I had to participate in today’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish). It’s actually a topic I’ve been thinking about a lot recently: books I adore but have never reviewed. This is something I think about from time to time, but I was looking at my review directory a few weeks ago and realized that I’ve never reviewed any of my favorite books. Ever. I must remedy that pronto.
1. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
This book was assigned to me in an English class about ten or eleven years ago. I don’t think I’ve ever been that devastated by a book. The Bluest Eye sits at the top of my list of favorites, and I’m probably going to read it again fairly soon.
2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
I know. I’ve professed my undying love for Junot countless times and the book is even incorporated into my blog header, and I’ve never reviewed it. Makes no sense. But Oscar Wao is right up there with The Bluest Eye on my list of faves. I’ve read it twice (pre-book blog) and plan to end this year with another re-read, so there will definitely be a
review lovefest of this book sometime in January.
3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
I read the book last December and was positively blown away. I never wrote a review because I got stuck: it’s a masterpiece, and I don’t know what else to say. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I can’t believe I had never read Steinbeck until last year.
4. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Here’s another one I read multiple times pre-book blog but haven’t reviewed. This is my favorite book by Lahiri and one of my top 2 favorite short story collections.
5. Willful Creatures by Aimee Bender
Here’s the other book at the top of my short story collection list (technically, they’re both tied for #1–I love them both for very different reasons). It’s weird and creepy and I positively adore it.
6. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
I seriously love me some Tolstoy. I finally read Anna Karenina last summer, and just…*sigh of contentment*. But I never reviewed it! The book is just so sprawling in scope that I honestly didn’t even know where to start my review. All I can say is that the book is fabulous.
7. Cunt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio
I read this book years ago and occasionally go back to peruse random parts of it; I’m definitely due for a proper reread. The book is raw and fierce (in case you couldn’t tell by the title), and it’s a must-have for every feminist bookshelf.
8. Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
I gave a copy of this away during last year’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week because I love it. But since I read it before I started this blog, I never got a chance to review it. Cisneros is giving a reading in my area in October *squeal* so I’ll probably be reading–and reviewing–this soon.
9. Kindred by Octavia Butler
This was the first (and so far only) book by Octavia Butler that I’ve read, but I loved it. I even used it in the classroom one semester and it went over really well with students. I absolutely must read more by Butler.
10. No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
I mentioned this book recently in my first vlog. I read it a few years ago when it first came out, finally bought a copy a few months ago, then ended up buying the audiobook as well. I plan to listen to it by the end of the year, so shouldn’t remain in the “unreviewed” category much longer!