Saturday, August 8, 2009

Six Sentence Saturday

6 Sentence Saturday Reviews
Welcome to Six Sentence Saturday. Where I try to express my thoughts on recent reads using only 6 sentences!!!!. At the end of each review I will post a rating scale of 1-5 using the cute and original (lol) Playing Cards. Rating scale will be as follows:

5 of Hearts- You must read this book NOW!!
4 of Hearts- A great read, put it on your TBR list.
3 of Hearts- Glad I read but no big deal

2 of Hearts- Why did I finish this?
Joker Card - Don't bother (why did I?)

The Shop On Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber (read June 2009)
Nothing pulls me in like a book that has knitting in it!! I don't know why, because I can't knit to save my life. But I love the stories of the women and how they come together to make something meaningful. At times I knew exactly what was going to happen next, but I didn't mind. This is a comfort book, pure and simple. I'll be back for more!

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (read June 2009)
This is a collection of short stories. The common thread within each story is Olive Kitteridge. At times I found myself very intrigued with her. While at other times, I just did not like her. The stories are very intricate and multi-layered. I'm glad that I read it and Olive is a character that I won't soon forget.

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
At first I thought I had made a mistake in reading this one. The beginning is very slow and tedious at times, but then something miraculous happens (Precious starts helping people) and the story takes off. I loved Precious!! There really aren't any great mysteries, but just a single woman who is trying to might things right. She's suffered early in her life, so she takes the pain she feels and puts it into something positive. Her outlook on life is wonderful and I fell in love with the location and with Precious....I will continue on with this series!!!


  1. I love your 6 sentence reviews! And I look forward to seeing what you write about Undone - I had trouble writing my review without it being a spoiler!

  2. I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee these reviews...what a FUN way to do the use of the cards too! :):):):):):):):)

  3. I keep seeing Olive Kitteridge on PBS, but I didn't realize it was short stories. I'm going to see if I can find this one at the library!

  4. Love the six sentence review idea! Looks like you've been having a lucky streak with your recent reads.

  5. I've been meaning to read The Shop on Blossom Street. Will have to put it on my wishlist. And you gave me a great idea of what to give my mom for her birthday - Knitting stuff and the book. :)

  6. Woohoo! Three four of hearts books. :-) I am hoping to read my first Debbie Macomber book soon. And Olive Kitteridge has been on my list for awhile to try. I love The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

  7. Glad to hear you enjoyed Olive Kitteridge...I've been wanting to read that one since I heard about it on NPR. It definitely sounds intriguing.

    I so love these 6 sentence reviews! I know I said that before, but I just really, really do!

  8. Short sweet and to the point. :)

    I really enjoy Debbie Macomber, and I agree the books are predictable but there's just something about those ladies knitting together.

  9. Have you read the Sweetgum Ladies Knit and Lit books? I read one and it was very enjoyable and The Sweetgum Ladies Knit for Love will be on tour at my blog Aug 24th. I know, I know. . . . . .shameless self promo!

  10. I agree, Debbie Macomber books are definitely comfort and cozy reads. I love reading books about crafts and women's friendships.

    I have Olive Kitteredge TBR and look forward to it.

    I love the slow and gentle approach of the The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. I've read the first 4 or 5 books and need to read the rest. I find them so relaxing and I crave tea when I read them! The series just gets better, IMO.

  11. I went back and forth between liking and not liking Olive Kitterdge. Some of the stories were uninteresting to me others were. I have yet to post my review. Love any of the blossom street books.

  12. you did very well using only six sentences!

  13. I just loved Olive Kitteridge - it may end up being one of my favorites of the year. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series was great as an audio. The reader was fantastic!

  14. Great job with the six sentences. I knit but don't read books with knitting in them. What's up with that?

  15. Well as you know I love the Blossom Street books. I already can't wait for the next one. I've been curious about Olive Kitteridge though. There have been many times I've almost picked it up.

  16. I like your six sentence reviews. I bet that's fun to do. I'll have to try it sometime. I've read two of the three you have listed. Not bad.

  17. First, I wish I could just do all my "reviews" this way! Love it.
    Second, I am thrilled you enjoyed #1 Ladies Detective Agency. There is just this thing about them that make them all sweet enjoyable reads.
    Third, I am reading (listening) to Olive Kitteridge and she is quite the character. I am enjoying it too.

  18. I have the Shop on Blossom Street and No. 1 Ladies Deteective Agency waiting to be read. Looks like I'll enjoy them. Love these short reviews :)

  19. I have to say I felt as you did when I read the first several pages of The No. 1 Ladies' Det. Agency. It was so different than anything I've ever read. I'm so glad I kept reading too because now I am a fan. I'm glad you enjoyed it too. I just picked up the second book at the used book store a few weeks ago. Love your Saturday reviews!


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