Maybe it’s just me, but occasionally I read a book that has such a profound effect on me that I simply cannot find the words to review it properly. I can babble incoherently. I can point out a passage and say “SEE!? LOOK AT THIS. DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHY I CAN ONLY TALK IN CAPS RIGHT NOW??” I can hand it to strangers in the bookstore and say “You need to read this. What? No, we don’t know each other… Um. Yeah.” I can sit in a comatose state at dinner until my friends ask me what’s wrong and I’ll launch into a long drawn out story about this book and how it’s taken over my brain and I can’t stop thinking about it.
But I can’t review it.
Which is really a shame because it’s these books that leave me speechless that I want others to read the most. I’m going to try to actually review these books… somehow… but, in the meantime, I’ll share a few of them here. I might not be able to find the words to explain why you should read these books, but I’m asking you to trust me when I say that you should. You really, really should.
1. JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta
Each time I read this book, I vow that I’ll review it. It still hasn’t happened. Usually books don’t make me cry, but this one makes me sob so freaking hard. It’s been my favorite book since the first time I read it.
2. THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson
I literally clapped my hands when I finished reading this book. I thought to myself THIS is a book. THIS is why I read. I then ran across the hall to my best friend’s room and forced her to read it. Right then. She thought I was crazy, but agreed it was absolutely brilliant.
3. BROKEN SOUP by Jenny Valentine
I actually did review this one once. Horribly. I love the whole idea of this book, the characters, the ending, the title… Gorgeous novel.
4. ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins
I’ve read this book multiple times… I’m pretty sure I was the first blogger to actually read it, long before the blogger mailings occurred… but I STILL haven’t reviewed it. I just can’t. There are a bajillion things to say about it, but I can’t find the right words… none of them are good enough. This is another book I forced upon my best friend… she adored it and I has taken copy on deployment to Afghanistan to keep her company.
5. STAY by Deb Caletti
This is the newest addition to the list. I finished it today and I’m already trying to figure out what I would say in my review… I’ve got time to figure it out, since it doesn’t release until April, but I fear it will be relegated to the “Too Good to Review” pile… I don’t want this to happen, so I’ve bookmarked pages and passages to help focus my thoughts. I’m not sure it’s working. This novel was so powerful, so absolutely beautiful…