Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, I just finished a big job application on Sunday, so I’m planning on using my days off from work this week to actually relax! I’m off to London later today to go to the theatre, I’d booked to see a show at the Southwark Playhouse in January but shifted it back to today because of the Omicron situation, so I’m excited to get to see it at last!
Anyway, it’s Tuesday, and that means another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week was meant to be Books I Loved So Much I Didn’t Review, but I’ve twisted it slightly to fit me, as loving a book doesn’t tend to stop me from reviewing it. Instead I’m doing Books I’ve Not Reviewed For The Blog, for various reasons. I’ll only be choosing books I’ve read since I started the blog though, since I’ve already done a list of books I read before blogging:
- Harry Potter and The Cursed Child-JK Rowling
I actually did a whole discussion post at the time as to why I wouldn’t be reviewing The Cursed Child (which honestly makes me cringe slightly now because back in 2016 it wasn’t as clear what an extreme TERF JK Rowling was), but it basically came down to not wanting to tarnish my love of Harry Potter if I didn’t enjoy The Cursed Child and not really being sure how you review a playscript. In hindsight I’m quite glad I didn’t review it, because now I don’t really want JK Rowling content on my blog!
2. The Perks of Being A Wallflower-Stephen Chbosky
This one came down to two things: length and format. Perks of Being A Wallflower is so short that it didn’t seem worth reviewing, as my review would probably end up taking me longer to do than actually reading the book! It’s also written in epistolary format and I find that kind of hard to review as it’s not a format I particularly like and I find it hard to pick out narrative points to examine from books in that format.
3. Olive, Mabel and Me-Andrew Cotter
This one was another one that came down to length, it was only a six hour audiobook so I kind of felt like I’d probably pour more time into writing the review than actually reading the book!
4. Dog Days: A Year With Olive and Mabel-Andrew Cotter
Again this one was fairly short, so didn’t really seem worth reviewing. It’s also written in the form of a diary, and as I covered with Perks of Being A Wallflower before, I find books written in that kind of format hard to review.
5. Crossfire-Malorie Blackman
This one purely came down to a timing issue, I probably would have reviewed it otherwise. I finished it just before I went to Cape Town in 2020, and didn’t have a chance to write a review before I left. When I was in Cape Town, I only had WiFi when I was at my internship, where I was obviously doing work, so I never managed to review this one. I was also taking a break from blogging anyway whilst I was out there.
6. Circe-Madeline Miller
This is another one I read whilst in South Africa, whilst I was taking a break from blogging, and by the time I got back, I decided it wasn’t worth writing full reviews for every single book I’d read in the three months that I’d been gone. I kind of wish I had done a full review for this one because I really did enjoy it, but the amount of time that 10 backlogged reviews was going to take me was just not worth it.
7. Truthwitch-Susan Dennard
Another one that I read whilst in South Africa. It’s a shame I didn’t do a review for this one, because it’s the only one missing from my Witchlands series reviews and I wish they were complete, but again, it wasn’t worth doing full reviews for all the books I missed out on reviewing whilst I was on my blogging break (and would have made the break sort of pointless!).
8. Modern Women: 52 Pioneers-Kira Cochrane
This one was a collection of biographies of brilliant women from history, and honestly just wouldn’t have made sense to review, because each biography was only a page or two long. This is probably the closest book on my list to fit the actual prompt, as I did really love it, it just didn’t make sense to review it.
9. Speak Up!-Laura Coryton
This book was very short, so I didn’t feel that it would be worth writing a full review for as the review would likely ending up taking me long to write than the book did to read! It’s also kind of a hard one to review as it’s basically a guide to activism for teens.
10. Coraline-Neil Gaiman
Another one that I didn’t review due to length, the audiobook was just under four hours, so I likely would have spent more time on the review than I would have actually reading the book!
So there we go, those are some of the books that I haven’t reviewed for the blog. Are there any books you haven’t reviewed on your blog? Have you read any of these? Did you enjoy them? Let me know in the comments!
Next week’s topic is Dynamic Duos which should be a fun one!