TTT: Books I Loved But Never Reviewed


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Since I’ve been an avid reader since I was, basically, a toddler, there are a whole heck of a lot of books I’ve loved but never reviewed over the years. And that’s this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, Books I’ve Read But Never Reviewed. Even when I got on Goodreads about 11 years ago, I used the site to keep track of what I read more than to review what I read. I slowly started to jot down a line or two here and there. Once I was full-on reviewing books as I read them, I went back and rated/reviewed a few of my favorites as best I could without a fresh read in my mind. But boy, I’d love to have the time to go back and re-read a bunch of my favorites to review them properly.  Here are just a small sampling of those that need a proper review from me.


The Stand by Stephen King

I could do this whole post on Stephen King books. (Don’t worry, I won’t.) I read the majority of his books before regularly writing reviews, and I’m a huge fan. The Stand is a favorite of mine though. I’ve re-read it numerous times over the last 30+ years, but have yet to write a proper review.




11915342Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume

I haven’t read this book since I was a teenager, but I remember reading it a lot. Yet, I don’t remember much about the story. All I know is it stuck with me and I felt that Judy Blume knew me at a time that I felt no adult could understand my inner workings.






The Harry Potter series

It’s a such a disappointment when a favorite shows their true colors. I am well aware of the controversy of this author at this time. That doesn’t negate that these books mean so much to me. I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I read them along with my oldest as each new story came out. He was well past the age of being read to by the end, but we took turns and didn’t get to far ahead of each other so we could discuss. If only I had those conversations written down…



73291Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers
by Filip Muller

This book was on display at my library back in the late 90’s and, being a WWII history buff, I picked it up. I’ve never been able to forget this story. I’m sure you can somewhat imagine. This is a very difficult book to read, but so important. I’m constantly recommending this book to others. We all know what happened in Auschwitz, but this view is a bit different than what we usually get.




The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

Another one that I didn’t review most of the series. There are a couple I did true reviews on, but not many. I started reading them back in the 90s. These books are hefty. I’ve re-read the first few (when a new one was being released I’d do a skimming re-read) more than once, but not while I was actively reviewing the books I read. Now that they are so popular, I’d love if I was able to go back and read my opinions before there was the chance of my thoughts being swayed by others or the tv show.




Lord of the Flies by William Golding

I remember loving this book when I read it for school. And I know I read it again in my 20s. My niece was recently reading this book and I really should have done a re-read at the time so I could get her 12 year old view along with my 46 year old view on the story. I’m sure there are many things that, now that I’m older and the world is wiser, I’d find problematic. And I’d love to be able to compare my current thoughts on the book to my childhood impressions.




Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

I’m sure I’ve talked about this book before. It’s another WWII story in a way. This book jumps between times, from the recent past to the 40s, when Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps. I remember hating all I learned about how the Japanese were treated at that time. With the current political climate, I’d like to compare my thoughts from just 10 years ago to now.




The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck

I told you I was a WWII history buff! I just realized how many books I’ve picked for this list that take place in that era. There are many, many, many Steinbeck books that can be looked as one of the greats in literature. But this is the one for me. This little knows story of a small town taken over by Nazis. Again, I would like to compare my thoughts from my first reading, in the early 90s, to today. Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.




The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Ah, the innocence of youth. My parents had the whole series of these books and I read them for the first time, I believe, in middle school. And many times after that. It wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I realized the religious undertones of the tales.  And by undertones, I mean blatant. To have gotten my innocent first impressions down before the cynicism took over would be amazing.




The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams

I didn’t read this series of books until I was in my 30s. Douglas Adams was, truly, a genius. Since I have this one volume book and read them all at once, all the stories run together for me. I wish I had written down my thoughts after each story so I could differentiate them better. Regardless, these books are so much fun, but can be super deep if you decide to really think about what is being said.

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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10 Responses to TTT: Books I Loved But Never Reviewed

  1. lydiaschoch says:

    I know I liked Tiger Eyes, but I don’t remember the plot much anymore!

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  2. There are a bunch of these that are on my list. It’s shocking to me that I did not review Harry Potter.

    • Cheri says:

      I’ve noticed it on a lot of lists. I’m thinking it’s probably mostly those of us that did our first read of the books as they were published…in other words, before we had so many internet options (at least for the first few books).

  3. Louise H says:

    I haven’t been on Goodreads as long as you have but I too used it as a place to organise books long before I started to review on there. The Harry Potter, Douglas Adams and Narnia Books are all ones I read a long time ago (mostly pre-internet for me) so I’ve never reviewed them either.

  4. Ugh I had to read Lord of The Flies for school and I really hated it (obviously never reviewed it either, as I didn’t start my blog till I was doing my A-Levels, by which point I had given up English). I didn’t review Harry Potter or The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (the only Narnia book I’ve read) either as I was a kid when I read them.
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    • Cheri says:

      I find Lord of the Flies to be a love or hate book. I know a lot of people who just could not stand the story. That’s another reason I’d like to do a re-read of that one. I’m curious if I’ll still love it all these years later.

      • I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of them had to read it for school as well, it’s a very popular book for GCSEs here in the UK, don’t know about elsewhere. I’ve always found it’s very difficult to enjoy books you read for school because you have to analyze them to death.

      • Cheri says:

        It was definitely a book we all read for school in the US, at least back in the 90s. And I believe my boys both read it in high school, too. I was the type to love the books I had to read for school, but I was also the type that took every English Literature class I could throughout high school. I didn’t mind the analyzing as long as I could read ahead. I hated the slow pace we were supposed to “read together”.

      • Yeah, it’s a pretty enduring one. Oh I hated that as well, we read so slow with the rest of the class and if I wasn’t enjoying the book then I just wanted to get it over with!

  5. Anything set at Auschwitz would be memorable and probably hard to review. It sounds like a good book.

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