3 For 3- Mini Reviews- A New Feature!

Hello everyone- it’s been a few days since I posted- which feels super strange! Every so often I just need a day or two off.

taking a day off

Now about this new feature… I realised that I read a helluva lot of books that I don’t review- which is a real shame, cos I feel like you only get a snapshot of my reading that way. So I came up with a new feature that every month of the year, I will do mini reviews for some of the books I’ve read to catch us all up to speed. And as I find there’s more of a backlog as the year goes on, I thought it would be a good idea for the number of books I include in the post to correspond to the month number- aka this month will be three cos it’s the third month! And the reason I decided to do it this way is cos my backlog of unreviewed books gets worse every month! (and let’s face it, a lot of us know that feeling in December when there are still 20 books left to review before the end of the year!)

And after that *really long* introduction- here are three mini reviews for the books I’ve read so far this year:

flora banks

The One Memory of Flora Banks– personally I found this a very trippy reading experience, but enjoyable nonetheless! It didn’t go in the direction I expected- however it did get better as the story went along. Definitely worth a go in my opinion.

Rating: 4/5 bananas

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watcher in the shadows

The Watcher in the Shadows– this was a wonderful modern fairy tale. If you’ve been following my blog a while, you’ll know how much I love Carlos Ruiz Zafon- particularly his writing style (I swear he writes like a dream!). His books are so clearly designed by someone who simply loves stories. I feel like his work is the kind that will live forever- and this book is no exception.

Rating: 5/5 bananas

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and the mountains echoed

And the Mountains Echoed– There were some moments of absolute beauty in this and the fairytale at the beginning was perfect. But the flicking back and forth between narratives and characters that were of little relevance jarred and this ultimately messed with my overall enjoyment of the story. A decent read- but in no way his best work.

Rating: 3/5 bananas

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So have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? And let me know what you think of this new feature in general- do you also struggle to get through all your reviews.

And in other news, I’m reading my *very first* ARC and am so excited!!! I swear when it got sent to me I was like this….
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42 thoughts on “3 For 3- Mini Reviews- A New Feature!

  1. Bookstooge says:

    I am really glad you decided to do this feature. I personally don’t struggle with reviewing every book I read, beyond the normal blogger’s block, but I know other people do. I’ve seen this type of thing before and it really seems to help the blogger put the “review” behind them. Less baggage, almost literally.

    So I hope this works out for you…

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  2. Gastradamus says:

    Thank you so much for the reviews. And we love Elaine from Seinfeld, if you liked that sitcom, than you would surely love our humurous style at our Gastradamus blog. Please share your thoughts on our latest literature called Eaten an Eskimo. Your thoughts would do wonders for my morale

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  3. daleydowning says:

    This feature is a good idea. I’m thinking I’m going to make something similar a regular for my blog this year. I really want to write more reviews – for a variety of titles/genres as well – but the time to do that, as you pointed out, does not always happen!

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  4. Donna says:

    Congrats on the ARC 😀 They’re exciting, right??
    I love the new feature! I’ve been trying to review all the books I read and so far so good, only one book is missing!
    Everyone seems to have read The One Memory of Flora Banks and I’m alone, standing and claiming that no, I am not interested, and no I don’t know why xD

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ahh yes!!! Ridiculously so!!! Ahh that’s brilliant!! Very envious 😉
      Hehe that’s totally fine- I think I got interested because I saw so many reviews of it- but I’ve had plenty of times when the concept of a book just doesn’t grab me for no apparent reason! 🙂

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  5. Marie says:

    I LOVE that snowman in chocolate, so cute, I want that so badly right now haha. I can’t ever review all of the books I read, I have given up on trying haha, but mini reviews is a great solution 😀 Congratulations on the ARC! 🙂

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  6. Lashaan and Trang (Bookidote) says:

    Must. Read. My. Dusty. Copies. Of. Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Books. It just sounds too good to post-pone it even further away! Definitely a great idea to do these mini reviews. Wish I had a 20 book-to-review backlog. Really curious to know what that feels like! 😛 Oh, you fast readers. I envy y’all!

    Congratulations on your first ARC though!!! It’s an amazing feeling, I totally approve!!! 😀

    – Lashaan

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  7. Thoughts on Fantasy says:

    Great idea to do mini reviews, it’s nice to get a snapshot of several books at a time! And also good if it helps you to get through your backlog.
    That’s really cool about the ARC too, I hope you have fun reading and reviewing it!!

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