Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I Loved But Never Reviewed

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature / weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we make a top ten list from a given topic.

This week's topic is

Top Ten Books I Loved But Never Reviewed

This week it’s time to give a shout out to all those books you loved but never reviewed, either because you read them before you started blogging, or because you didn’t get a chance to or couldn’t review when you read it.

I find it extremely hard to write reviews for books that I love, because I don't really have anything to say other than "I loved this book so much!". These are all books like that; the ones I love so much but can't seem to form a coherent review of without going into massive fangirl mode. Obviously you should read all of these.

1) Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher
Set mainly in Scotland in December and focusing on love and friendship, this is the perfect Christmas book. I re-read it every other year, and it never fails to make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

2) The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Probably the best fantasy book I've ever read. You should read it. Right now.

3) The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I think we all agree that these books are brilliant. There's really nothing more to say, so no need to write reviews. (No, I haven't read the last two yet. I'm getting there.)

4) The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder
This has been my favourite book for more than half of my life. I really want to share it with everyone, but nothing I say can even come close to describing the magic of this book. You need to read it for yourself.

5) Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
I really liked this book and I fully intended to write a review, but somehow it never happened. Great book though, and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.

6) Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
I read this before I started blogging, and need to read it again before I can write a review because I have forgotten much of it. But I do remember loving it to bits. My favourite Gaiman book.

7) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Another book I read before starting to blog. Fantastic novel that made me cry – which is not easily done. The setting, the mood, the plot, the characters ... I loved everything about this one.

8) Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
I have reviewed book 2 in this trilogy, Inkspell, but I read Inkheart before starting the blog, so no review for it. I remember being totally mesmerised by it and not wanting to put it down. The whole concept of being able to read characters out of or into books – how great is that?

9) The Princess Bride by William Goldman
I'm sure you've all heard of this one, but have you read it? If not, you really should (and then watch the movie). Perfect fairy tale.

10) The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
In my notebook I described this as "a tragic and beautiful ghost story complete with mad people, ruins of old mansions, dark secrets and a cat." Do I really need to say more?


Mari - Escape In A Book said...

I've read three of the books you mentioned, Hilde, and I liked all three. Shadow of the wind was a bit slow at the beginning though but it just kept on getting better and better.

I have a few favorites that I haven't reviewed as well one of them is The Book Thief.

Cassandra said...

Winter Solstice sounds good.
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Two Bibliomaniacs said...

So many great books! I read The Princess Bride earlier this year and really enjoyed it. Neverwhere is also a book in really liked, but haven't had a chance to review.

Enbrethiliel said...


I haven't read The Solitaire Mystery yet, but other Gaarder novels (namely Sophie's World and Through a Glass Darkly) help me understand what you mean. The review format is great for some books, but very limited when it comes to those that really move us. =)

And I really should start reading Cornelia Funke . . .

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