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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Celebrating 1,000!


With this very post… I have now published 1,000 posts on my blog!

I can hardly believe it.

Less than 3 years ago, I launched Bookshelf Fantasies with only the vaguest idea of what blogging was all about. Here I am, one thousand posts later — older for sure, smarter I can only hope, and still going strong!

I’ve had such fun figuring out how to do this thing! Along the way, I’ve met great people, had amazing conversations, and shared a love of books that unites those special people — the true bookworms — wherever in the world they may be found.

My one thousand posts, by the numbers, include:

  • 285 book reviews
  • 100 Thursday Quotables posts (my very own little meme — come join me on Thursdays!)
  • 100 Top Ten Tuesday posts (I had no idea that this week’s TTT post was my 100th!)

Just to check in on my pet obsessions:

  • Outlander has been mentioned in 131 posts (Really? That’s all? I would have guessed a lot more!)
  • Harry Potter? Appears in 60 posts.
  • I’ve mentioned The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell in 29 posts.
  • Stephen King appears in 81 posts.

As of today, my Book Blog Meme Directory has been viewed 11,380 times! Wow, that makes me happy! I guess that means that people find it useful… and I think that’s just awesome.

1,000 posts since day one, and I’m still having so much fun! Thank you so much to all of you wonderful people who take the time to stop by, check in, say hi, and share your thoughts. Your comments and insights mean more to me than I can say, and I feel like I’ve made some amazing new friends thanks to the incredible world of book blogging.

So, here’s a quick little thank you — how does a giveaway grab you?


I can’t give away $1,000. Sorry! But I think I can manage 1,000 pennies! And since I’m enjoying celebrating so much, I’ll do it twice. Enter here to win one of two $10 gift cards for Amazon or Book Depository:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And one more time:


I appreciate all of the encouragement, laughter, and support!

Onward we go… to the next 1,000 posts!