Divergent, by Veronica Roth [rating:4]
Fast-paced dystopian novel that I couldn’t put down.
Precious Bane, by Mary Webb [rating:5]
Odd but fascinating and romantic story of a girl on the frontier with a hare lip and a greedy, selfish brother.
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy [rating:5]
Not quite as disturbing on a reread, but just as effective.
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card [rating:4]
A watershed book for modern science fiction (and therefore interesting), but the ending was anti-climactic for me.
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (Audio) [rating:5]
As lovely and unforgettable on audio as it was in print.
Insurgent, by Veronica Roth [rating:3]
Not as good as Divergent.
Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos [rating:3]
I can’t remember much about this one except this: quirky and for kids.
Emma, by Jane Austen [rating:4]
I liked Emma, even if she is a bit of a spoiled brat for most of the book.
For Darkness Shows the Stars, by Diana Peterfreund [rating:4]
An interesting, science-fiction-y retelling of Persuasion where “Anne” is tougher but “Captain Wentworth” is meaner.
Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine (Audio) [rating:4]
An adorable retelling of Cinderella.
Rapunzel’s Revenge, by Shannon & Dean Hale [rating:3]
A cute, fun, well-written, well-drawn, graphic novel, but the form is not for me.
Food Rules, by Michael Pollan [rating:4]
In Defense of Food boiled down to sixty-four pithy rules.  Handy, common sense rules.

13 Responses to Micro-Reviews

  1. Care says:

    That’s a bunch of books! Who read The Book Thief – do you recommend the narrator? I suppose I should read Ender’s Game one of these days…

  2. Angie says:

    Nice take on FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS. That was sort of what I loved about it. Her toughness and his meanness. And the letters . . .

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks, Angie. I really enjoyed your review of it – it’s what originally put it on my radar. And the letters were lovely.

  3. Jenny says:

    Love the micro reviews. You’ve read a ton!

  4. Had not heard of Precious Bane before but does sound intriguing.

    The Book Thief is just wonderful isn’t it.

    • Jessica says:

      THE BOOK THIEF is delightful. And PRECIOUS BANE is little known but was loved by almost everyone in my book club.

  5. It looks like you’ve been doing so great reading lately. Precious Bane is a new title to me too.

  6. I love these micro-reviews! I wish I could write so little and say so much at once. My “mini” reviews tend to go on and on…

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks, Melissa. That’s so nice of you to say. But in some cases, it was all I could remember about the book because it was so long ago.

  7. Emily says:

    Love the micro-reviews. Lots of good books in there, including one of my faves, Ella Enchanted. I’m normally not a huge fan of Cinderella stories, but I absolutely adore that book :)

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