Now? I see so much MORE books that I probably wouldn’t had ever picked up, especially with the fact that I didn’t read in english. Seeing all those cool books I couldnt read really motivated me to try to read in my second language
    I also had no idea what genre I was even reading, or the plethora of genres available, that I all discovered joining the crew! (I also found eroticas.. ahah!)

  2. Blogging definitely changed my reading too. In fact I’ve read several of the books you listed, long ago, like Clan of the Cave Bear, which I’d probably never read today

  3. I am just loving this post so much and its interesting to see how our reading tastes have changes since we first started blogging. And I am loving seeing Clive Cussler on your list, I still love reading those old classics with Dirk Pitt. I am like you though I didn’t use to read such super sexy romances as I do now. I was much more focused on less of that and I was really only a historical romance reader and now I love trying out all the sub genres. I have just loved seeing your blogging journey!!!

  4. Yes, my reading tastes have changed so much since I started blogging and just getting exposed to so many books that I probably never would have given a second look pre-blogging. I read a lot more YA now and romance.

  5. Ohhhhh I remember Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side! I think that was one I read before I started blogging as well, and I completely agree that blogging has changed a lot of my reading tastes (that, and the fact I was also really young when I started).

  6. It’s always interesting to see how we evolve. That’s why I love those yearly wrap ups where I really take a look at my reading. Jane Green is an author I keep meaning to try. Super popular and has a lot of books out there.