Book Review 140

Book Reviews in 140: Melting Summers, Massacres, Marrow Islands & Invisible Men

Summer reading has been treating me well, so I have more finished books than time and space to talk about them. Enter Twitter reviews! Here’s a (itsy bitsy) bit about The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel, One of Us by Asne Seierstad, Marrow Island by Alexis M. Smith, and Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching by Mychal Denzel Smith.


Summer that Melted Everything

Melted Summer Twitter


One of Us

One of Us Tweet


Marrow Island

Marrow Island Tweet


Invisible Man Whole World Watching

Invisible Man

  • Karen

    That’s a clever way to clear a review backlog. I keep promising myself to write some short reviews just to get through mine but somehow short turns into a much longer piece which takes more time….

  • I just did Twitter-style reviews last week! It was such a fun and low-pressure way to catch up on some reviews that got skipped this year.

    I haven’t heard of any of the books you have here, but the cover of “Marrow Island” caught my eye and your review seems positive. I’ll have to check it out!

  • Love these Twitter-length reviews. They TEASE!!!

  • Yikes- not sure I could ever keep myself to 140 characters! I didn’t realize that Marrow Island was from the author of Glaciers- now I need to read it!

  • I commend your ability to say so much in so little space!

  • Susie | Novel Visits

    Wow! You really said a lot in 140 characters! I don’t think I could do it.

  • lulu_bella

    Omg. It’s been a little while since I’ve been to your blog and I LOVE IT. It’s so cute. The header is perfection. I’ve been meaning to read some of these, especially One of Us, but I’ve been hesitant. It’s such a sad, terrible thing to spend that much time with, but Columbine was an important read for me.

    • Awww, thanks!!
      And One of Us is definitely a tough read (especially with the current political landscape – it’s very eerie), but just so, so good.

  • Can’t wait to read the Smith book! What’d you make of the McDaniel, can I ask? Cause I read a few chapters in, and then flipped to the end, and I could not deal with the ending. Just — it made me feel icky reading it, and I didn’t want to read the rest of the book after that.

    • My problems with it are SO hard to articulate, which is honestly the reason I didn’t write a full review, but the writing *technically* is really beautiful (like EXACTLY what I tend to love)…but yeah, there’s some ickiness. There is so much packed into the book that I can’t really begin to untangle/pinpoint exactly what bothered me, but the way the story teased out in the end (though, on the surface, *sounds* all well and good, which may be the reason it’s getting so many great reviews?) just rubbed me the wrong way.

  • Lauren @ Malcolm Avenue Review

    Wow. High praise for One of Us. It’s been on my radar for, well, it seems like forever, so I’d best just grab a copy and get it on the shelf. Great tidbits!

    • Yes! You should definitely read it (don’t look at how many pages it is).

      • You know me too well. I actually know it’s pretty long, but for some reason it’s easier to make an exception for non-fiction. Especially when I know it’s good.

  • Should I read Marrow Island??? Also I hadn’t heard of One of Us, but I am now VERY interested!

  • I am SO glad you said that about McDaniel’s book. I had someone question my review on Goodreads, and it has made me wonder if I was going to be the lone wolf on this one.

    • UGH, that’s the stuff that makes me hate GR. I had very weird, conflicting feelings about that book, but I totally agree – it seems like we’re floating on a lonely island!

  • Heather

    I’m so glad you liked (is “liked” the right word for this subject matter?) One of Us – I’m 100% going to read it now!

    • It’s so hard to say “liked” with that one, but I really did appreciate it and strangely enjoyed reading it.

  • I love this feature and may just steal it for when I want to share hot takes but not much else! So, so looking forward to Marrow Island and Invisible Man.

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  • I appreciate this quick catch-up on some of the books you’ve been reading! The last three all sound great!

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