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

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is a Throwback Freebie. One of the suggested ideas is Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog. I love it! Let’s face it — the first year of blogging is tough. We’re trying to find our footing, our voice, our community… and I know I have bunches of reviews from early on that basically were never seen because I was just starting out.

Here are 10 of the books I reviewed in my first blogging year (or thereabouts), along with a link to the review. Sweet memories!

1) Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (review): I think this may have been the very first book review I posted!

2) The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen (review): A pretty cool twist on the time travel genre.

3) Fables, volumes 1 – 3 by Bill Willingham (review): The start of a meaningful relationship! I quickly became hooked on the Fables world and read every bit of it, until the very final volume. Yes, there were tears.

4) Ocean’s Surrender by Denise Townsend (review): Look, I don’t normally review erotica, but when it’s by a favorite author writing under a pen name, I’m game. All the steam you’d expect, with a strong plot underlying the sexytimes.

5) Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link (review): I’m really not much of a short story reader, but a few of the stories in this collection really caught my fancy.

6) The Dog Stars by Peter Heller (review): Post-apocalyptic fiction with gorgeous writing.

7) Chomp by Carl Hiaasen (review): I was doing more kid fiction back in my early blogging days, as my kiddo was still in the phase where I could read aloud with him. Sadly, he no longer lets me read to him. (Okay, fine, he’s in high school, so I suppose it’s understandable.)

8) The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan (review): I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful the writing is in this book. You really just have to experience it.

9) Every Day by David Levithan (review): I’ve read bunches of David Levithan books by now, but this one is really something special. There’s definitely nothing like it out there. (Read it before the movie comes out!)

10) Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce (review): I was so sad when this author passed away in 2014. He’s the author of one of my very favorite books, The Silent Land (which I read in my pre-blogging days). This one is really special too.

What’s on your list this week? Please share your TTT link and I’ll drop by for a visit.


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12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Loved During My First Year of Blogging

  1. There is a movie version of Every Day? How did I miss that?! I hope the movie does the book justice. I have really enjoyed Harkness’s trilogy. Great list! I hope you have a great rest of the week.

    • I think they’re just filming now (and I really can’t imagine how they’re going to show A). I’ve seen David Levithan post a bit about set visits on social media. Not sure when the movie is coming out, but I’ll definitely want to see it!

      Thanks for commenting — have a great week too!

  2. Great list, Lisa! This is the second list I’ve seen Some Kind of Fairy Tale on, which is clearly a sign that I should read it soon. Magic for Beginners and A Discovery of Witches are on my TBR, too – especially as a TV adaptation of A Discovery of Witches has recently been announced! I never got into Fables, sadly. I thought I’d love it, I love fairy tales so I thought it’d be right up my street, but something about the writing and me just didn’t gel.

    • Graham Joyce is so talented — Some Kind of Fairy Tale was a great read (but check out The Silent Land for something really special). I’m really excited about the TV version of A Discover of Witches!

    • I’m pretty nervous too, and I hope they do a good job! I really like the actor they cast as Matthew, even though he does not look at all like the Matthew in my head. 🙂

      • I never considered Matthew Goode as Matthew (I couldn’t imagine anyone could live up to him in my head tbh, lol, but that’s usually me when I first hear about my favourite books beind adapted) but the minute they announced him I was like “Yeah, I can see him in the role” lol. I really like the actor too 🙂 I sense a re-read may be in order xD

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