Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Enjoyed but Have Never Reviewed On My 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 Books I Enjoyed but Have Never Reviewed On My Blog. There was a time when I reviewed everything I read but the past couple of years I’ve mainly focused on reviewing the ARCS I receive. That means there are quite a few books that I read but never talk about on the blog. For this week’s topic I’ve decided to share the 10 most recent books I’ve read but not reviewed even though I enjoyed them immensely.
Books I Enjoyed but Have Never Reviewed On My Blog
1. ALL YOUR PERFECTS by Colleen Hoover
After loving Regretting You, my first Colleen Hoover read, I decided I need to read everything Hoover has written. All Your Perfects is the most recent book I’ve tackled, and no surprise here if you’re a CoHo fan, but this book wrecked me. It’s about how a couple’s struggles with fertility push their marriage to the brink of disaster. The way Hoover presents the story, through alternating past vs. present chapters that show their ups and downs as a couple, makes for a read that is truly an emotional roller coaster.
2. BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE by Fredrick Backman
Backman’s books are hard to describe in such a way that truly captures their magic. He creates such quirky and unforgettable characters and you really just have to meet them for yourself to really appreciate them. I loved getting to know Britt-Marie, who has walked out on her cheating husband and is now trying to find her place in the world.
3. IT ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover strikes again. This one is a heart-wrenching read about abuse and the toll it takes on families and relationships. The story is beautifully written and this tough topic is handled realistically and delicately. While there are numerous moments throughout the story that made me smile, by and large, I was filled with sadness and even anger as I read about everything the main character Lily witnessed as a child and then lived through herself as she grew older. This is definitely one of those books that is going to stick with me.
4. THE FLOAT PLAN by Trish Doller
Don’t let that sunny book cover fool you. This is a story about loss, grief, and finding your path forward after losing the love of your life. It’s a grief book but also one filled with hope that just moved me from start to finish. It also made me want to learn how to sail, lol.
This is one of those heartbreaking yet hopeful reads. It’s about a mother and daughter who have been estranged for years but finally, because of an immense tragedy, have a shot at redemption and reconciliation.
6. THE POPPY WAR by R. F. Kuang
I had put off starting this series even though it sounded amazing just because there has been so much hype surrounding it. I finally read it in February and wow, it really lives up to the hype. It’s a Chinese-inspired historical military fantasy that is filled with treachery and magic. I fell in love with Rin, the main character, a young dark-skinned peasant girl who defies the odds and secures herself a place to study at the Sinegard, the most elite military school in her land. Once she begins her studies, she realizes she possesses a rare and potential lethal power – an aptitude for Shamanism. She must master this power because it may be the only thing that can save her people from the war that is looming.
7. MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Taylor Jenkins Reid is another author that I’m working my way through her backlist. Last month I read this book and thought it was really good. It’s a story that using a multiverse, “what if” type of scenario, explores the idea that everything that happens is for a reason. The main character Hannah, who has just moved back to her hometown, is presented with two choices – 1) go home from the bar with her high school boyfriend Ethan for what will most likely be a one night stand or 2) go home without him. If they are meant to rekindle their relationship it will happen in its own time. From the moment those two choices are presented, the book proceeds to follow Hannah, showing us how each choice would play out. It’s not my favorite TJR read but it’s definitely a great read.
8. ROCK PAPER SCISSORS by Alice Feeney
It’s hard to talk about this book without spoiling it so I’ll just say if you’re interested in a twisty, atmospheric domestic thriller, this would be a great choice.
At around 800 pages, this is a brick of a book but it is a fascinating and thought-provoking read. I was hesitant to read it because it’s basically an apocalyptic story about a fungus plague that is gradually wiping out the world’s population and a group of sleepwalkers who are making their way across the country. It’s unclear what is going on with the sleepwalkers so you’re basically along for the ride, waiting to see where they’re going, what they’ll do once they reach their destination, and how any of this is related to the deadly plague. Since we’ve been dealing with a pandemic, I didn’t know if I could handle such a dark read, but once I got started, it was just too riveting a read to put down. It’s got a little something for everyone – politics, religion, you name it. Be forewarned though that it does contain some pretty graphic violence. Made me queasy a few times, lol.
