Top Ten Tuesday - Books I Love But Never Reviewed

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.

This weeks topic is - Books I Loved but Never Reviewed

So when I was on my blog hiatus from October 2017 to June 2020 I read quite a few books that I loved, In fact what I plan to do is re-read and review them properly on here (eventually!!).  There will be definitely more than ten but the ones that come to mind straight away are.....

Giant Days - Volume 1 by John Allison
What It Is: Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, "personal experimentation," influenza, mystery mold, nuchauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of "academia," they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive.

The Last Day - Andrew Hunter Murray
2059. The world has stopped turning. One half suffers an endless frozen night; the other, nothing but burning sun. Only in a slim twilit region between them can life survive.

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year.
The beautiful one
The golden couple
The volatile one
The new parents
The quiet one
The city boy
The outsider
The victim.
Not an accident – a murder among friends.

The Choice by Claire Wade
Imagine a world where...
Everything you ate was monitored by the government.
Every step you took was counted.
Your children were weighed every day at school.
Neighbours reported on neighbours and no one was safe from judgement.
Sugar was illegal, and baking was a crime.
Imagine if that world was here... What would you do?

The Warehouse by Rob Hart
In a world ravaged by bankruptcy and unemployment, Cloud is the only company left worth working for. But what will it cost you?

Amidst the wreckage of America, Cloud reigns supreme. Cloud brands itself not just as an online storefront, but as a global saviour. Yet, beneath the sunny exterior, lurks something far more sinister.

Paxton never thought he’d be working Security for the company that ruined his life, much less that he’d be moving into one of their sprawling live-work facilities. But compared to what’s left outside, perhaps Cloud isn’t so bad. Better still, through his work he meets Zinnia, who fills him with hope for their shared future.

Except that Zinnia is not what she seems. And Paxton, with his all-access security credentials, might just be her meal ticket.

As Paxton and Zinnia’s agendas place them on a collision course, they’re about to learn just how far the Cloud will go to make the world a better place. 

To beat the system, you have to be inside it.

Unmarriageable, Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan by Soniah Kamal
When Alys’s family is invited to the wedding of the century in their town, her mother, the indomitable Mrs Binat, excitedly coaches her five unmarried daughters on the art of husband hunting. Alys’s eldest sister Jena quickly catches the eye of a wealthy entrepreneur. But his friend Valentine Darsee doesn’t conceal his unfavourable opinion of the Binat family.

As the days of lavish festivities continue, the Binats wait breathlessly to see if Jena will land a proposal – and Alys realises that Darsee’s brusqueness hides a very different man to the one she judged at first sight.

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
AYESHA SHAMSI has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been overtaken by a demanding teaching job. Her boisterous Muslim family, and numerous (interfering) aunties, are professional naggers. And her flighty young cousin, about to reject her one hundredth marriage proposal, is a constant reminder that Ayesha is still single.

Ayesha might be a little lonely, but the one thing she doesn't want is an arranged marriage. And then she meets Khalid... How could a man so conservative and judgmental (and, yes, smart and annoyingly handsome) have wormed his way into her thoughts so quickly? 

As for Khalid, he's happy the way he is; his mother will find him a suitable bride. But why can't he get the captivating, outspoken Ayesha out of his mind? They're far too different to be a good match, surely...

The Last by Hanna Jameson

You and nineteen other survivors hole up in an isolated Swiss hotel.

You wait, you survive.

Then you find the body.

One of your number has blood on their hands.

The race is on to find the killer...BEFORE THE KILLER FINDS YOU.

The Cult on Fog Island
Sofia has just finished university and ended a troubled relationship when she attends a lecture about a New Age movement, Via Terra. Its leader is Franz Oswald, young, good-looking, urbane and mesmerizing.

When Sofia meets Franz Oswald, the handsome, charming leader of a mysterious New Age movement, she’s dazzled and intrigued. Visiting his headquarters on Fog Island, Sofia’s struck by the beautiful mansion overlooking the sea, the gardens, the sense of peace and the purposefulness of the people who live there. And she can’t ignore the attraction she feels for Franz.

So she agrees to stay, just for a while. But as summer gives way to winter, and the dense fog from which the island draws its name sets in, it becomes clear that Franz rules the island with an iron fist. No phones or computers are allowed. Contact with the mainland is severed. Electric fences surround the grounds. And Sofia begins to realize how very alone she is and that no one ever leaves Fog Island…

Death Stalks Kettle Street
Greg Unsworth has problems. Someone is killing his neighbours.

The perpetrator is cunning, hiding his crimes by ensuring the deaths look like random accidents. Greg knows they’re nothing of the sort. The killer has made sure of that too. He’s been taunting Greg since the beginning, sending him clues hinting at his next victim.

With the police deaf to his claims and the body count rising, Greg finds an unexpected ally in the shape of Beth Grue, local librarian and aspiring murder mystery author.

Greg and Beth are about to learn murder mysteries in real life have just as many twists, turns, red herrings, suspects and shocking revelations as the ones in books. The big difference is failing to unravel this killer’s clues, motive and identity will mean more very real dead neighbours.

