This meme brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. This week: Books we loved but didn’t or couldn’t review . . .
For me, it’s mostly books that my book warriors reviewed before I read them and so I didn’t want to review again and be redundant.
- The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, for the above reason. My fellow book warriors are big fans and they’ve interviewed Meyer and reviewed the books and so I happily just read them and enjoy my colleagues’ reviews.
- Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, and also the film. I loved the book, but I read it after I read The Hunger Games and after I wrote a whole lot about The Hunger Games and this books, Battle Royale puts into question the validity of The Hunger Games and I just haven’t worked myself up to writing a post about this yet . . . just, not yet.
- Loads of Board Books, Picturebooks and Middle Grade stories that I can’t even remember. I can hardly distinguish one from the other in my memory, to tell the truth. This is probably the biggest issue I have, I read through so many books and so many little quick ones that they blur together and I forget their titles and authors–that isn’t to say I didn’t love them, I just didn’t write about them quick enough.
- Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver, read by Sir Ian McKellen. This one is an audiobook that I listened to and adored because it was read by Sir McKellen, and the story itself was very rich and enchanting but it is an older series and a survival series and I suppose it’s just never fit into our monthly themes. Maybe I’ll write a snapshot review of it . . .
- A Favourite Authors’ secondary works. I have read tonnes of Kenneth Oppel, or Neil Gaiman, or Diana Wynne Jones, or Patrick Ness, or Susin Nielsen, or Susanne Collins or Teresa Toten, or . . . well, there are lots. But I haven’t reviewed every single one of their books. And I won’t either. I stick to the books that I think are the best or at least that I think are the ones that’ll get you, dear reader, and child readers too, to continue reading these brilliant authors’ works.
- Books that one of the other three got to first, like Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina and Shadow Scale.
- Books that I read because one of the other three wrote about it – yes sometimes I read a book because of another Book Warrior’s post, then wish I could blog about it myself because the book is just that good 🙂
- Books I really, really love. I frequently mention DWJ’s books, and MWT’s Eddis, Attolia, and Sounis, and Garth Nix’s The Old Kingdom and Elizabeth Wein’s Aksum, and maybe a half dozen other worlds that I love. When it comes to writing a full post, or series of posts, however, I can’t do it: I love them so much that, to my own ears, anything I might say would be insufficient, my words somehow degrading their worlds with clumsy, inadequate expressions of their glory.
- A surprising number of picturebooks. Academic analysis feels easier – and less repetitive, at least when it comes to adjectives – than publicly swooning over the loveliness of books like The Moon Princess (illustrated by Kancho Oda; retold by Ralph F. McCarthy) or Princess Stinky-Toes and the Brave Frog Robert (by Leslie Elizabeth Watts), much as I would love to get everyone else to join me in drooling over these books.
I feel like I do review a lot of stuff I’ve read … and yet, oh look, I have a list:
- Hawkeye by Matt Fraction, David Aja, Javier Pulido, Alan Davis: I don’t know. I am slowly catching up, and I’m loving them, but somehow I end up writing about the novels I read more than the comics?
- Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Roc Upchurch: Okay, I think this one has less crossover appeal than Hawkeye? Maybe? But I did enjoy this one too, so, maybe I’ll wait till December to talk about it.
- Court of Fives by Kate Elliott: Because Nafiza reviewed it, of course. (She’s also thanked in Kate Elliott’s acknowledgements section, which I think is pretty awesome and tell everyone who will listen to look in the back. I am like a proud blogger sister.)
- The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson: I enjoyed it, but maybe not as much as the first two. So, I figure I will wait till book four comes out and then re-read this one before diving into book four. I think it would make for a better reading experience–which is usually what pushes me to write my long, chatty posts.
- Sometimes I read books that don’t work for the month’s theme and then … forget about them. Those mostly end up on my list-type posts, including TTTs. I just can’t remember right now. My mind is eerily blank on this …
I’m trying to be better at reviewing things but honestly sometimes I just want to keep the feels to myself. And sometimes this just isn’t the medium for the review in question.
- Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peter-Freund
I feel like there are a lot of things I could have said about this one but the book though it mostly stands alone is the companion of another book that I read quite a while ago and don’t really remember much of. Maybe sometime in the future I will talk more about the gorgeous worldbuilding and characterization of this one but who knows?
- Saga comics by Brian Vaughn et al. Way too explicit to actually review here. I do like the comics but I feel like it’s for an older audience than to whom we cater to here.
- Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra. I don’t know why I haven’t said anything about this. Have I?
- Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. I love this series but it’s not really YA lit.
- Any book by Haruki Murakami. His books are not ones you review but ones you just sort of…experience. And grow up around.