Nonfiction Friday

NonFictionFriday2Non-Fiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome non-fiction happenings of the week. Be sure to link-up your non-fiction posts too!

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Review: First Frost

Review: First FrostTitle: First Frost
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Source: NetGalley
Rating: three-stars
Links: Amazon|Goodreads|Indiebound

 

In First Frost, we revisit the Waverly family from Garden Spells. Claire has started a candy business she’s proud of, but can’t see that it’s also keeping her too busy to enjoy life. Her sister Sydney is also having trouble enjoying the happiness she has, instead desperately wanting a baby boy. And Sydney’s daugher Bay has lost her heart to a boy who doesn’t seem to know she exists. All three women hope that their troubles are simply part of the restlessness that afflicts Waverly women before the first frost of the year, but they’ll have to take matters into their own hands if they want to regain their happiness. Continue reading

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5 Reasons Magical Realism is Awesome

5 Reasons Magical Realism is AwesomeTitle: Garden Spells
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Source: paperbackbookswap
Rating: five-stars
Links: Amazon|Goodreads|Indiebound

 

I’ve only read two books by Sarah Addison Allen (this and Lost Lake), but I can already tell that I like her style. As with my first review, I should say that this book is tailor made for me. It has everything I love in a book and was the perfect light read for while I was (am!) busier than ever writing the first paper for my thesis. That said, this book will probably work best for you if you share my love of quirky characters, interconnected stories, and plots where everything works out neatly. SAA does all of these things well. She also does an exceptional job incorporating all of the things I love about magical realism in general, which include the following: Continue reading

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2015 Challenge Sign-Ups

2015Reading Challenges

I’m a little behind on posting this, but I’m excited to be signing up for some great challenges this year! I’ve chosen a few challenges which are genres I read a lot of (nonfiction, historical fiction), but most represent categories I’d really like to read more of.  I’m also looking forward to trying out the Reading Challenge tracker plug-in from Creative Whim to track my challenges more easily this year. The challenges I’ll be joining are: Continue reading

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Nonfiction Friday

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Captive Paradise

Captive ParadiseTitle: Captive Paradise
Author: James L. Haley
Source: from publisher for review
Rating: four-stars
Links: Amazon|Goodreads|Indiebound

Despite having covered American history multiple times in school, I knew nothing about the way Hawaii became part of the US. It turns out, it’s a fascinating story! This history begins with Captain Cook’s arrival on the islands and the state of native culture at the time. From then on, everything is conflict. There’s a struggle between different world powers to make use of Hawaii economically, a culture clash between missionaries and  Hawaiians who want preserve native traditions, and several tumultuous changes in the Hawaiian government. The history ends with the annexation of Hawaii, but I’d love to learned even more about the aftermath of annexation. Continue reading

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Nonfiction Friday

 

NonFictionFriday2Non-Fiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome non-fiction happenings of the week. Be sure to link-up your non-fiction posts too!

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