Hellooo my blogiful friends! Today I bring to you a post that is essentially me realising that I have too many books on my Review to Come Goodreads shelf, simultaneously realising those books have been there too long for me to do any full-on analysis, and deciding to get them all out of the way with some mini reviews! ✨
I’ve not done mini reviews before and I’m not sure how much use they will be to anyone, but writing them makes me feel productive, so away we go!
The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)
Rating: 🍋🍋🍋🍋 | Goodreads
Mini Synopsis: Abby, who runs a plus-size clothing blog, takes on an internship at a clothing boutique. Things get complicated when she develops a crush on her fellow intern, Jordi.
This book is cheesy, fun, and gay. The holy trinity, really. It’s got classic high school movie vibes, but it takes it on in a really different and refreshing way.
The characters are lively and funny – Abby’s personality comes through strongly in the writing, and Jax is now one of my all-time favourite characters. If I’m honest I never got too invested in love interest Jordi – her personality just doesn’t stand out. It wasn’t enough to ruin my enjoyment though, as most importantly all of these people felt real.
The writing is easy, laidback even, and I was able to speed through a few chapters each time I sat down to read. The story wasn’t my favourite but I did feel really invested in everyone, so overall I’d call it a win.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Rating: 🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋 | Goodreads
Mini Synopsis: Rosemary Harker joins the crew of the Wayfarer, a space tunneling ship about to take on their biggest ever job.
Becky Chambers has created something amazing here. I don’t know whether this is what adult Sci-Fi feels like, and I’ve been stuck in the YA bubble too long, but this was an entirely new experience for me, like nothing I’ve ever read before. The blurb will mislead you – it makes this sound like an ordinary story. This is not an ordinary story.
We follow a crew – a wonderfully diverse crew, full of unforgettable characters – through a journey across space that takes up a year of their lives. Everything and everyone is fleshed out to the point where they simply feel real, and Chambers somehow manages to achieve this without the need for heavy info-dumps or drawn-out descriptions. I can’t exactly tell you how it’s done – I was too caught up in the magic of this world.
This story is exquisite. It doesn’t shout at you with bold twists and dramatic conflict. It is quietly beautiful.
“I don’t pretend to understand. Frankly, I find the whole notion absurd. But you know what I realised? It doesn’t matter what I think. Jenks thinks something different, and his pain is very real right now. Me knowing how stupid this whole thing is doesn’t make him hurt any less.”One of my all-time favourite quotes.
If you want a soft, slow space adventure, with a crew as close as family at its core, you need to read The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.
Her Royal Highness
Rating: 🍋🍋🍋 | Goodreads
Mini Synopsis: Texan Millie moves to a boarding school in the Scottish highlands after suffering a heartbreak. Her new roommate Flora is a nightmare – and a princess. Despite their initial hatred, something starts to bloom between the girls…
This was a fun, flirty read, featuring enemies-to-lovers romance, a fancy Scottish boarding school, and a bisexual main character. The audiobook was so entertaining – the accents weren’t all spot on, but I loved the narration.
I don’t know where this sudden trend came from – inventing royal families for random parts of the UK, then getting them romantically involved with Americans – but as a Brit, I find it quite funny and charming. (Actually, I know exactly where it came from and their names are Harry and Meghan.)
While it is entirely predictable, this book was still very entertaining. In some ways, its predictability made it comforting – despite the twists and tension you always know everything will work out okay in the end. It wasn’t the greatest thing I’ve read, but it was light and fun. If you love cheesy romance, get stuck into this one.
Okay, so maybe these reviews aren’t all that mini. They’re definitely not full length though! This was a pretty fun post to put together, and it definitely beats sitting around trying to come up with a whole essay about a book I 3-starred months ago. I’ll probably do more posts like this in the future, since I’m coming to realise that it’s not all that practical to write a review for every book I read. I managed it as a college student but it’s a hell of a lot harder when I’m working full time.
Also, I think the kind of content I enjoy writing is evolving – reviews used to be the only outlet I had into the bookish community, and now I have a blog where I can discuss anything I like!
I’d also like to take a moment to congratulate myself for writing notes on these books after finishing them. I read Small, Angry Planet in May, so the fact this review exists at all is a miracle. 😅
Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? And do you write mini reviews?
Chat with me in the comments!