A Collection of Mini Book Reviews

I just visited my old blog after several months to re-read some of my past entries, which were also mostly about books I’ve read. And I suddenly thought it would be a great idea to recycle some of what I’ve written before — think Throwback Thursday except its not an Instagram picture but blog posts (or portions of blog posts) taken from an old blog (and it’s definitely not Thursday).

So here are a few sentences/paragraphs from some posts from my not-so-old blog (started January 2012, abandoned January 2013).

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Everything was charming, spellbinding, enchanting. I want more of Sarah Addison Allen’s magic.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

I think the writing is so powerful and stirring and heartfelt, I almost didn’t realize that I’ve started crying somewhere towards the end of the book. You have to believe when the book blurbs say that this novel is “wonderful,” “moving,” “inspiring,” “powerful,” “deeply satisfying.” I truly cannot find any faults in this book. (And that’s coming from someone who prefers fantasy over anything else!)

Austenland by Shannon Hale (audiobook)


What is Austenland? It is like stepping into the pages of Pride and Prejudice and going back to the Regency era. Jane gets to wear a corset; changes her name to Miss Erstwhile; meets women who are obsessed with Austen’s novels and others who, like her, have to act like they live in that era; and, most of all, this is her chance to finally meet her Mr. Darcy. Of course, because they pretend to live in the past, cell phones, the Internet, modern topics, and being alone with a man are not allowed.

I just love the plot! It actually makes me want to go on a vacation to a place where people can pretend they are in another era, or a favorite book.

On Love by Alain de Botton

De Botton’s analyses were so thorough, and so interesting. Like he made a careful evaluation of everything he saw, did, and felt — in relation to love. (And I like the way he writes so much that I wish I could write like him.) But just because this is an analysis doesn’t mean it would not stir any feelings in the reader (as I initially thought). Towards the end of On Love (I will not say what happened), as the one who lent me this book said he felt very angry, I felt depressed. It was not expected.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Charlie is one of those book characters I want to be friends with. He’s got this peculiar, interesting, and intelligent way of seeing life and people. [A] great read, no matter what age you are.

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series by Michael Scott 

The Alchemyst (Book 1)


There’s magic, mythical creatures, immortal men (and women), secret worlds, and two ordinary human beings (15-year-old twins) who are the only ones who have the power to save (or destroy) the world. Everything I want in a book is here.

The Magician (Book 2)


I think that this would be a great movie. I also like the fact that the author included real people and places, like the creepy catacombs in Paris, and used them fictitiously.

The Sorceress (Book 3)


This book is very hard to put down — every chapter ends in suspense. Sometimes I have to remind myself that there’s other stuff I need to do (like sleep) and that I have to put the book down now, no matter how difficult it is, and continue it some other time (no exaggerations).

The Necromancer (Book 4)



The Warlock (Book 5)

I know I’ve already said this about Scott’s past books, and I’ll say it again: the books just keep getting better and better. It is full of surprises. And I can say that this is one of the best time-travel books I’ve read so far.

The Enchantress (Book 6)

I don’t know how to start. The journey has been absolutely amazing. I am still at awe at Scott’s brilliant storytelling.

I’m being very careful not to spoil anything now, because I think the book deserves to be read without any spoilers.

Do not read this before bedtime.


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