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One Sentence Book Reviews

25th March 2013

Or, book reviews that are one sentence.  Or one line, depending on your definition of ‘sentence’.  Work with me.

Chicken With Plums – I fell asleep in the middle, and woke up by the end.

Death at La Fenice – The start of my new favourite series.

The Fault in Our Stars – I might have developed a slightly age-inappropriate crush on Augustus Waters.

MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend – An exercise in First-World problems.

On Writing – I highlight library books.

Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes – This one made me want to like Paris again.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail – Like Eat, Pray, Love with balls.

Beautiful Creatures – Yes, really.

Rapture – Better aloud.

The Killing – I hated the end, but I had to get there.

Hope: A Tragedy – This one should be a Coen Brothers film.

What was the last book you read?  Can you sum it up in a sentence?

Cover of "On Writing:  A Memoir of the Cr...

Cover of On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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  • Reply chebandbecky 25th March 2013 at 11:38 pm

    A Brisket, A Casket – slow cooking doesn’t sweeten this kosher mystery.

  • Reply becomingcliche 26th March 2013 at 12:02 am

    Two of my favorite books! On Writing and A Fault in Our Stars.

    • Reply LKD 26th March 2013 at 10:45 am

      Yep, I feel we bonded over Stars!

  • Reply urbannight 26th March 2013 at 3:19 pm

    A Storm of Sword – Stopped reading in the middle when I realized that the entire series was all about people w/ no control over their lives, who were miserable, trying to seize power in order to have some control over their own lives and thereby making everyone else miserable in the process.

  • Reply barefootmedstudent 26th March 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Oh, this is awesome!
    Moloka’i – taught me more about leprosy than medical school did.

  • Reply Marianne Wheelaghan (@MWheelaghan) 27th March 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Great fun! Thanks!
    My choice:
    We have always lived in the Castle By Shilrey Jackson: crazy characters, totally gripping to the end 🙂

  • Reply Marianne Wheelaghan (@MWheelaghan) 27th March 2013 at 8:11 pm

    oops, I missed out “spooky” – as in “spooky crazy characters”

  • Reply Jackie Cangro 27th March 2013 at 8:37 pm

    You’re a natural at this. When I send query letters to literary agents, they request a logline – a one sentence summary of the plot. I fretted over this single sentence for weeks.
    I should have contacted you to write the darn thing! 🙂

    PS – How great is Stephen King’s book On Writing!?!

    • Reply LKD 29th March 2013 at 10:01 am

      I was actually thinking of loglines as I wrote this!

      And the funny story with On Writing is I own it, but I’ve moved so much I lost it. So I got it from the library. I must buy another copy. I’m also reading Write To Be Published, by Nicola Morgan. I’d recommend that, too.

      • Reply Jackie Cangro 30th March 2013 at 2:38 pm

        Ha! Me too. I know I had a copy of On Writing, but now I can’t find it for the life of me. I’m reading Writing 21st Century Fiction by Donal Maass who is a literary agent. So far, I’ve had a few a-ha moments. I’ll have to check out Write To Be Published. If you haven’t read Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, you might find it very interesting.

  • Reply Carrie Rubin 29th March 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Love your one-sentence book reviews. I just finished ‘Dark Places’ by Gillian Flynn. Not as good as ‘Gone Girl,’ but she’s a great writer. My one sentence review: “Dark book in which I didn’t really like anybody.”

    • Reply LKD 30th March 2013 at 1:24 pm

      I had issues with Gone Girl, but I’m finding Sharp Objects to be more my thing. Might go on to Dark Places, after I read some other books.

  • Reply lostnchina 31st March 2013 at 6:26 pm

    “‘Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail’– Like ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ with balls.” Totally agree with you! Ha ha

    • Reply LKD 5th April 2013 at 9:02 am

      We agree on a lot of things. 🙂

  • Reply Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories 7th April 2013 at 5:02 am

    Havent read Wild but wasn’t crazy about Eat, Pray, Love. I really want to read Fault in Our Stars, On Writing. Sarah’s Key was the last book I read, amazingly sad and powerful story about the strength of the human spirit and the persistence of truth.

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