Review: The Race for Paris

September 2, 2015 Uncategorized 1

Review: The Race for ParisTitle: The Race for Paris
Author: Meg Waite Clayton
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: I loved learning about female journalists in WWII, but I didn’t connect with the characters, especially their romantic entanglements.

Reporting from a hospital camp during WWII, journalist Jane is content to work within the limitations imposed on female reporters until photographer Liz shows up. Liz is determined to get to the front and to be the first member of the press to report the liberation of Paris. Her commanding officer doesn’t have a jeep to spare for a female reporter though, so Liz convinces Jane to go AWOL to get their story. Both women become close to British photographer Fletcher, who helps them evade military police as they risk their lives following the front. Read more »


Fiction From Outside the US in Mini-Reviews

August 31, 2015 Uncategorized 4

Fiction From Outside the US in Mini-ReviewsTitle: Soledad's Sister
Author: José Y. Dalisay Jr.
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: two-stars


I read Soledad’s Sister on a flight home from the Philippines, having picked it up there on the recommendation of the student hosting me. As a nominee for the Man Asian Literary Prize, I had high hopes for it. This was the first book I’ve read portraying the difficulties and abuses faced by migrant workers. This made it a worthwhile read, but not one I enjoyed. I did have fun recognizing locations in the story, including the airport I’d just flown out of. I also liked recognizing words like jeepenee that I’d learned while in the Philippines. However, the writing was very plain and the plot was very strange. I wasn’t moved by beautiful writing. I didn’t connect to the characters. There were some bizarre sex scenes, some of which I felt could be attributed to a man having written this and just not getting women. To be fair, this could just as easily be me not getting the cultural context. Whatever the case, I think this book had a worthwhile message, but I didn’t connect to it enough for it to be fun reading experience. It did make me want to read more books set in locations I’ve visited though! Read more »



September Nonfiction Book Club Read-Along!

August 25, 2015 Blogger Events 5



By a margin of only one vote, our September read-along will be The Sixth Extinction! Given the close vote though, you can bet that Bad Feminist will show back up on next month’s poll. We’ll have a google doc discussion and discussion questions for our The Sixth Extinction read-along. There will also be a twitter chat at the end if people are interested. In the meantime, feel free to chat on twitter using the hashtag #NFBookClub. I’ve included a linky for sign-ups below the schedule which is open through September 26th. If you decide to join in any time before then, please add your sign-up post there.

Google Doc Opens for Free Form Discussion – September 1

Ch 1-8 Discussion Questions Posted – September 10

Ch 9-16 Discussion Questions Posted – September 24


Review: Crooked Heart

August 24, 2015 Uncategorized 4

Review: Crooked HeartTitle: Crooked Heart: A Novel
Author: Lissa Evans
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: The characters were delightful, a perfect fit for my love of the quirky and precocious, but the plot didn’t grab me.

“When Noel Bostock – aged ten, no family – is evacuated from London to escape the Blitz, he ends up living in St Albans with Vera Sedge – thirty-six and drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she’s unscrupulous about how she gets it. Noel’s mourning his godmother, Mattie, a former suffragette. Brought up to share her disdain for authority and eclectic approach to education, he has little in common with other children and even less with Vee, who hurtles impulsively from one self-made crisis to the next. The war’s thrown up new opportunities for making money but what Vee needs (and what she’s never had) is a cool head and the ability to make a plan. On her own, she’s a disaster. With Noel, she’s a team.” (Source) Read more »


Nonfiction Book Club Packing For Mars Discussion – Part 2

August 24, 2015 Uncategorized 3



I can’t believe this has come up so quickly, but we’re almost done with our first Nonfiction Book Club read-along! This second set of discussion questions will cover the rest of the book. I’ve included a link-up for your discussion posts that will be open through the end of the month and you can answer questions in the comments if you prefer. This post also includes a poll for a time for a twitter chat, so if you’re interested in participating, please vote and let me know what time would be best for you. I’ll post my answers and the time of the twitter chat Thursday evening. Read more »



Blog Inc Review

August 18, 2015 Uncategorized 6

Blog Inc ReviewTitle: Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community
Author: Joy Deangdeelert Cho, Meg Mateo Ilasco
Source: Library
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads

Summary: Mostly too basic or too advanced for me, but I still enjoyed how much it made me think.

This book starts you right at the beginning, with helpful advice for picking a blog topic, a title, and a blogging platform. While these are obviously things I already have, I still appreciated these sections. I thought the author had some great advice. She made me revisit a lot of my original choices to decide if I was still happy with them. I think we can all use that kind of prompting every once in a while! As someone who started blogging almost 4 years ago, I really should be asking myself if all my original blogging choices are a good fit for me. Read more »


Bout of Books 14 – Progress Updates

August 18, 2015 Uncategorized 2

BoB14-200x200Today I’m kicking off Bout of Books and while I didn’t do as much reading as I’d have liked due to wedding planning, it was still a pretty great day. I had a ton of fun joining in the twitter chat and challenge. I’m  also excited to share my updates with you in this post, for today and the rest of the read-a-thon.

Pages Read: 90 + 1.75 hours of audiobook
Books Read: Blog IncFires of Heaven
Books Finished: Blog Inc
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Upcoming Bookish Blogging Event

August 16, 2015 Uncategorized 6

 BoB-Expert06It’s that time of year again! I always love participating in Bout of Books and I’m excited to try and do some extra reading in the next week. As usual, my goal is just to spend time reading that I wouldn’t usually, probably cutting back on gaming and TV time. I’m also looking forward to participating in the daily challenges. I’m also participating as a Bout of Books expert for the first time, so I’ll be answering questions and spending extra time on supportive comments this time around. Feel free to ask me any questions you have about the event. This Bout of Books runs from August 17th to August 23rd and you can sign up here until the end of the day on the 18th.

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