Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Top 10 books we loved but never wrote a review

Question: Top 10 books we loved but never wrote a review

Answer:  Apparently this week we get to highlight our shortcomings.  That’s right, we get to admit that we’ve been lazy and haven’t reviewed some of our favorite books.  Actually, this week’s reflections have been rather inspiring.  How did we miss some of the wonderful books on our list?  We’ll get on that right away....

1.   Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson) – Such a great book... definitely deserves a review!
2.   Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card) – Honestly, we had no idea this book slipped through the cracks.  Alas, our tracking spreadsheet has failed us...
3.   Redeeming Love (Francine Rivers) – One of the few novels to make it onto our (Erin’s) top 25 lists without an official Two Bibliomaniacs review.  Unacceptable...
4.   Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi) – With our limited experience in the world of graphic novels, we found it difficult to capture the brilliance of this book in written form.  We have this grand vision to do the review in graphic novel form... stay tuned!
5.   The Help (Kathryn Stockett) – In our defense, this one was a recent read and we’re still waiting to see the movie so that we can incorporate our thoughts.  No excuses... our babysitters have been busy.   
6.   Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) – Here’s another one that we thought had already been reviewed.  It’s probably been on so many top 10 lists that we got confused.  
7.   The Waste Lands (Stephen King) – Before we review number 3 in the Gunslinger series, we need to review number 2.  3 was great, 2 was just okay.  Motivational issues here...

8.   The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mark Haddon) – Yep, we really need to review this very original book

9.   Guards! Guards! (Terry Pratchett) – Our opinion of the Discworld series after book 1 and book 2 represents one of the more epic flip-flops in the history of literature.  The series is officially off probation and we plan to read and review every Discworld book we can get our hands on!
10. Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman) – Each month this book shows up on our elaborate whiteboard as a potential review (actually, it’s more like a scrap piece of paper), and yet each month this one gets passed up.  Not sure why.

Have a great week and head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to join the fun!


  1. Oooh, great list! Ender's Game and Bridge to Terabithia are two of my favourites too.

    When you get to reviewing Persepolis, check out Anya's Ghost too! They're not related at all except by being graphic novels, but Anya's Ghost reminded me of the first a little bit.

    Check out my Top Ten list over here.

  2. Fantastic list! Looks like I need to be adding some books to my TBR :)

  3. I loved Memoirs of a Geisha! Great List! : )

  4. I must read Guard! Guards! as I am now officially a Pratchett fan. I'm not sure what you meant about the first two books of the series. Were they not as good as the others?

    My Head is Full of Books

  5. Great list! So hard to review Terry Pratchett books, at least for me, but they are such a fun read!

  6. Do tell about this Discworld flip-flop! I remember you reviewing The Colour of Magic. I must have missed the second review. (I will try to scout it out.)

    I look forward to your Dark Tower thoughts. It looks like we may be the opposite on our feelings toward 2 and 3. :) I *finally* started 5 the other day but got caught up in my other reads.

  7. i LOVEd memoirs of a geisha and read it before i started my blog, its one ill have to re-read someday. ill be checking out enders game, i have been recommened that book so many times.

  8. Another great list. I loved THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME but didn't add it to my list because I'd talked about it on the blog recently. A wonderful book.

    I've been meaning to read Orson Scott Card and Terry Prachett. Thanks for the push.

  9. I don't really remember Bridge to Terebithia, but I remember loving it as a kid. Persepolis is my favorite graphic novel, I think.

    Come check out my list for the week at The Scarlet Letter.

  10. Gotta love Pratchett. I've seen a couple film adaptations of several of the books, and just recently started the stories revolving around Tiffany (the witch) -- such great, hysterical stories.

    Memoirs of a Geisha was really good, and the movie was pretty decent. Beautiful imagery.