Top Ten Tuesday -First Ten Books I Reviewed on This Blog

This is a Top Ten Tuesday post, which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Hello everyone! It’s been a while! (I feel like I write this in every post).

This is a great topic because it’s a fun retrospective of my blog and seeing how I’ve made some progress and also kind of regressed in writing reviews and also how I write in general.

And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1) by Kiersten White

My first ever review on my blog and it’s pretty bad folks. There’s misspellings, typos, and just a lot of cringe-y moments here. You’ll notice this trend where I try to rate books from a 1-10 scale instead of using the star system (which I still hate btw) but as of right now I’m not even sure how I want to rate books.

This is also one of the few books I’ve reviewed on here that wasn’t an arc because at this time I had no idea what NetGalley and Edelweiss was. Honestly I had no idea what the hell an arc was.

By the way I still have yet to finish this series….I really need to get on that I guess.

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

I’m actually proud of this review because I took notes while reading which made it easier for me to go back and recall some details. But I also just genuinely enjoyed this book and wanted to gush about it. I also forgot that I used to do “+” for a positive thing I liked and “-” for something I didn’t like. This did not stay long.

Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black

This was my first ever ARC review and it shows. I think I tried really hard to like this book but I really didn’t. This book was more like a 2 star read now that I come to think about it. It was kind of forgettable but now I’m remembering some of the plot I kind of hated it.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

For Sadie I didn’t want to do a full on review but 1) other people had been doing and had some stunning and poetic reviews of 2) because I was kind of lazy and didn’t want to write a lot. I also just noticed that the photo I took of for this review is really huge and hard to see. But this review felt so easy but it was a great book and obviously it’s easy for me to write reviews for books I enjoyed rather than ones I don’t like and for some people it’s the the opposite.

Shadow of the Fox (#1) by Julie Kagawa

This was my second ARC review and another favorite review of mine because it was so easy to gush over this book.

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

I think I like this graphic novel even more now than I did when I first read it. I’m not really sure if my review did it justice but I hope someone picked it up regardless of whether I made them or not.

Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill

This was another grapic novel ARC review. However with this one I don’t really remember too much about it. It wasn’t bad, because it does have a good message but it’s just not a book that was meant for me. I still stick by my original rating but its not a story I would ever read again.

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

And finally I went back to reviewing a book that wasn’t an ARC. Yet another gushy review. I’m not sure what kind of review I was going for here but it did get plenty of interaction so I’m glad about that.

So there’s my evolution of reviewing books on my blog, which is still something I’m working on and I can always improve which I guess is my advice to anyone wanting to write reviews. Keep on writing! 🙂

16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday -First Ten Books I Reviewed on This Blog

    • I know! I feel like I’m still trying to figure out my review style out but hopefully I’ll get to a place where I am set with a specific one. Yeah half stars is a good way to go. I only wish Goodreads would have half stars for their rating system.

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    • For sure! Like I said I know for some people it’s the opposite where they can easily rant about a book they don’t like but for me it’s so much easier to rave about a book and yell at everyone else to go out and read it lol.


    • Same I’m much more strict on which books I decide to request. I think that requesting a bunch of books that we may or may not read is like some sort of tradition that most book bloggers go through haha.

      Although it sucks when it’s a book you wanted to like but just didn’t.


    • Same!!! It’s one of the my favorite covers for YA fantasy the other covers in the series are just as gorgeous. I love that they’re very simple but stand out.


  1. I don’t really “review” books now as much as I share my thoughts – I don’t like rating systems because they feel so arbitrary sometimes, and so limiting, especially as there might be things I really love about a book and things I really hate. Plus, I’d hate for someone to miss out on a book that they could really enjoy because I gave it a poor review!

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    • I agree so hard with everything you said and it’s honestly the way I’m going to go with my reviews from now on. In my last review I didn’t leave a rating I just talked about what I enjoyed and what I didn’t about the book.

      Books are so subjective too and I don’t want my reviews to polarize anyone and make someone think they shouldn’t read a book just because I didn’t like it. I always try to recommend books even if they’re weren’t for me because I know there’s someone else out there that could enjoy it.


  2. I got And I Darken when it was on sale for $1.99 last summer. Have I read it yet? No. But I am reading it this summer. I have so many unread books that I came up with a list of 25 and used a random number generator to narrow it down to 10, and And I Darken made the list, LOL.

    I recognize a lot of these books though.


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