Top Ten Tuesday: Early Blogging Favorites

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Throwback Freebie: Ten Books I Loved During The First Year I Started My Blog, Favorite Books Published 5 or 10 or 15 Years Ago, Ten Older Books I Forgot How Much I Loved, etc. etc. Tweak however you want!” Let me start off by saying that I was tempted to go back and read my reviews for these titles, but instead of torturing myself by discovering I was either a worse or better reviewer my first few months of blogging, I thought I’d just reflect a little on how I feel about these early favorites now. Covers are linked to Goodreads.


1. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill – This was the first five-star read on my blog. It’s been a long time since I really thought about this one, but it’s one of the few time-travel books that I really enjoyed. I still think this one should have gotten a sequel.

2. In the After by Demitria Lunetta – Before I got tired of the dystopian genre, I picked up this one and its sequel. They are decent books, but now when I look back, I really can’t remember any solid details.

3. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund – I’m almost certain I wrote this review after a reread. It’s probably my favorite Jane Austen retelling and I remember the protagonist quite fondly. Maybe another reread is needed.

4. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – Still remains one of my favorite sequels and series. I’m still enrapture over the concept of pulling things out of your dreams.

5. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore – Probably the most underrated novel in the Graceling Realm series. I actually think this one was my favorite.

6. Boundless by Cynthia Hand – I can only recall this series and Angelfall as novels about angels that I actually enjoyed. The ship in this series nearly undid me.

7. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga – I just have a thing for serial killer books and this one is one of my favorites. Can you believe I don’t own these books? I need them in hardcover because of the fake blood splatter under the dust jackets. Yes, you read that right.

8. Skylark by Meagan Spooner – I still have not finished this series. I meant to pick up the last book, but it’s been so long, I don’t think I could go into it without being very confused.

9. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – I love this series so much and currently have the final fourth book on my shelf waiting for me. I’ve been holding back because I don’t want to say goodbye, but will probably read it this October.

10. Fire & Ash by Jonathan Maberry – The Benny Imura series remains some of my favorite zombie novels. If you haven’t read them, they are a must.

Have you read any of these novels? What’s the first book on your blog that received five stars? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

48 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Early Blogging Favorites

  1. I’ve been wanting to read “The Naturals” for so long. In fact I almost picked up the third book the other day, but held off because I thought I’d best read the two books (in the series) already on my shelf before getting more. I’m also curious about ‘Stars’ and have had that one on my shelf for a looong time. But since it is an Austen re-telling, why I haven’t read it yet is a mystery. 🙂

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    1. I do that every once in while: wanting to buy a sequel even though you haven’t read the previous book. Book buying is a dangerous addiction. I love For Darkness Shows the Stars. I ought to do a reread of it. Picking up Austen retellings is actually something I ought to do more often.

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  2. I should never have looked, now I want more!

    BTW I’m back, spent a while catching up, but just in case you didn’t know I had computer troubles. Luckily it was the last day of the comment challenge! Sadly, I missed this month’s because of it.

    So normal service has now been resumed lol xx

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  3. I think Dream Thieves is up there as one of my favourite sequels too – the power of dreams put a completely new dimension on the whole series. I’ve been looking for more time travel books as well and All Our Yesterdays sounds really good, thanks for linking!

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  4. I’m still reading the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. I couldn’t make my TTT this week (or the week before) because I’ve just come back from a trip abroad and I’m super busy with school! Loved your post though!

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  5. So many great titles on this list. I love The Naturals. It hits the same buttons as Criminal Minds for me. And I love the Benny Imura series. I don’t typically like zombie novels, but this one didn’t read like a zombie novel. Happy reading!

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