Mini-Project: Your 140-Character Book Reviews

For our mini-Project today, we asked for your 140-character reviews of summer books, and you delivered. Apparently, people do still read books....

For our mini-Project today, we asked for your 140-character reviews of summer books, and you delivered.

Apparently, people do still read books. Have a look at a selection of the responses below.

From Nanette Bulebosh

@GOOD My bk review: Bruce Watson's 'Freedom Summer' tells of students' amazing courage registering Miss. voters in 1964. Quite inspiring.

Freedom Summer, by Bruce Watson

From Kristiina Ruuskanen

@GOOD Trouble holding on to love?Treat yourself w perspective:No deeper commitment than to love a maybe existing person

The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

From Abby Moriah

@GOOD The thesis is exactly this project. The influence of friends and friends' friends in our networks. Too meta?

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, by Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler

From DJ Premvaree

@GOOD Vivid, heart-wrenching & awe-inspiring account of NYT journalist in IQ & AF. War, what is it good for? Sigh...

The Forever War, by Dexter Filkins

From Elissa Yost

@GOOD Gravedigging giants and dwarfs A redemption and adventure story in one, a boy finds out the truth about his past.

The Good Thief, by Hannah Tinti

From Jan-Michael Sacharko

@GOOD A. gr8t look @Lincoln thru writing & meaning behind words. Recommend 2 see why/how he wrote based on experience

A. Lincoln: A Biography, by Ronald C. White

From Sharon Browning

Mother’s a washing machine, father’s a mountain? Neighbor has wings? Amazingly, it works. Don’t believe me? Read the dang book! Freaky good.

Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, by Cory Doctorow

From Alex Meloutas

Start 2 finish this book left me smarter. Filled with fact and what I assume must be some fiction; History made real with wit! read it!

A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson

From Dan Nelson

1984. Stocks and Bonds. Bulls and Bears. Cheaters and Liars. Rise and Fall. 2010. A passionate and timeless read.

Liar's Poker, by Michael Lewis

From André Laurentino

Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin, is also Brooklyn by a girl living in no woman's land, which is her tentative shaky self.

Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin

From Aaron Golbeck

Unpretentious 4 a Stanford Fellow. Not afraid to be accessible. Unflinchingly realistic ghost story goes deep & silly

Alive in Necropolis, by Doug Dorst

From Tricia Sweeney

Lip-smackingly lush, smoky, breezy and non-committal. Dip in and dip out for divinely inspired tidbits that will be the muse to your senses

A Natural History of the Senses, by Diane Ackerman

From Lauren

Sentences you want to keep reading, vivid prose that brings a past to life in all its beauty and heartbreak.

The Invisible Bridge, by Julie Orringer

From Tamara Linse

Wizard smokes, trolls nab, elves sing, goblins snatch, Precious riddles, eagles fly, spiders pinch, elves foiled, dragon spies, armies clash, there & back again.

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

From Jaime Starling

1889 Dutch dandy pens family drama set in The Hague that Jane Austen fans would devour but we had to wait until 2010 for it in English! OMG!

Eline Vere, by Louis Couperus

From Jaime Green

How could anyone say that nothing happens over the course of one fifteen-year-old boy's summer? That's when EVERYTHING happens.

Sag Harbor, by Colson Whitehead

From Jonathan Motz

Nothing short of hilarious!! With a father whose honesty knows no bounds, the parenting will make you LOL & cringe. It’s a colorful, new flavor of parenting.

Sh*t My Dad Says, by Justin Halpern

From Rachel Hiles

Mrs. Ramsay's sad beauty, a misdrawn tree, an alien floral bouquet, a lost brooch, that unattainable lighthouse. Afraid of her no longer.

To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf

From Shelby Sapusek

You've read her diary. Now read it from caretaker's point of view. Insightful, poignant, even witty w/exclusive pics.

Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family, by Miep Gies

From Jowanza Joseph

Time isn't just a scarce resource it can be managed in a linear manner The redefinition of the checklist convincing anecdotes from a surgeon.

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, by Atul Gawande

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