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#FuturisticFriday Review: The Perfect Stranger

March 20, 2017 Uncategorized 5

#FuturisticFriday Review: The Perfect StrangerTitle: The Perfect Stranger
Author: Megan Miranda
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: This suspenseful, well-written, unique and twisty thriller was an awesome read.

With her journalism career in ruins, Leah Stevens is ready to for a fresh start when she runs into her old roommate, Emmy Grey. The two of them quickly agree to move somewhere new to start over together. Shortly after their move, when a women who looks like Leah is attacked and Emmy disappears, Leah realizes she might never have known who Emmy was at all. In fact, she is unable to prove to the police that Emmy even exists and soon becomes a suspect herself. Read more »

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Women in Science History Week 2

March 19, 2017 Uncategorized 2

Time for another link-up! I’m once again looking forward to sharing a great book with you in the coming week – some great posts about a book called The Rise of the Rocket Girls – and am really enjoying the reading I’m doing for this event. I hope you’re all having fun too! So far, BJ at Book-a-logue has gotten us started with Women in Science and I can’t wait to hear what the rest of you have been reading too. If you pick up any books, nonfiction or fiction, about real female scientists, link them up anytime this month. I’ll be posting the next two link-ups on the last two Saturdays of the month.

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Nonfiction Book Club May Poll

March 15, 2017 Uncategorized 4

It feels a bit strange to be doing these polls so much in advance, but it is already time to pick our May nonfiction book club read! Ah, that’s better. Now that I’ve forgotten to post this for a week, this feels more like normal :-p I’ll leave the poll open for a week from today, so I you all still have some time to vote! I’ve carried over The Empathy Exams, since that got lots of votes last time, and I’ve added a few new options too. I can’t wait to see what you all pick!

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#Futuristic Friday Review: Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve

March 14, 2017 Uncategorized 6

#Futuristic Friday Review: Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is MauveTitle: Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing
Author: Ben Blatt
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: This book was wonderfully entertaining with lots of great fun facts, but a little bit light on the statistics.

As book bloggers or avid reads, I suspect most of you reading this post have thought at least a little bit about what qualities make a book one of your favorites. In this book, the author tries to answer that and other intriguing bookish questions objectively using statistics. Questions he addresses include: “What are our favorite authors’ favorite words? Do men and women write differently? Are bestsellers getting dumber over time? Which bestselling writer uses the most clichés? What makes a great opening sentence? How can we judge a book by its cover? And which writerly advice is worth following or ignoring?” (source) Read more »

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Women in Science History Review: Dorothy Hodgkin

March 11, 2017 Uncategorized 3

Women in Science History Review: Dorothy HodgkinTitle: Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life
Author: Georgina Ferry
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Dorothy Hodgkin was an incredible scientist, one of the founders of the field of protein crystallography. Using cutting edge techniques, she discovered the structures of insulin, penicillin, and vitamin B12. She was awarded the Nobel prize for this work and remains the only British women to have received this honor (c’mon, Nobel prize committee, do better!). She also worked hard to create an international community of scientists and her protegees continue to make important discoveries around the world today. Read more »

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Women in Science History Week 1

March 11, 2017 Uncategorized 0

Alright everyone! It’s time for our first link-up. And right after I hit post on this, I’m hoping to get my first review written and added, since I just finished a wonderful biography of the amazing Dorthy Hodgkin. If you’ve finished a book (fiction or nonfiction) about a female scientist this month, link it up! If you’re planning on reading a book to link-up, keep an eye out for link-up posts once a week through the end of March. Now go forth and read about the amazing accomplishments of women in science 🙂

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TLC Book Tours: One Part Plant

March 8, 2017 Uncategorized 10

TLC Book Tours: One Part PlantTitle: One Part Plant: A Simple Guide to Eating Real, One Meal at a Time
Author: Jessica Murnane, Lena Dunham
Source: TLC Book Tours
|Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: Fantastic! Everything I made from this book was easy, delicious, and relatively healthy.

Author and podcaster Jessica Murnane advocates particular eating one plant-based meal a day and begins this cookbook with some suggestions for pantry staples to help you achieve that goal. She also recommends particular recipes as ‘gateway meals’ to bring reluctant family members on board with plant-based cooking. Personally, that’s not why I picked up her book. My husband and I already cook a lot of vegetarian meals and very rarely eat red meat, so I was primarily looking for more healthy, vegetarian meal ideas. It turns out, that’s a great reason to pick up this cookbook!  Read more »

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