back in the day, i used to post a full review in an individual blog post for every book i read. after rebooting my blog in the late fall of 2009, i changed that practice to posting 3 or 4 “mini reviews” at a time — one paragraph each.
but in 2011, i’ve gotten behind, and haven’t posted any reviews. i kept meaning to, but just didn’t get around to it. so, i’m catching up. and i’ve decided to do it in a different way, since i have 27 to post.
introducing: TWO SENTENCE BOOK REVIEWS
for each review, i only allowed myself two sentences. in each, the first sentence is a summary of the book, and the second sentence is my opinion of the book. i’m still giving 1 – 5 stars (5 means “excellent”, 4 means “worth reading”, 3 means “ah, take it or leave it”, 2 means “take a pass on this one”, and 1 means “do NOT buy or read this book – it sucked, imho).
up first was 7 young adult fiction books.
here, in part 2, i’m covering memoirs and graphic novels:
I’m Not High: (But I’ve Got a Lot of Crazy Stories about Life as a Goat Boy, a Dad, and a Spiritual Warrior), by Jim Breuer
Jim Breuer of SNL semi-fame pretends to have insight while sharing his life story. Barely funny, self-inflated blah that regularly left me muttering, “Who cares?”
A Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man: A Memoir, by Bill Clegg
A rising star as a New York literary agent, Bill Clegg narrates – in real time – his slow and crushing plunge into crack cocaine addiction. Painful and honest, brutally written (in a good way), poignant and cautionary.
Bossypants, by Tina Fey
America’s sweetheart tells her story. Drop-dead hilarious while maintaining humility; no wonder everyone loves her.
The Walking Dead, Compendium One and volumes 9 – 14, by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore
The focus isn’t the zombies, but the internal changes of the small cast of characters who are trying to survive. Awesome art and an interesting angle, even if it’s a tad over-the-top at times.
(Note: I’ve since watched the 1st season of the TV series built on this comic series, and it’s fantastic.)
Mr. Wonderful: A Love Story, by Daniel Clowes
Insecure, self-loathing middle-aged loser guy seeks love and companionship. A little hard to justify the expense for the length, but a lovely little story.
Black Hole, by Charles Burns
1970s teenagers live with a parallel-universe version of STDs that turns them into mutants. Verging on soft porn at times, with weak characters and a lame plot.
up next: leadership and theology/christian living