Lu (Regular Rumination) had this great idea to do a “Great Review Catch Up” post to quickly sum up the books she read this year but never wrote reviews for. I liked the idea so much that I decided to “borrow” the idea myself and do a quick post about the books I read this year but never reviewed on the blog.
It’s a rather mixed bag of books, but there were definitely some good ones that I passed over because I just didn’t have anything (or, in one case, too many things) to say about them.
Fables IX, X, and IX by Bill Willingham and Others — Reviewing books so late in a series seems pointless… so I didn’t. But I did love the way Willingham et. al. finished up this story arc and I’m looking forward to having time to start the next big plotline.
Priceless by Nicole Richie — I read this one because of a horrible dare. I actually wrote an entire, almost 800 word review of this one but apparently I never posted it, I think because I thought it was too mean. I really, really, really didn’t like this book (is anyone surprised?) but I might put up the review if anyone wants to read it…
The Secret Ingredient by Laura Schaefer — I read this one as part of a freelance story I did for an arts magazine in Madison, WI, but never reviewed in on the blog. The book is sweet and wholesome and smart and funny; it’s exactly the sort of book I’d want my middle-grade daughter to read (if I had one).
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling — I needed a comfort read during The Big Move, and this was perfect. I’ve read this one so many times I practically have it memorized. It’s obviously more juvenile than the later books, but Rowling does a great job building the wizarding world without getting bogged down in the details. Also, the action comes SO LATE in the book. That surprised me.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote — I read this one after reading Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson. The short story is darker and more mysterious than the movie, but all I could think of when I read was Audrey Hepburn.
Ghost Hunters by Deborah Blum — I wanted to write a review of this one… but could never think of what to say other than that the book was fine, I liked reading it, but didn’t think it was remarkable.
Covering the Courts by S.A. Alexander — I got this one as a primer on doing courts and crime reporting for work. I thought it was good overview of the courts system, but I would have appreciated a little more practical advice about open and public records.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman — I re-read this one in preparation for reading The Magician King. When I went back to my original review, I discovered I highlight the exact same awesome passages and, in essence, felt the same way about it — pretty awesome, but also a little flawed.
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan — I wanted to read a Christmas book to get me in the mood for the holidays, and I think this one did the trick. Dash and Lily are a little bit too sophisticated sounding for 16-year-olds, but on the whole I liked this one.
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris — I needed an audio book for my drive home for Christmas, and the library has this one in last Thursday. I was a little put-off by how many times Sedaris used the word “retarded,” but the collection still made me laugh.
This isn’t quite all the books I still have left to review, but I’m hoping to write longer reviews of most of them and be caught up by… the end of January? Maybe? We’ll just have to see, I suppose.
Welcome back after the holidays, everyone!