Top Ten Tuesday Fifty Two – First Ten Books I Reviewed

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/ meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This weeks topic is one that sounds super fun, as it involves looking back at some of my very first blog posts!  It is so nostalgic looking back at my old reviews and seeing how much my posts and myself have changed over the years that I have been blogging.  It also reminded me of some of my old favourite books and the kind of things that I was reading back when I first started, as my reading tastes have definitely evolved quite a lot since then!

So here are the first ten books I reviewed!

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Not only was this my first ever book review, but it was also my first ever blog post!  I remember really enjoying this fun summer contemporary, and even 5 years later still love picking up a Morgan Matson book during the warmer months, so its strange to see where that all began.

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Thankfully this review was a little longer than my Since You’ve Been Gone one, but it is still nothing like the ones I write now that take me a lot longer to put together.  It was really interesting to look back at my thoughts for this book, as I honestly remember nothing about it all and have since unhauled it along with quite a few of the other books on this list.

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Even though I did state in my review of this that I didn’t love it, I still think that I held back on some of my opinions of it for fear of being too harsh or for bashing it too much.  I clearly wrote this review back when I still thought this series might be one to grow on me, when in reality I never even made it halfway through book two.

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This was my favourite book of the Anna and the French Kiss companion series, something that is clear from my glowing review for this one.  I feel like these books are such a classic throwback YA series, and so its no surprise that this was one of the first reviews I ever wrote so many years ago.

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This is one that I thoroughly enjoyed back when I first read it, but think that if I were to read it now, I wouldn’t be as in love with it as I was.  It was my first real dive into YA horror books, and so for that at least I am glad it introduced me to the spookier side of the genre!

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This was my first real venture into seasonal stories, and one I absolutely fell in love with for its cute christmasy romance that I still love going back to even now.  Despite not enjoying the sequel, I fully stand by my opinions on this book and think that it is such a perfect read for the holiday season.

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This one is a little more of a short review, as I remember being super unsure about how to write a review for a short story anthology without reviewing each one individually.  I still share the same favourites as I did back then, and strangely enough I do actually revisit these particular ones every year even now.

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By this point, I was finally beginning to learn to criticise books that I didn’t enjoy rather than just pretending that I enjoyed them, as I definitely wasn’t a fan of this sequel.  I just felt it was such an unnecessary book that added nothing to the first book or to the story itself, and so its not surprise that this one is also no longer sitting on my shelves.

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The Mortal Instruments is another classic YA series, and so it feels very nostalgic to look back at my thoughts on the third book having now read so many more books set in the Shadowhunter world.  I remember this being one of my favourites of the entire series, and enjoying how well it wrapped up the first half of this six book series.

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I used to adore Cat Patrick’s books when I was younger, and so I wasn’t surprised in the slightest to see a review of one of her books on my blog.  This was my least favourite of her books, and so its amazing to see that even 4 years ago I was beginning to see my reading tastes develop from what they were before then.

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What were some of the first books you reviewed?  Have you read any of these – what did you think?

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9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday Fifty Two – First Ten Books I Reviewed

  1. Isn’t it funny looking back at your reviews and realizing you don’t remember reading the book at all? That wasn’t the case for me this week, but I’ve had it happen so many times that I definitely relate.

    I think it’s really neat that in your first 10 reviews, you started learning how to criticize books that you weren’t all that fond of. It definitely took me longer to reach that point, personally, and I often ended up being more lenient on stars and reviews early on because of it.

    Here’s my TTT post.

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    1. Definitely – there are so many books that I reviewed and read years ago that I remember almost nothing about now! I also think that everyone starts out being more lenient with reviews and stars when they start out, but even now I sometimes find myself rating a book higher than I should because I’m still a little nervous about criticising overly popular books.

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      1. I have to stop and think, too. But generally, nowadays, I throw caution to the wind. I just make sure I word things as my opinion and point out specifically what didn’t work *for me* versus trying to tear down a book. I guess it’s a fine line between having a negative opinion and bashing, but I’m a daredevil, so I’ma walk it! xD

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    1. It was actually my mum who suggested that I start writing book reviews online, probably because she was getting bored of me telling her all my thoughts on those that I’d read, and so that’s exactly what I did!

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