So, we’re back with another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is: Books Too Good to Review Properly (I have no words!) (Submitted by Dedra @ A Book Wanderer).
Yay for a topic that I don’t think I’ve seen done before and one that I kinda struggled to make a list for! 😂 For the first three books, I was left too speechless to write a review and by the time I composed myself, I was too intimidated to write one because I knew my words could never do the book even a smidge of justice. The other seven I read before I thought to start writing reviews but they were all 5-stars and I can still recall the thrill of discovering the magic and the gutwrenching emotions these books made me feel! I’m hoping to attempt re-reading a few of them at some point but for others, such as A Little Life, I don’t think I could handle anymore! 🙈
My Jade City “review” on Goodreads:
HOLY. FORKING. HELL. 🤯
Epic. This book was EPIC IN EVERY WAY!!!
I’m so glad that I buddy read this with Jess cos 1) it’s defo a book I needed to scream about as I read and 2) I finally stopped putting it off (I’m so mad at myself for not picking it up sooner)!
I was wondering how much this book would smoosh my feelings and LOL, Fonda Lee does not mess around with the smooshing 😂 Feelings were absolutely destroyed and I quite literally finished this book SCREAMING.
Just… absolute wow. Okay, a more coherent review will come after I’ve had time digest all the things but this is definitely one of my top 5 reads of 2021 so far. Also, would 10/10 recommend the audiobook as the narrator does an incredible job voicing all the characters and made this chonkster of a book feel like a MUCH shorter read. Can’t wait to continue on with Jade War 🔥
My Jade War “review” on Goodreads:
Holy mama, what a book!!! I don’t know what to do with myself now that this book is done? Like nothing will measure up? I can’t imagine anything I say would do it justice (and honestly, all the reviews I’ve seen on here have articulated my thoughts better than I could especially right now LOL). Jade War was every bit of a majestic masterpiece as Jade City was. The amount of detail in every aspect of the world-building continues to astound me—I just… Fonda Lee is a beast! 😱 I thought the emotional trauma in book one was bad but OML, I was kidding myself cos by the end of this book I was hyperventilating in fear and anxiety with what was to come—and well, Lee definitely brought the pain 😂😭. I was unhealthily attached to these characters and I don’t even care. No peak for life, baybee!
My The Poppy War “review” on Goodreads 😂
FMFL I CANT EVEN RIGHT NOW! RTC
A Little Life – This put me in a slump for 3 months and I’ve never had that happen before!
The Shadow of the Wind – Became an unexpected all-time favourite. Zafón’s writing is incredible.
Neverwhere – My first Gaiman and I was shook by how much I loved this book!
American Gods – My second Gaiman and I was blown away.
Fall of Giants – The whole Century Trilogy is a truly epic historical saga and I have no words.
Natchez Burning – The mix of terrifyingly dark history + courtroom procedural + family drama was absolutely *chefs kiss!* … and that’s my review 😂
The Heart’s Invisible Furies – Oh, how this gutted me in the best way.
Why is it always so hard to write reviews for the books you love or do you never have trouble writing reviews? If you do struggle, what’s one favourite that you couldn’t find the words for? Have you read (and reviewed!) any of these of these?
23 thoughts on “#TopTenTuesday: 10 Books Too Good to Review Properly!”
Yes!! Jade books were SO hard to review!!! It was even worse because I had to send them to a publishing agent, who was reading them at the same time. haha! The last book is even harder to review. Good luck reading it and I hope it lives up to all your hopes!! <3<3
Your use of the word “Forking” makes me think you must be a fellow fan of The Good Place. 🙂
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I’ve heard A Little Life is so very good, but also so sad. I can understand why it might be hard to review.
“Intimidating” is a good word for it. I have that problem with classics and really popular books since it seems like everything that can possibly be said about them has already been said!
I have not read your books but I have The Poppy War on my tbr. (I have to admit though, that it’s not really on my radar right now.) I usually just copy my review from the blog to Goodreads but maybe I should just do what you did for the Poppy War. 😂
OK obviously I need to read the Jade Legacy books, huh??
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Every time I see someone talk about A Little Life, all I think is: nope, nope, nope! I just can’t subject myself to it.
Totally feel you on “The Poppy War” and “The Heart’s Invisible Furies”! Both of them made it on my list too! XD
I really need to rea Jade Legacy! An oh, Neverwhere and Shadow of the Wind are so good! Totally left me speechless.
I love how you included your Goodreads reviews for the first three! Perfect examples of “no words”. ❤ Your love of Jade City is definitely what convinced me to add it to my tbr. I haven't read any of these yet, but almost all of them are sitting on my tbr shelf. Great job this week!
Great list, starting Jade War soon – was supposed to get to it this past weekend but I had no time to read at all.
The Jade books I see a lot of raves for so I totally get that!
Wow! A book put you in a slump for three months. I don’t even know how to respond to that (see, no words)
Most of these are on my TBR, but I have not read a single one yet. I’m really, really hoping to get to Jade City soon!
I’ve heard a lot about The Heart’s Invisible Furies and A Little Life… Not sure if I’m ready for that much heartbreak though. I need to read the Green Bone Saga!!!
Nice that you found such a good list. I absolutely loved Ken Follett’s century trilogy.
My quiet/silent TTT this week.
I definitely agree with The Poppy War! It made my list too!
I’ve read all of these except Iles and Boyne and i agree, I haven’t reviewed any of them either. Happy reading. My TTT https://readwithstefani.com/books-too-good-to-review-properly/
I did read and review The Poppy War and actually found it fairly easy because I had a lot of issues so it was a fairly ranty review, which are always the most straightforward for me to write.
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2022/02/15/top-ten-tuesday-355/
Thankfully I managed to write a review for The Shadow of the Wind when I read it several years ago. Here is my review, if you want to check it out: https://headfullofbooks.blogspot.com/2014/04/review-shadow-of-wind-by-carlos-ruiz.html I understand that there is a sequel or a prequel (not sure which) which is on my TBR but I haven’t gotten to it yet.
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Yes to The Poppy War! I just finished reading it last week and can’t even begin to express how good it is.
Jade City, Jade War, and The Poppy War are all novels I consider to be pieces of art. My god, they are amazing reads. Can’t blame you for being speechless.