First, Middle, and Last Impressions – June 16, 2021

I love taking a look at a book cover and description and then coming up with my own idea of what the book will be about. Sometimes I’m right, sometimes I’m so wrong it’s almost funny. So I’ve decided to launch myself off of WWW Wednesday, a bookish meme run by Sam@Taking on a World of Words, and write about my first, middle, and last impressions of each book I read.

The first impression is based solely on the cover and description. What do I think it will be about?

The middle impression is kind of a check-in on how the story is going about halfway through.

The last impression is my final thoughts on the book, what I’m left thinking.

I hope you have as much fun with this as I will!

Eastover Treasures by Dawn Brotherton – a cozy mystery

Eastover Treasures by Dawn Brotherton

First Impression: I’m expecting a group of women, probably older women, quilting at a retreat at an historic house when a storm hits and strands the women there, where they discover an old treasure hunt where the treasure might still be around. For some reason, I keep thinking of the Nancy Drew book The Secret of Candlelight Inn.

Middle Impression: This is turning out to be mostly a treasure hunt with not much quilting going on, though the flashbacks to the past are really interesting and I want more of them.

Last Impression: Definitely more of a treasure hunt sort of mystery mixed with history.

When the Sparrow Falls by Neil Sharpson – dystopian science fiction

When the Sparrow Falls by Neil Sharpson

First Impression: Um, lots of AI and lots of science stuff I probably won’t understand, but also lots of twists.

Middle Impression: This is a fantastic dystopian sci-fi novel where the world feels real and 3D, but the plot is moving at a seriously glacial pace. Also, definitely less science than I expected.

Last Impression: I loved the dystopia, but felt South, the main character, was kind of buried under the huge story he’s somehow in the middle of.

The Wonder Test by Michelle Richmond – a thriller set in NorCal suburbs

The Wonder Test by Michelle Richmond

First Impression: I’m expecting a crazy, perfect suburb with dangerous secrets. As a mom, the idea of a nutty high school test everyone is obsessed with really piqued my interest.

Middle Impression: Feels kind of predictable, though there’s also information coming from somewhere around left field, making it a little confusing and kind of a disconcerting read. Like, did I forget what I just read?

Last Impression: It felt like it wanted to be a thriller, but got too wrapped up in the FBI protagonist’s head. I also felt like it was trying too hard to be brilliant with so much thrown in and a fancy schmancy test, turning it into what felt like an awkward salad.

Currently Reading

Lost on a Page by David E. Sharp – Fantasy

Lost on a Page by David E. Sharp

First Impression: I think this will be a fun romp through books as the character seeks revenge in his author, with maybe some similarities to The Library of the Unwritten by AJ Hackwith?

What have you been reading?


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6 thoughts on “First, Middle, and Last Impressions – June 16, 2021

  1. Ha! Interesting idea, Kat. I’ve never thought to do this sort of an experiment. I’m so going to try it next time I read a fiction book! I’m just reading a whole heap of non-fiction books at the moment. I have a serious pile here: I’m doing that thing I do, of course, when I read a million books at once because I can’t decide which one I want to read! lol xx


    1. Haha, there are just too many good books! I wonder if the same experiment could be done for non-fiction books. I wish I liked them, but I always feel like someone’s talking to me, which is kind of a weird experience, though I’m probably just weird. So far, I’ve found it to be a lot of fun to guess whether a book will meet my expectations, and see just how accurate descriptions and covers are!


      1. Ha ha ha! That’s such a funny way of looking at non-fiction books Kat, and you’re completely right! It IS like having a one sided conversation with someone. Novels are more like escapism. And we certainly do love the great escape, us humans. We kinda need it in these crazy times, too, hey. ☺️xxx


      2. Oh, yes, I absolutely agree! I love being able to escape, but it’s probably also important to get a deep dive into someone, to be able to better understand them and thus understand ourselves and others a little more. There so much to be learned from non-fiction! Perhaps one day I’ll be able to make that leap.


      3. Maybe you will! I used to HATE non-fiction books (boring,lol) but now I LOVE them. I just love learning all the things my heart is crying out to know! So, what I’m saying is…there is still hope for Kat and the great non-fiction adventure, yet! 🙂


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