Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!
This week’s theme is all about the first ten books we reviewed, whether on our blog or on somewhere like Goodreads or Amazon, which is such a fun topic. I decided to go with the first ten books I reviewed on my blog as that was when I started reviewing books beyond ‘I enjoyed it’, and it was really fun to go back and see what those books were.
Some of them are books I’d never pick up now, whether that’s because my reading tastes have changed or because when I first started blogging I thought I had to be talking about the same books everyone else was talking about, but I was surprised by how many of them are still books I love now. Well done, past me!
So, in the order I reviewed them, here are the first ten books I reviewed as a book blogger:
Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë: My very first review didn’t even include a picture of or a link to the book I was reviewing – well done, Jess – but this is still one of my favourite classics and I’m glad Anne Brontë was my introduction to the reviewing world.
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver: Apparently Lena was one of my favourite heroines of all time when I wrote this review, which I know isn’t the case now, but I do have a soft spot for her. She’s certainly still a favourite dystopian heroine – at least in the first book. When I wrote this review I was still trying to concentrate on positives because I didn’t think negative reviews were the thing to do, but I still managed to share my disappointment over this sequel so past me didn’t do too badly.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: This book was the book in which I finally stopped caring about whether negative reviews would make me a likeable blogger, because I really didn’t like this book. Even though I didn’t like it, I still have to thank it for giving me the balls to be myself as a book blogger!
Cinder by Marissa Meyer: I have such fond memories of The Lunar Chronicles because I started reading the series while I was at uni, and there were many times I escaped the stress of my BA and MA by jumping into this sci-fi fairy tale world.
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks: This is another one I read during my MA and, despite having read it around five years ago, I still remember a lot about it. I need to check out more of Geraldine Brooks’ work!
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: Scarlet was my least favourite book in this series, there seemed to be a severe case of instalove between Scarlet and Wolf and instalove is one of the tropes I most hate, but I wouldn’t mind re-reading it at some point to see if I still feel the same way. If nothing else, I loved Cinder’s bromance with Thorne.
Cress by Marissa Meyer: I have a very vivid memory of pre-ordering this book, receiving it while at uni and then sitting in my room and reading it in one sitting. It’s still my favourite book in The Lunar Chronicles.
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson: I so wanted to love this retelling of Bluebeard, but sadly it just wasn’t that great. It was so obvious the villain was a villain that I couldn’t understand how he hadn’t already been caught.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell: I picked up Attachments because everyone was raving about Rainbow Rowell and this one sounded the most fun to me, but looking back I think it was a kind of creepy story and I’m still not that interested in Rowell’s contemporary novels.