Mini-Reviews (in 140 characters or less)

Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging, no? Or reading gets in the way of reviewing? Because lately I’ve been far more inclined to read a book than write about it…

Here’s a round-up of what I’ve read recently, but haven’t written about. Twitterary style. Yes, I made that up, but I like the idea of imposing a 140 character limit to these. I don’t want to overwhelm anyone (specifically myself).

The best of the bunch…

John Muir_Mini Reviews

A Sting in the Tale // Dave Goulson. Non-fiction. Quite funny and educational. You may learn more about bees than you ever wanted to know.

The Bees  // Laline Paull. Dystopian ficiton. A great follow up to Goulson’s book. You can see exactly how much research went into Paull’s novel.

Oil and Honey // Bill McKibben. Non-fiction. The link between beehives and corporations (through structure) is a bit tenuous, but a solid book with a worthwhile premise.

Deadline // John Sandford. Fiction, series. I love Virgil Flowers. I need to update my list of Virgil’s t-shirts. John Sandford is consistently great.

The Glittering World // Robert Levy. Fiction. A book menu is coming up, but 60% of this book was really strong and then the ending felt rushed.

John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire // Kim Heacox. Non-fiction. John Muir. Fascinating man with a very patient wife. Oh the adventure!

The Eyes of the Dragon // Stephen King. Fiction. Firmly ranked in the middle. Neither great, nor bad… Good glimpse into worlds you’ll learn more about in subsequent SK novels.

For a far better use of twitter in a blog post, check out Reading in Bed’s Things You’ve Inherited From Your Mother by Hollie Adams: A Review with Twitter Pairings.

Who else excels at reading and gets bogged down in reviewing?

23 thoughts on “Mini-Reviews (in 140 characters or less)

  1. Love this! Was just talking about tweet-length reviews with another blogging friend and had to share your post 🙂


  2. For some reason I feel drawn to books about snow and ice. Maybe I like the icy covers. I also like the cover of The Glittering World.
    Fun way to write mini-reviews!


  3. Oh these are cool! Mini, mini reviews! I wish I could read a backlog of books to the point where this was necessary!


  4. That’s a little spooky! I wrote a very similar post Twitter style last night!! Must be something in the air or perhaps just great minds thinking alike…..:-)

    I’ve also been reading some online articles about the plight of the bees particularly in the U.S. lately. I’ll have to look into the first 3 books.


    1. It really gets the job done a lot quicker and still gets the point across. My book club’s theme (lately, we pick new themes every few months) was pollinators, so bees were a popular topic.


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