Top 5 Wednesday: Books I read before bookish social media


T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.


August 23rd: Books from Before You Joined ________
— These are some of your favorite books from before you joined the online book community, whether that be booktube, goodreads, blogs, bookstagram, twitter, tumblr, etc. 


This was one of those topics I knew was going to be sooo easy, but when I started to come up with my list, every book I read before 2010 (I joined goodreads in 2010, and that was probably about the time I started checking out book blogs and the like, too) vanished from my head :/

But I finally came up with 5, so, here we go…


The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath–
I can’t remember exactly when I read this, but it was definitely before I joined goodreads. I think I read it sometime between age 16 & 20, and I’m really looking forward to re-reading it sometime soon(ish).



Digital Fortress by Dan Brown– Ok, so I really could have listed any of the four books that came before The Lost Symbol because I read them in high school, but I went with Digital Fortress because I remember really loving it at the time and enjoying people saying things like, “Wait, the Da Vinci Code guy wrote other books?”



The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares– I remember seeing the first book around when I was in middle school, but I didn’t actually get to start the series until high school when the nearest library finally got the first two books. I absolutely loved this series. So many emotions 😥



White Oleander by Janet Fitch– I read this when I was 13-15 and was head over heels about it. I barely remember much of it now, but I remember it being dark, depressing, and very well-written. (I really need to re-read this a much more critical adult and see how I feel about it.)



A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray– This. Trilogy. ❤ I still haven’t encountered many people (online or off) who’ve read it, but I became obsessed after the first book and I’ve probably read it at least half a dozen times. It’s just awesome and I recommend it all the time.


What are some of your favorite books from before you found the bookish corners of the internet?


Must Read Monday: May 08


Must Read Monday is a weekly thing I do here to recommend books I’ve read and enjoyed. I might sometimes throw in something I gave 3 stars to, but for the most part they’re books I gave a 4-5 star rating to. That doesn’t mean they’re necessarily amazing literature, but it does mean I liked them enough to recommend them to other people.


395040The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

When I read it: Before I had a goodreads, so I’m actually not sure. Probably 2006-09, so it’s been a while.

Genres: classics; literary fiction; fiction: mental health; fiction: feminism

Recommended for: In all honestly, I recommend this to almost everyone. However, I would suggest those with mental illness and/or those triggered by some themes to consider reading reviews and checking lists for trigger warnings first.



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What it’s about:

Sylvia Plath’s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity.

Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.

This book changed me. I remember reading it and relating to Esther a lot more than I probably should have (most likely because I relate to Sylvia Plath more than I should), and realizing for the first time that I’m really not the only person who feels this way.

It has been quite some time since I read this, and I’m thinking about re-reading it soon (or now, since I’m thinking of plucking it off my shelf right this second). I do remember it being a darker book. It’s beautifully written and I do highly recommend it, but I also think it can bring up a lot of issues for some people.


On the subject of reading/re-reading it, if anyone wants to buddy-read it, let me know 🙂 I’m probably actually not going to start it right this moment, but soon(ish).

Have you read The Bell Jar? What did you think of it?