Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Book Review - Angels Chimps and Tater Mitts by Mike Ball

How did I come into possession of this book?
I received this book in an exchange for my review over on Jagged Edge reviews (this will be my first book I got from them to review!).  I liked the synopsis and thought it sounded like a fun read (not to mention the author is form Ann Arbor, total bonus points for me!).

What is it about?
This book is a collection of what I think was at one point a newspaper column.  It’s a bunch of short snippets/stories about his life, his opinion on things, or a story he has been told.  Each chapter is short and to a point making it a very easy book to pick up, open to any chapter, and enjoy reading for a couple minutes.  Some of the stories were humorous while others were touching and then there some that were just plain interesting.
What did I think?
I enjoyed all the short quirky stories in this book, if there was one I didn’t like as much I could easily head another page or two and pick up a new one.  The only bad thing was that I was trying to finish the book quickly so I could review it, if it were up to me this would be a great book to just pick up every now and then and read a few chapters.  It’s a nice change in between long novels, and it doesn’t hurt that some of the stories were about Michigan and Ann Arbor!

Who would I recommend it to?
Someone with a short attention span and doesn’t like to get involved with long books.  Or someone who doesn’t have a lot of time to read, this is great because each chapter grabs your attention quickly and it’s over before you know it and you can get back to whatever other important things you have going on in your life. 


  1. Greetings from, apparently, the shadow of your alma mater.

    I'm glad you enjoyed the book, Annie. You are correct, these were all published in my syndicated column, "What I've Learned... So Far."

    I have a lot of readers who keep this and my first book next to the bed to just to have something light to read at bedtime. And if you recall the badge on the back cover, every entry is "Throne Tested For Your Reading Pleasure," so the bathroom makes another pretty good alternative.

    Thanks for the good words!

    - mike

  2. Great review! You may be interested in reading The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan. The story follows a young woman as she attempts to survive after a shipwreck. It also details a murder trial and provides some interesting insights into the world during the early 20th century. I am currently hosting a giveaway of the novel, so follow the link below if you are interested. Thanks for your insightful reviews.