This week’s theme is: Top 10 Books I Loved but Didn’t Review
Technically speaking, I have “reviewed” pretty much every book I have read; however, as you can see by looking on my “Reviews” page, many of these reviews are actually just brief thoughts. The reason for this is, I only started book blogging/reviewing a couple of years ago, so anything I read before then … well, wasn’t reviewed. I tried to go back and at least provide a sentence or two about what I thought/felt about each book, but I do need to write actual reviews for many. Of the many, these are ten books I hope to go back and re-read someday, so I can provide a formal review for books I love but haven’t had the chance to review:
1. All works by J.D. Salinger. (The Catcher in the Rye, Nine Stories, Franny & Zooey, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction).
I have read all of these books multiple times, but none of them since I started book blogging. I know, without a doubt, that I will go back and read them all, to review them all (especially since I recently bought the complete works in a hardcover set).
2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
Another one of my all-time favorite books. As a book lover, it’s almost impossible not to cherish this novel. I do own a copy, though it’s in storage. Hopefully, someday, I can get all of my books out of storage and into a little library of my own; then, I can find books like Fahrenheit 451 which deserve a re-read & review!
3. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
My introduction to Burroughs, the Beats, and subversive/counter-culture literature. I owe this book so much and I have already read it twice, but both were previous to graduate school (at which point I started to really keep track of what I was reading). I have read and reviewed numerous Burroughs novels since – but I definitely need to get back to the beginning.
4. Ender’s Game & Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card
My two favorite science-fiction novels of all-time. I have reviewed a couple of the books which come later in the Shadow series, but never had the chance to re-read or review these two originals. They are the starting point to an incredibly well-crafted universe, one which I hope to revisit (and complete) someday soon.
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
It actually pains me to admit that I have not reviewed this book, considering it is likely my favorite book in the world. I have read it four times (that I can recall), and I quote it or reference it all the time. When I began book blogging, I had every intention of re-reading and reviewing this book right away, but I always feel guilty for re-reading books I love, when there are so many out there left un-read.
6. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
This is another book I think about all the time. It’s just one that stays with you forever. I’m not ashamed to admit that it made me cry! I read this book when I was just out of high school, I think. So, ten years later, I think it’s about time for another read. It definitely deserves a proper review.
7. The Giver by Lois Lowry
One of the most profound books I have ever read – and it’s Young Adult! As a literature and classics lover, I am always tickled when a young adult or sub-genre book can move me or speak to me, as much as this (and the previous three mentioned) book did. I have read this one twice – first in 7th grade and again in college, and it would be hard to imagine never reading it again. I will absolutely provide a real review for this book sometime in the near future.
8. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
I may have written more on my blog about this book than any other – so how can I not have a formal review of it?! I have read this one three times – in college and in graduate school, then again about two years ago. The first time, I wasn’t such a fan. The second time, I gained serious respect for it (and for Twain). The third time, I fell head-over-heels in love with it. Hopefully, the fourth read will be the one which finally comes with a proper review.
9. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Readers of my blog will find quite a few Vonnegut reviews here – and will likely see me mention or reference Vonnegut fairly regularly. Unfortunately, the two books which introduced me to Vonnegut (Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five) came before my book blog was established. While I may not re-read Slaughterhouse-Five, I will definitely re-read Cat’s Cradle. It was my first Vonnegut and still, in my opinion, Vonnegut’s best.
10. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Here is another one I have read more than once. For some reason, the advent of my book blog has actually deterred me from re-reading books I really enjoy. I re-read the entire Harry Potter series last year, because I had never reviewed any of the books, but that was an exception to the rule. I loved Dorian Gray and now own Wilde’s complete works (including a “lost” text which was published anonymously but is purported to have been written by him). I do plan on re-reading this book some day; hopefully soon, I can provide a review.
Maybe some day I will remember to re-read the books I love and not just focus on the number of “new” books I finish each year. I think those of us who feel guilty or anxious about re-reading books might be suffering from a similar ‘book blog numbers’ syndrome.
Lots of classics here Adam. Which is your favorite Salinger? I love Franny and Zooey, but whenever I read the short stories, I remember how much I like them as well.
Come check out my list for the week at The Scarlet Letter.
My favorite Salinger is definitely Franny and Zooey but, like you, whenever I read his short stories (particularly the Nine Stories collection), it’s hard not to say “favorite! favorite!” with each story finished.
Fahrenheit 451 and Ender’s Game could have made my list. Both great books that I don’t have proper reviews for either. I did reread Dorian Gray last year so I managed to get a review up for that one.
Here’s what did make my list: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2011/08/top-ten-tuesday-beloved-but-never.html
Yay for Kurt Vonnegut! So I worked at a bookstore once a long time ago, and I picked up Naked Lunch and flipped through it … I can’t even remember what part I read but I just know it disgusted me. Haha.
Hahaha… Yes, Burroughs certainly has a knack for the disturbing.
Where the Red Fern Grows is one of my all time favs! I also loved Enders Game and Enders Shadow. I want to read Speakers for the Dead and those related books.
I loved Salinger’s works, and I remember back in high school when I fell in love with Holden :))
I had to give Fahrenheit 451 a second chance. I Hated it in high school, but after reading it again years later. I cant believe how much I enjoyed it.
Ah – so glad to hear that you gave it a second chance!
Adam – I have Where the Red Fern grows on my TBR list and I read it in grade school and several times after. When you are ready, I’d read it with you. 🙂
I love that book. Even thinking about it, tears me up.