TWENTY-TWO BOOK REVIEWS IN THREE SENTENCES OR LESS

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Do you know that I've read over twenty books since the last time I blogged book reviews? 😬

I blame recovering from a c-section and a lot of late-night nursing sessions!

It's time to get caught up, but I don't have enough time in the day to write up twenty full-length book reviews (and I know you don't have the time to read them, either!). So, I'm innovating! Want to know my feelings about the last twenty-two books I've read, plus the ones I didn't finish and couldn't review? Then keep scrolling for my reviews in three sentences or less!




EVERY WILD HEART BY MEG DONOHUE ||

Stars: 3

Thoughts: A quick read but a little bland. I don't regret reading it, but I am also not planning on reading it again. Reminded me a bit of Gilmore Girls.

ONE DAY BY DAVID NICHOLLS ||

Stars: 4

Thoughts: I didn't know this was a book until I saw the movie. I really enjoyed the book even though I knew the ending, but I recommend reading the book before you watch the movie! Also, I loved the author's style of writing.

THE RUNAWAY JURY BY JOHN GRISHAM ||

Stars: 3

Thoughts: If you like courtroom dramas, this one is for you. It's really detailed, and it lost me to the point where I skimmed quite a few pages. If nothing else, it makes you think twice about what might be happening under the table in trials.

PARIS FOR ONE AND OTHER STORIES BY JOJO MOYES ||

Stars: 5

Thoughts: I fell in love with Moyes's writing after reading Me Before You. It's a quick read but a good read. The short stories are perfect if you only have a few minutes here and there to open your book.

MY HUSBAND'S WIFE BY JANE CORRY ||

Stars: 4

Thoughts: I decided to read another one of Corry's works after reading Blood Sisters (read my live review HERE!). I loved this one only slightly less than Blood Sisters. There were some parts that dragged for me.

WHEN WE COLLIDED BY EMERY LORD ||

Stars: 4

Thoughts: The story was good, but I'm mostly giving it four stars instead of three because I loved how Lord expanded each character. It made you feel like you were right there in their head, traveling with their thoughts and making you feel what they felt.

**it's currently under $10!

US BY DAVID NICHOLLS ||

Stars: 3

Thoughts: I read this one because I enjoyed Nicholls's other novel, One Day. While I still enjoyed his style of writing in Us, a couple of times I found myself thinking, "There's still more to the book?"

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR BY NICOLA YOON ||

Stars: 3

Thoughts: I've seen this book flooding social media and I thought I'd give it a shot. Like most "must-reads", I didn't fall head over heels for it. But if you want to give it a go, it's under $10 right now!


CRAZY RICH ASIANS BY KEVIN KWAN ||

Stars: 4

Thoughts: Again, another "must-read" that I wanted to see what the hype was about. The hype seemed more justified for this one. It was completely outlandish and utterly ridiculous, in the best way.

THE NEXT ALWAYS BY NORA ROBERTS ||

Stars: 2

Thoughts: The description of the book is what pulled me in (a bookstore and a renovation of a historic building? Yes, please!). But the description read better than the book, in my opinion. It read like a manual for fixing up a building, and unfortunately, I quit reading about halfway through.

ALL WE EVER WANTED BY EMILY GIFFIN ||

Stars: 5

Thoughts: One of my favorite reads of 2019. It reminds me a lot of the show "American Crime" on Netflix. It's very thought-provoking and well worth its under-$10 price tag.

BORN A CRIME: STORIES FROM A SOUTH AFRICAN CHILDHOOD BY TREVOR NOAH ||

Stars: 5

Thoughts: I don't read many non-fiction books, but this one was well worth the exception. Noah has an excellent talent for storytelling his life experiences, while also stressing the importance of things we often overlook when it comes to race. It's under $10 and worth ten times more.


BEFORE WE WERE YOURS BY LISA WINGATE ||

Stars: 4

Thoughts: I love historical fiction novels, especially when they make me want to research the event behind the story. This was definitely one of those books for me. Beautifully written - and it's only $10!

STARRY NIGHT BY DEBBIE MACOMBER ||

Stars: 4

Thoughts: This novel was part one of two Christmas books that I read through December. It's not your typical guy-meets-girl situation, and that's always refreshing in a romance novel. Starry Night is also under $10.

PRAYERS OF A STRANGER: A CHRISTMAS STORY BY DAVIS BUNN ||

Stars: 4

Thoughts: I have a difficult time finding faith-based novels written in a modern storyline (except mine, of course. wink wink). This one was a good find for under $5. It was a little slow in some areas, but the story was heartwarming.

