2 sentence book reviews: fiction, non-fiction, and graphic/illustrated

yay! this is the week my readers either love or ignore (traffic tells me many are in the latter camp). i have found that writing reviews of the books i read really helps me remember them. and i hope it helps some of you make reading choices (and avoid others). i allow myself two sentences for each review (unless i’ve already written an official endorsement): the first sentence is a summary of the book, and the second sentence is my opinion of it.

here’s the plan for the week!
monday: 8 young adult fiction books
tuesday: 2 fiction books, 2 non-fiction books, and 2 graphic/illustrated books
wednesday: 10 christian living and theology books
thursday: 10 parenting, church and ministry books


the circleThe Circle, by Dave Eggers
5 stars
follow the new employee of a google-like, massive tech company through her rise in a company that is hellbent on the natural extension of many of our current social media obsessions (including the elimination of privacy). eggers’ best in a while, with humor and incision-y slicing, served as light-handed cautions of our tweeting, posting, liking, sharing, commenting selves.

practical demonkeepingPractical Demonkeeping, by Christopher Moore
3 stars
a cast of characters–yup, including a demon with particular powers and limits, and his “keeper”–careen and collide into each other enroute to putting things right. this is one of moore’s older books, and it’s weird and funny and unpredictable, but not as smart as his later work.


dad is fatDad Is Fat, by Jim Gaffigan
4 stars
short essays from a funny comedian about his family of seven and their life in a manhattan two-bedroom apartment. such a blast, especially if you’ve ever had kids, and a nice break from other reading.

david and goliathDavid and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, by Malcolm Gladwell
4 stars
why being smaller or less powerful or otherwise apparently disadvantaged might actually work in your favor. 100% worth reading, but didn’t provide me with quite the same amount of learning as gladwell’s other books.

Graphic and Illustrated

i kill giantsI Kill Giants, by Joe Kelly, illustrated by J. M. Ken Niimura
5 stars
eccentric loner girls seeks and destroys monsters real and figurative. wait, short graphic novels aren’t supposed to have this level of depth and beauty, right?

coffee with jesusCoffee with Jesus, by David Wilkie
5 stars
jesus and a collection of, well, us, get real in simple panel cartoons.
my official endorsement (found in the book):
I remember when the “What Would Jesus Do?” tsunami almost completely engulfed all of us who worked with teenagers. Suddenly, we felt compelled to provide an answer to that impossible question. Problem was: most of us didn’t really have a clue what Jesus would do, really. And any honest reading of the Gospels reveals that his disciples didn’t know what Jesus would do either. Coffee With Jesus steps into that same tension, responding with plucky, snarky, and occasionally awkward honesty. We don’t really know the full answer to “What Would Jesus Say?” But I’d sure like it to be close to the Jesus in these panels.

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