Bite Size Reviews: May 2016

May 24, 2016 Bite Size Reviews 19

Well Hello Bookworms,

It’s been a while since I just told y’all about some books! Let’s fix that right now, shall we? I’ve got some tasty little reviewlettes for you today because my brain simply won’t come up with all the words in the land. I blame this on Maggie Stiefvater, actually, because of REASONS.


The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater- I told you this was all her fault! You’ll recall my folly when I read what I thought was a trilogy a while back? The final installment of The Raven Cycle was released and I put it right into my earholes. I just finished this bad boy like 4 hours ago. I can’t write a whole review because that’s nigh on impossible when you’re talking about a series, but suffice it to say my guts were wrenched and I found the conclusion emotional and satisfying. Big love to my tweeps with whom I was able to share all the feels!

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney- If you’re in the mood to read about fraught family dynamics, this is the book for you. The four Plumb siblings have lived their whole lives knowing they’ve got a large inheritance on the horizon and have made some questionable decisions as a result. Leo, worst of the bunch, does something super horrible that depletes the family’s nest egg on the eve of the siblings finally getting their share. It’s marketed as a bittersweet comedy, but if it was meant to be funny, it was too cerebral for me. The Plumb family members were each painted with compassion, though their foibles were maddening. Not really my cup of tea.

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer- A group of teenage camp friends stick together for life. Their lives, predictably, don’t go necessarily go according to plan. Following the characters from their youthful hopes and dreams to their adult problems is by turns fascinating and melancholy. I don’t want to get into spoilers or anything, but to those who have read it: WTF with Jonah and the gum?! I seriously cannot even. Also, Goodman. Ugh. Worst. I liked the book fine, but I really wanted to punch some characters. Pummel, actually. RAWR.

Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much by Faith Salie- This is the first BEA book I finished! Yay me! I listen to NPR all the time, so when I heard that a regular guest on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me was doing a signing, I figured I ought to get in that line. Faith Salie is good people. The book gets into the deep nitty gritty emotional bits of her life while still keeping a sense of humor about things. I’ll admit it wasn’t as gut busting as some other memoirs I’ve read, but I think the emotion and sincerity made the moments of wry humor all the more enjoyable. Plus she made a Game Of Thrones joke that made me guffaw in an unladylike manner. (Are you on Litsy? You may have seen the quote. I’m WordsForWorms. Say hi!)

Whew! That was a whirlwind, wasn’t it? I’m still not caught up on all my reviews, but it’s a start, right? What have you been reading, Bookworms?

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19 Responses to “Bite Size Reviews: May 2016”

  1. Unruly Reader

    Yeah, The Nest ain’t no comedy in my book, either.

    I’ve got The Interestings on my eAudio wish list, and now I’m all super curious about the gum thing.

    • Words For Worms

      Right? I just went back on Amazon to see the blurbs and they’re all “hilarious and big-hearted” and “humor and delightful irony” and “warm, funny and acutely perceptive” and I am like “I DID NOT FIND THIS HUMOROUS.” (The gum thing is… Upsetting.)

  2. Sarah's Book Shelves

    The Nest was supposed to be funny?! I never realized that and def would have been disappointed had I gone in with that expectation!

  3. Amy Sachs (@amysachs)

    I liked The Nest, but I think I was looking for something a bit more along the lines of This Is Where I Leave You so I can see what you mean about expecting funny and being let down! I tried a few times to read The Interestings but just could not make it stick!

  4. Kristen M.

    I’m halfway through the audio of The Raven Boys and I can’t find enough time in the day to listen fast enough! I’m going to have to go buy a copy so I can read it faster. I am incredibly happy that the remaining three books already exist and I can just read them back to back.

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