Top Ten Favorite Reviews

Cleo’s twist on today’s Top Ten Tuesday is right up my alley.  I’ve been reviewing books for a while now, and sometimes it’s nice to reflect on what I’ve written about books in the past.

Here’s ten of my favorite book reviews, some old and some newer (for simplicity’s sake, not including podcast episodes or movie reviews, only written book reviews):

1.  Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – This is long overdue for another reading (plus a reading of Chinua Achebe’s criticism of the book).  That said, I still like my theory about Kurtz being Marlowe’s alter-ego!

2. Amerika by Franz Kafka – Kafka is tricky to review; in spite of that, I think here I hit upon all the important points.

3. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe – Should I apologize for this??? I took WAY too much delight in this scathing review of a book by Goethe (of all people).  I don’t often write negative reviews, but when I do… whew!

4. Magellania by Jules Verne – Objectively this isn’t much of a review, but due to its personal connection, it’s a kind of favorite of mine.  And I hope it encourages more people to read this obscure book!

5. South by Ernest Shackleton – I’m happy with the content of this review, but also that I took the trouble to include some relevant pictures.  🙂

6. CEO, China by Kerry Brown – Didn’t intend for it to be a three-part series, but it ballooned into that.  I learned a TON in this book and enjoyed documenting it in those reviews!

7. The Accusation: Forbidden Stories from Inside North Korea by Bandi – This book was so depressing, yet so important.  I was glad to help raise awareness even a little with the review.

8. Lord of the Flies by William Golding – Felt like I was able to put all my thoughts in this one.

9. Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin – It was so much fun hosting this readalong, and it made me happy to see how many participants really enjoyed it!  Through the wonderful reviews and discussions that were shared, I feel like my experience with the novel was far richer than if I’d read it by myself (like I usually do). 

10.  A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T. E. Lawrence by John E. Mack – In a way, this review encompassed all of my reading and thoughts about T. E. Lawrence.  This was probably the best biography I’ve ever read, which is unusual in itself, so I was motivated to go all-out for the review.