Top Ten Tuesday: My First Reviews

Posted April 23, 2019 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, historical, Top Ten Tuesday / 38 Comments


Happy Tuesday!

Today I’m linking up as usual with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday & the topic this week was submitted by my blogging friend Rissi – “the first books I reviewed”.  I’m going to go back to a few reviews that I did before the blog was born (as I cringe at some of these first bumbling attempts to gush about books)

Reviewed: May 2012
Rating: 5 stars

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The writer’s voice is phenomenal – capturing my attention and my heart right from the very first chapter. I did not want to put this book down. The way she seamlessly switched back and forth between the 3 main ‘voices’ of the book was beautiful, and the life she breathed into her characters made me feel as if I knew them personally.

(please note: there is some ‘language’ in this book.)

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Reviewed: May 2012
Rating: 2 stars (ouch!)

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I wanted to like this book. I tried to like this book. The way Markus Zusak crafts a sentence is pure poetry. The prologue drew me in immediately, and if he had continued like this I would have been captivated and unable to put down the book until the last page. All nearly 600 of them. Unfortunately, what began as a captivating narrative switched to a mishmash of anecdotes that I gave up on after 80 pages.

(I’m in the minority here – should i give this one another chance?)

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Reviewed: November 2012
Rating: 4 stars

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I know it’s controversial but I’m a big girl in my faith and I can take the controversy with a grain of salt. I know God isn’t a black woman but I also know He will do whatever He needs to do to reach someone. The way this book deals with gut wrenching tragedy and suffering in the life of a believer made more sense to me than anything else I’ve ever read on the subject.

(okay… that was the whole review. I was working up to this whole thing.)

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Reviewed: April 2013
Rating: 5 stars

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An incredibly sweet story of how God can redeem the life we would consider the most irredeemable as well as the life that feels the least need to be redeemed. He redeems the seemingly impossible and brings love in the place of animosity. Beautifully written without being preachy, very natural, great suspense, great characters.

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Reviewed: February 2013
Rating: 4 stars

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great heat between the main characters + great story of redemption = a great read!

(ummm…. yeah. that was it. “great heat” is the understatement of the century for a Julie Lessman book. Clearly I need to gush some more about this one. Thinking it’s time for a re-read lol)

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Reviewed: April 2013
Rating: 5 stars

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EVERYONE needs this book. Child. Adult. Believer. Nonbeliever. EVERYONE. Most beautifully written retelling of the Bible I have ever read. Each page nearly brings me to tears with the exquisite simplicity of the words she chose. Jesus in every page of the Bible. He’s there. It’s His story.

(i seriously still love this bible!)

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Reviewed: May 2013
Rating: 4 stars

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This conflict within her heart forces her to make some extremely difficult choices that mature her into a woman of great courage, deep faith, and gentle love when the Civil War breaks out – her father, her cousin, and her fiance fighting for the Confederacy while her heart remains true to the Union and the rights of the slaves she calls her friends. One of my favorite time periods in American history to read about because of the phenomenal courage shown by many who dared to treat people with the honor and grace that Jesus died to give to everyone.

(this whole series is fabulous!)

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Reviewed: May 2013
Rating: 5 stars

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Loved this book! The Christian stuff felt completely natural, not forced – the chemistry between the hero and the heroine was sweet and breathless all at the same time – can’t wait for the rest of the series to see how it plays out.

(this whole series is great too!)

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Reviewed: June 2013
Rating: 5 stars

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Karen Witemeyer is truly one of my favorite authors, and this book is one of my favorites within that sub-category. I don’t think anything can topple “Short Straw Bride” as my favorite of her books, but this one comes in a very close second! (Let’s see how many times I can use the word “Favorite” in this review lol)

(I could pretty much duplicate this review for any of her books.)

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Reviewed: June 2013
Rating: 4 stars

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LOVED this book!! I’ve always been interested in the Underground Railroad, and I really enjoyed the way the author wove the two time periods together into a very sweet story of love, romance, forgiveness, and redemption. Highly recommend.

(I think this may have been my first time slip since Charlotte Sometimes, a book I loved in childhood.)

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What about you? What was the first book you remember reviewing?

