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This week's Top Ten Tuesday is "the first 10 books you reviewed," and while I am tempted to highlight the handful of review posts that originated on my ancient Xanga blog, they were all very negative ones and even though I was proud enough to repost them on Goodreads with minimal editing, there is always the risk they will get me in trouble if I call attention to them and I don't want to fight this week. So for the sake of participating, I am instead copy/pasting the first 10 titles from the first reading list where I wrote a short blurb below each one -- back in 2009.

I kind of miss the ability to condense my feelings about books into 2-3 sentences, tbh.


copied verbatim

1. The Crumb - Jean Slaughter Doty. 122 pg/1976. ***
Just a quick juvenile pony book from the batch I got off eBay in September, read while waiting for computer access. Unexpected bit of heartbreak in otherwise predictable mystery plot, but a good story of the showjumping world all the same.

2. Top Horse of Crescent Ranch - Howard L. Hastings. 248 pg/1942. ****
From a similar batch, I love old ranch stories where the people raise not only cattle but maintain a herd of range horses too. Bygone era. Nobody even writes stories like this anymore, much less lives them.

3. Magic Carpet Ride - Audrey McClellan. 240 pg/2005. ***
Um, this book and I had some issues. Despite that, it was a relatively aesthetically pleasing romp through idealized romantic nonsense. The experience of which I shall never repeat again.

[2019 note: oh man, I forgot how much of those posts I took out and/or condensed for the Goodreads review. Hilarity!]

4. Don't Kiss Them Good-bye - Allison DuBois. 224 pg/2005. ***
A bit repetitive and couldn't seem to decide if it was a memoir, anthology, or how-to guide on interacting with psychics, but a bit fun, after watching "Medium," to read a little about her real-life family members. I swear I can still distinguish between fiction and reality!

5. How NOT To Be Popular - Jennifer Ziegler. 239 pg/2008. ***
Pretty quirky, with some perfectly cringe-worthy moments (namely her outlandish parents), but otherwise ended up being one of the more accurate reflections of high school society. Would have made a good summer read.

6. Fix - Leslie Margolis. 241 pg/2006. ****
Actually a pretty absorbing story about a shallow world, daughters of a former Hollywood actress considering plastic surgery - one all for a boob job after getting her nose fixed; the other not so sure her nose needs fixing at all. Author packs a lot of angles into a fairly small book.

7. Go Figure - Jo Edwards. 271 pg/2007. ***
"Overweight girl trying to be happy with her life" stories would be so much more compelling if said girls had more interesting thoughts than "I want a boyfriend. Sex would be good."

8. Girl of the Moment - Lizabeth Zindel. 283 pg/2007. ****
Faux-reality "tell all" novel about the world of celebrity as seen through the eyes of a high-school aged personal assistant...these novels are all kind of the same, but I still find them highly enjoyable, and this was no exception. I maybe imagined the anonymous young starlet as Miley Cyrus; is that bad?

9. Or Not - Brian Mandabach. 404 pg/2007. ***
Show me a public school in real life where the liberal, Bush-administration-and-church-questioning girl is the oddball outcast, and I'll turn back time and go there instead. Difficult to swallow the premise and overly long, but once you get past that it's a decent read.

10. Doctor Who: Shining Darkness - Mark Michalowski. 249 pg/2008. ***
The Doctor/Donna banter? Excellent. Donna's character as a whole? Pretty good. The plot? Somewhere between a coffee grinder and American Idol on the scale of annoyance. I was tempted to bounce the book off the wall a few times reading the endless debates about whether or not robots "mechanicals" were truly sentient and capable of feelings like "organics."

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Hey, you know what would be the perfect post to link up to this one? The 10-year retrospective I just did about this list.

Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
foxesfairytale
Apr. 23rd, 2019 12:49 pm (UTC)
I really like how varied your tastes were, even at the beginning!

My TTT for this week. (https://foxesfairytale.wordpress.com/2019/04/23/ttt-first-ten-books-i-reviewed)
rainbowstevie
Apr. 25th, 2019 06:50 am (UTC)
Thanks! I do tend to park myself in contemporary YA as my reading "home base," but I gotta supplement that with other fancies to keep it from getting stale.
Brookelorren
Apr. 24th, 2019 03:39 am (UTC)
:-)
It's interesting to see the date range for the books you chose. Not all of them are brand new.
rainbowstevie
Apr. 25th, 2019 06:45 am (UTC)
Re: :-)
Yep! I love the old animal books, so most years there are at least 10 or 12 that qualify as vintage, and I get most of my reading material from the local library otherwise. Definitely not an official Book Blogger over here.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
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