This week’s topic is First Ten Books I reviewed and boy, I will be honest with you, this took some searching. I waded through my read section in Goodreads and stalked my old blog. Hell, I even attempted to look into my Amazon account before I decided to simply give up and call this my first 10 books I reviewed on Goodreads post.
- The first review I did on Goodreads (that I was able to find anyway, was for a book called Working For the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow. It was semi-enjoyable though I honestly can’t remember it now. I feel like a snippet of my review best explains the non-memory of the book: I think I liked it. Still not really sure. I feel like the ending was rather anti-climatic compared to the beginning and I still don’t know whether I like the other characters or not. Might read the second book just because of principle. And no, I never did read the sequel.
- I was still in my Paranormal Adult Urban Fantasy mode in 2013 when I read Working for the Devil. I remember going to thrift stores and buying whatever I could that was in the genre and sounded remotely interesting. One of those picks, reviewed and read in September of 2013 was Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn a book I found so bad at the time that I made a never read again shelf and placed it there in the honorary first position. A snippet of my review: I’m so glad it’s over. While the basis for the story was good it was just horribly written. It got to a point where I just couldn’t read it straight through anymore and found myself skimming it for signs of anything remotely interesting.
- After Witchling came Kiss and Tell by Kieran Scott. A part of the Love Stories series that I was insanely obsessed with as a teen it isn’t much of a surprise that I ended up reviewing it as well. And apparently, I found it mediocre. A snippet: Normally I love the books in the Love Stories series but not this one. I just couldn’t wrap my head around how stupid the main characters were and how they were so oblivious to the fact that the people they thought they liked actually liked each other.
- Somehow after reviewing Kiss and Tell on Goodreads, I didn’t review another book until 2015. Not really sure how that happened but the first book I appear to have reviewed in 2015 was Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison. 2015 me appeared to have found it fairly meh which is funny considering that I actually look back on it fondly and consider it one of my favorites in the series. A snippet: It wasn’t the best book in the series. Pierce, as much as I tried to like him bothers me and nothing really big happened in the story. Thank goodness for Jenks though.
- After that came a bunch of reviews in October of 2015. I guess pregnant me had nothing better to do than read a crapload of books. Also, I’m pretty sure 2015 was the year I truly discovered BookTube though I still can’t for the life of me remember how. Book 5 was Antigoddess by Kendare Blake, the book that started my strange relationship with her. Weird because I adore her writing style and find her books to be compulsively readable but I always end up finding the plot a bit slow or the sequels to be lower on my tbr than other books. Again, not sure why. A snippet: It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read but it certainly wasn’t the best either. What could have been a concise story was turned into this really long and I mean long path to the action which didn’t actually happen until there were less than 100 pages of the story to go. And did I mention that I hated Apollo right up until the end?
- Another Kim Harrison read pops up as my 6th book reviewed on Goodreads, this time the first novel in her YA series, the novel being Once Dead, Twice Shy. I remember flying through the book. A snippet: Loved it. Sure, it was slow in some parts but the storyline and characters were fabulous. Kim Harrison didn’t let me down. Actually, I lied. That is the entire review.
- Then came the life-changing magic of Lish McBride. On October 17th, 2015 my life was forever changed. Well, that was the day I reviewed Firebug but you catch my meaning. A snippet: Words can’t describe how much I loved this book. It had everything I need and more. Sass? Check. Kick ass heroine? Check. Hell, it even has a super amazing team of friends and overall awesome sub characters. Plus, the chapter titles were amazing. Definitely my favorite book of the year.
- Book 8 was possibly the first time I’d joined the hype train in years, if not ever. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. A snippet: I’m not going to lie, a part of me did not want to read this book. The hype was simply too big and I was afraid of being let down but due to a lot of waiting today I finally did get beyond page 12 and wound up finishing the whole thing. I’m assuming the outcome was positive.
- The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. May or may not have been my first Julie Kagawa read. A snippet: While it was slow in parts I did end up warming up to it in the end. Way to be obscure af past me.
- The Fireseekers by Richard Farr was a random book I may have read for free on my kindle. Somehow ended up being a fave. A snippet: I couldn’t put it down. So much happened at once, I was hooked. It has everything in it that I love: history, mystery and even a touch of paranormal. It makes you think about not just religion and people as a whole but about how the mind works and if there is such a thing as knowing too much.
Congrats to anyone who made it to the end of this. You are the champion, my friend.