Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is the First Ten Books I’ve Reviewed, so it’s time to go deep into my archives! There is a linky on her page to find everyone who is participating this week.
I kicked off this blog waaaayyy back in October of 2013 with Brandon Sanderson’s Alloy of Law. We actually just had that book from the library again recently, because my husband never read it!
Three days later I reviewed John Green’s Looking For Alaska, which is still one of my favorite John Green books. (I’ve also reviewed Paper Towns and Turtles All The Way Down. I read four more of his books before I started the blog. I’ve also read his brother’s An Absolutely Remarkable Thing but never could put my thoughts on it together into a cohesive review. It was really good though! I love the Green brothers.)
After that comes my first multi-book review, of First Grave on the Right and Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones, an urban fantasy series.
My fourth review was The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch – originally written in German, it’s the first book in a series of mysteries and they’re fantastic. (It’s also currently free today on Amazon’s Kindle Store, as part of their World Book Day promotion. It’s totally worth grabbing!) I went on to review the next three books in the series later.
I was apparently doing a lot of joint reviews to begin with, because both of the next two reviews cover two books each – Fated and Cursed by Benedict Jacka and Femme and Kinsmen by Bill Pronzini. The first set is urban fantasy, the second set is a kind of nameless-detective mystery series.
Seventh is a children’s classic that my husband grew up loving and I had not read until starting the blog – Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. I’m glad I finally read it, I see why everyone loved it so, even if it didn’t have the same impact on adult me as it seems to have had on most kids.
My eighth review reminds me that I never did read more of this author’s work and I may have to rectify that! Dark Angels is a historical fiction novel that reminded me of Philippa Gregory. “But more vibrant” according to my review. And I love Philippa Gregory, soooo I need to look up more by Karleen Koen!
Ninth is another urban fantasy, Hellbent by Cherie Priest. Tenth is a steampunk romance called Her Sky Cowboy, by another author I need to look up more of, Beth Ciotta. There was at least one more book in the series published at the time I wrote the review, hopefully there’s more by now!
This was a great topic, and reminded me to go look at some authors I read years ago. I can’t wait to see everyone else’s posts!