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Top 10 Tuesday 23rd April

on April 23, 2019

Welcome back to Top 10 Tuesday, a bookish meme originally created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish but now residing with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. There’s a different theme each week and today we are talking……

First 10 Books I Reviewed

I started this blog wayyyy back in 2010 in May. Almost 9 years ago now. I’d had a baby not quite 2 years earlier and I was finally getting back into reading again but without the time to devote to it that I’d had previously – or the memory. So I started this blog as a way of keeping track of what I was reading and in terms of series’, to refresh my memory on previous books each time a new one was released. I never imagined I’d still be going nearly a decade later. I didn’t review anywhere else like Goodreads or similar until well after I’d started the blog, so this is my OG review place. Here are the first 10 books I reviewed on this blog:

  1. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. Haha. I remember this. I watched the movie as well, with a few twitter friends which sparked a tradition we have of watching and tweeting about various TV shows and movies (the good and the bad). I can’t say I loved this book……but I didn’t hate it. I don’t think I’ve read another Nicholas Spark book since about 2010 though. I read maybe 2 or 3 in that year but probably none since.
  2. Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs. I got into the Temperance Brennan series in a big way around this time. I found a lot of the backlist cheap on a website somewhere and went on a bit of a binge after a recommendation from an American friend of mine. I really liked this series until the author just dicked me around too much re: Tempe and Ryan and in the end I just couldn’t be bothered anymore.
  3. In The Woods by Tana French. Does anyone remember this series? Each book spun off a character from the previous. I think I read the first three but there’s definitely been a couple I haven’t read. In fact I should look that up….. Okay there’s now 6! I really enjoyed this one and the second one which is……
  4. The Likeness by Tana French. I bought and read the first 2 together, from the 3 for 2 table at Borders. Remember them? They came here in around 2008 or so and opened a bunch of huge stores. And then collapsed a few years later. But I loved them while they were here!
  5. Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs. The binge continued.
  6. Dead In The Family by Charlaine Harris. I remember I bought the boxset of the first 8 books in this series and read them in four days. I mean, they’re pretty quick reads but still. Sometimes I miss that sort of binge. I can’t remember the last time I did something like that. Maybe the Throne of Glass series in a week a couple years ago. I really loved this series for soooo long. I still haven’t read the last two books though, because it kinda took a weird turn there at the that I wasn’t into.
  7. The Birthday Present by Barbara Vine. I…… don’t even remember this book. But apparently Barbara Vine is a pseudonym for Ruth Rendell.
  8. Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs. Still going here I see. More Tempe.
  9. Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward. My favourite of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books. Another series I’ve long abandoned now but I will always have a bit of love for Zsadist and Bella.
  10. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. Ugh. Didn’t like this. Movie is worse.

I kinda enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. I have been back and re-read my blog from the beginning (some of the reviews make me cringe now! haha) and it’s good to see how your tastes and also writing style evolve over time. There are books here that I would honestly not read now but at the same time, I’m glad I read most of them. Seems that nothing I reviewed in my first 10 books ever turned out to be a longtime favourite. Most of these were just okay but they’re what got me started on this book blogging thing!

11 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 23rd April

  1. Lloyd Russell says:

    Quite a few years ago, I had to spend a day in the hospital with my dad. I needed a book and went to the gift shop. The only thing I could come up with was The Notebook. It was my 1st Sparks. And I have to say I read probably his next 10. I haven’t read one in a few years, but I do like him.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Mon, Apr 22, 2019 at 8:51 PM All The Books I Can Read wrote:

    > 1girl2manybooks posted: ” Welcome back to Top 10 Tuesday, a bookish meme > originally created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish but now residing > with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. There’s a different theme each week and > today we are talking…… First 10 Books I Revie” >

  2. Greg says:

    It’s amazing how fast the time goes by! I’ve heard a lot of good things about Tana French, but haven’t tried her books yet.

  3. Shayna R says:

    I think Dear John was what officially “sparked” my rage at his books…I just couldn’t handle that something tragic had to happen in every single one!
    Here’s my list this week:

  4. ChrissiReads says:

    It really is interesting to look back at our first reviews! 🙂 I loved Magic Under Stone which I reviewed quite early on, but that’s the only one I really remember well!

  5. lydiaschoch says:

    I had a similar reaction to that Charlaine Harris series. Did you ever watch Tru Blood?

    My TTT.

  6. ich lese says:

    I am really enjoying this prompt! What a walk down memory lane!

    Here is my TTT:

  7. Poinsettia says:

    Yes, this week’s topic has been a trip down memory lane! I know what you mean about the Sookie Stackhouse series. I really enjoyed it until the last few books. As you said, it took a turn that I didn’t like (plot and character wise). Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

  8. Dang, I’m sorry you didn’t like The Last Song! It’s one of my favorite movies. I thought the book was alright.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  9. Interesting how you started this blog to help you remember the books you read. I haven’t read any of these.

  10. I agree Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series (what’s it called now? Southern Vampire Mysteries? Or was that the original series name? I HAVE A HARD TIME REMEMBERING) took a weird turn towards the end. It’s disappointing! Buuut, this was such an interesting topic this week and I really enjoyed hearing about the first books you reviewed! Congrats on 9 years!

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