Despite this blog heavily revolving around book reviews, I don’t review every single book I read. Sometimes there’s simply not enough hours in the day, other times life decided to throw a curve ball and other times I’m not sure you guys will be all that interested. There are so many reasons I don’t get the chance to review every single book I get my hands on and, for the most part, I’m okay with that. However, when I come across a book I thoroughly enjoyed, but didn’t get around to sharing, I do feel a tad guilty. I know authors put hours upon hours into their books so if I enjoy it, I want to share it with people in the hopes that someone else might get the chance to appreciate it too. So today I’m going to quickly share with you five books I loved but sadly never got around to reviewing. I really hope you can find a book in this list you enjoy as much as I did.
The Saviour’s Champion by Jenna Moreci
I’ve been a long-time viewer of Jenna’s YouTube channel. It has some fantastic wiring advice wrapped in brutal honesty and witty humour, it’s amazing. Naturally after following the channel for so long I made a conscious effort to read one of her books, The Saviour’s Champion.
The book follows Tobias as he competes in a bloody and brutal tournament to win the hand of the Saviour. What makes Tobias different from many of the contestants risking their lives for a woman they’ve never met is that he simply doesn’t care for her, he has his own motives for entering the competition.
If you enjoy an intense, gory, and very well written book loosely based around Greek aesthetics, The Saviours Champion is the book for you. Also, the companion novel, The Saviour’s Sister has just been released what I will be getting my hands on very soon.
Artemis Fowl (#1) by Eoin Colfer
I’m not exactly the target demographic for the Artemis Fowl series, it was designed for people far younger than me. However, my boyfriend had been pestering me for years to read this series after they found out that I’d never read any of the books as a kid. Eventually I gave in and picked up the first book.
I was blown away by Artemis fowl, I really appreciated how much thought went into Artemis’ character. His motives were so reasonably sound, and his back story was so well crafted that even though he presented more as a villain, I was on his side throughout. I enjoyed it so much I’m currently reading book two with the intentions of getting through the whole series.
It was the series popularity and myself being the wrong demographic that really put me off reviewing the book. I loved it so much, I wish I’d read it as a child; however, I didn’t feel as if I had anything new to bring to the table if I were to review it.
What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
A nerdy book with amazing humour, this was the book that really restored my faith in non-fiction. There’s no real narrative so you can dip in and out of each chapter at your leisure. Oh, and did I mention there’s stick figure diagrams?
If you enjoy science and absolutely ridiculous question (that you’ve secretly thought of at some point) being answered, then this is the book for you. I feel like it’s worth mentioning that even if you don’t have a background in science, you can still get a good grip on what’s happening. The author does a fantastic job on making the book as accessible to people no mater their science background.
PopCo by Scarlett Thomas
PopCo is the type of book that will take you for one wild ride. Reading some reviews, I can fully understand why it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s not quite in the weird genre but it’s pretty close. It follows Alice Butler, a quirky twenty-nine-year-old loner with a love for secret codes. She works for a giant toy company, PopCo, designing spy games. I’m not going to go any further than that because I don’t want to spoil a single thing, but please take my word when I say it will take you somewhere you never predicted.
It’s also worth noting that if you are going to read this book, please don’t go into it taking things very seriously. It does touch on some topics like veganism and activism is very weird ways. Just remember that it’s a piece of fiction and not fact, I’ve seen a few reviews criticising some aspects of the book for inaccurate portrayal. This is an amazingly weird book, so please don’t go into it with a serious mindset, it’s fiction.
Randomize by Andy Weir
Short and sweet, Randomize is set in the future where gambling is nearly scam proof. Quantum computers create random numbers keeping Vegas’ casinos safe from those wishing to steal and cheat their way to fortune. Of course, as technology has advanced so have the people who are behind the heists. So, when an IT whiz is hired to install the new quantum computer for one of the biggest casinos around what can possibly go wrong?
My personal reading preferences mean I really struggle to get into anything that’s thriller based. I’m not sure why but I’d rather watch a film about bank heists over reading one. I think it has something to do with me being a slow reader and losing some tension due to that. However, the pace of Randomize combined with the relative shortness of the story allowed me to finally enjoy a good thriller for the first time in a while.
There we go, five books I loved but never reviewed. I hope this flash tour round the books was helpful in you finding your next read.