Book Reviews

A Note About This Page

Please note that as of summer 2022, we have shifted from doing written book reviews to providing brief reviews in a recorded format (for the reviews posted before this change, please see the bottom of this page).

About the Channel

Sharing books and short stories to help you find your next read: if you want a quick way to learn about new books, this is the channel for you.

The goal of these reviews is not to critique books or make specific recommendations (though, of course, some opinions will be included). We know that what books we each enjoy varies, so for our reviews, we will focus instead on giving you a feel for each of the books we read as we read them. We hope that this will help you decide whether you might want to add something to your own reading list. To this end, we will try to review every book we pick up, and we will only review books that we finish.

New posts will be added as we make our way through our own reading lists.

You can visit the Book Bites YouTube channel home page here.

All Bite-Sized Book Reviews Playlist

Fantasy Book Recommendations Playlist

Book recommendations for fantasy lovers and readers looking for stories with magical or fantastical elements...

Books in Modern Worlds with a Touch of Magic Playlist

Stories that take place more or less in the modern world, but with a little bit of magic or the supernatural...

Books in Wildly Magical Modern Worlds Playlist

Reviews for books in wildly magical, alternate versions of the modern world, such as magical, alternate histories and modern worlds in which magic or the supernatural is widely used or known...

Books in Fantastical Worlds Playlist

Stories set in imaginary worlds with different cultures, magic, countries, races, dragons, and more...

Mystery and Detective Stories Playlist

Reviews for detective stories and books that include strong mystery elements...

Romance Books and Love Stories Playlist

Reviews for love stories, novels and short stories with strong romance elements, and stories with a strong emphasis on relationships...

Reviews from Before August 2022

Cover of Fiddler's Ghost

by Mitch Jayne

Cover of Magpie Murders

by Anthony Horowitz

Cover for The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

by John Connolly

Cover for All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe

by Miyuki Miyabe

Cover for Book 1 of the Kingkiller Chronicles

by Patrick Rothfuss

Book Cover for Jackaby

by William Ritter

Book Cover for The Angel of the Crows

by Katherine Addison

Cover image of Archangel.

by Sharon Shinn

Book Cover for The Department of Sensitive Crimes

by Alexander McCall Smith

by Janet Tashjian

by Tanith Lee