Mini Reviews: Verses For The Dead & Beartown

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Hello and welcome to the new mini-review post! Today I’m writing, again, about two books that have nothing in common. I guess this is the theme now. Read them both and enjoyed them, although Beartown was a better story hands down. Verses For The Dead was quite entertaining, though.

Verses For The Dead by Preston & Child

40697525.jpgI had never read a book by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child before, but a friend asked me to join him, so I started this book not knowing who Pendergast really was. It was also the 18th book in the series, so I was quite worried I wouldn’t get anything. Turns out, VERSES FOR THE DEAD can easily be read as a standalone. Except for a couple scenes involving some recurring characters I didn’t know about, the book features Pendergast with a new colleague, so their dynamic as detectives was new for everyone. I found this novel to be a decent mystery that kept my attention and I was never bored. However, it wasn’t super unforgettable or fascinating in any way.

Beartown by Fredrik Backman


I’ve been trying to catch up with books that have been in my TBR forever and BEARTOWN was one of them. Everyone I’ve come across here loved it, so I figured I had to read it as soon as possible. I admit the novel captivated me from the very beginning because Fredrik Backman writes in such a particular way. I really loved his meaningful prose and the way he introduced all the characters and thoughts. The story told here is important (no spoilers), but there were some moments when I just wanted them to stop talking about hockey. Beartown is a small town where the only thing that matters is hockey, they don’t really talk about anything else. And even though this reminded me of Friday Night Lights in the best possible way, I didn’t fall in love with it as much as my favorite bloggers. However, I still think this is a sad yet compelling book.

Have you read any of these books? What do you think of them? 💙





15 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: Verses For The Dead & Beartown

  1. Fictionophile says:

    Hey Annie. I’m one of those bloggers who LOVED “Beartown” but I realize that not every book is for every reader. If possible, I enjoyed the sequel to “Beartown” even more. I loved revisiting the town and, most importantly the characters of Backman’s fictional world.


  2. Stephanie says:

    I didn’t love Beartown either although I enjoyed it. I agree it’s an important story though! I read the first Preston & Child book many, many years ago (early 90s haha!) but haven’t read the others. I remember it being good but not fascinating, which is probably why I didn’t read the others. Great reviews! xoxo


  3. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom says:

    If you are not interested in sports & small towns, I could see where people would not enjoy Beartown. I don’t have any experience with hockey, but I live in a small town where people get a little nutty about sports. It was very relateable for me. It is such an important book though.

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