Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books I Loved During My First Year of Blogging

September 12, 2017 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 17 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

What with my prolonged absence, I didn’t get a chance to celebrate my 6th year blogging back in July! So today, I’m talking about the ten best books I reviewed way back in 2011. Scrolling back through the list I realized a couple things: 1. Damn, I read a lot of really great books in 2011. 2. Holy hell, I called that a review? Here are just a few that I still remember fondly a whole six years later.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Back in 2011, I was a bit obsessed with reading everything on the 1001 Books To Read Before You Die which included the Secret History (among a massive amount of other crap — I gave up on that goal many years back). It was one of the few gems I found.

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (Mary Russell, #1) by Laurie R. King
adored this book. Yet six years later I haven’t even read the second book in the long and still current series. I’m dumb.

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Ooooh my first Sarah Waters was a ballsy one but goddamn that lady can write. I haven’t run through her entire backlist because I feel I’ll be quite sad if I don’t have a Waters to fall back on.

The Collector by John Fowles
Another book that I adored yet haven’t picked up anything else by this author. I blame the developed obsession with ARCs as blogging melted my brain over the years.

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
My first Stiefvater. <3 I’ve at least gone on to read many, many more of her books, so there’s that.

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
I don’t know what it was about this novel that I loved so much but I found it such a refreshing take on the post-apocalyptic genre. Walker is an amazing writer and I’m still constantly checking her Goodreads page in hope that one day there will be a second novel listed for her. Currently there’s just this, but of course, it still went on my TBR.

Ashfall (Ashfall #1) by Mike Mullin
I think this was my first official post-apocalyptic book and it went on to fuel an obsession that still remains thriving to this day.

Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant
One excellent thing came from blogging: discovering this trilogy which fueled my love of zombies. There was a lot of fueling going on in 2011 apparently.

Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O’Brien
This story pretty much broke me but was such an incredibly heartfelt read. I don’t even cry and this book made me cry. Happy tears, sad tears, etc.

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones
This one cracks me up because I’m currently reading the 13th book in the series and I still love this series to no end. The 14th book is going to be the last one and I’m not sure what the hell I’m going to do with myself.

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17 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books I Loved During My First Year of Blogging”

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I’ve got to restart the Charley Davidson books. I think I read the first three and loved them but then got sidetracked by other books.. I actually liked Shiver, although I know it gets a hard time sometimes in the book community. It’s fun to take a look back. I did a list with a few children books I loved. It was kind of hard because I read adult books at such a young age and YA wasn’t really a thing when I was that age.
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  2. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies

    Happy anniversary to both of us — I guess we started right around the same time (or at least in the same year). It’s funny – when I was putting my list together, I was hoping my old reviews wouldn’t be TOO cringe-worthy. 🙂 I probably read Ashfall the same year (loved those books), and have had Feed on my TBR list probably since then as well. I really must make a point of reading it!

    Tipping the Velvet! Spectacular. I still have some Sarah Waters books left to read, but at the same time, I’d be perfectly happy rereading this one and Fingersmith. Great list!
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  3. Jennifer | Book Den

    Do you know I stopped halfway through the third Ashfall book without finishing it? It wasn’t the book’s fault, I was reading too many things at once and it fell to the side. Every once in a while I will think about how I left it unfinished. It would feel a little weird to go back and pick it up, but I really should. That was a great series.
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