23 Books I Read in 2018 But Didn’t Review and Why

I created this blog with the sole purpose of reviewing what I read so I’ll remember it and can help others decide where to best spend their reading time, but I’m not perfect. There were quite a few books I read in 2018 and didn’t review for various reasons, whether because it felt hard, I didn’t have the time, or because I wanted to move on from it so quickly and never look back. Let’s dive into some of those books I didn’t review in 2018 and talk about why!

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

I don’t read a lot of “science-y” books so I wasn’t quite sure how to approach this review. Also, now I couldn’t tell you half of what I learned in this book. It kind of went in one ear and out the other.

The Fill-In Boyfriend

I made it a goal in 2018 to read every Kasie West book and I succeeded! So why didn’t I review this one? I have no idea. I enjoyed it, but I must have been busy that week.

Storied Life of AJ Fikry

This was one of my favorite books of 2018 and yet I didn’t review it because life was crazy at the time and I find it hard to write a good review when I just want to gush gush gush.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows

I reread HP 4-7 this year and who really benefits from my review of such a mega popular series?

The Ash Family

I read this manuscript while interning at Simon and Schuster and didn’t want to review it since we hadn’t even printed ARCs yet, but I’m so excited for everyone to read it when it comes out in April 2019!

The Westing Game

This is one of my favorite childhood reads and like with HP, I didn’t think many people would benefit from my later-in-life review, but I highly recommend it! It still holds up all these years later.

SuperFreakonomics and When to Rob a Bank

I wasn’t quite sure how to review these books without simply rehashing the subjects they talk about, but if you like pop science, these are good books.

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One

I’m not a HUGE poetry reader, something I’m planning to change in 2019, but I liked this book. I just didn’t quite know how to dive into a review of this.

Protecting the President

Maybe I should have written a review of this because I have absolutely zero recollection of this book at all.

Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction

I didn’t learn much from this book and the audiobook narrators weren’t great, so I didn’t want to waste an extra moment writing about this book.

A Wrinkle in Time

I really didn’t like this book. Oops. Also, like with HP and Westing Game, there are lots of other reviews out there for people to read.


I love Andrew Clements but I don’t usually read middle grade and didn’t want to clog up my blog with it and make ya’ll think I was shifting directions.

Waste of Space

This book was fine. An interesting concept, not the best execution, but I was reading a LOT at the time and skipped some reviews. Oops.

Sorry Not Sorry

This was the memoir by Glee’s Naya Rivera and it wasn’t bad, but I was listening to it while traveling for work and must have forgotten to review. Sorry (yes sorry)

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls and When You Are Engulfed in Flames

David Sedaris doesn’t need my reviews to help him sell books, and also it’s hard to review essay collections without just rehashing the subjects.

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy

I love Little Women and this was an OK book. Not much stuck with me though. BUT I do remember the iconic question “Why do we say we won’t MAKE boys read Little Women but we still MAKE girls read Huck Finn?” Preach it.


I loved Warcross, but Wildcard felt like such a different book entirely that I had no idea how to even approach the review. Sequels are also hard to review because you don’t want to spoil the first book!


So I started (and failed) Nanowrimo this year with my murder mystery WIP set at a boarding school, so I reread the first Private book by Kate Brian this year to get in the spirit. I didn’t review it because it’s older and part of a huge series, but I’m excited to reread the entire series in 2019.

Crimes of Grindelwald

Did the world need my review of the screenplay after I had seen the movie? Definitely not. Also, this story was really polarizing and honestly, I’m still not sure how I feel about it.

The Refugees

A good short story collection, one that had been on my TBR pile for awhile, but sometimes summarizing what happens in a short story collections gives away plot twists in them and I wanted to avoid that. I was also trying to FLY through my December reads and missed this review. Sorry!




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