3 Queer Books I Loved But Never Reviewed

When I’m stuck in a blogger’s block – is that even a thing? My brain hasn’t been funtioning the way it is supposed to this month – Top Ten Tuesdays are always a great push into blogging again. If you’re stuck as well or just looking for inspiration, make sure to check out the host’s blog.

This week’s theme is about books that I loved but never reviewed. Sometimes I enjoy the simple act of reading without taking notes, sometimes I feel like I wouldn’t do the book any justice, and sometimes I plan an reviewing a book. Sometime. In the near future. Or distant future. This “luxuary” only happens with books I’ve bought on my own though.

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

There’s hockey, there’s crime, there’s (small town) beliefs on how a young man’s career is more important than a rape claim by a girl who probably wanted it any way – and most important how to handle that stupid belief.

I’m already excited about rereading it and listening to the audiobook and finally getting the third book FFS!

Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer

I’ve already reread it and I’m currently listening to the audio book, so I must be really enjoying it, huh?

And I do, I’m just not sure how to review it. I mean, I can’t tell you anything without spoilering you!

There’s slow burn – so fucking slow but also oh so good – and politics and action and also plot twists. But did I mention the slow burn? And politics? This series had me confused for a hot minute because a certain political development isn’t true (yet?) and I would love for it to become real, so much so, that I thought it was real.

Pretty Pretty Boys by Gregory Ashe

This series has put its claws in me and refuses to let go. And honestly? I don’t want it to let go. Ever. And I don’t want it to end!

There are so many books already and a sequel but I nearly cried when I thought that I finished the last one. And then I read one of the short story collections and THANK GODS THERE WILL BE MORE!

There’s crime, there’s mystery, there’s a cute little girl, and two men too stupid to get their head out of their asses. Also teasing and sparks that fly.

Bokish Thoughts

So it seems like I’m not able to review series as well as standalones. I’m honestly not that surprised because… what do you say? If you loved book number one because of x,y,z chances are great those are the same reasons for loving book number two and so on. I still plan on reviewing Bear Town though, simply because I enjoy it so much and I need to talk about it!

I’ll maybe review Tal Bauer’s series, because I would like to and it deserves its reviews. But I honestly don’t know how to put into words my love and enjoyment and suffering regarding Somers and Hazard. And that in a new way for every book. So I’ll probably never review. But it’s plopping up in a lot of TTTs, so that’s alright I guess.

I’ve also got a little something planned for my Instagram and Gregory Ashe’s books will have a part in that for sure. So stay tuned, I guess?

7 replies

  1. I haven’t read any of Fredrik Backman’s books other than A Man Called Ove. Not sure why, but they just haven’t made it to the top of my list. I hadn’t heard of the other two on your list, but they sound good!

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    • If it weren’t for a recommendation I wouldn’t have picked up (or even seen) his books anywhere tbh. The writing is different from what I’m used to so.

      I absolutely love Ashe’s writing in the Hazard ans Somerset serieses, he’s got a few other as well but they don’t make te top of my list like that one. And that’s not just because of Hazard (I hope :D)

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    • If you end up reading Bear Town, let me know what you think about it!
      The probem is that I read more series thatn standalones, so the struggle is very real.

      At least with most series on my blog they can be read as a standalone and there are recurring characters etc so that makes it easier. Not Dead Yet by Jenn Burke for example killed me (in more ways than one) because the books aren’t standalone and I love them so much but how to review without spoilering?


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