10. ONCE UPON A WARDROBE by Patti Callahan
I just finished this book on Sunday and what a gem of a story this is. It follows Megs, a young woman who, at the request of her dying 8-year-old brother George, seeks out C.S. Lewis, the author of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. George wants her to ask Mr. Lewis where Narnia came from, and even though she has no real interest in the answer herself, she loves her brother and can’t refuse him this request. Instead of giving her the answer plainly, however, Mr. Lewis reveals the answer through a series of stories that she brings home and shares with George. The stories he tells and the truths they reveal end up having just as much of an impact on Megs as they do on George. I can’t even begin to explain this very well but it’s a must-read if you loved Narnia as a child or still do even now. 🙂
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I’ve heard good things about Britt-Marie Was Here.
Lydia recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed, but Have Never Mentioned on My Blog
I loved it so much.
I think that’s actually my favorite TJR book! And Once Upon a Wardrobe – it was such a beautiful book that I would never have been able to do it justice in a review!
That book was pure magic!
I loved Wanderers and I’m excited for the sequel, Wayward. I’m also very curious now about Once Upon a Wardrobe! What a cool idea, and it sounds so emotional😁
Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy recently posted…What’s On My Plate – March 2022
Once Upon a Wardrobe was such a captivating story. It definitely deserves more love.
I loved Maybe In Another Life but rarely talk about it on my blog (I don’t know why)! The Poppy War is one that I also don’t talk about often but I also really loved it (even though it absolutely gutted me lol). I’ve got Feeney’s book on my TBR and I’ve heard lots of good things about it so I can’t wait to pick it up this year. Great list!
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I can’t wait to read the second Poppy War book. The first one gutted me as well.
I’ve read the CoHo stories and want to read some of the others, particularly the Wendig, Feeney and Kuang.
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If you do, I hope you enjoy them. 🙂
I read The Poppy War last year and I didn’t really get on with it, but I’m glad you enjoyed it more!
Jo recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday #357
I love Kristin Hannah’s books, but there are a lot of them that I still haven’t read, including FLY AWAY. Thanks for the reminder to check out her backlist!
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You’re welcome! 🙂
The Float Plan is one I actually did review on my blog! What a great read. 🙂
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It was so good!
Wardrobe was so fabulous, I bought the ebook for my mom, AND she loved it too. Beautiful story, and the parts of Lewis’ life selected were fascinating.
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It really was a magical book, one that I’ll be recommending often.
I have not read any of these. I had no idea Fredrik Backman wrote so many books. It seems like every week someone is featuring another title of his. I haven’t read Kristen Hannah in a long time but want to read her books.
Cindy Davis recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday-Books I’ve Never Mentioned on my Blog
I’m still working my way through Backman’s backlist and have also been surprised by how many he has written, all quality reads too.
Oh my goodness, reading about Once Upon a Wardrobe sounds heartbreaking but at the same time, I want to dive right into it.
It’s so good!
I have Britt-Marie Was Here on my TBR.
I’ve started only reviewing ARCs and books I feel need more attention this year. Currently, I’m also reviewing books that are shortlisted for an award this year.
Thanks for stopping by my post earlier!
Pam @ Read! Bake! Create! recently posted…Reading Wrap Up February 2022: Loving Books
That sounds like a great way to focus your reviews. 🙂
Ooh, nice ones! I’ve read a couple of Colleen Hoover titles and also Taylor Jenkins Reid and a Backman. I never read any of the Wardrobe series so don’t know if I could just jump into this book. I love Kristin Hannah, have this title right now and haven’t read it yet. I need to clean up my older TBR soon!
I just started reading Hoover but am already pretty obsessed with reading everything she has written.
I read and LOVED Rock, Paper, Scissors!
ShootingStarsMag recently posted…(Currently – March 2022): Book Hauls, Build A Bear, and More
It’s such a great read!
I have not read any of these yet. I have only read 2 Colleen Hoover books. Regretting You was my first too! I do want to read more of her books soon. I do review everything I read but maybe someday I will give myself a break.
Carole @ Carole’s Random Life recently posted…February 2022 Wrap Up
I got hooked on Hoover after reading Regretting You. I’m hoping to read Verity this month and then keep working my way through her backlist.
Maybe In another Life is the only TJR book I’ve read so far but she has a few others I want to get as well. I love that cover of Fly Away as well.
Once Upon looks SO good.
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I’ve really enjoyed everything of TJR’s I’ve read so far. Since you’re a big music fan, you might enjoy Daisy Jones and the Six.
I haven’t read any of these yet, but The Poppy War is high on my TBR so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it!
It’s so good. I’m hoping to read the second book in the series this month, which is surprising for me since I always procrastinate series books.
I am so happy that you enjoyed The Poppy War too!
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It’s so good. I’m really hoping to read the second book this month because I need to see what happens next.