Tournament of Books Thursday: Teeny Tiny Review-lettes

Posted 5 March, 2015 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews


I promised you reviews of these two books this week – but holy cow. This is the second week of my full time employment and trying to ‘have it all’ is freaking exhausting. But no matter! The book blogosphere is full of amazing people who write amazing things. So without further ado, I’m going to present my (very) brief review-lettes as well as some amazing reviews of these books from others in the community.

Everything I Never Told You by: Celeste Ng
Super-short synopsis: A mixed race family in 1970’s Ohio must face the unexplained death of their daughter/sister who had the seemingly perfect life…
Personal thoughts: I liked this book well enough – but it lacked the wow factor that I felt like many reviewers gave it. The mystery behind Lydia’s death along with the family dynamics make this an extremely readable and compelling book.
As far as The Tournament goes: Check the brackets.
Other full and fabulous reviews:
Shannon at River City Reading
Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves
Allison at The Book Wheel
Catherine at The Gilmore Guide
New Century Reading

The Bone Clocks by: David Mitchell
Super-short synopsis: Cradle to grave story of Holly Sykes. Explores many characters relating to Holly’s life as well as supernatural occurrences.
Personal thoughts: I’m a sucker for good character heavy stories as well as cradle to grave stories. The extra supernatural element was a little extraneous for me — but still fit in most excellently.
As far as The Tournament goes: Check the brackets. Also I think that The Bone Clocks has the ability to win it all!!!
Other full and fabulous reviews:
Catherine at The Gilmore Guide
Katie at Bookish Tendencies
New Century Reading
Amber at Shelf Notes
Wendy at Wensend

Have you read either of these reader? Have you read Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell? What do you think? 


April @ The Steadfast Reader



18 Responses to “Tournament of Books Thursday: Teeny Tiny Review-lettes”

  1. I still haven’t read Bone Clocks to know how it compares, but I really, really want you to read Cloud Atlas. It’s just so wonderful. And then you can watch the movie and help me figure out if it’s actually amazing or terrible, because I still don’t know.

  2. Katie McDermott

    I like these shorty little reviews, and thanks for the mention! I agree, The Bone Clocks is a really hard book to review, it’s so complex. I’m still down for reading Cloud Atlas next month if you are!

  3. I agree with Katie, I like the short reviews you did here. Don’t overwhelm yourself! Cloud Atlas was as hefty and hard to review as this one. It would be a great weekend under the covers read though.

  4. Sometimes mini reviews are the way to go! I did the same thing with The Bone Clocks; it was just too big and complex for me to even unpack in a full review. (Read: I was too lazy to do the work.)

  5. I must’ve missed the memo on your newfound employment. Congrats on the job! 😀

    Awesome review-lets! I hope to get to both of these soon.

  6. Full-time employment + blogging + everything else ever is rough! Read a book? No time. Read a review? No time for that either. Read April’s reviewlettes? Ah, THAT’S perfect.

  7. Jennine G.

    This is a great idea for reviewing books! No need to overwhelm yourself. I want to read both, but especially The Bone Clocks. I loved Could Atlas last year. Thanks for the collection of reviews to read through.

  8. Sarah Says Read

    Working full-time and trying to fit in reviews and stuff – I totally hear ya. Mini-reviews are super helpful. I want to read both of these! I’ve never read any Mitchell, and everyone has been raving about the Celeste Ng book. Probably means I won’t like it as much because of all the hype, but still.

  9. I’ve really enjoyed writing minireviews lately. I usually skip writing a summary, which can be the hardest part for me, and I feel so accomplished when I knock out three reviews in the time it usually takes me to write one.