Today is a very special Friday Fifteen, because it’s the 100th Friday Fifteen. That’s right, for the last 100 Fridays I’ve been reviewing books in fifteen words or under. The stats:
- 100 Friday Fifteens
- 650 books reviewed
- 8 Shakespeare plays reviewed
- 5 Harry Potter books reviewed
- 4 Virginia Woolf novels reviewed
- 3 Hunger Games books reviewed
- 2 Care Bears books reviewed
- Most views on a Friday Fifteen: 3,621 (Thanks, Freshly Pressed!)
So in honor of the 100th Friday Fifteen, how about we take a look back at some of my favorite fifteen-word (or less) reviews. Onto the reviews!
1. Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina
We read this a lot when I was little. Still love hats, don’t trust monkeys.
Originally reviewed January 6, 2012
2. Ballistics by Billy Collins
Worth it if only for the poem Hippos on Holiday. On holiday from what indeed?
Originally reviewed January 27, 2012
3. Succulent Wild Woman by SARK
I was 18 and liked journaling with colorful pens.
Originally reviewed March 16, 2012
4. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Combines my love of ducklings and my love of the Boston Public Gardens.
Originally reviewed April 20, 2012
5. About Me (Childcraft: the How and Why Library #14) by World Book-Childcraft International
I liked learning about diseases I could contract. Measles, anyone?
Originally reviewed May 18, 2012
6. The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare
Worth a read, if only for the stage direction “exit, pursued by bear.”
Originally reviewed June 22, 2012
7. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Sara Crewe keeps calm and carries on.
Originally reviewed July 27, 2012
8. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
This gives me unreasonable expectations about writing to and forming relationships with famous writers.
Originally reviewed September 21, 2012
9. Coyote Moon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Book 3) John Vornholt
Say it with me, everyone: “Carnie were-coyotes.”
Originally reviewed October 26, 2012
10. Feed by M.T. Anderson
It’s not all GIFs and kitten videos when your brain’s connected to the internet.
Originally reviewed December 7, 2012
11. As You Like It by William Shakespeare
Let’s all go to the forest, dress in drag, and fall in love!
Originally reviewed January 11, 2013
12. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Everyone in fifth grade cried. Except me. I have a heart of ice.
Originally reviewed February 1, 2013
13. The Baby-Sitters Club: Friends Forever : The Movie by A.L. Singer, Ann M. Martin
A novelization of the movie based on the book series. Of course I read it.
Originally reviewed June 21, 2013
14. All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John
I should read this aloud to houseplants as a warning.
Originally reviewed August 23, 2013
15. I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
As a child who enjoyed retribution and hats, I would have been all over this.
Originally reviewed December 6, 2013
For the regular Friday Fifteen fans, thank you so much for checking in on Fridays and sharing your own thoughts about all kinds of books. Looking forward to 100 more brief conversations about books!