Top Ten Tuesday #355


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:

  1. 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!

30 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #355

  1. Leslie 15/02/2022 / 5:02 pm

    Great topic change. I have a few that I haven’t or will not review for several reasons. I sometimes think it’s just better to read a book and let it be! πŸ™‚

    My Top Ten

    • iloveheartlandx 20/02/2022 / 1:37 pm

      I have actually, when I was a kid, I remember finding it very creepy, but fun!

  2. hopewellslibraryoflife 16/02/2022 / 10:11 pm

    I like your take on this week’s topic. Wallflower–wow. I read it as an adult and had to do a whole post on it just to process it. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. FangirlFlax 16/02/2022 / 10:41 pm

    I really want to read Coraline–I bet it’s a really spooky audiobook!

  4. jennielyse 16/02/2022 / 11:45 pm

    I refused to read Cursed Child because I heard about what it’s about and it made me so mad. Even though I don’t agree with JK Rowling AT ALL, I still love Harry Potter and will always love Harry Potter.

    • iloveheartlandx 20/02/2022 / 1:35 pm

      I actually didn’t mind it, though I know I’m in the minority in that one!

  5. thebookishlibra 17/02/2022 / 12:59 pm

    All of your reasons for not reviewing these make sense to me. There just aren’t enough hours in the day so lack of time is always a big reason for me.

    • iloveheartlandx 20/02/2022 / 1:35 pm

      Yes! I feel like I need an extra 24 hours really ha ha.

  6. dinipandareads 17/02/2022 / 1:39 pm

    I struggled to review The Perks of Being a Wallflower and still haven’t managed to do it. But I also think a lot of people have captured what I felt about it so it’s okay that I don’t add my ‘voice’ to the list lol. I’ve taken to writing mini-reviews for books these days and I don’t know why I ever felt guilty about doing that before but it saves me a lot of time now πŸ˜‚

    • iloveheartlandx 20/02/2022 / 1:35 pm

      Yeah Perks is one of those books that’s already so famous and talked about that I didn’t really feel bad about not adding my voice to the pile either. I know a lot of people do that, it’s not usually my style either, but I did do it for the books I read in Cape Town, so I suppose maybe never reviewed isn’t quite true, but I didn’t do a full review for any of them, so I think they still count!

  7. Anne Bennett 17/02/2022 / 8:52 pm

    I often make myself lists of books I need to still review since I am such a procrastinator. I went on a trip once, a long car trip, and by the time I got home I was ten reviews behind. I promptly made myself a personal challenge to review all the books and it took me several months but I got it done. I did review CIRCE, however, right after I finished it. I am a huge fan of the book. Here is my review, if you want to take a look:

    • iloveheartlandx 20/02/2022 / 1:33 pm

      Oh I feel you there, I got so behind on reviewing last year because of work and ended up about the same amount of reviews behind, by the end of the year I was scrambling to catch up. I did also manage to get them all done in the end but it was a challenge!

  8. Emily Jane 17/02/2022 / 10:42 pm

    I enjoyed reading your reasons and the books! I started my blog last June and have only really got back into reading since the pandemic. I therefore decided that I would do a ‘what I read during the pandemic list and the accompanying shortish review. That kept me posting for a while!

    • iloveheartlandx 20/02/2022 / 1:29 pm

      Thank you! Ooh that’s exciting, congrats on starting your blog πŸ™‚

      • Emily Jane 20/02/2022 / 2:28 pm

        Thank you. I’m enjoying it so far 🀣

  9. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 18/02/2022 / 6:49 pm

    It can feel overwhelming to try to catch up after three months away. I have a lot of books from before I was a blogger that I’d like to review. I’m going to start with ten this year.

    • iloveheartlandx 20/02/2022 / 1:27 pm

      I mean there was that, but also I’d not taken a break from blogging in six years at that point, so it was just nice to to take some time for myself! That’s a monumental challenge, good luck with it πŸ™‚

  10. Susan 19/02/2022 / 2:28 pm

    I always have trouble reviewing anthologies like the biography collection you mentioned. It’s such a hard format to tackle!

    Happy TTT (on a Saturday)!


    • iloveheartlandx 20/02/2022 / 1:25 pm

      Yeah it’s definitely hard to know how to approach it!

  11. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer 21/02/2022 / 2:47 am

    The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller made my list this week! In fact, it’s the book that inspired my suggestion for this prompt. πŸ˜‰ Circe is waiting on my shelf, but I’ve yet to read it because of how emotional Achilles was. I’m determined to get to it sometime this year, though. Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 22/02/2022 / 5:44 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy Circe whenever you get to it.

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