#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: The Atomic Weight of Love

May 3, 2016 Fiction, Historical Fiction 3

#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: The Atomic Weight of LoveTitle: The Atomic Weight of Love: A Novel
Author: Elizabeth J. Church
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: I liked the idea of this book and the writing was beautiful, but the tone was too detached and the glimpses of the protagonists life were too brief.

“In 1941, at seventeen years old, Meridian begins her ornithology studies at the University of Chicago. She is soon drawn to Alden Whetstone, a brilliant, complicated physics professor who opens her eyes to the fundamentals and poetry of his field, the beauty of motion, space and time, the delicate balance of force and energy that allows a bird to fly. Entranced and in love, Meridian defers her own career path and follows Alden west to Los Alamos, where he is engaged in a secret government project (later known to be the atomic bomb).” (Source) Once there, Alden and Meridian’s relationship suffers. They no longer have the intellectual conversations she so loved and she resents that Alden respects her less now that she no longer has the academic career she gave up for him. When, twenty years later, a young Vietnam veteran shakes up Meridian’s life, she must decide if it’s too late to start again. Read more »

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#NFBookClub Just Mercy Read-Along and June Poll

May 1, 2016 Uncategorized 1

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Happy May everyone! Today is the first day of our Just Mercy read-along and if I’m honest, I’m a little nervous that I’ll find it as tough and lacking in answers as Missoula. I’m sure even if that’s the case it will be worthwhile which should make for some good discussion. When you’re ready to jump into the discussion, the google doc is open. Here’s our schedule for this month and the poll for next month’s pick:
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April Wrap-Up Post

May 1, 2016 Uncategorized 3

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Well, it’s been a crazy April! I’m excited to say that I’ve scheduled my thesis defense for June 20th though, so the end is in sight! I’ve been trying to keep up with my reading by picking out lighter books, since I’ve had both less time and less energy for reading. I’ve also had another pretty decent month for diverse and translated reads and I’d particularly like to get caught up on my Blogging Better challenge next month or perhaps after June. Read more »

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#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: If I Was Your Girl

May 1, 2016 Fiction 2

#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: If I Was Your GirlTitle: If I Was Your Girl
Author: Meredith Russo
Source: Gift
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: Although not my usual type of book, I loved the authentic characters and the heartwarming, edifying story.

“Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get too close to anyone. But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself, including her past. But Amanda’s terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won’t be able to see past it. Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that at her old school, she used to be Andrew. Will the truth cost Amanda her new life, and her new love?” (Source) Read more »

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#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: Britt-Marie Was Here

April 28, 2016 Fiction 3

#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: Britt-Marie Was HereTitle: Britt-Marie Was Here
Author: Fredrik Backman
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

At 63 years old, Britt-Marie is used to living for others and very set in her ways, so it takes a lot to convince her to leave her husband of 40 years. This is the beginning of the path that leads her to the small, crumbling town of Brog where the residents may need her as much as she needs them. Through a number of unexpected adventures, from coaching a soccer team despite her previous hatred of the sport to the romantic advances of a kind policeman, she just might learn to live for herself. Read more »

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Easy Reads in Mini-Reviews

April 26, 2016 Uncategorized 3

Easy Reads in Mini-ReviewsTitle: The Wild Robot
Author: Peter Brown
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

This story about a robot living on an island and making friends with the animals there was as cute as you might expect. There were even adorable illustrations, which I enjoyed a lot. I was a little disappointed to find that this was at the young end of middle grade though and even though I’m definitely in the mood for easy reads right now as I work on finishing up grad school, it still felt too simplistic for me to really enjoy it. I would highly recommend it to anyone in the right age range or who doesn’t mind reading middle grade books in general, but it wasn’t my favorite read. Read more »

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#NFBookClub The Reason I Jump Discussion – Part 2

April 24, 2016 Uncategorized 3

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As busy as I was this month, I was glad we picked such a short book, especially since it was so informative anyway. However, I don’t have a whole lot to add to our previous discussion. I’ve come up with a few questions, but feel free to add your own commentary or re-answer any of the questions from last time as well if anything has changed for you in the second half of the book. Read more »

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Slowing Down

April 15, 2016 Uncategorized 20

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I’m finally in the last leg of my PhD, finishing up my thesis and getting ready for my thesis defense. Simply keeping calm and finishing my thesis may be about all I can do over the next few months, so posts will probably be sparse and even regular features may or may not happen. I should be able to keep the book club posts coming, but will definitely be slow replying to comments and discussion posts. I’m also already falling behind on reading and commenting on posts, but I look forward to catching up with you all once I have time. It’s nice to know I’ll have the great blogging community to enjoy when I’m done 🙂

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#NFBookClub May Read-Along Announcement

April 14, 2016 Uncategorized 1

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With almost half the votes, the winner of the poll for our May read is Just Mercy. I’m expecting another tough, but worthwhile read from this one. I’m also hoping I’ll enjoy it more than Missoula, but we’ll see! In the comments or by e-mail (doingdewey [at] gmail [dot] com), please let me know if there are any books you’d particularly like to see in our poll for June. I’ve started a goodreads shelf of suggestions and you can suggest additions or second books already on the list. Thanks everyone for making these monthly read-alongs so much fun!

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