Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved But Never Reviewed

This week's topic is:  Books I Loved But Never Reviewed

A lot of these are some of my favorite books of all time, yet none of them have reviews from me! Many have shown up on various Top Ten Tuesday lists or recommendations lists over the year, but alas, no reviews. One reason is because I read quite a few of these before I really had a blog and actively reviewed books, though a few are more likely simple because I struggle sometimes with writing reviews for books that I absolutely love, such as The Secret History. How do I accurately encapsulate the feeling a book gives me in a way that would make sense in a review? Sometimes I can do it, sometimes I can't, and here are the books I love with all my heart, but for whatever reason still don't have a review.


Stoner by John Williams
I read this in between gaps during my college classes one quarter in a lovely courtyard-type area near the Humanities building (well, one of them) and it could not have been a better setting to read this absolute gem of a book.

The Secret History

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
I read this book for the first time so many years (and just recently re-read it in June!) and that's largely why it doesn't have a review. Now I just am not sure if I could really capture my thoughts on this in a way that I would be satisfied with.

The Book of Lost Things

The Book of Strange New Things by John Connolly
I also read this book many, many years ago and it honestly just means so much to me that I haven't even attempted a review now. Maybe if I re-read it someday I'll try to write a review, but I'm not counting on being able to write a review for this one!

A Separate Peace

A Separate Peace by John Knowles
This was a book I picked to read during my senior year of high school! At the beginning of the year my teacher handed out a list of recommended books for when we had 'SSR' (which I hadn't had since like third grade, so I was pretty excited, I won't lie) and this was one of the ones on the list. I saw 'boarding school' in the description so I immediately picked it up and I was not disappointed in the slightest.

The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
This was another senior year of high school pick from my teacher's recommendations list, which was also obviously before I started blogging! This one hit hard and I still think about some of the stories O'Brien shares in it.

Wintersong (Wintersong, #1)

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
I really have no idea why I never reviewed Wintersong, but I still absolutely love it.

The Book of Strange New Things

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
I've read this since I've had a blog, but it's just one that I never got around to reviewing. I probably should, though, because I loved gushing about Faber whenever I can.

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
This is simply another one that I read before I had a blog, so I never wrote a review. I plan to re-read this if/when the third book is announced, so maybe then?

The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1)

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
I read this before I had a blog, once again, so no review!

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
I read this in the past few years when I've had a blog, but I just never got around to a review for some reason!

Have you read any of these books? What are some books you've read but never reviewed!?


  1. I agree, it can be so hard to write a review for a book you love! When I dislike a book, I can come up with a list of stuff, but when I love a book, it's often just the feeling I get reading it - and how do you explain that?

  2. This is an awesome list, and I'm happy to say I've read half of these too (also with no reviews). The Secret History will always be such a special book to me, and I'm even afraid to reread it๐Ÿ˜

  3. Great list! The Book of Lost Things, The Shadow of the Wind and The Secret History are all on my TBR, I really need to give them a try.

  4. I really need to read Stoner sometime.

    My TTT .

  5. Same here, sometimes it's hard to put into words your feelings on a book, or some books are just hard to review lol. I have that problem sometimes. I've never read the Secret History, but it sounds super intriguing. It's on my list of books I want to get to, I should make a point of reading it this year.