I used to have such a fierce rule where I would review everything I read after I finished reading it. I wouldn’t move on to the next book until that review was DONE. I don’t know how I did it and I don’t know when that rule slipped. I miss that amazing self-discipline I demonstrated!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s prompt is:
Books I Loved but Never Reviewed
I love writing book reviews. I feel like it’s such a cathartic way of finishing a story. It gets it out of the system. I felt mentally organised and clean for having logged my thoughts on each story. I don’t know if you can relate to that but it is deeply calming for me. I went through a real rough patch last year and hardly reviewed half of my books. This year, I’ve been really good and almost all of my books have been reviewed. It is time-consuming though! So I must cut myself some slack.
Except I’m not going to. Instead, let’s ring the bell of shame for books I seriously loved but didn’t make the time for to review. Tut. Tut. For extra shame points, I’m going to include the date I finish reading them just so we can bask in how much time has passed. #UltimateProcrastination
1. Stalking Jack the Ripper
by Kerri Maniscalco
Finished Reading: 11 November 2019
Kirstie! How could you! I’m actually quite surprised at myself for not having gotten around to reviewing this. This is such a wonderful YA historical fiction reimagining of Jack the Ripper. It’s gripping, it’s intriguing and it’s magnificent.
by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman
Finished Reading: 21 July 2019
I’m definitely disappointed that I haven’t reviewed this one. This is such a gripping YA dystopian that is horrifyingly realistic. Plus I love Shusterman! This is a classic case of a book I really enjoyed just falling through the cracks. Maybe I’m to blame for more people NOT having read this yet.
3. The Goddess Test
by Aimée Carter
Finished Reading: 14 July 2019
The funny thing about this one is how next-level my procrastination was when it came to reviewing it. You see, I actually handwrote my review. I went through a phase when I felt more inclined to handwrite my thoughts and then transpose them later. But I never transposed them. I don’t even know if I still have my draft. Why on earth did I not just type them up?!
4. What if it’s Us
by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
Finished Reading: 16 May 2019
I actually gasped when I realised I haven’t reviewed this. This is one of my favourite contemporaries like EVER!! I love these two authors and I sing the praises of this book so often. And yet here we are. What possessed me to not set aside an hour or two to log my thoughts and review this! Gah!
5. The Everlasting Rose
by Dhonielle Clayton
Finished Reading: 3 April 2019
This is particularly upsetting that I didn’t review this one after reading it because this has started to get foggy in my mind as to what actually happened in this book. I think I’d likely have to re-read this in order to review it now. Sad.
by Neal Shusterman
Finished Reading: 28 March 2019
It looks like I have a track record for not attending to my Shusterman books. Another sequel – and one from one of my favourite series – that I’ve yet to review! I would definitely need to re-read this in order to review it, which is worrying because I am yet to read book three . . . maybe I’ll need to re-read it before I read that. Oh dear.
7. The Gilded Cage
by Lucinda Gray
Finished Reading: 29 December 2018
This was such a quick and fun mystery to read! I remember whizzing through it so quickly because it was so hard to put down. But alas, apparently I didn’t have a spare moment to sit and review it. Very tragic.
8. The Lantern’s Ember
by Colleen Houck
Finished Reading: 22 November 2018
GASP. I know. A book by my favourite author that I somehow didn’t review?!!? Honestly, I thought I had probably reviewed this and am now just disappointed that I didn’t. How dare I leave a Houck book unreviewed. Truly a disappointment to myself.
9. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy
by Mackenzi Lee
Finished Reading: 15 November 2018
I think I might be bad at reviewing sequels. Why on earth didn’t I review this? You would’ve thought I’d review everything I loved and just maybe let the bad ones slide. But apparently not. This is the fantastic sequel to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.
10. And I Darken
by Kiersten White
Finished Reading: 23 October 2018
The thing is, I’m really not helping myself here when I don’t review a book that is part of a series. I still haven’t read the sequel yet after making the swap from audiobook to physical for this, and now my memory of the story is fuggy. I’m absolutely going to need to re-read to continue the series thanks to my past self not bothering to review this so now I don’t even have reminders from that to go on. Pft.
That’s a wrap!
Wow, I found this fascinating to revisit what books I still want to review. It makes me sad that it’ll hit a point eventually where I’d need to re-read the book to properly review. Crazy how that happens!
What books have you still not reviewed?