Looking Back at the First Ten Books I Reviewed | Top Ten Tuesday

Happy Tuesday booknerds! Today is one of those Tuesdays when I hop on the Top Ten Tuesday train, and the prompt for this week is (First Ten) Books I Reviewed. (Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.)

Technically, I started reviewing books before I started this blog—when I was little, I wrote mini book reviews for my library’s summer reading program, and while these reviews would have made for a very interesting post, I unfortunately didn’t save them. For that reason, today’s post will focus on the first ten books that I reviewed here on my blog and how I feel now about the books and the reviews. 🙂

Thank you to my wonderful sister for modeling for this post’s featured image! ❤

Looking Back at the First Ten Books I Reviewed | Top Ten Tuesday

Note: Images below link to my reviews so you can read and cringe.

1. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna Marie McLemore

My first ever book review, and though the formatting is not too great, I actually think I did a pretty good job with the writing?? And I took multiple photos of the book?? I even cited the page numbers for the quotes like we do in school haha.

I had mixed feelings about the book itself, and while I still haven’t read anything else by the author, I would like to give her work another try at some point.

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore | Review

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Again, re-reading this review, I am surprisingly still proud of a lot of parts of this review! I lettered some quotes and put them in the post, which is an idea that I quite like—maybe I’ll start doing that again. I also like how I wrote a mini recap of the review at the end. This post contains the first aesthetic I ever made as well. The featured image could use some work though (it’s crooked which bothers me so much).

As far as the book, I still haven’t read the other ones in this series, though I am planning on it!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir | Review

3. The Hidden Oracle and The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

More series I still haven’t completed! Ahh 😦

This was my first time doing a mini review post. The intro is a little cheesy (although I feel like a lot of my post intros are??), and I remember having a lot of trouble figuring out how to edit in book covers for the photo.

Mini Reviews // Rick Riordan Edition

4. Anne of Green Gables by Mariah Marsden & Brenna Thummler

Aw, this graphic novel adaptation of Anne of Green Gables was so sweet! I remember having a lot of fun reading this book and writing my review. This was also the first ARC I ever reviewed, which I was super excited about. 🙂

(Pro tip: Andrews McMeel usually puts graphic novels/poetry books up on Netgalley that anyone can read automatically without having to be approved, so if you’re a newer blogger looking to find ARCs, this publisher might be a good place to start.)

5. Legend by Marie Lu

I wasn’t a huge fan of this book, disappointingly. I did have fun writing notes about it on little post-its though!

6. Wallace the Brave by Will Henry

This comic book was really sweet. It reminded me a bit of the Big Nate books. (My brothers used to be really obsessed with them.)

7. Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung

I LOVED this book. It’s basically a collection of comics about being an introvert, and it was so validating for me to read. (My formatting got a little better by the time I wrote this review, but it’s still not my favorite.)

8. Skavenger’s Hunt by Mike Rich

I think my requesting this book was a case of “I just got a Netgalley account and I’m super excited so I’m gonna request a bunch of books,” which is not a strategy I would recommend because if you get approved for a bunch you won’t have enough time to read them all, but I ended up having a fairly enjoyable time reading this middle grade adventure.

9. Rules of Rain by Leah Scheier

Unfortunately, I didn’t like Rules of Rain a whole lot, but I did think it was really cool that the main character was a blogger, and I really like the photo that I took for the post!

Rules of Rain | Book Review

10. Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

I really liked Love, Hate & Other Filters! I actually just received Samira Ahmed’s newest book, Internment, as an Easter gift (thanks Mom & Dad!!), and I am super excited to read it.

Love, Hate & Other Filters
Let's Chat

What were some of the first books that you reviewed? What is it like for you when you go back and read your old blog posts? Chat with me in the comments!

♥ Annie

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