Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is a throwback freebie. I decided to discuss the first ten books that I reviewed when I started my blog. When I decided to start blogging, it was the first time I started reading books after a large break from reading. I read all the time in high school, but once I started college, I either didn’t have enough time or didn’t want to read after reading textbooks all week for my classes. During the winter break of my junior year, I discovered Booktube and book blogs and picked up a few books that I put off for a few years. In this post, I’m going to celebrate the time I fell in love with reading again by sharing the first ten books I wrote reviews for in my blog (reviews will be linked to the book’s title):
This was my first review EVER on my blog! I remember reading this over winter break my junior year of college (awhile after this book was released). Somehow, the ending wasn’t spoiled for me! This was the perfect book to start my book blog because I had so many mixed feelings for this book, I had enough to write about for my first book review. Let’s just pretend I didn’t spell the book’s title wrong in the image at the top.
I remember that I picked this book up at the thrift store over winter break on a whim because I heard about it in one of my education classes. I absolutely LOVED this book and it was great to talk about my experience reading this book on my blog! Now, I can’t believe that I will get to see the movie soon in theaters.
I remember I received this book as a gift for Christmas. Since it was a Christmas themed book, I quickly wrote a review and posted it on my blog. Thinking about this book makes me think about the early days of my blog. Like with Wonder, I loved this book and enjoyed talking it about it online!
This book is one that I actually found through the blogging community! While I didn’t love everything about this book, it brings back so many memories of books that the blogging community introduced me to that I really love today. I would never have picked up some of my favorite books if I didn’t see the opinions outside of my friends and family!
This blog post doesn’t bring back the best memories… it was my first mostly negative review of a book! I remember seeing this book at a thrift store and was so excited because I saw it on so many winter reading lists. Even though I was disappointed with this book, I’m happy that I was able to gather my thoughts and organize them in a post.
When I first started my blog, I still didn’t have a typical way that I wrote my reviews. Also, as soon as I read a book, I wanted to post about it online instead of planning ahead and spreading out my reviews. That’s what I think about when I see the next three books on my list.
Looking at the book above and below this one, I know I had a lot more thoughts on these books that just a paragraph or two. Instead of thinking it through, I crammed them all into one post.
Looking back, I would have given each of these books their own individual post to go into more detail about what I liked or disliked about these books. However, it makes me happier to think about what I post now. Even when I do mini-review posts, I make sure to take my time and explain all of my thoughts towards a book, even if it’s in fewer words.
Like with the three books I previously mentioned, I put this book and the book below into one post. When I see these books, it reminds me of my old posting schedule. Before, I started all of my posts with hashtags, like #TeenTuesday for young adult books and #ThrowbackThursday for picture books and middle grade books.
However, I eventually figured out this wasn’t the best way for me to post. I didn’t like the clunky titles, or even sometimes misleading titles (I thought the Throwback Thursday might confuse some people if it wasn’t an older book). Plus, I already did posts on Tuesdays… Top Ten Tuesdays! Now, I work on a different schedule that spaces out my posts and use more accurate titles.
What were some of the first books that you reviewed on your blog?