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10 Books I Never Officially Reviewed

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Books I have never reviewed because they are too powerful...?

Five whole years...

What has been going on in your life in the past five years?

I would assume a ton.

There are too many things to even list here for what my last five years have looked like... yet through all of it, I've been devouring books and reviewing them.  Why?

Partly because I like to read, and after I read a book I have to tell someone... and with little kids in my house all day they don't really care to listen.  Partly because my degree is in reading and writing so it makes sense to review what I read.  Partly because I got tired of the throwaway reviews on Amazon, and wanted to share more in depth reviews so others might actually decide to pick up more books.

Mostly, because I found a small group of book nerds who just love gushing over books... see my Goodreads and Instagram if you are looking for such a group!

Books I have never reviewed because they are too powerful...?

And in all that time, there have been quite a few books that I just loved but didn't get to review because life was too busy.  Also, there are a few books I really disliked, and couldn't figure out why, so I never reviewed them until I forgot why I even picked up the books, to begin with.  And then there are some that I read before I started this book reviewing thing, and well, I'm not sure I'll ever review them like this...

But I figured it would be fun to gather some of those un-reviewed books and share them with you all!

10 Books I Never Officially Reviewed

1.  I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg
                I read this while I was a freshman in high school and just loved it. Mental health was one of those hidden aspects of society that I had to know more about – and this book set the bar for all of the mental health focused books I’ve read since.

2. Dancing Girls by Margaret Atwood
                This particular book was assigned in a college course as an example of short story writing – and granted there were some that grabbed me, there were others that just didn’t interest me.  Overall this is a book that showed me I’d rather read full-length novels over short stories… at least until I came across novellas that help to fill out details of other series.

3. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
                A friend of mine in college just loved this book, so of course, I read it.  And it was just so-so… I enjoyed it enough to finish it, but since the movie was new at the time, I’d rather watch the movie, and that doesn’t bode well for me and a book.

4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
                Another book from a college class- teaching literature to high schoolers – and this is one that I wish had been taught to me in high school.  It might be older, but it is so important. It brings up topics that most high schoolers know, yet never discuss.  I still don’t know how to actually review it… but I do know, if you haven’t read this, and might ever be around a high schooler, you need to read this one.

5. Anne of Green Gables – the 8 book series – by LM Montgomery
                If you have followed me for just the shortest amount of time you probably know that I am in love with these books. Anne is amazing – Montgomery had the ability to create a setting that took you there… and Gilbert is honestly the best.

6. Delirium – the series and novellas – by Lauren Oliver
                After Hunger Games, I started to fly through dystopian books, which is how I got my hands on these books – and I had high expectations… and then the ending… well, it was a complete disappointment… I hope that it was a result of publishing deadlines focused more on money and less on a good story…

7. I Am No One You Know by Joyce Carol Oates
                Another collection of short stories… ye these seemed to interest me more – I think it was because the theme is more obvious – all stories of American lives, but each so different…

8. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
                I picked this up because I loved her Shopaholic series as chick-lit reads, but this one was just not as interesting to me… I haven’t picked up one of her books since…

9. Beloved by Toni Morrison
                Clearly, if you have any kind of literature degree you are assigned this book (or one of Morrison’s books) and I can appreciate the art of it, the writing is amazing… yet I just didn’t love it… I know it’s a difficult topic, and it should be an uncomfortable read, but I never connected with it.

10. The Complete Works of Shakespeare
                Alright… so I took three college courses focused on Shakespeare and a couple in high school also… not to mention Brit lit and classic lit… so I can confidently say I have read these all and written papers and such on many of them… including his sonnets.  And I love them… but I just can’t review them… they are too timeless, and I’ve spent a ton of words on them already.

Call out to hosts

Thank you, The Broke & the Bookish for this fun weekly prompt and chance to interact with the Bookish Blogger community. 

Books I have never reviewed because they are too powerful...?

I know there are a ton more I could put on here because I honestly read a ton of books... and I am not even counting all of the kids' books I read to, and with, my kiddos... 

Are you a big book reader?  Do you look to personal reviews, either blog, Amazon, or Goodreads, to help you decide what to read next? Have you considered reviewing books?   

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