Book Reviews, Top 5 Wednesday

Books From Before You Joined | T5W

Hello bookworms! I’m Nia and today I’m going to be talking about some books I knew about before I joined the book comunity.

To be honest, I decided not to write about books before I joined this blog, because I’m pretty new here and I feel the whole point of this post is to share some books you knew or read before you joined either Youtube, Goodreads or the blogging comunity. So those are the ones I’m going to be talking about. Books I was obsessed when I was younger and didn’t know Goodreads or Youtube even existed.

If you aren’t familiar with Top 5 Wednesday, it is a Goodeads group now currently run by Sam over at ToughtsOfTomes on Youtube, where each week they give you a topic and you talk about 5 books that fit that category. You can join the group here if you want to participate!

Without any further ado, let’s start with this week’s topic!


The Mortal Instruments | Cassandra Clare


My thoughts: You knew this was coming, didn’t you? Yes, I adored The Mortal Instruments. They were my favourite books of all time and I swore by them. They were funny, amazing and I adored Jace Wayland and Simon Lewis. I knew this first book from the beginning until the very end page, and I was lucky that I met Cassandra Clare when she came to promote her books. I still haven’t finished the series (shame on me, I know), BUT I PLAN TO!


When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Delirium | Lauren Oliver


My thoughts: I adored this first book. I thought it was such an interesting story, and I really loved the two main characters. I didn’t enjoy the next two installments as much as this one (especially Requiem), but still it was a favourite series of mine when I was younger and hadn’t read that many books. And the dystopian genre was very popular back then, so this was super new to me. And maybe that’s why I liked it that much!


In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistake.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the “Wilds” who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love? 

Hush Hush | Becca Fitzpatrick


My thoughts: This books were trash, but boy oh boy, didn’t I flew through them! I have to say if I read them now I wouldn’t like them at all, but since I was starting reading more seriously back then, I loved them, and they were one of my favourite series.  They were so addicting, and they had a bad boy as a love interest, and teenage Nia seemed to love him.


Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

Twilight | Stephanie Meyer


My thoughts: I LOVED TWILIGHT, OKAY? I know, I know, they are trash, but these books were the reason I got back into reading, so they have a special place in my heart (the first three, let’s forget about Breaking Dawn). I got super obsessed with Twilight, and I think I read them in the best time, because if I read them now, I’d probably wouldn’t enjoy them as much as I did when I was a teenager.


About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

Vampire Academy | Richelle Mead


My thoughts: Oh, my God guys, I cannot tell you how much I loved this series back when I was younger. The covers were trash but the books were so addicting and I had a great time reading them. I have to say I haven’t finished the series yet (even though I really want to), but I adored those characters and since I was in a vampire mood back then, these books were perfect to me.


St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.


Let me know in the comments below which books you read and loved before knowing a book comunity existed, or simply before you knew about Goodreads (I feel that’s one of the oldest apps I’ve been using, apart from Youtube),


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6 thoughts on “Books From Before You Joined | T5W”

  1. If I made this list, Delirium, Hush Hush, and Twilight would’ve also been on my list lol. These are all books I read before I discovered Goodreads or even knew about a online book community. I definitely have the same sentiment towards Hush Hush, it was my favorite back then but I know that if I were to ever read them now…psh forget it. AND TWILIGHT OMG!!!! I read Twilight when I was 15/16, I was obsessed and couldn’t stop reading it (hated the last book though). This book definitely made me read so much more.

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