Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Never Wrote a Review For

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books I Loved But Never Wrote a Review For

This is an easy list for me*. Since I started blogging, I've reviewed everything I've read, so this list consists of the books I read and loved before I started this blog.

10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

One of the most emotionally affecting books I've ever read; I cried buckets of tears.

9. Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracey Chevalier

I love this book and it's one of the few where I actually love the movie, too.

8. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

I don't think of myself as a romance fan, but the writing was so lovely that I got completely swept up in the story of Grace and Sam.

7. Y: The Last Man series by Brian K. Vaughan

I'm so glad I gave this series a try. It mixes comedy and action and drama together effortlessly and has one of my favourite fictional couples ever in Yorick and Agent 355.

6. Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

I love the wish-fulfillment premise of this - what if you were a kid and you found millions in cash? The story is funny and touching in equal measure.

5. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

I liked the movie well enough, but then I read the book and it was something else - something special. A very well-written coming-of-age tale set in a fantasy world.

4. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

I was obsessed with this book a couple of years ago and it's what spawned my love of historical fiction. The intrigue! The gossip! The clothes! After reading this, I wanted to jump into a time machine and head straight to the Tudor era.

3. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Every so often a YA book comes along that makes me wish it was published years ago and I could have read it when I was a teenager. I love Stargirl so much now; I can only imagine what it would have meant to me then.

2. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

This book is so strange, I think it either works for you or it doesn't. It's got war in the UK, children with mind-reading abilities and a romance between first cousins, but I read it in one straight sitting and thought it was beautiful.

1. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

I think even if I had been blogging when I finished this book, it would have been very difficult to articulate exactly why it blew me away. I can't quite put into words why it's not just another teen novel; there's just something magic about it.

*I wrote too soon! It was incredibly hard narrowing my choices down to 10. I decided to leave off obvious choices like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, but that doesn't mean my love for them is any less strong.


  1. I am just like you; I have reviewed everything I read now, but I didn't before 2003. I've read and loved all of these except Last Man and Shiver, especially Stargirl.

    Hope you will stop by and take a look at my post for this week: Top Ten Books You Never Wrote a Review For. And don't forget to sign up for the Readerbuzz August Giveaway!

  2. the book thief has been mentioned on other lists as well. i really need to read it, it sounds awesome. great list!

    check out my top ten list this week.


  3. I don't think I've 'met' anyone else who's read How I Live Now! I loved that book so much. It's just weird and compelling and really excellent. I'm so happy someone else in the world has finally read it! ;)

    My Top Ten List is over here! I hope you'll stop by.

  4. Nice list! I loved Shiver!

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  5. How I Live Now is definitely one of those books that people seem to either really love or really hate. I fall into the love camp with you. It was so well done that I was never once weirded out about the cousinly love.

  6. Great choices! I keep meaning to read The Book Thief...I've heard so many good things about it! Same with Sloppy Firsts! Stargirl was amazing when I read it years ago!


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