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
I 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.