Authors I Love in Mini-Reviews

January 9, 2017 Uncategorized 19

Authors I Love in Mini-ReviewsTitle: The Gift
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

This has the usual charm I love in Ahern’s books, with a flawed but improving protagonist and fascinating magical realism. However, it covered the same themes as her Time of My Life less well and it was a bit more heartbreaking than I expected. Definitely not my favorite of her books.


Authors I Love in Mini-ReviewsTitle: The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
Author: Kristopher Jansma
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

The only reason this book didn’t make my list of favorite fiction from 2016 is because I loved Jansma’s Why We Came to the City even more. This was awesome enough not to feel like a letdown though, which is saying something, since Why We Came to the City is on my list of top 5 favorite books ever. It was awesome in a different way though. What I loved about this book most was the way the different chapters built on one another, layer after layer, lies and truth becoming hard to distinguish. I liked the conceit of having the main character be a struggling author whose work we were reading. I also liked the different moods Jansma captured in the different pieces of writing. The writing itself didn’t blow me away quite as much as in Why We Came to the City, but it was still beautiful. I thought the descriptions were spot on, vivid but not flowery, and the characters fascinated me. Highly recommended.

Authors I Love in Mini-ReviewsTitle: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
Author: Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Like Cecelia Ahern, Backman is an author I love for the charm of his stories. Each character had their quirks and even those who appeared unlikable from other characters perspectives, became sympathetic once we heard from them. I love that their stories are basically just daily life, if with more excitement than most of us experience most days. I also love how they all end up helping each other out and learning to understand each other better. This book also appealed to my love of precocious children in books. However, like The Gift, it was a bit darker and less comforting than what I expected from this author. Very good, but prepare to be an emotional wreck at the end.

19 Responses to “Authors I Love in Mini-Reviews”

    • DoingDewey

      I get that! I almost always want to do more reading the books I own than I’m actually doing. It’s far too easy to get distracted by something new 🙂

  1. Jade @ Reading With Jade

    I have the Fredrik Backman book sitting on my unread shelf… I did start it late last year, but DNF’ed it as it didn’t seem the right time for me. For sure I want to pick it back up though.

    Sorry to hear The Gift didn’t quite cut it for you. I actually just read Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern, and being that she is a favourite author of mine I had high expectations, however it fell a little flat.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  2. Andi

    Heather’s been after me to read the Backman book, and I’m right on the precipice! Thanks for the push!

  3. Sarah's Book Shelves

    I wasn’t as big of a fan of Why We Came to the City, but for some reason am still intrigued by Leopards. Your review upped the intrigue even more of course!

    • DoingDewey

      It was good in a different way, so I could see you liking it even if you didn’t enjoy Why We Came to the City as much.

  4. Amal (AMB)

    I’m not really up for a heartbreaking read these days, but The Gift sounds interesting. I might look into Ahern’s other books.

    • DoingDewey

      Sorry for the slow response! If you’re still looking for something more uplifting, I’d particularly recommend One Hundred Names 🙂