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Top Ten Tuesday: First ten books I reviewed

Top Ten Tuesday: First ten books I reviewed

Wow, this is such a fun topic. For this post I’m delving back in time to the beginning of my previous blog, Everything Alyce. Travel back in time with me to the summer of 2014, and check out my first ever book reviews.

10) Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff

I’d completely forgotten about Picture Me Gone, but as soon as I skimmed over my review I found myself getting irritated all over again. I’m never going to understand why people praise Meg Rosoff as highly as they do, because her writing definitely isn’t for me.

9) Sweet Damage by Rebecca James

For some reason this book sticks in my mind far more than the other early books I reviewed – so much so that I was sure I’d reviewed Sweet Damage far more recently. I haven’t had a chance to read any of Rebecca James’s other novels just yet, but it’s still high up my list of priorities.

8) Stella by Helen Eve

The first book that made me so angry that I couldn’t even write a proper review. I just listed all of the reasons that I hated it!

6) & 7) The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

I won an ARC of The Rosie Effect, so couldn’t resist reading both installments of the Don Tillman series and writing a combined review of both of them. The third book in the series came out just a few weeks ago, and I’m looking forward to diving back into Rosie and Don’s lives.

5) Half Bad by Sally Green

I love Half Bad – so much that I’ve read it three times – but I still haven’t carried on with the series. That’s the problem with getting too emotionally invested in your favourite characters: you can’t bear to consider the possibility that something terrible might happen to them!

4) Ferryman by Claire McFall

My review of Ferryman was my first properly mean review. I tore this book to SHREDS. I’m not sure if it was my unflinching honesty or just the fact that I seem to be the only person that hated it, but this is still one of my most read reviews – pretty impressive, considering I’d been blogging for just under two months.

3) Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden

I absolutely loved Tomorrow, When the War Began – so much so that I ordered the entire series the day I posted my review of the first book – which makes me seriously disappointed in myself for never carrying on with the series.

2) Betrayal by Gregg Olsen

I read the first book in the Empty Coffin series before I started my blog, but my review of Betrayal features a lot of references back to the first book – I’m proud of myself for caring about the importance of context so much so early on! Disappointingly the Empty Coffin series never had a third installment, which is a shame because so much of this story was left open-ended.

1) The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

This book took me so long to read, and one of the reasons I decided to review it was so that I wouldn’t feel as though I’d wasted so much time. Funnily enough, I complain about the book having an epilogue because it was a standalone, but the sequel to it was released last year – I wonder if I’d feel differently if I read it again now?

I hope you enjoyed this trip back through time to the beginning of my book blogging career. Which book did you review first?

Alyce

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