Top Ten Tuesday: Books I loved but never reviewed…

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted at Artsy Reader Girl) was a hard one for me.  (I have said that about a few other TTT topics but once I got started on a list, I almost couldn’t stop.)   For “Books I Loved But Never Reviewed,” I had to dig deep.   

I am having to go way back here—back to my childhood and young adulthood and back to pre-internet days before GoodReads and this blog.

  1.  From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler  by E. L. Konigsburg.  Ever since I read this book, I have wanted to secretly spend the night (or week) in a museum.
  2. The Stand by Steven King.  I have probably read this book twenty times but I haven’t picked it up in  probably twenty years.   It seems scarily timely right now.The Stand - King, Stephen
  3. Dove by Robin Lee Graham.  I was (and still am) fascinated by Graham’s adventures as a teen sailing the world solo.   I thought there were some good life lessons there so I bought it for my nephew as part of his graduation present.
  4. Mary, Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser.   During the early 90s, I totally immersed myself into the life of Mary, Queen of Scots.   (I had just seen the 1971 film starring a young Vanessa Redgrave and a younger Timothy Dalton.)    Fraser’s book led me down a path of Elizabethan monarchy Mary Queen of Scots (9780385311298): Fraser, Antonia ...
  5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.   This was my favorite book to teach.

    I have at least three copies.

    My “teaching” copy is dog-eared, highly annotated with my notes, and held together with tape.

    Pages are completely falling out of this edition. It is well-loved.

  6. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather.   I was assigned to read this book in college and although I did not care for the professor who taught it, I fell in love with this Cather novel.  My favorite section is “Tom Outland’s Story” and I also loved teaching that work to high school juniors as well.
  7.  Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George.   There’s a particular scene in the novel where Julie is saying goodbye to a loved one who has died.  I can’t remember all the particulars but I remember this scene stayed with me, especially how she kept part of the person’s spirit with her.
  8. Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson.   I read this novel at least four times growing up.  For some reason, I felt like I could identify with Sara Louise in this coming of age story.  (I must have read it soon after publication.  I did not know at the time I was cutting edge in keeping up with the latest YA books.)

Obviously, there’s a bit of young adult fiction here.   And, I can only come up with eight this week.  🙁

Next week’s Top Ten is “Books that Should be Adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies.”  No that should be interesting.

Have a great week!

14 comments to Top Ten Tuesday: Books I loved but never reviewed…

  • The Stand is such a good story. I think I’d be a little too scared to read it right now, though. 🙂

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  • I am going to add Stand by Stephen King (if you read 20 times, then it must be really good) when I update my Kindle archive.

    • Just remember this is my teenage self talking when referring to The Stand. There’s a line in the book about Larry: “There’s something in you that’s like biting on tinfoil.” That is one of the most descriptive character lines I’ve ever read.

  • I agree with the person’s comments above about The Stand. I was going to say the same thing! Such a good read, though.

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  • I vaguely remember reading a couple of these, but it’s been a long time and my memory is TERRIBLE!

    Happy TTT!


  • mae

    That’s an interesting challenge. Your list is intriguing. Willa Cather is a great author and I should read more of her books. We should all think aobut this question!

    be well… mae at

    • This challenge has made me want to pull these books back out; however, there’s so much in my reading stack right now. I just finished a great book for TLC entitled The Doctor from Aleppo. I cannot wait to review this one here soon (18th).

  • _The Great Gatsby_ is an incredibly good book. I thought it was quite good when I first read it in high school, then again when I read it in college. I reread it maybe 15 years ago, and the book is pure genius. Every word is right. Every. Single. Once.

    • Have you read So We Read On by Maureen Corrigan? It’s a great piece on the classic-ness of this novel as well as some social commentary.

  • Books we read as children and teenagers can make such a huge impression! I think I probably read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler at least three or four times; I loved it. Also The Westing Game, which I read around the same time, I think. Stephen King I came to only as an adult, starting with Lisey’s Song and the books he wrote after that, and then going back to some of his older ones like The Stand.

    • I cannot remember if I’ve read The Westing Game or not. I will have to look at a synopsis. I’m partial to King’s older stuff. I haven’t read anything by him for years, except some of his non-fiction like On Writing.