Mini Reviews

A little something different today: a set of mini reviews. These are books I've read, but don't necessarily feel like doing a full review for. Basically, I'm just giving you an extra taste of my eclectic reading habits.

I've Got Your Number
Sophie Kinsella
Random House, 2012

I'm a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella, and always look forward to a new release. This one did not disappoint, and I read it in a day. Poppy is a character you can root for, and her interactions with Sam are priceless. I loved the addition of getting to read the actual texts and emails - they really help flesh out the story and their individual personalities. After a moment of "NO WAY!", things came around, and I consider this quintessential Kinsella. And a great weekend read. Also, there are footnotes throughout the novel, which I find to be particularly fun and quirky.

Mary Engelbreit's Fairy Tales: Twelve Timeless Treasures
HarperCollins, 2010

You know I have a thing for fairy tales, but did you know I've also been a fan of Mary Engelbreit's art for years? I am. A huge fan. So when I saw this at my library, I scooped it up. Featuring twelve fairy tales, including my favorite 'Beauty and the Beast' (along with 'Cinderella,' 'Sleeping Beauty,' 'The Little Mermaid,' 'Thumbelina,' and 'Snow White and Rose Red'). Some of the stories have been tweaked a little to de-emphasize the whole Prince-love-everything's perfect effect, but they're still fairy tales. And the illustrations? Oh my...I want some of them framed!


  1. The first, Mom's a BIG fan of...haven't gotten into her work myself yet, but might just have to check this one out. Sounds good! The second...love the artwork; you can always recognize their work from afar. Great mini-reviews! Thanks for sharing!

  2. The first one has been catching my eye, I may have to read it! The footnotes sound fun! Did you read My BFF by Ruth Oakland? I loved the footnotes in that book!