May 30, 2011

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Question – What Was the First Review You Wrote and Posted on Your Blog?

This week’s Question is geared to bloggers, but I think readers will get a kick out of people’s answers!


While perusing my older posts looking for one to showcase during my blogoversary celebration last week, I came across my first ever review.  Boy, is it shit.  It is much shorter than my latest reviews and I feel it’s lacking, well…anything that would actually convince someone to read it.

My first review was for Night Embrace by Sherrilyn Kenyon.  I posted it May 21th 2010.  I remember asking Jason and his sister to read it before I posted it.  I remember thinking it was pretty good.  I, apparently, drank too much that day.  >.<

At least there was a hint of humor in it (which I still like to insert into my reviews).  But I do find my newest reviews are much much better.  Do I love all my reviews?  Hell no.  But I’m happy with most of them and that’s the most important thing.

So my Question this week is:  What was the first review you wrote and posted on your blog?

  1. Please do not go back and read mine! it was Breaking dawn, the review was bad but the book worse

  2. My first review was Gena Showalter’s Playing with Fire on 9/16/2006. It’s def. not the same writing style I have now. Back then my ideas was to write short book reviews. I think I wanted to write reviews which were 200 words or less.

  3. Vampire Lady says:

    Mine was Nightshade (Nightshade #1)by Andrea Cremer! I make the review on the 8th December 2010!

    http://vampire-ladies.blogspot.com/2010/12/blog-post_08.html

  4. MichelleKCanada says:

    Well I just started my blog http://anotherlookbookreviews.blogspot.com/ in early April and my first blog book review was Prince Charming by Julie Garwood. However I have been doing reviews for years on Goodreads before then.

    When I went back and looked on some of my first reviews I found them more like rants if I didnt like the book, full of spelling errors and sentences that didn’t make so much sense. Luckily I think I got my style on Goodreads set and clear before I decided to blog. I may have saved myself some harsh learnings. LOL

    One of the other things I learned was that I would read a smut book but I wouldn’t review it because I was too shy. Uhm yeah, not so much a problem anymore. hee hee
    Cool topic, MichelleKCanada

  5. I just started my blog. I’m still trying to figure out how to get stuff in the sidebars!
    http://ladeetdareads.wordpress.com
    My first review was for D.B.Reynolds’ SOPHIA. I do try to keep my reviews and recommendations short. But it sounds like I’ll get wordy as time goes on. I have reviewed now and then online but I’m humble enough to know they can get better…hopefully!
    (I’m eternally open to constructive critique…Please…just e-mail me and I will send you an air kiss for your effort. deetda2@yahoo.com )

  6. My blog started (Jan. 2010) as a NON book review site… I even stated that in my first post. However, the second day, I posted “what I was reading” and it included a “discussion” of the book I just finished… DEMON MOON by Meljean Brook. I received some positive feedback about that non-review “review” and that started my path…

  7. blodeuedd – Breaking Dawn? Really? I would have guessed it was some Historical masterpiece. 😉

    Scooper – Less than 200 words…that’s very ambitious. lol

    Vampire Lady – I STILL have that book sitting in my book closet and I WILL read it…I think…sometime. *g*

    Michelle – I think we’ve all been in the ‘romance reading closet’. I know I started there and stayed there for quite a while. I usually hid my books from my family. One day, I figured just leaving it upside down on a side table should do it. Well, it didn’t. My father picked it up and asked if that was what I was reading. I said yes. He then asked if it was “one of those Harlequin type books”. I said yes. (It was Jacob by Jacquelyn Frank) I was so embarrassed that day. He didn’t care…and I still don’t know why I did so much. lol

    Dot – I like your blog. Getting it started is the toughest part! My reviews have gotten longer. Especially when I really like a book! lol

    twimom227 – That’s a cool story Jen! I didn’t know you started your blog as a non-review blog. What a different path you are on now! lol

  8. I think all reviewers get better with each review. Your writing matures over time and you learn how to word things better and to say what you mean instead of dancing around the topic. I think my first review was Gamble by LaVyrle Spencer or Charming the Prince by Teresa Medeiros. 🙂

  9. Ha! Interesting post and review. My first post was 29th July 2010 and the review was for Wild Fire by Christine Feehan. I do quite like it because it’s short and to the point however my review writing style has changed a numinous amount of times and I’m still unsure which I prefer. Hopefully in the next year I’ll find my review writing style.
    I love your review writing style btw 🙂

  10. Seriously you have the best blog questions! I had no idea what my first review for my blog was so you made me go and check it out. Turns out it was Something About You by Julie James. I’d say that was a good one to start with! And I gave it 5 stars – no surprise there.

  11. It was My Lord and Spymaster by Joanna Bourne!

  12. My first review was Firewalker by Allyson James and was posted on January 6, 2011. Weirdly it feels as if it was a long time ago, but just a couple of months have passed.

  13. My very first review was Chosen by a Horse by Susan Richards…I wrote it May 21, 2010 on my first attempt at a book blog that ended that same day! LOL. But I actually really enjoyed that review. Wish the other first reviews were that good!

    http://wp.me/p1fY7L-d

  14. Keira – You are so right. It takes a little practice before you feel comfortable really saying how you feel. Sometimes it’s easy to focus too much on what people will think.

    Ally – Thanks. I’m glad you like it. Sometimes I think I talk too much. But then I think that’s the way I do it and there you go. I like your reviews. They are to the point. I like that. 🙂

    Judi – Julie James was your first! That’s an awesome book to post about! 🙂

    heidenkind – I have never heard of that one. I must go see your review!

    BookaholicCat – I have that book in my book closet. I even have the second book because I am confident that I will enjoy the first one. I still can’t believe you’ve only been at this for a handful of months! Your blog seems so well established!

    Deanna – You started and ended a book blog the same day? Funny story!

  15. My first post was on Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph on March 7th. I think I’m still experimenting with writing styles. Lol, all my reviews look a bit different from the others.

  16. LMAO, yes I started and ended a blog the same day. I didn’t know there were others in the world who were as nerdy as me. Well I’ve been proved wrong and have met some of my awesome friends through this blogging stuff. *Cough* You *Cough*. 😀

  17. The first book review I ever wrote was for Magic Bleeds because I loved it so much, I had to talk about it. That review went on Amazon, but it was so bad that I ended up writing a new one for my blog when I did a re-read of the series.

    I had WordPress blog before I moved to blogger and my first post there was for Kresley Cole’s A Hunger Like No Other. God, some of my old reviews are really cringe-worthy.

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