The Left Behind Ones

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.

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10 thoughts on “The Left Behind Ones

    • 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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