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This week – March 1, 2022 – the topic is:
Books I Enjoyed, but Have Never Mentioned On My Blog
This wasn’t an easy one to do, because I have been writing book reviews for so long, that I’m sure I’ve mentioned several novels I have loved but never wrote about. Still, let’s see if I can do this, listed in no particular order, and without any further ado… Here are 10 books I’ve loved but never reviewed on my blog.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This is one of the books I read when I was just a kid – probably when I was in 7th or 8th grade. I never got good enough in French to read it in the original, as did many of my High School friends, but I did buy a translation into Hebrew for my kids. I’m sure this is one of those books that is so iconic that as much as it is probably an all-time favorite of many readers, few people have actually reviewed it on their blogs (at least I’ve hardly ever seen a review). I mean, what is there to review, right? It is a masterpiece for all ages!
Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy. This is one of those books that I can remember so vividly that I’m sorry I read it so long before I started reviewing books. I’m sure my copy is from my British born husband, because before I read this, I don’t think I ever read anything by Hardy. While I also have a copy of his novel, The Return of the Native (a present from my father-in-law, according to the inscription), I’m afraid I never got around to reading it. However, I have it on my Classics Club list, so maybe I will get to it some day – maybe even sooner rather than later.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (translated by Alison Anderson). If I hadn’t read this, I wouldn’t have gone on to read her debut novel, The Gourmand, which I liked a whole lot, and I certainly wouldn’t have gone on to read her last novel, A Single Rose, which was my #1 favorite novel of 2021. I wish I had a copy of this to keep on my shelf, but I borrowed it from a friend of my sister’s, and (like a good reader) gave it back promptly. Needless to say, I am a fan, and I’ll keep a sharp watch out for anything else she does that gets translated into English.
The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough. I could probably fill up this whole list with just books by McCullough that I’ve read and loved, but never reviewed. I’m picking this one because it was a commissioned book, and therefore is quite different from most of her other works (including The Thorn Birds, which I also read and loved, but didn’t review), but also because it was plagued by rumors that McCullough plagiarized it from The Blue Castle, a 1926 novel by L.M. Montgomery. I don’t know if the rumors were true or not, but I loved McCullough’s book. Maybe I should read Montgomery’s novel to compare them.
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. When I found an edition of this book with a translation into modern English by Nevill Coghill, I decided to give it a try. I’d heard quite a lot about this collection of connected, short stories, as any student of English literature would. Well, I was surprised at how interesting this book was, and I was glad I didn’t have to read it in the original, otherwise I’m sure I wouldn’t have been able to finish reading it (in fact, I’m absolutely sure of this. I know, because I remember trying to read a copy of the original and I gave up immediately).
The Enchanted Places by Christopher Milne. No, I don’t read non-fiction often, and hardly ever autobiographies, but once in a while a book just jumps out at me, and this was one of those. This is an account by the real Christopher Robin of how his life was as a child, seeing as he was once the most well-known little boy in all of England. What got me about this book was how charmingly innocent and lovely his writing was. I now see he wrote more after this, including a follow up to this first book. Maybe I should check out some of these – his writing is just delightful!
Someone is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe by Nan and Ivan Lyons. Okay, so, I don’t recall where or how I got this fun, culinary, murder mystery book, but I totally adored it! Then they made a movie out if it staring George Segal, Jacqueline Bissett, and Robert Morley – which was a surprisingly good adaptation. The thing is, I feel like I’m all alone with loving this book, and enjoying this sadly unknown film. I’d love to hear from anyone else who has read this, or the sequel about killing great chefs in America, as well as three other culinary, murder mystery novels, all of which I’m adding to my “wish list” since I see they were all re-released in 2018!
The Tommy & Tuppence Mystery Series by Agatha Christie. There are only five books in this series, although one is a collection of short stories. What I loved about these sleuths was that they aged so nicely throughout the series. I’m really sorry that I only read library copies of these, since I’d love to re-read them, and have my own collection on my shelves. (So if someone wants to buy me a nice birthday present (I turn 65 this year), this boxed set looks like just the thing… nudge, nudge, wink, wink!)
The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler. This book was my introduction to Tyler’s work, and I’ve been a fan ever since (even though I haven’t been as faithful of a reader as I could have been). I’m going to be reading her upcoming novel “French Braid” soon (got the ARC), and I can hardly wait. I’m also starting to fill in some gaps from her back list, and I recently bought a copy of her “Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant” so I’ll hopefully get to that one soon. I just adore her quirky characters, and how she seemingly writes so plainly, which is always deceptively evocative!
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje. Okay, I’m sure I’ve mentioned this on my blog a few times, but it is my #1 favorite book of all time, and I’ve never had the courage to write a review for it! Maybe some day I’ll re-read it and write a review for it, if I can – but I’m not sure there’s much I could say without effusing all over the place. Still, until then, I’ll allow this to be my biggest gaping hole in my list of book reviews. (Sorry, I hated the movie. Okay, I didn’t hate it, but it was NOT a good adaptation of the book, at all! In any case, I’m glad I read the book before I saw the movie.)