Top Ten Tuesday: First Ten Books I Reviewed

Do you ever read one of the early reviews that you wrote…and just C R I N G E?? 😱 I definitely still do, but I thought it’d be fun to highlight the first few book reviews and discussions that I wrote which started off my journey as a book blogger. They’re definitely not perfect, and there are definitely many many things I would want to change. However, I thought it’d make sense to leave them so I can see how much my review style and writing style has grown over time! Without further ado, here are the first ten books I reviewed (with some excerpts of the actual review!)

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

“Even as a college student, I can greatly appreciate Uncle Rick’s writing. It’s clear and concise. It’s sarcastic and witty. It’s all things good intertwined and integrated into the plot. Percy is such a loveable and funny narrator…not to mention pretty darn bad a** for a 12-year-old.”

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

“I LOVED REREADING THIS BOOK. I typically skim through books during the first read, so I really appreciated getting to take a closer look at all the details, dialogue, and literary references Cassie takes so much time to create. 10/10 would recommend!”

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

“Personally, I found Clockwork Prince to be less engaging and action-packed than Clockwork Angel, BUT it’s still a great read. This book felt like a filler where I was learning more information about each character than the plot actually moving forward.”

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

“OH MY GOSH. I’m all choked up with feels at the moment. This book was so good! If Clockwork Angel was 10/10 and Clockwork Prince was 8/10, Clockwork Princess was for sure an 11/10!!!”

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

“I went into this book with high expectations because it’s rated so highly on Goodreads and in the book blogging community, but I was so FRUSTRATED with it. I had to will myself to finish even though I was putting it down every five minutes because I just couldn’t stand everything that was happening.”

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

“I’m always excited to read a Cassandra Clare book, and this one did not disappoint! Cassie’s writing has improved soo much.  I was highlighting and annotating every other page because there were so many great quotes and moments of foreshadowing I wanted to remember.”

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

“In my opinion, the second books in Cassandra Clare’s series are not as strong as the first. Don’t get me wrong. ALL of Cassie’s books are great, and I would recommend everyone to read every single one of them. However, since the second books are more informational, the plotline and the pacing do not complement each other as well as the other books in her series.”

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

“I honestly have pretty conflicted feelings about this book. On a surface level, it was a fun and easy read. Things fell together like a stereotypical Disney movie. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I didn’t particularly enjoy this book as much as I originally believed.”

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

“This book has 4.25 stars on Goodreads, and I’m honestly just baffled. The Darkest Minds was released at the height of the dystopian phase in YA, so I can understand why it received a lot of hype. It piggybacks off the success of Hunger Games and Divergent, yet it’s strikingly inferior to both.”

Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

“THIS BOOK! This book has literally triggered a cultural revolution. It has impacted so many lives and influenced so many minds. It’s crazy to even think about how much one boy living in one magical world created by one author could change so many lives.”

What were some of the first reviews that you wrote? How has your style changed? 💕

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: First Ten Books I Reviewed

  1. Ahh I love these little snippets of your older reviews, Tiffany! ❤ It's always so fun to see how much our writing style and reviewing style has changed over time. I love your Harry Potter snippet here, this book series changed so many lives indeed ❤

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    1. Aww thank you, Marie!! It’s cringey for sure, but it’s also pretty sentimental to look back and see how we’ve grown ❤ In a way, it's defintiely great because it means we're improving!! and RIGHT?? Harry Potter has been a cultural phenomenon :O

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