Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday - First Books I Reviewed

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl is the first 10 books I reviewed.  To make things simpler I'm going with first 10 books I reviewed on this blog which started in August 2013.  At the time I was doing a lot of multi-book reviews which is actually a style I've been revisiting.

1.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - This was a surprise.  I vaguely remembered reading this one and reviewing it but I had no idea it was the first review.  I liked it okay and enjoyed the novelty though I ended up DNFing the 2nd one.

2.  When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James - I liked a lot about the writing but wasn't head over heels in love with the story itself.  So far this is the only full length Eloisa James I read.

3.  Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery - I was reading all of the L.M. Montgomery books in 2013 so I have read this one multiple times and every time I love it.

4.  Bossypants by Tina Fey - I liked this one fine when I first read it but I ended up listening to it a few years ago when I needed to fill an empty space in my audio list and I enjoyed it way more!

5.  Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers - I expected to fall absolutely in love with this one and the fact that I didn't was so disappointing that I think I ended up liking it even less.  I know I'm in the minority here but it just didn't work for me!

6.  Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery - Did I mention I was reading all the L.M. Montgomery books in 2013?  I didn't love this one when I first read this as a kid and didn't love it but when I reread it as an adult it became one of my favorites.

7.  Sour Apples by Shelia Connolly - This was one of the first cozy mystery series I ever read and I still feel a bit sentimental about it. 

8.  Anne's House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery - Another Montgomery book!  I enjoy this one even though it's a bit too sweet in moments.  There are some really hearbreaking and heartwarming stories mixed in the with sweet.

9.  Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis - I was dragging out getting to the end of the Lucky Harbor series with this one.  It ended up being a favorite.  I loved the main characters here even though the hero took some getting used to!

10. How to Moon a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale - This is a weird mystery series with no murders and lots of puzzles.  I think this was the last one I read and it was definitely intriguing though a bit overly complicated.

What were the first books you reviewed and where did you review them?


  1. I love doing multi book reviews now! That is a good mix of books!

  2. What a fun post! You're not the only one who preferred Bossypants on audio.

  3. This week's TTT has been so much fun. I'm enjoying the chance to see what people were reading when they first started out. I actually thought I had been following your blog almost since the beginning, and I know I've seen you talk about a lot of these books before, but apparently I wasn't following when you first started because I don't remember reading these particular reviews. I enjoyed looking at them today, though--especially the Anne reviews!

  4. I didn't know you reviewed Miss Peregrine's! And ooh Mary Poppins- sorry to hear that one didn't work. The show is fun. You never know though, sometimes books don't even if they're the original!

  5. I don't think you are in as much of a minority as you think with Mary Poppins. I have read a bunch of bad reviews. Enough that I have been afraid to pick it up. Ha ha. 😛

  6. I felt the same way about Mary Poppins. Disappointed big time. I enjoyed the Miss Peregrine books, although the first was definitely the best one.

    Happy TTT!

  7. I never liked the Mary Poppins film so I never read the book.

  8. Man, you got one heck of a memory remembering these books you first reviewed. I have no clue of course about the first 10 I reviewed.