Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved The Year I Started My Blog

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Another week, another Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is a throwback freebie so it can be anything you’d like to discuss about older books such as: books published 10 years ago, older books you forgot you loved, or books from the year you started blogging (which I’m doing!).

There are so many books I read a while ago that I don’t talk about enough and some of them I do talk about plenty. This is going to be a list of my favorite reads from 2015 back when I started this blog!

These are in no particular order and I do have reviews up for each of these books but I’m not going to link them since they’re older and slightly embarrassing! Still though they are available if you want to hear my full thoughts on some of them.

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10.) A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

This was one of the first books I read when I started my blog because there was a ton of hype and glowing reviews for it! Of course I’m super happy I gave Schwab a try because she’s one of my favorite authors now.

9.) Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

I had read “Gone Girl” as well as “Dark Places” before I gave this one a go because I really enjoy the way Flynn tells her stories, they’re also super twisted. This one is probably one of my favorites of hers now as well because of that twist at the end!

8.) Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

This was a new release when I started my blog and I had heard a few good things about it and I’m ALWAYS looking for some great, creepy YA horror books. This is an anthology and pretty much all of the stories were fantastic plus some of them definitely did not fail to give me nightmares!

7.) Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

I actually mention this book quite frequently but when I first started blogging I was digging around for some great books to read that I hadn’t heard of before. “Lips Touch” was one of the ones I found and it definitely is very underrated. It’s three short stories told by Laini Taylor and her writing here is just as beautiful as it is in her other book “Daughter of Smoke and Bone”. Highly recommend checking out if you’re a fan of hers!

6.) The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

I bought this book when I got “Slasher Girls & Monster Boys” as well because I had heard mixed things about it and was looking for more scary reads. I’m really terrified of Japanese horror stories every since getting nightmares in the fourth grade from the movie “The Grudge” so I was easily scared reading this book, which was fun!

5.) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

I hadn’t actually heard much about this book but I saw it in my local bookstore and the cover was so intriguing and creepy that I HAD to buy it. It’s also told in a really unique format consisting of transcripts of video footage, journal entries, and even drawings. It’s an interesting and pretty suspenseful psychological thriller.

4.) The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

This book….broke my heart! It came highly recommended when I was searching Goodreads for new books to read since I started my book blog and while it was fantastic and very well written….it was also completely emotionally devastating!

3.) Alice by Christina Henry

Okay, okay I KNOW I mention this book all the time but that’s only because it’s so fantastic! I think it’s pretty good for me to still be recommending a book two years after reading it! This is a very twisted, gritty retelling of Alice in Wonderland and is very much worth reading through in my opinion.

2.) Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

This book was actually recommended to me by one of my blogging besties Arianna @ The Quirky Book Nerd and I of course always take her recommendations to heart! This was such a hilarious graphic novel and I enjoyed every minute of it, it’s a great book to brighten up your day!

1.) Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Probably my most highly recommended book I’ve read and I was pretty proud reading two of Schwab’s books in half a year too when I started all of this! It’s got morally ambiguous characters with freaking superpowers….so yeah I was definitely impressed. I’m also DYING to read the sequel!!!!

A Few Honorable Mentions:

  • You by Caroline Kepnes
  • The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  • The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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Have you read any of these books as well? What did you think?

What are some of your favorite books from the year you started blogging?

How about some older favorites in general?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

25 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved The Year I Started My Blog

  1. Liesje September 12, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    I really like the books you choose! A lot of them I haven’t read yet, but they sound worth picking up!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek September 18, 2017 / 3:24 pm

      Thank you and I’m so glad to hear you loved A Darker Shade of Magic, it’s excellent! I actually enjoyed Vicious even more so I hope you do as well! πŸ™‚


  2. Rachael September 12, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    I recently read Hyperbole and a Half and thought it was really funny but it also had depth, ya know? I have been wanting to read Vicious for a while. I think I’m scared of how much I’ll like it.

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek September 18, 2017 / 3:34 pm

      I definitely agree, she handled both hilarious stories and stories about mental illness very well I thought.
      I also know how you feel with the scared of how much you’ll like it thing, I was sad by how much I wanted more but there really aren’t any other books that are even comparable! It’s fantastic! πŸ™‚

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  3. amortalreader1 September 12, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    I read Sharp Objects this past weekend and OH MY GOSH. It is so good. I found it so weird and wonderful. I need to get a review wrote up on it ❀

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  4. The Girl in Boots September 12, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    Lips Touch is one of my favourites (the writing is so pretty!). I actually enjoyed it more than DOSB.

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  5. Lucy C September 13, 2017 / 3:42 am

    I recently read Vicious and Uprooted after seeing them so highly recommended by everyone and I’m so glad I did! Both quite unique but really enjoyable to read.

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek September 21, 2017 / 9:28 am

      Glad you enjoyed both of those, they really are both fantastic books! I could definitely praise Vicious all day, every day especially! πŸ™‚

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  6. Nia September 13, 2017 / 8:13 am

    I loved Vicious and A Darker Shade of Magic! V. E. Schwab is an incredible author! I also have Alice on my TBR and I’m really excited for that one, especially now that Halloween is almost here!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek September 21, 2017 / 9:35 am

      She really is, definitely an auto buy author!
      I really hope you enjoy Alice, it’s a fantastic, dark book and it is a fantastic book with Halloween coming up! Can’t wait to see what you think of it! πŸ™‚

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  7. MetalPhantasmReads September 13, 2017 / 9:14 am

    Steep and Thorny Way is my next Cat Winters read πŸ™‚ I am excited to hopefully get Lips Touch Three Times soon…I NEED more books by her

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek September 21, 2017 / 9:37 am

      Dark Places definitely is pretty freaky, lots of suspense and honestly creepy stuff! I thought Sharp Objects is pretty similar to it so maybe putting off is a good idea, haha, still a great and twisty read though! πŸ™‚


      • iloveheartlandx September 21, 2017 / 10:50 am

        Yes it is! Haha I’m sure it’s great and it has been about 3 years since I read Dark Places, so maybe it’s time for another Gillian Flynn!


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