the first ten books I reviewed on this blog | #toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic is a bit of an embarrassing one, in my case, and it’s the first 10 books we ever reviewed. I decided to focus on the first ten reviews I wrote for this blog. Looking back on them, I’ll probably be kind of embarrassed about the things I wrote. I’ve (hopefully) grown quite a lot in terms of writing and expressing my thoughts in the past few years – since I started this blog in 2014. Anyway, let’s take a look at the books.

Break It Up by E.M. Tippetts 
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and felt obliged to write a review on it. Coincidentally, it happened around the time I started my blog in 2014, and this ended up being the first review I ever published on here. I’m honestly too afraid to read it, and I can’t imagine reading the book again either. It’s certainly not something I’d pick up today, but then again I didn’t buy it back then either.

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
I always feel like I need to add a disclaimer when I talk about this book. Yes, I know it’s a story about incest. No, I don’t condone incest. Taking a step back from that whole discussion, this book is incredibly moving, emotional, and hard-hitting. Seriously, read it.

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
Another book that I don’t think I’d ever pick up today. It’s a paranormal read, about a girl who dies of a broken heart and has to watch her family, friends, and ex-boyfriend go through the rest of their lives without her. She has to grieve too, before she’ll be allowed to move on.

The Blood of Olympus (Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan
I think this might be one of the most popular reviews on my blog, to this day. Which scares me because I have no idea how eloquent I was in said review. I refuse to reread what I wrote years later and edit it, because that seems kind of dishonest. I don’t think I need to explain how much I loved this book, right? I adore Rick Riordan, and this conclusion to the series was fantastic.

Schizo by Nic Sheff
I think this might be the most popular review on my blog. I have no idea why because I’ve never seen anyone talk about it. I’m kind of scared about leaving this review on my blog, to be honest. I wasn’t a (very) critical reader in 2014, and this book focuses on a boy with schizophrenia. I don’t know how good the rep in it is, and it’s been too long for me to remember anything that happened in it. I know that the author was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but obviously that’s not the same.

Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter
I think this might have been the first book I was ever approved for on Netgalley. At this point in time, I remember absolutely nothing about this book other than it focusing on bullying.

The Paper Magician (Paper Magician #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg
The second book I ever got through Netgalley? Probably. Unlike with Every Ugly Word, I still remember so much about this series. I distinctly remember loving it, and flying through the first two books, being so sad I had to wait for the release of the third one. This is about a girl who becomes an apprentice to a paper magician, even though she always wanted to be a metal magician.

The Glass Magician (Paper Magician #2) by Charlie N. Holmberg
Like I mentioned before, I absolutely flew through the first and second book! I immediately reviewed both, because I wanted to share this fun, magical world with everyone else. I did read and review the third book when that came out too, but still have to read the 4th one.

The 100  (The Hundred #1) by Kass Morgan
I think I read this one because I’d heard of the TV show, and wanted to read it before watching the adaptation. I ended up thinking this book was simply okay. There were too many perspectives and too little time with each person, which ended up being not only incredibly confusing, but also created a distance between the reader and characters. I did love the TV show, however! I’m so far behind on it, but I love it nonetheless.

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch
Finally, a book I still rave about today. I can’t believe I read this in 2014! I’m seriously due for a reread. This is one of my all-time favorite fantasy books/series, and I won’t stop recommending it to everyone. Thanks Top Ten Tuesday, for reminding me I need to read this book again.

Quite an odd collection of books, my first 10 reviews… I still love The Lies of Locke Lamora today, and consider it to be one of my favorites. I barely even remembered some – and had completely forgotten about others. Have you read any of these books? What were your first reviews? How long have you been blogging?

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24 thoughts on “the first ten books I reviewed on this blog | #toptentuesday”

  1. It’s interesting to see all the books that people read in the past. Some of these I’ve heard of but I don’t know much about. I know my daughter used to read a lot of the Olympus books. Are they in the same series as Percy Jackson? Maybe not.


  2. We all change and grow as book reviewers, I don’t think you should be nervous about something you wrote a while ago – we all need to be allowed to develop as critical readers! 🙂 I think it’s weird there’s such a taboo around Forbidden because I’ve heard so many good things about it, and I think we should be able to appreciate a well-written book without having to say that we don’t condone incest. It’s not like we feel the need to say we don’t condone theft when we read something like The Lies of Locke Lamora! I’m hoping to finally cross that one off my TBR this year. 😀 Great list!


    1. That’s true! Actually, I never really thought about that. I always give that disclaimer with Forbidden because people always say that they don’t want to read a book about incest. But it’s not like that means I’m condoning it, you know? You make a great point about this! We all love books about assassins, thieves, and heists but that doesn’t mean I’m about to kill someone or steal their fortune either.


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