Hey, there happy readers! It’s another new week which means another edition of Top Ten Tuesday April 23.
That Artsy Reader Girl | April 23: (First Ten) Books I Reviewed (These do not have to be formal reviews. A small sentence on a retailer site or Goodreads counts, too! Submitted by Rissi @ Finding Wonderland)
Going back into your archives is both fun, and something that makes me cringe. The reason for this being the way I used to write. Hopefully through the years, I have improved that particular hobby of mine, and the change reflects in how I write a review. It’s still fun to see what I read once upon a time, and discover what I liked or didn’t like some seven+ years ago.
There’s some contemporary, historical and YA. Basically all the kinds of reads I still enjoy, but looking back, I’ve realized I don’t think I’d care for some of these books as I perhaps did at the time.
Let’s have a look at the first 10 reviews (and books!) I featured on this interwebs space.
Top Ten Tuesday April 23
Books sorted by review publication date
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1: A Journey By Chance by Sally John | This is the very first book I have labeled as a “book review.” Hopefully it’s accurate since I didn’t manually go in to double check. Following it up were the three books in this series, which I don’t list just so this list can have some variety. Also, I review the other books in the series that would technically fit with the “first 10 reviews,” but opted to skip them so as to feature other novels instead. Amazon | Goodreads
2: Beastly by Alex Flinn | I vaguely remember reading this one, and thinking it was way more “YA” than even the film. It’s the kind of book I have nostalgic feels for and because of this, I would re-read it on a “just because” basis. Sometimes that’s good enough. Amazon | Goodreads
3: Heiress by Susan May Warren | Susan May Warren can do no wrong when it comes to her talents. She writes in every genre (contemporary, suspense and historical – did you know this!??), and she does it so well. This is the first book of a saga (a legit one at that) that spans a number of years, and encounters many highs and lows. Amazon | Goodreads
4: Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander | Another author and series I used to love. Perhaps this is why I’m so burnt out on specific time period historicals? Because yes, believe it or not, once upon a time I read a ton of the genre. Amazon | Goodreads
6: Leaving by Karen Kingsbury | Read this entire series once upon a time, and my memory of it is that I liked it, at the time. As I grew up, I realized the writing style of Karen Kingsbury and I just don’t mess. Her stories all have a common thread which is tragedy, and that’s not something I look for in my reader life. Amazon | Goodreads
8: The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks | Ah, Nicholas Sparks! It’s been forever and a day since I read one of his novels, but I would still read them. Just have to find the next one I want to read aka one that doesn’t have a TRAGIC end or happening (I actually have to pick one now that there aren’t films to determine my next read!). Amazon | Goodreads
9: The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck by Kathleen Y’Barbo | Another of my past-reader self’s “western reads.” I don’t remember much about this book, but do recall loving this series; it made me giggle. Amazon | Goodreads
10: Winning Balance by Shawn Johnson | One of the first novels I received for review, and unless I’m mistaken, this is the only book on my list that I received for review. The rest were books I bought; I didn’t start blogging because of books, but that’s a post for another day! Amazon | Goodreads
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