Top 10 Tuesday — First 10 Reviews

23 Apr

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday challenge, First 10 Reviews, kind of made me cringe. I started blogging almost 10 years ago, and those early reviews . . . . Well, I’m not sure I want them anywhere but buried deep in my archives. LOL! I wrestled with how to put this post together. Should I do the first 10 of 2019 instead? Nope! I’m going to share the reviews of my favorite books from my first year of blogging. Hopefully you’ll see I have grown! 😉 Looking back I see that I was offered outstanding books to review. Maybe you will discover an oldie but goodie to read!

To discover other bloggers first reviews, check out That Artsy Reader Girl.

Top 10 First Reviews

Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry  — Almost Heaven sings to the soul like none other I have read this year.

By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson — Whew! What a great adventure!

A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin — This book, set at the beginning of America’s entrance into the war, is a novel of hope in the bleakest times.

For Time And Eternity by Allison Pittman For Time And Eternity is a fast-paced read that you just can’t put down.

Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs  — Here Burns My Candle is a timeless, can’t-put-it-down novel you’ll love.

Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos — If you want a glimpse of who the real Jesus is, pick up Matt’s book. When you’re done, get quiet and get to know Him.

No Greater Love by Kathi Macias —  The story of God’s love transcends events, making this book a testament to God’s power in individuals’ lives.

The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead — I found Lawhead’s newest offering an exciting and thought-provoking read.

Sons of Thunder by Susan May Warren — Warren delivers a message of God’s love and grace in a quiet way that speaks louder than the evil and violence of the world.

The Waiting by Suzanne Woods Fisher — I found even in the tragic events and clashes and conflicts presented in this novel, an expression of peace — the peace you can only find in God.

18 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday — First 10 Reviews”

  1. Paula Shreckhise April 23, 2019 at 8:10 am #

    It seems that your reviews are succinct! I was on a thread talking about how long reviews should be and most of the comments were in favor of short and sweet! I tend to do 3-4 paragraphs, albeit short paragraphs. But some thought that was too long.
    I find it a challenge to vary my remarks and am always looking up synonyms for “ great” etc.

    • rbclibrary April 23, 2019 at 8:16 am #

      My reviews vary depending on the review type (blog tour or just my thoughts). None are more than 3-4 short paragraphs. I included the snippets next to the title; there’s more to find from the links. I know what you mean about find better words than great! 😉

  2. susanblogginboutbooks April 23, 2019 at 9:27 am #

    Sounds like you read some good ones back in the day. I don’t read a lot of Christian fiction, so I haven’t heard of most of these. I’m not opposed to it, though, and some of these look really good! I’ll have to check them out.

    Happy TTT!


    • rbclibrary April 23, 2019 at 3:38 pm #

      Hope you discover some books you will love.

  3. ich lese April 23, 2019 at 9:43 am #

    My reviews have also changed quite a bit over the years, but I was surprised to see that I had some insightful thoughts even back then 😉

    Here is my TTT:

    • rbclibrary April 23, 2019 at 3:37 pm #

      I was a bit surprised by my own thoughts too. Thanks for sharing your TTT!

  4. susiesellnergmailcom April 23, 2019 at 10:08 am #

    Your reviews have always guided me to new-to-me authors and provided thought provoking evaluations of books. I learned early on that if you give a book a “Highly Recommended” or “Very Highly Recommended” evaluation, I immediately acquire that book to read for myself and then share. If you assign “Recommended” to a book, I acquire/read it based on my being drawn to the genre, setting, and/or themes. Thank you for your faithful sharing of reviews over these ten years!

    • rbclibrary April 23, 2019 at 3:36 pm #

      Thanks so much! I appreciate the support and encouragement you have given me too!

  5. lydiaschoch April 23, 2019 at 10:35 am #

    These books sure have some pretty covers.

    My TTT.

    • rbclibrary April 23, 2019 at 3:36 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your TTT!

  6. Rissi April 23, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

    How fun! Love to see a Sarah Sundin book on your list. Her stories are THE best. 🙂

    • rbclibrary April 23, 2019 at 3:35 pm #


  7. bellesmoma16 April 23, 2019 at 2:55 pm #

    What a fun way to walk down memory lane!

    • rbclibrary April 23, 2019 at 3:35 pm #


  8. Astilbe April 23, 2019 at 3:02 pm #

    Wow, A Distant Melody sounds good.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    • rbclibrary April 23, 2019 at 3:35 pm #

      All of Sundin’s books are fantastic!

  9. Jessica at Booked J April 27, 2019 at 10:52 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! Also, seeing The Waiting on your list made me smile. My mom loves that book. Happy almost 10 years of blogging!

    • rbclibrary April 28, 2019 at 12:51 pm #


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