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?

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  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

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

    • Rory O’Connor

      Thank you very much! I found it a very effective way to get my thoughts down.

  • Pat @ Posting For Now

    Great review idea. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • Rory O’Connor

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Sarah (Sarah’s Book Shelves)

    I love how you did this! And – what’s with all the books about bees? So random!

    • Rory O’Connor

      I am part of a non fiction book club and we pick different themes to read about. Our most recent theme was pollinators, so bees came up a lot!

  • Naomi

    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!

    • Rory O’Connor

      Thanks! I like the blue covers that typically accompany books on snow and ice. The John Muir was quite interesting if you like naturalists.

  • Jennine G.

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

    • Rory O’Connor

      I’ve been reading and not reviewing for pretty much all of 2015… Oops! Time has a way of running away.

  • Katie McD @ Bookish Tendencies

    Really like this review style – a few words, just to get the gist of things! The Glittering World looks intriguing…

    • Rory O’Connor

      I’d recommend it. It was blow your mind great, but it was definitely engrossing.

  • mariahelena

    I haven’t done a single (not even twitterary style) review this year.

    • Rory O’Connor

      This actually makes me feel a little better, thank you.

  • Leah @ Books Speak Volumes

    I have totally fallen off the reviewing wagon, so I’m loving your Twitter-length reviews! I’m going to have to look up more about the John Muir book.

    • Rory O’Connor

      Thank you! And me too, clearly, I just can’t get in the right frame of mind lately.

  • BronaDragonfly

    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.

    • Rory O’Connor

      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.

  • S.G. Wright

    I’m curious about The Bees by Laline. Goodreads says it’s The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games. Is it like that?

    • Rory O’Connor

      No, I didn’t think it earned the comparison to The Handmaid’s Tale. I can see why they said it, I just don’t agree. And as far as The Hunger Games…not at all.

  • Jennifer Hartling

    This is absolutely brilliant. Brilliant! I’m with you as of late. I want to read but not write. Sigh. 😀

    • Rory O’Connor

      I think it’s brilliant, we all need a break, right?

      And you’re cooking too, so that counts! (If only you’d cook for me…)

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