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Top Ten Tuesday - The First Ten Books I Ever Reviewed

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.  It has since moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
The First Ten Books I Ever Reviewed
Oh man, this is taking me back.  I started book blogging on this site in 2010 (I started blogging on this site in 2009, but have hidden those early entries...yikes), so I have 9 years worth of bookish content saved up.  

I feel like my reviews have definitely changed in style over the years, so this was fun for me to look back and re-read them!  Links below all go to the reviews themselves.  Please check them out and laugh along with my first puny attempts at reviewing!

Book One - Reviewed 10.11.10 

I had to post a book review for my Creative Non-Fiction class in Undergrad.  Luckily, I already had a blog.  This was the turning point that this blog became a book blog.  Also, because this was for a class, it is much different from how I review books now.

Book Two - Reviewed 12.04.10

I adore Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, and I had read both their previous books, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List, so I knew I would love this one too.  I had also gotten a copy of it from the first big conference I went to, NCTE, where I got to meet Rachel and David and have them sign my books.  

Book Three - Reviewed 12.12.10

Another book I got from NCTE, and my first ARC ever!!!!  I loved this book, and was my first introduction to Holly Black.

Book Four - Reviewed 12.16.10

Another book from NCTE (seeing a pattern here?).  A cool re-imagining of Shakespeare's plays, but a series that I, unfortunately, never got into past the first book.

Book Five - Reviewed 01.05.11

This is still one of my favorite anthologies.  It's so much fun, and has a story for everyone.  The format is cool as well because you can read all the stories in order, or by mythical creature.  Definitely one to check out if you haven't!

Book Six - Reviewed 01.09.11

Another ARC from NCTE and my first real foray into YA contemporary romance.  It was adorable.  Love this whole connected series.  It is for sure a YA contemporary staple!

Book Seven - Reviewed 01.11.11

One of my very favorite books to this day, I couldn't put it down when I first read it.  I got it as an ARC at NCTE, and boy, was I sure glad I did!  I've since gotten to meet and correspond with Beth several times, and each book of her's I just adore!

Book Eight - Reviewed 01.30.11

Probably one of my most disappointing books.  I didn't like the way this was formatted and the development of the plot and characters was slow or non-existent.  Not a recommended book at all!

Book Nine - Reviewed 02.14.11

Two of my favorite YA authors equals one of my favorite YA books.  I devoured this book, and own like three different copies (of which are all signed by both John and David).  Just love it, and encourage everyone to read it!

Book Ten - Reviewed 02.23.11

Not my favorite of Rick Riordan's books, but still very good!  It's told differently than his other series, which makes it stand out.  Also, I don't believe he has written more in this series in a while, which is sad because I do find Egyptian mythology fascinating.

And there you have it, my first ten book reviews!  Definitely a blast from the past reading through all of these.  Also, I forgot how much I loved reviewing books back in the day (I certainly did it more often of my own volition and not due to a book tour).

What were the first books you reviewed?  Let me know!  Maybe I'll get some new books for my TBR!


  1. It's pretty interesting how much review styles and opinions change over the years, isn't it? I think it's so neat that your class inspired your blog to become a book blog. Thank goodness for that. Book blogs rock. Ahem. Not that I'm biased or anything. :3

    Here's my TTT post.

  2. I've never heard of a class requiring students to post a book review online before. What a cool assignment!

    My TTT.


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