Top Ten Tuesday: First Books I Ever Reviewed!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by That Artsy Reader Girl (originally The Broke and the Bookish). For information on how to participate and the topics of each week, click the link!

This is probably one of my favourite TTT prompts so far. I love being embarrassed by my old reviews!

I basically went back to my earliest Goodreads challenge [2013] to find these reviews. I feel…. mortified, looking back at some of them, but I was but a child reading instead of her doing her homework and borrowing most books from the library/forcing my dad to buy me them. I’ll go easy on me.

BOOK 1: Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews [dated Jan 30th, 2013]

Literally why the hell did my parents let me read this at 13? Also, if you read the review, I never did carry this series on. Doesn’t bother me, really, but boy.

BOOK 2: Knife Edge and Double Cross by Malorie Blackman [dated Feb 7th, 2013]

I remember reading this series! I read the last three in the space of a week while I was staying at my nan’s house. For some reason I didn’t review Checkmate, which was book #3. I genuinely can’t remember a single thing from this entire series beyond a bomb on a bus [?], but I must have enjoyed them at the time, clearly.

BOOK 3: The Cardturner by Louis Sachar [dated Feb 12th, 2013]

Couldn’t tell you why I chose to read this as my first Sachar book. I was a strange kid. Also, those reading dates! I was flying through books! No wonder I can’t remember a single thing about them now!

BOOK 4: Reached by Ally Condie [dated Feb 18th, 2013]

Ah yes, my dystopian days. This was back before pretty much any major BookTube influence over my reading, and if anyone was influencing me to read books, it was Ariel Bissett, Raeleen, or Sanne from BooksandQuills. I feel so nostalgic reading all my old reviews.

BOOK 5: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness [dated April 25th, 2013]

One of my closest friends at secondary school lent this book to me after she bought it from the Scholastic book fair. I cried up my living room table reading this. Good times.

BOOK 6: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger [dated June 23rd, 2013]

I read this in the car for an hour when I was supposed to be watching a charity football match my mum helped arrange over some field. I honestly can’t believe I still gush over this book and I haven’t read it in nearly SIX YEARS. WOW.

BOOK 7: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan [dated July 30th, 2013] 

Aw! Nothing really changes. I always had nothing but the most glowing reviews for Rick Riordan books, even now. Not pictured here is the fact that I read all of the Percy Jackson series months before in a week, and my dad proceeded to buy me Son of Neptune and the newly-released hardback of Mark of Athena after I read this. That’s when I was officially caught up with Riordan!

BOOK 8: Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan [dated August 5th, 2013]

On brand. I still adore Percabeth.

Book 9: Mission Improbable by Andy Robb [dated August 26th, 2013]

Boy, does this one take me back. It was a Very Specific time for reading for me in 2013, it’s bizarre to me how well I can still recall the exact moods and responses I had during the time I read these books when I was only 13.

Book 10: Losing Lila by Sarah Alderson [dated August 26th, 2013]

Succinct and to the point as I make one of the early comments on the lack of .5 ratings on Goodreads. Incredible.


And that’s it! I had such a fun time reading these, it was such a specific time for reading for me, and I love reminiscing and getting nostalgic over a much simpler time to be involved in the book community.

Thank you for reading!

16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: First Books I Ever Reviewed!

  1. Jess @ Jessticulates

    Great list! One of these days I’ll give the Percy Jackson books a go, I keep feeling like I’ve missed out and no one likes that feeling. I LOVE the Noughts & Crosses series! I’ve been tempted to re-read them this year in time for the new BBC adaptation, but Noughts & Crosses broke my heart.

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    1. I’ve been tempted to re-read Noughts and Crosses too, now even more that there’s a show coming out, I had no idea!! I highly recommend Rick Riordan in general, I’ve almost completely caught up with all his releases now.


  2. I loved the Noughts and Crosses series but I read them a LONG time ago, when I was like 11 or 12, so that was way before I started blogging, it was the series that really got me into YA books, I was reluctant to move on from children’s books for such a long time because I couldn’t find anything in YA that interested me, honestly I laugh now when I think about that since I read pretty much entirely YA now. I also really love Rick Riordan’s books although again, I read most of the Heroes of Olympus before I started blogging, the only one I reviewed was the last one.
    My TTT:


    1. I feel you! I’ve been blogging for a few years but it’s only this blog that’s lasted more than a few months, but the fact that I’ve been on goodreads for so many years means I’ve got little bits and pieces of thoughts, thankfully!


  3. I love how you were leaving reviews online when you were only thirteen. What a great opportunity for you to be able to post reviews and get feedback at such an early age.

    I feel so lucky to live in a time when I can talk books with people from other places as easily as I can talk to my neighbor next door.


    1. Exactly! Goodreads may be a bit messy in some respects, but it’s been so amazing to record thoughts from when I was essentially a completely different person and revisit them now I’m older. Having this platform, and my Twitter/Goodreads, to talk to people about reading is definitely amazing!


  4. I’ve seen so many people today cringe at or be so mortified by their old reviews that they didn’t even link them up. I love that you love to be embarrassed by your old reviews. That’s an AWESOME attitude! Also, it’s funny that you ask why your parents would allow you to read something like FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC. All I can say is, it’s really tough to keep up with bookwormy kids. My teen daughter can out read me any day! It’s hard to know what she’s reading, let alone police it. Hopefully, you and she aren’t too scarred by things you shouldn’t have been reading at such a tender age!

    Happy TTT!


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    1. I like to look at everything I do as a way to learn! Being embarrassed by the way I used to write means I’ve improved, and I kind of look back on myself fondly more than anything? It’s nice to see how I’ve changed. I say my parents would ‘allow’ me but like you said, I’ve been reading without them having any idea of what I was picking up since before I was thirteen! I think having the freedom at such a young age has helped me a lot with my development and making my own choices on what I enjoy as a reader, so sometimes having that freedom is better than parental control to stop you being scarred.


    1. 100% an author I’d recommend! I personally think his Magnus Chase trilogy is his strongest, but it’s well worth reading the others to see how much he changes as a writer, he’s phenomenal!


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