Sunday, May 10, 2015

SFF: The 5 Books You've Been Meaning to Review But Haven't Yet

The Sunday Fun Five #27

Sunday Fun 5:
#27: The 5 Books You've Been Meaning to Review But Haven't Yet
For the 24th of May: #28: The 5 Excuses for Not Reading That Just Don't Cut It Anymore

A Countdown of

The 5 Books You've Been Meaning to Review But Haven't Yet

Sexy '70s side boob model is trying to emulate Marilyn Monroe
5. Dragonflight (Pern #1) by Anne McCaffrey
This is classic sci-fi... although the cover model doesn't strike me as being representative of the main character. I don't remember much of the book itself, so I'd love to reread and review it sometime soon.

4. The Naming (AKA The Gift in the UK, The Books of Pellinor #1) by Alison Croggon
This is one of my favorite YA fantasy series I read as a teen. Although I never got around to reading the final book of the series, The Naming was my favorite due to the main characters/dynamic duo being with each other interacting. Although the book is in the style of Tolkien, there's a lot of different ideas floating around, whereas some Tolkienesque YA is basically Middle Earth with different characters.

3. Eva Moves the Furniture by Margot Livesy
One of the first magical realism books that held me under its spell, Eva Moves the Furniture is not just a pretty cover- there's a fairy tale quality to its telling that makes you wish it wasn't a standalone. I don't remember much of it (I must have read it as a teen), but I know if I read it again I'll have plenty to talk about in my review.

2. Acacia: The War with the Mein (Acacia #1) by David Anthony Durham
When you're reading this book/its trilogy, there's a lot of information to be absorbed. Once you absorb the information and finish the series, something about it lingers with you, nagging you to read and review it, even though you only rated it 3ish stars the first time, because it's unique and very distinctive from your average epic fantasy fare.

1. The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
This is one of my all-time-favorite fantasy books... because the hero is kinda a pompous ass. I think it's meant to be that way too- told in the unreliable narrator style, you can't help but be swept into this story's telling, even when some of the good parts are delayed by hemming and hawing in a bar far from the past action. I don't know if I can really review this book in an unbiased, logical manner while expressing my love of it, so that's why I haven't reviewed it yet.

Notable Exclusions: 

Property by Valerie Martin
This one I haven't reviewed even when I've planned on it: because it really doesn't give me a lot to write home about with its 200-some pages. Maybe someday I'll get to reviewing it, but I haven't yet.

The Light Bearer (Auriane #1) by Donna Gillespie
This is a chunky book I have half a review written about. Unfortunately, to do the book justice, I'd have to reread it in order to review it. With 1000+ pages of meaty, historical madness, that would take me some time: time I'm using on new and other books.

Are there any books you've been meaning to review, but haven't gotten around to reviewing yet? What are the top reasons you put off reviewing a book?

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!


  1. I have so many of these I can't keep track! There's a bunch of books on my currently reading shelf that I actually have had finished for 3-4 weeks but I just haven't reviewed them yet. Bleh. Dragonflight looks really good! I haven't read a dragon book in forever! Best of luck in getting these reviewed!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. Sounds like you've got a pretty good backlog of books to review to catch up on too! From what little I remember, I enjoyed Dragonflight despite its '70s cover art.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Laura!
      ~Litha Nelle


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