Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is books too good to review properly. I only have five to talk about this week, but let’s get into them.
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
This is one of my top three favourite books of all-time and I’ve just never managed to put into words why I love it so much. There’s just something about this book that is extremely beautiful and heartbreaking and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a book to make you ugly sob.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
If you’ve been here before, you probably know that I love Agatha Christie. She’s one of my favourite authors and the one I’ve read the most amount of books from. This is among my favourites of hers—I can remember the moment all is revealed and how shocked I was by it.
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
I always find it hard to talk about books like this one—it’s such a personal story and how do you talk about something like that? If you don’t know, this book details Didion’s grief after her husband’s very sudden passing alongside her daughter’s ill health. I read this not long after my mum’s passing and it really helped me with the grief and pain I was dealing with.
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
Again, this is an extremely personal book but it’s also beautifully written and cuts you straight to the bone. It’s so hard to explain how incredible this book is. I would highly recommend it, but also want to throw out a big trigger warning for abusive relationships and a whole host of other things.
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Bit of an unpopular opinion, but Persuasion is my favourite Austen. I can see a lot of myself in Anne Elliot and there’s just something about Wentworth that I love more than any of Austen’s other heroes, apart from Mr Tilney.
And that’s it for today. I’d love to hear whether you’ve read any of these and your thoughts on them!
14 thoughts on “Books Too Good To Review Properly | Top Ten Tuesday”
Completely agree with your picks!
The fact that The Great Believers is one of your all time favourites makes me so excited to read. I have had it on my shelves for years!
I love The Great Believers, too, and I vacillate between favorites Pride and Prejudice or Persuasion. On today’s topic I sometimes can’t think how I want to write a review and then I procrastinate until I lose all initiative to write it. Years later I am disappointed when I go searching for that review I never wrote. Sigh. My TTT Here is my review for The Great Believers if you want to take a peek. Let me know if it touches on how you feel about the book. https://headfullofbooks.blogspot.com/2019/05/review-great-believers.html
I love Persuasion too. It’s currently my favorite too…although it switches between Pride and Prejudice. 😅
I couldn’t quite find the words for In Dream House, but gosh, what an impactful book that was!
I really must read Murder on the Orient Express. I have a really pretty edition of it too. It is the one agatha christie book that really appeals to me
I haven’t read any of these!
I’ve heard good things about The Year of Magical Thinking.
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-books-too-good-to-review-properly/
I just saw Death on the Nile yesterday and loved it! I’m not a big fan of Christie’s prose, but I do like her clever plotting and twists. I understand why you would find her books difficult to review.
It’s great to have books that are this good.
Agatha Christie’s is one I want to go back and reread. I am currently reading Northanger Abbey…and learning about your Mr. Tilney 😉 I have not read Persuasion yet. Here’s my post: https://cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com/2022/02/top-ten-tuesday-wow-books.html
I go back and forth between Persuasion and Emma, depending on my mood. Wentworth is definitely ♥️
Persuasion and P&P both have the top spot as my favourite Austen (honestly so hard for me to choose lol) but I’m so glad you loved Persuasion as well—so many people don’t 😂
Christie and Austen’s books are very hard to review properly! Great choices!