I absolutely love reading old blog posts. Going through posts that I wrote back in 2017, my first year of blogging, just shows how much I’ve grown as a reader and writer since then. I reviewed the following books from March through May 2017, the first three months of Fangirl Fury. Many of these reviews were written when I didn’t have a blogging routine or post schedule. I remember after waking up a few mornings freshman year writing a post then posting it right then and there. I completely admit that going some of these early reviews has been a heart-warmingly cringe-worthy experience. Where are the photos? Why did I love that shade of pink so much?
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (reviewed March 2017) – I’ve grown to share my thoughts and reviews on books that I didn’t love or like so much, but I am glad that my first book review was a book I truly loved. I’m still trying to figure out where the photo in this review went – I may have stripped my heart string lights from my dorm room wall and set them up a picnic table outside for a very first bookstagram.
Vicious by V.E. Schwab (reviewed March 2017) – I feel very validated in knowing that Vicious is one of the first books that I screamed about across the Internet because this book deserves all the screams and feels. Is anyone surprised that I proclaimed my love for Mitch and his chocolate milk drinking habits? Not only was Vicious one of my first book reviews, but it was my first V.E. Schwab book.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (reviewed reread April 2017) – I reread A Court of Thorns and Roses then in anticipation for A Court of Wings and Ruin’s release. Upon this reread, I noticed more of The Beauty and the Beast elements and more importantly, that Tamlin really wasn’t a nice guy (before first reading ACOMAF, guess who originally wasn’t a Rhysand fan, ha ha ha…..)
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (reviewed April 2017)- Okay, I love how I took of a photo of this book in its naked glory. But why on a bench in front of my college library?? I don’t even want to think about how I must have positioned myself to take this photo??
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (reviewed April 2017)- The Hate U Give had just come out that February and like now, everyone and their mother was talking about this one. I even noted my nervousness about not liking it because everyone was loving it. I was completely mesmerized by The Hate U Give like many and I loved the Harry Potter references (although funnily enough, this is something I’m too much of a fan of anymore because its overdone).
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas reread (reviewed May 2017)- The review that has hands-down made me laugh out loud is for my reread of A Court of Mist and Fury. Because this was a reread review and I was still testing out my review style, I decided to do a bullet point review, including a What I disliked section, which included the sex scenes. Flash forward to 2019 me, who is increasingly reaching for new adult romance and loves a good SJM romance scene or two (and is eagerly awaiting her first adult fantasy to see how much next level the romance can get).
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr (reviewed May 2017)- I felt so cool writing this review because it was based on my first ARC as a blogger, which was kindly gifted to me by a friend clearing out her shelves. This review may also be one of, if not the, shortest review I’ve written here at its two paragraphs.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston (reviewed May 2017)- Ashley Poston’s latest release and companion novel, The Princess and the Fangirl, has also recently brought me back to this review. This was the first book on the blog that I reviewed that had such a love for fandom, so I had a lot of fun discussing this book.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (reviewed May 2017)- I definitely picked up Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda then partially because the 2018 movie had been recently announced, partially because I felt like I needed to read this book as blogger (another way I’ve changed).
What were the first books you reviewed in your blogging journey? Any cringe moments for you? Share in the comments!
3 thoughts on “The First Books I Reviewed”
What a fun idea, to go back and look at your first reviews! When I first started my blog I had planned to go in a completely different direction that I ended up going, and those first few reviews (which were old and copy/pasted from goodreads) definitely reflect that. It’s funny to see where you changed and where you stayed the same!
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Thanks for reading! I definitely have changed some of my own format for reviews too (I tend to not write my own reviews anymore and only really provide thoughts on a cover if I really love it).
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