Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday Mini Review

A lot of other bloggers are doing mini-reviews, and I think that is a great idea. Starting from today and at least the rest of the year, I want to do one or more mini-reviews each Sunday. I have been blogging since 2006, and while I have reviewed most books I've read since then either here on or my Danish blog, I have been reading for so many years, that there are a lot of books that I want to make mini-reviews for. I have also read a lot of books for my studies, which I think deserve a line or three. And then there are cookbooks, series, cartoons, books read only partly etc etc. All book deserving some words here.
Why not write complete reviews then, you may ask. First of all because I think that would be a task. Not something I would do for fun. And secondly, even though I remember many of the books that I have read in vivid detail, I am also pretty sure that I will not be able to make a complete review. In many cases it is more a feeling, that I remember than what the actual persons said and did in the book. This way I can mini-review say a whole series, YA I read years ago, all books I've read in a certain genre etc. Only rule is that the book(s) of the mini-review(s) must not have been reviewed here before.

This Sunday I will kick this into works with a mini-review of Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding.

Bridget Jones's Diary was published first time in 1996 (gasp! can't believe it is 13 years ago) and is definitely the mother of all chick lit novels which has been published since then. Bridget sat the norm for how our chick lit heroine should be: clumsy, annoying yet likeable, a bit of an ugly duckling yet pretty, always searching for Mr. Right and having to go through a bunch of Mr. Wrongs before finding Mr. Right. Bridget Jones's Diary is a fun read, and I am curious to know if it is still funny today, 13 years after it was published first time. This book is a must in any chick lit collection.

15 comments:

Dorte H said...

I am all for mini-reviews! I just don´t call them that :D

I prefer reviewing books right after having read them, and as I write most of my reviews in two languages and is often too busy to write a long one, mini reviews is often what you get in my place.

Louise said...

I certainly understand the two-language thing, Dorte :-)

Callista said...

I just did a few short reviews all mixed together because I'm so behind on writing reviews. I feel bad though because they are review books and I feel they deserve a full review. However it makes sense for assigned texts or books that you can only say so much about. I'll have to do some small ones but I don't want to do it too much.

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Care said...

I was going to type 'I'm all for mini-reviews!' but Dorte beat me to it. too funny. I have a few books I have skipped writing long reviews for and need to write SOMETHING before I forget it all. Thanks for the reminder.

Rebecca Reid said...

I started Bridget Jones' Diary but couldn't stand her in the first ten pages. But I'm still planning on watching the movie someday!

Kerrie said...

Louise, I popped over to see if you knew Dorte - and I see that you do. Great!

softdrink said...

I've done mini-reviews, but like Dorte, I don't call them that. Some days I feel wordy, some days I don't...and some books are easy to ramble on about, others not so much.

Suzanne said...

I love the idea of the mini review! The point really is to share the books you've read, and the mini gets right to the heart of the story!

I read Bridget Jone's Diary when it first came out and loved it. It was so different back then... I would be curious if I felt the same way about it today too! Hmmm, I might have to crack the spine after I figure out where it is.... :D

Søren said...

Good idea. I prefer to write my reviews just after reading, but it would be nice to get books read long time ago of ones chest.

Dorte H said...

Kerrie, I certainly do. Louise was the kind and enthusiastic blogger who introduced me to Blogger plus a world of English book blogs :D

Beth F said...

I can hardly believe it's been 13 years. I bought it soon after it came out and I agree that it seemed to be the start of something new.

Vivienne said...

Is it really 13 years since I read it last. Oh god I feel old.

Julia Smith said...

I have another book-blogging friend, Kailana at The Written World who does mini-reviews and I really enjoy them.

I haven't read Bridget Jones but love the film version.

Natalie W said...

Oh that's a great idea! I think I'm going to start doing that too. I've read the Bridget Jones Diary and loved it! Very fun read. If you haven't seen the movie, you should watch it, its a cute one.