Unreviewed Books

Sometimes I read books that I don’t review for a number of reasons. Sometimes I’m not at home when I finish the book, so I don’t get a chance to write down my thoughts right away. Sometimes I don’t have adequate words to review the book. Lastly, sometimes they just don’t get reviewed. I’ve decided to share with you some books I’ve read recently that didn’t get reviews.

A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
Fantasy
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I don’t watch a lot of television, but somehow, after six years of pleading, my best friend convinced me to watch the show somewhere around when they were airing the 6th season. I don’t tend to watch shows like that unless the show is finished. But I caved. I’ve since seen the show 14ish times, though I’m not totally sure because I lost count.

The books though? I have mixed feelings about. With sentences like: “Now it was perfume that clung to him like perfume…” it’s hard to get excited about the writing. However, the book is richly descriptive where the show is not. With a lot of ups and downs like that, it made it hard to review.

The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Short-Story/Classic Fiction
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I don’t read enough short stories and this one has always been in my list. The description reads:
In a long-unoccupied mansion, a new mother is confined to what was once a nursery. She is assured by her physician husband that it is a necessary cure to ease her “nervous depression.” Isolated and powerless, she becomes obsessed with the peeling, sickly colored wallpaper. In it, she sees what no one else can: a prisoner desperate to escape its maddening design.

A condemnation of the patriarchy, The Yellow Wallpaper explores with terrifying economy the oppression, grave misunderstanding, and willful dismissal of women in late nineteenth-century society.

For me, it’s hard to review short stories, so I simply don’t. But I gave it 5-stars on Goodreads.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
Classic/Memoir
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I’ve read this book countless times since my teenage years. Now my daughter is reading this in college so I decided to read it yet again so we could discuss it as she reads. I have many of her works including a complete collected poems book. If you haven’t read Angelou, you need to. I cannot recommend this book enough.

Dracula, Bram Stoker
Classic Horror
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Here’s the thing: I don’t get scared by books (or movies, except that one time when I was 13, at my best friends house. We watched Children of the Corn at 9pm, and then I headed home at 11, to my house on the other side of the cornfield, no lie). But Dracula has come the closest to making me scared. The writing is fantastic, it’s dark and atmospheric. I like to reread this every few years. If you haven’t read any classic horror, you should because this one is wonderful.

Complete Poems, E.E. Cummings
Poetry
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I like to read poetry in the mornings. While I tend to have 2-3 fiction books going, I always have a poetry book or magazine going as well. This one I finally finished because it’s a huge book coming in at 866 pages.

A Children’s Bible, Linda Millet
Literary/Apocalypse
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This is not a bible in the traditional sense and I think a lot of people bought this thinking it was or haven’t bought this because they thought it was. Either way, it was a fantastic, 5-star read that I didn’t have the words for. Here’s the description:
A Children’s Bible follows a group of twelve eerily mature children on a forced vacation with their families at a sprawling lakeside mansion. Contemptuous of their parents, the children decide to run away when a destructive storm descends on the summer estate, embarking on a dangerous foray into the apocalyptic chaos outside. Lydia Millet’s prophetic and heartbreaking story of generational divide offers a haunting vision of what awaits us on the far side of Revelation.


Do you review every book you read, most of them? I like Goodreads in that it lets you give a star rating without having to review.

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