#GivingTuesday with Grammerly

December 1, 2015 Uncategorized 0

RIF_Primary_VerticalHappy #GivingTuesday! I don’t typically do sponsored posts, but this post is in a good cause. In an effort to promote literacy, Grammerly is donating $10 to Reading is Fundamental, a charity I admire and support.  Before you check out their infographic on literacy stats below, I’d also like to take this opportunity to mention a giving opportunity you can get in on. For every time you tweet or share on facebook with the hashtag #GiveABook between now and December 24th, Penguin Random House will donate a book to First Book, another great charity Grammerly is supporting today. Read more »


#NFBookClub Being Mortal Read-Along Begins!

December 1, 2015 Uncategorized 2


Especially after having such a great time with Nonfiction November this month, I’m excited to kick off another fun read-along! The google doc is now available for discussion, which I’m hoping to start contributing to myself tomorrow after picking up Being Mortal at the library.  Although I’m beginning to find the number of books I’ve read that are related to death purely by chance slightly concerning (Stiff, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Dead Center), I am excited to get to Being Mortal after hearing good things about from so many other bloggers. Hopefully it will live up to the hype for all of us this month :)

As a reminder, here’s the planned schedule:

Google Doc Opens for Free Form Discussion – December 1

Prologue-Chapter 4 Discussion Questions Posted – December 10

Chapter 5-Epilogue Discussion Questions Posted – December 20


Review and Giveaway: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding

November 30, 2015 Uncategorized 1

Review and Giveaway: A Dictionary of Mutual UnderstandingTitle: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
Author: Jackie Copleton
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: This was an enjoyable read with a interesting story and setting, but lacking the emotional engagement I expected.

“When Amaterasu Takahashi opens the door of her Philadelphia home to a badly scarred man claiming to be her grandson, she doesn’t believe him. Her grandson and her daughter, Yuko, perished nearly forty years ago during the bombing of Nagasaki. But the man carries with him a collection of sealed private letters that open a Pandora’s Box of family secrets Ama had sworn to leave behind when she fled Japan. She is forced to confront her memories of the years before the war: of the daughter she tried too hard to protect and the love affair that would drive them apart, and even further back, to the long, sake-pouring nights at a hostess bar where Ama first learned that a soft heart was a dangerous thing. Will Ama allow herself to believe in a miracle?” Read more »


#NFBookClub December Read-along Announcement

November 27, 2015 Uncategorized 4


Alright everyone! We have our December read – Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. I’ve heard such great things about this book that I can’t wait to read it with you. Our runner-up, Missoula, will definitely make an appearance in next month’s poll. I’ll also include any suggestions from you once they’re old enough to get from the library easily. The schedule of when I’ll be posting things this month is below, but feel free to join in as you can during this busy holiday season. Read more »


Nonfiction November: Read-along Discussion Wrap-up

November 27, 2015 Uncategorized 1

Nonfiction November 2015Wow! It’s time to wrap up our Nonfiction November this year and I want to thank all of you for making it an awesome month. I had so much fun hearing about all the nonfiction you were reading and about your thoughts on each of our nonfiction topics.

Since for our last week, we were talking about I Am Malala, today I’ll be sharing with you some of what everyone else had to say about the book. And if you had fun with the discussion, I’ve got a shameless plug for the monthly read-along I host – be sure to join us for our December read-along of Being Mortal :) Read more »




#NFBookClub December Poll

November 24, 2015 Uncategorized 3


Hi all! With all the Nonfiction November happenings this month, I’m a bit late posting this, so we’ll have a quick poll, only open until this Thursday. Then on Friday I’ll announce what book we’ll be reading in December. I know it’s the holiday, so as always, this will be a laid back read-along, with a google doc open for discussion all month and discussion question link-ups open for several weeks. I hope you’re able to join in! If so, please vote for what book we’ll be reading in the poll below.

    This is a required question

PS – If you have nominations for future read-along polls, you can leave them in a comment or e-mail me at doingdeweydecimal [at] gmail [dot] com. I’ll keep track of all the nominations I’m sent and add books to the polls once they’re old enough that it’s possible to get them from the library without a crazy wait-list :)


All Our Uncles Are Monkeys: A #DarwinDay Review of The Third Chimpanzee

November 24, 2015 Uncategorized 4

All Our Uncles Are Monkeys: A #DarwinDay Review of The Third ChimpanzeeTitle: The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution & Future of the Human Animal
Author: Jared Diamond
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: This was a fascinating book that, despite being older, included some new information and made me think about things in new ways.

Happy Darwin Day everyone! Since today is the anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species, it seemed like the perfect day to talk about Jared Diamond’s The Third Chimpanzee. The third chimpanzee, of course, is us and in this book Diamond explores both the things we have in common with (the other two) chimps and the things that we typically think make us unique. Read more »


Nonfiction November Week 4: Readalong Discussion

November 23, 2015 Blogger Events, non-fiction 6

Nonfiction November 2015I can’t believe I’m saying this already, but welcome to week 4 of Nonfiction November! Here’s our discussion topic for the week:

This week we’ll be wrapping up Nonfiction November with a discussion of our read-along book, I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb. Discussion questions, my answers, and a link-up are below. In your post, you can answer these questions and/or write about your own response to the book. You can also share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #NonficNov. Read more »