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38 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: My First Reviews

  1. I have to admit when I read my first reviews which is going back to July 2010 , they make me cringe as back then I didn’t know much about writing a review and it shows how much my reviews have improved.

  2. Andi

    When I went back in my archives I couldn’t believe how disjointed the posts were and how unorganized my thoughts were. It was embarrassing! Lol

    Funny how I didn’t like The Shack for reasons that had nothing to do with Papa being a black woman and last night we watched the movie and I loved it! First time I’ve ever enjoyed the movie more than the book. 😉

    • Carrie

      yeah… i’m trying to ‘clean up’ my earlier blog posts as I have time LOL (which is never)

  3. Such fun glimpsing your early reviews, Carrie! I think the first book I ever reviewed was A Passion Most Pure because I emailed Julie Lessman and gushed about her book and she responded. After a few emails went back and forth because then I cyber-stalked her, LOL, she asked if I’d consider leaving a review. I’m not brave enough to search Amazon for it!

  4. Patsy Curry

    I agree with your review about The Book Thief. I also wanted to like it but just couldn’t finish it. I think I went longer then 80 pages!

  5. Melissa Romine

    I checked my Amazon reviews (since I found my profile) and the first “book” I ever reviewed was the Saxon Algebra 1 Solutions Manual. LOL
    I’ve gotten better since then.
    The first fiction book that I reviewed was a book that I disliked so much that I just had to give my opinion. I just read my review and I still think about how much I disliked that book!!

    • Carrie

      “since I found my profile” – LOL love it 🙂 And oh goodness I’m sorry that you had to read an Algebra manual! Yikes. LOL

  6. Gloria A

    My first reviews were for books by Colleen Coble, Shirlee McCoy and Stephanie Newton in 2013. I am still not sure that my reviews are that great but I do enjoy doing them. I always enjoy your reviews, Carrie.

  7. Nice list! I love THE HELP and THE BOOK THIEF. THE SHACK is one of my husband’s favorite movies of all time, although I don’t know if he’s read the book. If he hasn’t, he should. I’ve heard good things about it.

    Happy TTT!

  8. My first Amazon review was in 2010, “Swinging on a Star” by Janice Thompson. It was rather wordy, but I still love the Weddings by Bella series, so I stand by my review! 🙂 Oh, and I loved “The Book Thief,” but it was touch and go for a while. I had to wrap my head around the POV, and then it worked for me!

    • Carrie

      no because i loved the book so much. But i did listen to the audiobook recently & it’s fabulous!

  9. I remember reading DiAnn’s books WAY back when. They were good as I recall. Also, Lynn’s Civil War books were another on my once upon a time reads! I cringe EVERY time I go read an old review (sometimes just from 2 years ago), but am also slowly working through them to work on edits (mainly because I have to go in and reformat them from the Blogger vs WordPress transfer, so I figure I may as well edit them too!). It’s been interesting to say the least. Thanks so much for joining, Carrie. 🙂

  10. Rachael Merritt

    Yours reallly aren’t that bad! This was the first review I had on my Amazon profile…it’s for “Not a Sparrow Falls” by Linda Nichols. It’s one of those books that changes something in the reader. I don’t know what happened to the author, but I miss her books! Considering the effect this book had on me…it was short. I wasn’t in the habit of writing reviews for my books then so i guess I figured it was better than nothing! Lol

    “This was the first Linda Nichols book I bought. I was sold with this one. I loved the characters and the love that was portrayed from the Christians in this book. THis one touched a special place in my heart–really enjoyed it–highly recommend it.

      • Rachael

        Have you never read it? I lived a very sheltered life, for which I’m thankful. This book begin the opening of my eyes of people that did “bad things.” The main character escapes her situation in looking for safety and a better life. A group of people with hearts full of love for Christ totally change her ideas of others, and they shower her with the real love she desperately needs. I realized then, that was the kind of Christian I wanted to be. If you ever have a spare minute, I really recommend it…and all her books. The redemption story is one of the best I’ve read. Her stories always had a depth to them that touched me deeply.

  11. Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta, five years ago (almost to the day) a mere 208 words, bare bones, but a five star review. Now to go back and read the others in the series – as I promised…

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