Top Ten Tuesday – The Last 10 Books I Read but Don’t Plan to Review on the Blog
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!
This week’s TTT topic is actually supposed to be My Ten Most Recent Reads (maybe share a one-sentence review to go with?). I have either already reviewed or am planning to review the last 10 books I read, so I decided to twist the topic to make it a better fit for me. I’m sharing the last books I read but have no plans to review on the blog, mainly just because they’re older reads and/or I just didn’t have enough to say about them to even write a mini review.
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The Last 10 Books I Read but Don’t Plan to Review on the Blog
1. ALEX, APPROXIMATELY by Jenn Bennett (4 STARS)
This was my 5th Jenn Bennett novel and probably my favorite yet. Loved the enemies to lovers plot with a You’ve Got Mail twist.
2. AUTOBOYOGRAPHY by Christina Lauren (5 STARS)
I had been avoiding this book, afraid it wouldn’t live up to the hype, but wow, it really blew me away. Such a moving, beautiful, cute, and all around special story and I adored all of the characters, especially Tanner.
3. THE BOOKSHOP OF SECOND CHANCES by Jackie Fraser (3 STARS)
This book actually releases today and I had somewhat mixed feelings about it. I loved the setting – a bookshop in Scotland and I liked the main character, Thea. I also love a good second chance romance. So why mixed feelings? I wasn’t the biggest fan of her second chance guy. I guess he was supposed to be a cute grumpy type, but for some reason, it just didn’t work for me this time even though it normally does. I also thought the pacing was slow at times. It was still a nice read overall but just didn’t captivate me the way I expected it to.
4. BOYFRIEND MATERIAL by Alexis Hall (4.5 STARS)
I love a good fake dating story and this one totally delivers. The main characters, Luc and Oliver, are wonderful, both individually and together. Plus, there’s tons of humor so that was a bonus as well.
5. THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA by T.J. Klune (5 STARS)
I think every other blogger out there has said everything there is to say about this book, but it is truly one of the most special and unique books I’ve ever read. Truly magical and it had me crying happy tears by the end. I adored all of the children so much, especially Lucy and Chauncey.
6. CODE GIRLS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE AMERICAN WOMEN CODE BREAKERS WHO HELPED WIN WWII by Liza Mundy (3.5 STARS)
One of my goals this year has been to read more nonfiction and this is one of the books I have read so far in 2021. Since I enjoy WWII historical fiction so much, I picked this book up since I had never heard of these women code breakers before. It’s a pretty interesting read, although a little dry at times. I definitely recommend the audio version.
7. EXCUSE ME WHILE I UGLY CRY by Joya Goffney (4 STARS)
This book actually releases today and although I enjoyed it, I just didn’t have enough to say about it to review it in full on the blog. Imagine having your journal, with all of your innermost secrets and private thoughts, land in the worst possible hands. This is exactly what happens to Quinn, the main character. And not only does her journal end up in the wrong hands, but the person who has it decides to blackmail her with it. This is a wonderful story about facing your fears, figuring out who you are and who your true friends are. There’s also the possibility of a romance but that takes a backseat to the coming of age storyline.
8. HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly (4 STARS)
This is another nonfiction book I read this year, mainly because I loved the film of the same name so much. This was a great read, although slightly different from the film in that it focuses much more on the science and the history and a little less on the personal lives of the individual women.
9. A PROMISED LAND by Barack Obama (5 STARS)
Also part of my quest to read more nonfiction. This was such a fascinating inside look at Obama’s political rise from his younger years up through his Presidency. It’s volume 1 of what will be a 2 volume memoir so this one runs up through the mission where we finally got bin Laden. It’s basically a record of every major event that happened during those years and Obama’s thoughts at the times as well as his hindsight reflections on those events. I really enjoyed that he talked about both his successes and his failures, and how things affected him both politically and personally. I also highly recommend the audio version.
10. DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE trilogy by Laini Taylor (4 STARS – Books 1 & 2, 3 STARS – Book 3)
This trilogy had been sitting on my shelf for several years so I decided it was time to finally knock it off my TBR. I really enjoyed the series overall, although not quite as much as the wonderful Strange the Dreamer series. The world building was very impressive, I loved all of the main characters, and I especially loved the seraphim versus chimaera premise. The series finale was a bit of a let down for me, mainly just because it introduced new characters and I just wasn’t invested in them at all and felt they were in the way of the characters I wanted to read about.
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On hello, these are some cute titles! Also several are new to me. I would also like to have a go at reading the Hidden Figures title – I love that movie!
I love that movie too. 🙂
I’m very slowly reading A Promised Land. It’s popped up on a few lists this week!
Lydia recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: My Ten Most Recent Reads
I hope you enjoy it. I ended up listening to the audio and moved through it pretty quickly.
