Throwback Tuesday: My First Book Reviews

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was 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. Each week, she will post a new Top Ten list topic for everyone to weigh-in on. Link back to That Artsy Reader Girl on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists!

This Week

First Ten Books I Reviewed (These do not have to be formal reviews. A small sentence on a retailer site or Goodreads counts, too!)

Ready for a throwback? I’m not! My early reviews are godawful. Not that my current reviews aren’t, but my first ones are the worst. At least it shows I’ve made some progress, if only little. And I have way better taste in books now… Click the links on the titles to read the full review.

Fist 10 Book Reviews

(1) The Eye of Minds

“Okay, so James Dashner wowed me with the Maze Runner series, so I automatically had high expectations for this book. Luckily, I wasn’t let down. This sci-fi novel had me guessing page after page, and usually I was dead wrong with those guesses. With so many twists and surprises, I couldn’t . . .”

(2) Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

“So, I had a love/hate relationship with this book. I read it because 1) I saw the film adaptation a while ago and remember loving it, 2) I absolutely love David Levithan, and 3) I really enjoyed Levithan and Cohn’s collab “Dash & Lilly’s Book of Dares.” So yes, I decided to give this book a try. My favorite thing was . . .”

(3) Family

“I had high hopes for this book. But then I read the reviews, and my hope faltered. Then, I started reading the first few pages, and my hope basically plummeted until I almost put the book down. However, I was determined; it has to get better, right? There were some positive reviews, so maybe I’ll end up liking it, too. I was . . .”

(4) Drowning Instinct

“Upon finishing this book, the only thing I could think of was: wow.Drowning Instinct is about a girl named Jenna who has been through a lot. Her mother is a drunk, her father is a raging psycho, and the two of them together is a total mess. After so many hardships in her life, she resorts to cutting herself to deal with the pain. However, when her secret . . .”

(5) Why We Broke Up

“When I came across this book, I just had to have it, because I knew it would depress me and make me think about my ex and bring about buried emotions. Sounds great, right??? After buying the book, I discovered that Daniel Handler is . . .”

(6) Forbidden

“Writing a review for this novel is…incredibly difficult. What to say…what to say… Reading the synopsis of Forbidden, I was very intrigued. I’ve never read anything of the sorts before – a brother and sister, falling in . . .”

(7) Premeditated

“This novel surprised me – I did not expect such an incredible story. With her cousin in a coma, Dinah is out for revenge on the boy who put her there. All she has is a name and a vague physical description, until finally she’s able to put a face to the killer’s name. She and her two (adorable) friends do everything they can to make Brooks’ life a living hell. However, Dinah realizes . . .”

(8) Gone Girl

“Honestly, this book deserves more than 5 stars. Absolutely astounding. I decided to take a break from my infinite string of YA fiction to read this thriller/mystery/suspense gem of a novel, and thank God I did – I was blown away. Gone Girl started out like many other . . .”

(9) The Loners

“I started out hating this book. I had to force myself to actually read past chapter three. I really love apocalypse, dystopian, end-of-the-world kinda books, so when I read a summary of this book, I was pretty interested in it. The story seemed great, but the writing was . . .”

(10) The Virgin Suicides

“Before I bought this book, I was reading through the reviews, and they were either 5-star-loved-it or 1-star-hated-it – nothing in between. My review, however, is the in between. I didn’t love this book, nor did I hate it – I liked it. Depression and suicide is something that has . . .”

Well, that was cringe-worthy… Keep in mind I was a teenager when writing these!! And please feel free to share your own Top Ten Tuesdays in the comments! I’d love to read your first reviews as well.

9 thoughts on “Throwback Tuesday: My First Book Reviews

    1. I know how you feel 😂 The Maze Runner series is one of my favorites!! Never read any of the other books past The Eye of Minds though 😂 And Gone Girl is really good! I don’t know if I’d call it scary, but maybe stay away just in case 🙂


      1. It’s basically a Sci-Fi thriller about a virtual reality game where one hacker is holding other players hostage inside the game, which causes them to be brain dead in the real world because they can’t leave the virtual one. It’s interesting! Just wasn’t enough to keep me reading.


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