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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read but do not review here on my blog


This week’s topic is: “Books I Enjoyed, but Have Never Mentioned On My Blog,” but I’ve tweaked it a little. I don’t always “enjoy” books I do not review here. You’ll see in a minute….

Church Books

I dread being handed things like The Purpose Driven Life of The Story for an all-church read. (No I did NOT vote for him….). The Bible is “it” as far as I am concerned. It’s enough for many a lifetime. The stories, the people, the contradictions, the unexplained stuff, the beauty, the glory!! Wow! I don’t care to read vapid re-tellings of it or the inane and usually dead obvious thoughts on it from some celebrity pastor.

C.S. Lewis and a few others are NOT included in this, but I still will not be reviewing them. The Screwtape Letters is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

NOTE: I do not mind if you do not read the Bible. I do not mind if you have no faith or hold to a different faith. ALL are totally welcome here at this blog. ALL means ALL of humanity.

Series Books

There ARE exceptions to this, but mostly I do not review series books because it is too hard to review them without spoilers. I love a number of series, but have quit listening to one series I loved, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency because the reader was dropped after 20+ books. Why it was necessary to drop the white read of a series set in Botswana written by a white Scotsman, I have no clue. But for many, many, many fans of this series it was cruel.

When the longtime reader of Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache series died, Louise Penny herself broke the news to her fans and introduced Robert Bathurst as the new reader. I didn’t quit that series because it was handled beautifully.

I also didn’t like the “other” reader in the Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich because she made a favorite character seem brainless.

Books for Work

I make exceptions for business or self-help books that are for a general audience. No one on the planet wants to read a review of a scholarly work on librarianship. Trust me.

Royal Books That I Just Skim

I usually can skim a new royal bio in an evening. I just look for the new or different stuff. Much of what is sold as “new” or “shocking” or whatever isn’t–I’ve known about it long before. Hence not being even remotely shocked by a new book detailing the “scandalous” marriage of a prominent relative of the Prince Philip’s. Old news.

Cookbooks that are not also Foodie books

I love to look at and read thru new cookbooks, but I don’t review them. I don’t make enough of the recipes (one or two usually) to adequately judge the quality of the recipes and how they turn out.

Political Biographies

I skim them and move on. I no longer wade through doorstop political biographies. Life is too short.

Art Books

I enjoy art books too–big lavish coffee table ones. I love looking through them and reading the parts about the artist’s life. I do not have a BFA or MFA, so I do not have the knowledge to really judge and comment on the text or the selection or works.

Once I again, I’ve come up short! Oh well….next time.


Check out the rules at That Artsy Reader Girl and join in next week!

19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read but do not review here on my blog

    1. About 10 years ago, I randomly picked one of my cookbooks (in which I had one recipe I liked probably, lol) and tried cooking something from it most Sundays. I enjoyed that, but my kids (then still at home) did not…


  1. Art books would be in my list too; I enjoy looking at them but haven’t even considered reviewing the. Ditto recipe books, and perhaps by extension craft and knitting ones since I don’t see myself immediately trying out all the patterns or activities


  2. Liked your categories, probably because they include many of my own! I like reading cook books with themes or interesting backgrounds (traditional cakes for example) but couldn’t begin to review them. Ditto for the occasional self help book. And I must admit, I’d NEVER read a political biography!
    I admire your system for dealing with royal bios, which I look at now and again . . . .

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  3. I have reviewed a few cookbooks on my blog. And I have a few more to review in the coming months. I don’t try every recipe in the books, but I do try at least one per chapter/section. But I have also been known to read cookbooks like a novel. Weird, right?

    Thanks for stopping by earlier!

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

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