I’m fascinated by the Hidden Figures book, as it’s one of my favourite films I’ve seen this year – and I’ve been VERY picky with zero tolerance for shoddy screenwriting, poor production, tired tropes, indifferent acting and intrusive camerawork:))).
I loved that movie too. It’s so well done and the actors are just phenomenal.
I’ve been looking forward to The Bookshop of Second Chances, so it’s a bit of a bummer to hear it’s a mixed bag!
Hopefully you’ll have better luck with it than I did. It definitely wasn’t a bad read.
Autoboyography made such an impact on me. And is still one of my favorite books ever. My heart broke for those boys. (Plus is has the most gorgeous cover ever. 🙂
Tanya @ Girl Plus Books recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Reads
It was such an incredible book and I completely agree about the cover. I listened to the audiobook but when I ended up loving it, I had to buy a paper copy for my collection because of the beautiful cover.
I’m a firm believer that short reviews are just as valuable and helpful as the long ones. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on each of these as they were immensely helpful, Suzanne💜
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You’re welcome. 🙂
I’ve been meaning to read almost all of these myself! And I love how you personalised the TTT topic!
My TTT: https://bibliosini.com/top-ten-tuesday-4-may-2021/
Hasini @ Bibliosini recently posted…My Ten Most Recent Reads: Top Ten Tuesday
Great spin on the topic! I pretty much review every book I read these days, unless it’s a DNF. But I love seeing this roundup with your quick impressions😁
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I feel you a bit on Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry. It involved issues I don’t feel comfortable weighing in on, but I did like the friendship and the romance. Alex was my gateway Bennett book, so it will always have a special place in my heart, and Autoboyography is a favorite.
Sam@wlabb recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Recently Read
Yep, I agree on Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry. It touches on some pretty important topics and I didn’t feel like I could talk about them and really do them justice.
These all look like such great reads. I really need to read both Boyfriend Material and The House in the Cerulean Sea!
Erin @ Lavish Literature recently posted…My Ten Most Recent Reads
I hope you enjoy them. 🙂
Everyone really seems to love Cerulean Sea! I have A Promised Land on my TBR but haven’t got to it yet as it’s quite chunky. I still need to finish the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, but I’ve been putting off reading the last book because I wasn’t a fan of the second one.
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The House in the Cerulean Sea might be a good one to help with that reading slump.
I loved Boyfriend Material so much! And I hadn’t expected to cry as much as I did either. Hahaha.
Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!
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LOL! I cried too. Glad I wasn’t the only one.
I’m really enjoying the house on the Cerulean Sea. I have like 40 pages left.
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It’s such a wonderful book. 🙂
I like your twist on the prompt this week.
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The House in the Cerulean Sea is so sweet!! I’m currently reading A Promised Land on audio now and it really is a great narration!
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I really loved the audio version.
I haven’t read any of these, but about half of them are on my TBR list somewhere. I’ll get to them someday!
Susan (Bloggin’ ’bout Books) recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Recent Reads
I hope you love them all when you get to them. 🙂
Sometimes it is just great to put a sentence or two on Goodreads but not have to actually review something.
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I agree. 🙂
Yay, so glad to hear you enjoyed Autoboyography, Boyfriend Material and The House in the Cerulean Sea! I love all of them so much 🙂
They were all so amazing!
Boyfriend Material and The House in the Cerulean Sea were amazing!
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They really were! 🙂
I loved Hidden Figures. Such a good book. I haven’t read Code Girls yet, but I have a copy and hope to at some point. You make me want to read Christina Lauren’s book. This is a great list, Suzanne! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on all these books!
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Hidden Figures was such a good read. A bit different from the movie but I loved both.
Alex Approximately looks great. I’ve been wanting to try Jenn Bennett for a while.
I’ve had really good luck with all her books.
I have heard so many good things about the House in the cerulean sea but I haven’t checked it out yet – I really should, as I’ve not heard any bad reviews of it! It’s good you enjoyed it so much 🙂
Hope that your week is going well 🙂
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It was such a wonderful read, one of the most unique stories I’ve read in a while.
I want to read Obama’s book. I have read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, Auotoboyography, and Boyfriend Material and loved them all. Boyfriend Material is getting a sequel!!!
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I hadn’t heard about the sequel to Boyfriend Material. That’s so exciting!
Love seeing your list. I don’t blog review al my reads, either. Yay for your non-fic goal. I’ve been doing the same this year. Hidden Figures is a non-fic that I want to read. I’ve listened to Alex Approximately and loved it and liked Boyfriend Material when I read it.
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I hope you enjoy Hidden Figures when you get to it. 🙂
Totally agree with #5. It was so worth the hype!
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Right? Such a special book.