Unless, that is, the killer grows tired of playing cat and mouse and decides they’re next…


  1. Great list! I've heard so many good things about the Giant Days series - I need to give it a try. =)

  2. I had plenty of options for this week for similar reasons to you!

  3. Love this list! I've heard of a few of these books and found others to look into :)

    Here's my Top Ten Tuesday post.

  4. Your list reminded me that I haven't read Unmarriageable yet, and I adore that blurb so! And, Death Stalks Kettle Street -- I love that blurb!

  5. Unmarriageable was such a good read, I love P&P retellings!

  6. Cool! I'm glad you reviewed Giant Days after all.

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  7. Oh my greatness... I love you list... I want to read them all!! Stunning! And your post looks ever so beautiful. Always so nice to visit you.

    Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated!

  8. I loved The Warehouse! I do hope you review it eventually😁

  9. Wow! I don't know if I could commit to reviewing three years of books, but good luck! I loved Ayesha. Did you see the announcement for Jalaluddin's new book yesterday? I'm so excited!

    1. I hadn’t, I’ll look forward to reading that when it comes out!

  10. I need to read The Hunting Party sometime.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  11. Death Stalks Kettle Street sounds amazing!! Adding it!

    My TTT

    1. It was an unexpected great read, I didn’t know anything about it and was pleasantly surprised!

  12. The Cult on Fog Island has such a creepy, atmospheric cover!

  13. I haven't read any of these, but several of them are on my TBR list. I hadn't heard of THE LAST DAY before, but it sounds like one I'd like. I'm definitely going to check it out.

    Happy TTT!

  14. I just saw a mini review of The Hunting Party at Beth Fish Reads and thought it sounded like the kind of mystery I've been looking for. I'm glad to see someone else rate it highly!

  15. So many books on your list that I want to read: The Last Day, Unmarriageable, The Last, The Cult on Fog Island... so many that look good!

  16. That Austen-inspired work in Pakistan sounds fun!

  17. Great list! The Hunting Party is on my TBR list, and The Choice sounds great - although probably a very tough read for me.

    1. Thanks Sophie, The Hunting Party was a pleasant surprise, it was everywhere and I was worried it was over hyped.

  18. This is such a great list! I tend to review I read and I don't know why. I tend to enjoy these shorter reviews more than the lenghty ones.

  19. I'll have to add a bunch of the books on your list to my TBR.
    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday list this week.

  20. The Warehouse was fantastic. I'm glad to see it pop up on your list this week!

  21. Great list! I'd be keen to know how you found The Last Day, it's a book I've been meaning to pick up as I love the podcast the author is a regular on but haven't gotten around to it yet!

    I also still have The Hunting Party to read, I ended up reading her second novel first!

    1. I really enjoyed it, it was totally different to other dystopians plus the UK setting made it more believable.

      The Hunting Party is excellent!

  22. The Hunting Party is a book that always catches my eye when I see it. It's great to know it's good. I should read it. Nice list!

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  23. I'm pretty curious about Ayesha At Last; I can't remember which of my friends has recommended it, though... argh. XD Looks like a good list!

  24. I don´t know any of these books but I want to read at least Unmarriageable and Ayesha at Last and probably some more. Mariette Lindstein I can read in Swedish. thank you for a great list!

  25. Great list!!! I liked Giant Days! I was on a blogging hiatus for a year and had so many books I didn't review! lol. One day...

    1. Giant Days is excellent! I know I’d love to review the ones I read during my hiatus but it’s the usual too many books not enough time!

  26. The Hunting PArty sounds fab. I've been wanting to read that one... and woah The Cult on fog Island? That has my name all over it haha!

  27. I've read Unmarriageable and Ayesha At Last. I've heard a lot of interesting things about The Hunting Party.

  28. There are definitely books from before I had my blog that I'd love to re-read and review. The Angelfall series for one and definitely Beautiful Creatures!

  29. Haven't read any of them but of how amazing is the snapshots you have shared about them!

  30. Most of these are new to me, but I'm intrigued by The Hunting Party and The Last! Thanks for sharing. <3

    1. The Last is excellent, end of the world with a murder mystery!

  31. The Cult on Fog Island looks like a good one to try out in October!

  32. The Last Day sounds really interesting. Some of these are new to me!

  33. The Last Day and The Hunting Party are on my TBR. Death Stalks Kettle Street sounds interesting too.

  34. Oooh, I haven't heard quite a few of these, but they sound great! I especially like the sound of Death Stalks Kettle Street. :D Sounds right up my alley.

  35. How fun to see you already re-read one of these and reviewed them now. I actually always review books after I read them even if it's only a short review, but last year there was this book I forgot to review for months and only added a short review later and I still feel a bit bad about that as I really liked it and it only has this short paragraph review now.

  36. I have never even heard of any of them but some sound really interesting. So, thank you.

    And thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

  37. I haven't read any of these, but really want to read Unmarriageable and Ayesha at Last.


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