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Top Ten Tuesday 11th August

on August 11, 2020

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday! Originally created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish, it now lives with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. There’s a different literary-type theme each week and today we are talking…….

Top 10 Books I Loved But Never Reviewed

1. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

I enjoyed this one a lot, I’m not sure why I never got around to reviewing it!

2. The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary

This was actually one of my favourite reads of 2019. But sometimes I find it harder to review books that I absolutely loved, it can be hard to do so without completely gushing over the top! So I never ended up writing a review for this one.

3, 4 & 5. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You and Always & Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han. 

I came late to these, I didn’t read them until after the first movie dropped on Netflix. I read the first one, watched the movie and then read books 2&3 and I think they’re adorable. I really loved all the books and I think the first 2 movies are cute as well.

6. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

I love this whole trilogy (and there’s another book coming, I’m so excited about that). After I read Graceling and Fire it actually took me quite a while to read this and I must’ve started it at least 3 times and put it down before I’d read very many pages. But when I finally completed it I absolutely adored it….but I never reviewed it.

7. A Court Of Mist & Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I came to these late too I think, the first two books were already out when I bought them. I didn’t love the first book and actually, I hated Rhys throughout most of the first book and I’d already heard/read/seen a lot of the stuff around from people deep into this fandom……that he was going to be endgame. So I was honestly not sure at all how I was going to feel going into this but I ended up loving this book so hard, lol. And even though I’ve since read a lot more Sarah J. Maas and liked them varying amounts, I re-read this last year and still loved it.

8. Traitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

I loved this whole trilogy. I bought the first one because I adored the cover – knew nothing about it really. Just loved the storytelling and everything about this.

9. The Neapolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante

I read these late too. I think the fourth one had just been translated into English when I began the first one and I ended up binging the entire lot. But there were already thousands of reviews of these ones and although I thought they were brilliant and compelling, I didn’t feel I needed to review them. Pretty much everything had probably already been said!

10. Every Breath by Ellie Marney

This trilogy is one of my absolute favourites but I don’t think I reviewed any of them because I wasn’t sure I could do it without gushing everywhere about every single little thing in this series! I have re-read these (or bits of them) loads of times and I adore Rachel and Mycroft. Their tension is through the roof. Ellie Marney has a new book out next month and I can’t wait.

I actually thought I reviewed most books I read and for the most part, this is true. But I definitely discovered one year (2016) where I had a lot of books that I read that I did not review and there were a few reasons for that. 2016 wasn’t a great year and I spent the time reading cheap books I found on Amazon and iBooks, some of which I definitely had nothing to say about. And I definitely went through a big blogging slump as well, but since then I’ve reviewed pretty consistently and that’s why most of these are books I’ve read several years ago. There are other books as well, like the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin where I read them only a few years ago after the TV show started. At the time I didn’t see the need to review them, pretty much everyone has read them or has watched the TV show that has even a flicker of interest in them but if this next book ever comes out, I’m kind of going to be sorry I didn’t jot down my thoughts on them! Especially as I’ll have to separate out the happenings in the books with the happenings in the TV series’ as they started to diverge a bit.

There’s probably loads of other books I loved but didn’t review – I only had to scroll back through to 2014 I think, to find the 10 that could make up my list.


30 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday 11th August

  1. Your list is basically a list of some of my fave books – The Flatshare, Bitterblue, To All the Boys. Great list!

    My Top Ten Tuesday

  2. I don’t think I’ve reviewed ACOMAF either… 2020 has been a pretty bad year for me reviewing all the books I’ve read. I didn’t review the Song of Ice and Fire books either, but when Winds of Winter does come out, I’ll probably have to reread them anyway since it’ll have been so long since I’ve read them and I’ve forgotten almost everything.

    • 2020 has been quite a year, hasn’t it? For most people. I think I’ll have to re-read ASoIaF (if this next book EVER comes out) because there’s just so much that has happened and I know I’ve forgotten so much. I just hope he wraps up the series but I’m starting to lose hope

      • My best guess is… since he’s already 71 years old… that we might have to wait until he dies to see the end. I’m sure his estate would gather his notes together and get a ghostwriter to finish it. But hopefully he’ll finish Winds of Winter, at least, on his own. The way he writes, I don’t think he’ll finish A Dream of Spring without a ghostwriter.

        • I swear I read somewhere it’s in his will that all his notes etc be destroyed if he dies before it’s finished, so that it cannot be ghostwritten. So please live long enough to finish it, George R.R. Martin!

  3. Anne Bennett says:

    That reminds me, I never read BITTERBLUE. Way to drop the ball n a great series. Sometimes I just can’t seem to make myself write a review about a book that I love. I wonder now if it is that I am afraid that my review won’t live up to the book itself. Here is my TTT list

    • Yes, I think that’s part of it for me too – always worried I won’t do the book justice in my review or just will be so effusive in my praise it will seem unbelievable haha. You must get around to Bitterblue if you can!

  4. proxyfish says:

    I thought I would hate A Court of Thorns and Roses (as I’m not a fan of YA romance and would be quite happy with no romance at all) but it actually turned out to be quite an enjoyable read. I haven’t read the rest of the series yet but I’m glad you enjoyed ACoMaF! 😀

  5. I’ve not read any of these but I have seen the Flat Share on a few lists already, Im thinking I should maybe read it!

  6. Great list! I loved Bitterblue, read it ages ago. Here’s my TTT.

  7. lydiaschoch says:

    Gushing reviews can be a lot of fun, though! 🙂

    My TTT .

  8. Poinsettia says:

    I’d really like to read To All the Boys. I’ve heard great things about that series! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

    • The series is adorable – very warm and fuzzy overall (although with some more serious tones) but it’s just perfect for when you want something that makes you feel like all can be right in the world, lol

  9. I’ve actually reviewed quite a few of the books on your list, The Gilded Wolves, Traitor To The Throne, ACOMAF and Every Breath are all books I’ve reviewed for my blog in the past few years.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/11/top-ten-tuesday-276/

  10. The only one I’ve read on here is To All the Boys I Loved Before. I can’t remember if I reviewed it or not. Nice list!

  11. Hi! I really liked The Flatshare too. It was fun to read, and original with the post-it note correspondence. I’m looking forward to reading her next book too! Is it The Switch? I think that’s right. Fun to see what you’ve read 🙂

  12. A lot of people today have said that they have a hard time reviewing books they really love. So interesting. I’m not sure which is tougher for me – reviewing books I loved or really didn’t.

    Happy TTT!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

  13. Marg says:

    There’s so many good books on this list! I have Gilded Wolves out from the library right now.

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