Peter from Flashlight Worthy HQ here. Erin didn't write an introduction for this list so I'm diving in.
Erin does something very cool. She uses Twitter* to publish book reviews — book reviews that are absolutely, positively no more than 140 characters in length.
I liked what she does so much that I got in touch and asked her for a Flashlight Worthy list... but a list where her comment on each book is no more than 140 characters. ;)
*Twitter is extremely simple... and yet extremely difficult to explain. If you don't know what it is, here's a thorough explanation.
by Stacey May Fowles
Stunning debut. Pitch-perfect quarterlife crisis of six friends/lovers. Canadian and twenty something? This is your life if you were cooler. (140 characters)
by Miranda July
The most uncomfortable, screwed up, brilliantly honest stories I've ever read. July is crazy. And a genius. Not an easy read, but worth it. (139 characters)
by Marjane Satrapi
Satrapi's early life comes alive in this beautiful graphic novel, exploring growing up in Iran — its culture, politics, war, gender and more. (140 characters)
by Alan Bennett
A delightful imagining of the Queen as a reader. Short & sweet. Evokes thoughts on reading, readership, royalty, loyalty and one's purpose. (139 characters)
by Michael Chabon
Imaginative Jewish alternate history, look at identity politics & detective thriller combined! It's complex, funny and worth the hype. (Only 134 characters!)
by Kristin Cashore
A great, mature YA novel, filled with originality, fantasy, romance, mystery, battles. Very on-trend w/ strong female lead and strong plot. (139 characters)
by Mary Swan
A beautifully bleak and haunting story of a crime affecting a small community in 1800s, told from different views. Unique & compelling. (Again, 134 characters! Such waste!)
by Marina Endicott
Mid-life crisis at it's best (worst?) as Clary learns about selflessness, sharing, family and love by guiltily taking in homeless family. (137 characters)
by Margaret Atwood
An insightful, well-researched, uncannily timely look at debt Explores debt through history, culture, literature. A current must-read. (134 characters)
by David Gilmour
An honest examination of a father/son relationship and parenting, more so than a cinematic education. The emotions are raw and powerful. (135 characters)
Whew! 29 characters to spare across the 10 reviews!
Recommending books so good, they'll keep you up past your bedtime. more...
About Erin Balser
Erin Balser is a freelance writer and book critic, writing hard-hitting "news" for sites like Top Model Gossip and MKAshley. When she’s not stalking celebrities, you can find her reading, writing or talking about books at Books in 140.
Stay in Touch
Newest book lists
President Obama's Favorite Books of 2017
Books for an Adventurous Childhood
Visiting Venice Through (Mostly) Fiction
Childhood Remembered: Books Of Indelible Childhood Memories
Novels on Art, Artists and Art World Shenanigans
Picture Books with Fun (and Sometimes Friendly) Monsters
Robert Rodi’s Favorite Books About Italy
Fractured Novels that Mirror the Uncertainty of Everyday Life
All our categories
Favorite Books of the Famous & Accomplished
Submitted by Fans of Flashlight Worthy