Top Ten Tuesday: My First Ten 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.

This was an interesting trip down memory lane for me.  Apparently 2016 was the year of the kindle freebie and bad romance.  On the upside- I realized my reviews have come pretty far!  I’ve gotten better at discussing elements I liked or didn’t like without necessarily talking about plot (although I still do that sometimes).  I’m significantly more aware of spoilers and content warnings and try to leave information that is actually helpful to others whether it’s positive or negative.

Most of these books are not relevant to my blog, so instead of talking about them I’m linking to their GoodReads page and reviewing them in stars and gifs.

The Warrior’s Wife by Denise Domning – Feb 27, 2015 – 3 stars

November 9 by Colleen Hoover – January 1, 2016 – 4 stars

Fifty Shades of Gray by E.L. James – May 1, 2016 – 1 star

The King’s Curse by Phillippa Gregory – May 7, 2016 – 3 stars

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – May 15, 2016 – 5 stars

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – May 16, 2016 – 3 stars

Burns So Bad by Anne Marsh – May 26, 2016 – 2 stars

Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs – June 6, 2016 – 4 stars

Ash by Jason Brant – June 7, 2016 – 4 stars

Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King – June 9, 2016 – 4 stars

What about you?  Which ten books did you review first?  Leave a link in the comments below!

48 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: My First Ten Reviews

    • Thanks for stopping by Deb! I agree, gifs are pretty effective at communicating feelings. And it would be so much fun to review in only gifs!! I think it would probably work well for short fiction or an anthology even better, since I don’t always have much to say about those.


    • Right?! I was cringing as I read some of my old reviews. Spoilers, no content warnings, inarticulate, lol. And almost none of them were relevant to my blog to top it off. I did have fun with it though. Even if it meant dragging some skeletons out of my closet.


    • I love NOS4A2!! It’s one of my favorites and I can’t wait for the show. November 9 was a pleasant surprise and I completely agree about Girl on the Train. I was hoping for more Gone Girl and it wasn’t that at all.


    • haha! Glad I could brighten someone’s day. I should do this more often. I don’t feel like I should get any kudos for reading 50 shades. It’s the only book I’m actually embarassed to admit having read.


  1. I’m back already, lol. I love this post! The gifs had me cracking up.
    I also hated Fifty Shades!

    And, The Girl on the Train? I’ve been wondering if it was a better read as a book because I only did it as an audio book and really didn’t like it. After your 3 star review there, I won’t bother wondering anymore. Glad I’m not the only one who didn’t like it, there was so much hype for it.

    I will have to say that I’m a big Colleen Hoover fan and will have to check out November 9.

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    • Girl on the Train was so exhausting, and it was kind of predictable. Definitely not worth re-reading. Have you tried Gone Girl? That’s a thriller that lives up to the hype!

      November 9 was pretty good- I don’t read much romance these days but I’d still recommend it!


      • I did read Gone Girl. While MUCH better than Girl on the Train, I didn’t love it. I think I may be the only one there. Not to add any spoilers here, but I really liked it up until a certain point that ruined the rest of it for me. But, I enjoyed Flynn’s writing and saw a review today for another of her books that I might pick up.

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