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#30Authors: David Bell Recommends Late One Night

September 24, 2016 Uncategorized 1

cspqyiqukaadarw#30Authors is an event started by The Book Wheel that connects readers, bloggers, and authors. In it, 30 authors review their favorite recent reads on 30 blogs in 30 days. It takes place annually during the month of September and has been met with incredible support from and success in the literary community. It has also been turned into an anthology, which is currently available on Amazon and all author proceeds go to charity. Previous #30Authors contributors include Celeste Ng, Cynthia Bond, Brian Panowich, and M.O. Walsh. To see this year’s full line-up, visit www.thebookwheelblog.com/30authors or follow along on Twitter @30Authors Read more »

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Doing Discussions: Author Opinions in Nonfiction

September 21, 2016 Uncategorized 8

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When I think of nonfiction, I typically think of books that will provide me with objective information on a topic. Obviously, this isn’t always the case! Today, I’d like to talk about when it’s acceptable for authors to let their own views influence the nonfiction they write and I’m curious to hear what you think too. Read more »

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Review: The Last Days of Magic

September 19, 2016 Uncategorized 1

Review: The Last Days of MagicTitle: The Last Days of Magic
Author: Mark Tompkins
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: Fantastic worldbuilding, but the violent and depressing plot didn’t hold my interest.

“What became of magic in the world? Who needed to do away with it, and for what reasons?” (source). In The Last Days of Magic, the answer to this question is an epic battle between competing factions. These include the Celts who rule Ireland, some of the magical Sihde who feel slighted by the Celts, the English who want political control of Ireland, and the Roman Catholics who want religious control. As all of these enemies of the Celts converge, their heroine Aisling faces a crisis of faith that could lead to their destruction. At the same time, Jordan, the Vatican commander, becomes convinced that magic should be saved. Read more »

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TLC Review: Hidden Figures

September 7, 2016 History, non-fiction 7

TLC Review: Hidden FiguresTitle: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Author: Margot Lee Shetterly
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: Wow, this was so good! Engaging, well written, clearly explained, inspiring.

I love discovering forgotten pieces of history and this is a great one, one that should be more well known. However, it will likely come as a surprise to most people to learn that the work of NACA (later NASA) during WWII and through the moon landing relied on the work of a large group of black, female mathematicians. These exceptional women made technical advances possible with their talent and drove social change with their optimism and determination. Focusing on four women who worked at NASA during this time period, Margot Lee Shetterly brings this story to life. Read more »

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#ReadThemAllThon Review: Commonwealth (and other books by Ann Patchett)

September 2, 2016 Fiction 6

#ReadThemAllThon Review: Commonwealth (and other books by Ann Patchett)Title: Commonwealth
Author: Ann Patchett
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: I adore Ann Patchett’s writing and her plots always interest me, but the endings of her books always feel anticlimactic to me.

When Bert Cousin decided to crash Franny Keating’s christening party, he had no intention of kissing her mother. That one, unpremeditated act however, ended both of their marriages and irreversibly altered the lives of their children. Through five decades and one tragic accident, the Cousin and Keating children became a tight-knit group. The many issues hidden under the surface of their relationships were largely ignore until Franny’s affair with famous author Leon Posen lead to his publication of a book revealing their story. Read more »

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