CHINA RICH GIRLFRIEND BY KEVIN KWAN ||

Stars: 2.5-3

Thoughts: This was a series I was very excited to dive into, but much to my dismay, I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first. It was almost a little...boring. I'm not sure if I'll take a chance on the third book or not.

SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY BY JULIE MURPHY ||

Stars: 5

Thoughts: I started out wanting to read Puddin' by Murphy, but this one was available while the other was not. I'm glad it was available because I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and it was one of the books I read the quickest in 2019.

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW BY A.J. FINN ||

Stars: 0

Thoughts: Pause! I'm breaking my three-sentence rule for a moment. Zero stars?! Yep, I don't have a rating for this book because while I read it in just two days and originally rated it five-stars, I then stumbled upon THIS article and decided I couldn't rate the book. How do you love a book but have a thick disdain for the author? Let me know and then maybe I can rate it.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD BY HARPER LEE ||

Stars: 4

Thoughts: I'm one of the only individuals on this earth that wasn't required to read this for school, hence reading it for the first time at 26-years-old. I loved the characters, especially Atticus and all his wisdom. Lee does a wonderful job of analyzing not just racism, but the prejudices we hold about anyone that doesn't look or act like us.

HIDDEN FIGURES BY MARGOT LEE SHETTERLY ||

Stars: 0

Thoughts: Oh boy, another zero stars. I'm not able to rate this one because I didn't even make it halfway through (am I missing out?). As excited as I was to read it, it felt like a NASA manual and bored me to death.

BEASTS OF EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE BY RUTH EMMIE LANG ||

Stars: 4

Thoughts: I've never read a book as peculiar as this one before, and I mean that as a compliment. A definite twist on a romance story that made me fall in love with the love in the story.

THE HELP BY KATHRYN STOCKETT ||

Stars: 5

Thoughts: And finally, the book that now rivals my favorite novel (The Great Gatsby). I fell in love with this book within the first pages and I was sad when it was over, which is very rare for me. Forget five stars; I give it ten.


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18 comments

Shelby said...

I absolutely love this! I wish all reviews were three sentences, haha. That makes room for ONLY the important details. I feel like most people decide if they're going to like something in five seconds anyway! I will definitely have to try this method of reviewing!

Brandi Jo Little, Author said...

Shelby,

Thank you for your feedback! I agree; I usually read shorter book reviews over the longer ones! I think this is something I'll be doing more often. :)

Buyingstylewithmeg said...

I love this too - the short reviews get right to the point. I love to read, so I will keep some of these books in mind!

Jessica said...

These are some great reviews I like that you review all those books in 3 sentences or less.

Jody said...

I think I would love Paris for One. I really love short stories and I think I would very much enjoy this one!

Candle said...

Ha! This is a great idea! The Help was one of my favorites as well.

Brit said...

Lol. Wish all book reviews were like this one.

Mark said...

Very interesting and concise review. I have read quite a number of them and even watched the ones that were translated into a movie.

Raksha Solopassport said...

Such a unique way of providing reviews. I loved each one of the reviews but I was especially interested in My Husband’s Wife. Thanks for these reviews, I can pick up the ones with stars as 5 now.

Joanna said...

22 books? Wow! I like that you chose quite a large selection of genres. I like mystery books but I also live novels and easy reads. I see you have quite a few of these on your list.

Luna S said...

What a neat idea for quick and easy book reviews! I like this quick paced way it makes you a little more intrigued about the book not having too much of it revealed.

siennylovesdrawing said...

ohh dear....thanks for sharing this, really love your book reviews done in an easy straightforward methods. cheers, siennylovesdrawing

Vasundhra Gupta said...

Thanks for keeping the reviews so short and crisp! I loved Trevor Noah's Born a Crime too, and To Kill A Mockingbird was a tough read but worth it. Lives up to the classic reputation. I am yet to read anything else on your list, and I'm looking forward to checking some of your 5-starrers out. Thanks!

aisasami said...

There is a book I really want to read by Jojo Moyes, but it isn't the one that is listed on this post. She is a great author, I heard.

Adriane said...

I only read non-fiction so thanks for these super quick easy reviews! I love how much you read! It's encouraging!

Jamie Tutson said...

I think you did a wonderful job of summarizing these. I saved about 11 that I want to check out soon. Thanks for sharing!

Neil Alvin Nicerio said...

Amazing. Well written article. I learned something from reading it. Thank you for sharing.

Jackline A said...

I love how the review was simple and less than 3 sentences or less.