#TopTenTuesday – Jan 31, 2023 – Freebie!


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules are simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment on her weekly post.

This week – January 31, 2023 – the topic is: Freebie.

 That means I can do any type of top ten list I want. So, without any further ado, I give you…

Top ten books I read and loved, but never reviewed!

10 – Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving. While everyone was raving about “The World According to Garp,” I decided to try this instead. While there are some less than pleasant bits in this book there are parts I’ll never forget. “Keep passing open windows.”

9 – The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler. This was one of those books that became wildly popular when it was released, and I guess we bought into the hype – which wasn’t hype at all for me; I fell in love!

8 – Howard’s End by E.M Forster. (I keep thinking I read “Remains of the Day” as well, but I don’t see it on my shelf or on my Goodreads list, so maybe I only saw the movie.)

7 – The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles. The movie of this was almost good, but not good enough to do full justice to this novel. I also went to a dramatic reading of his book “The Collector” but never read it myself.

6 – ANY and ALL of the Jane Austen novels – okay, so I didn’t succeed in finishing “Lady Susan,” and haven’t gotten around to reading “The Watsons,” but I did read Sanditon not too long ago, and didn’t review it either! Sure, I read the unfinished manuscript, which wasn’t amazing, but it really had potential. If she had lived to finish it, it might have outshone all the others!

5 – Testament of Youth by Vera Brittan (although I read her second book, “Testament of Friendship,” I didn’t enjoy it as much as her first one. Maybe that’s why I didn’t read the third book in the series, “Testament of Experience”).

4 – The Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough. Okay, so as I’ve said before, I devoured the first five of these monstrously long books, and then with the sixth one… I got stuck half way through.

3 – Notes on a Scandal (aka What was She Thinking?) by Zoë Heller. Read it before the movie, which was actually a good adaptation.

2 – Notes on an Exhibition by Patrick Gale. This book is just lovely, and poignant. Before reading this, I knew essentially nothing about Quakers.

1 – The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje! Yes, you all know this already, don’t you. Just too breathtaking for me to review, and a book that is still at the top of my favorite novel lists.

Incidentally, I just noticed that, except Jane Austen, I believe that all of the rest of these were the first books I read by each of these authors – including McCullough’s “The First Man in Rome!”

What about you? What is your freebie topic for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday?


21 thoughts on “#TopTenTuesday – Jan 31, 2023 – Freebie!

  1. Great topic choice! Someday I want to read an Anne Tyler book. I have Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant waiting on my shelf.

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  2. I used to be totally obsessed with reviewing EVERY book I read, no matter what. A couple years ago, I gave myself permission to only review the ones I wanted to review and it has been so liberating! However, there are a lot of books I’ve loved and never reviewed. I should use this topic for my next freebie.

    Enough about me…I haven’t read any of these books except for a few of Jane Austen’s. I need to read more of hers since they’re just so fun.

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


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    1. I’m actually finding that I WANT to review all the books I read, but if I don’t think a book is worthy of a review, then I’ll probably not finish reading that book anyway!


    1. No, I haven’t. I didn’t like Lady Susan and DNF it, and I haven’t tried The Watsons. But I did read Sanditon, which could have been better than P&P if she had finished it!


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