#NFBookClub December Poll

November 24, 2015 Uncategorized 2


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.

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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 0

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 5

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 »



Review: The Evolution of Everything

November 18, 2015 Uncategorized 7

Review: The Evolution of EverythingTitle: The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge
Author: Matt Ridley
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: This book covered a ton of fascinating topics, but was a bit disjointed and biased by the author’s politics.

Although we’re often taught that history is shaped by the actions of a few critical individuals, Matt Ridley argues that even the biggest changes throughout history have been the inevitable result of incremental change. He briefly argues for the evolutionary development of each of the biggest phenomenon in human history, from philosophy and religion to money, technology, and the internet. Read more »


Nonfiction November: Nontraditional Nonfiction

November 16, 2015 Uncategorized 17

Nonfiction November 2015

Wow, this month is flying by! It’s week three of Nonfiction November and this week Becca at Lost in Books is hosting a discussion about Nontraditional Nonfiction.

Nontraditional Nonfiction: This week we will be focusing on the nontraditional side of reading nonfiction. Nonfiction comes in many forms. There are the traditional hardcover or paperback print books, of course, but then you also have e-books, audiobooks, illustrated and graphic nonfiction, oversized folios, miniatures, internet publishing, and enhanced books complete with artifacts. So many choices! Do you find yourself drawn to or away from nontraditional nonfiction? Do you enjoy some nontraditional formats, but not others? Perhaps you have recommendations for readers who want to dive into nontraditional formats.  We want to hear all about it this week!   Read more »


Review: Between the World and Me

November 15, 2015 Uncategorized 25

Review: Between the World and MeTitle: Between the World and Me
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: This was one of the most eye-opening, intellectually engaging books I’ve ever read.

If I’m honest, I’ve been putting off reading this book for ages. I’ve been nervous to pick it up both because I knew it wouldn’t be a “fun” or a light read and because I feel there’s a lot of room for me to put my foot in my mouth reviewing it. However, I’ve heard great things about it and think it’s an important book to read, so I decided to use the push from Nonfiction November and pick this up. To paraphrase the book summary, this is a book written as a letter to the author’s son attempting to answer questions about what it means to be a black man in America through his experiences and thoughtful commentary. Read more »



Review: The Philadelphia Chromosome

November 11, 2015 Uncategorized 17

Review: The Philadelphia ChromosomeTitle: The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Mutant Gene and the Quest to Cure Cancer at the Genetic Level
Author: Jessica Wapner, Robert A. Weinberg
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: This was a fascinating, easy-to-follow story of an awesome of scientific success.

For decades, the only way to treat cancer was with un-targeted therapies that had terrible side-effects. This is the story of the first cancer treatment that targeted the specific, genetic mechanism that caused a specific cancer – the Philadelphia chromosomal mutation that causes chronic myeloid leukemia. Like many scientific discoveries, the identification of this cancer treatment is a complex and intriguing story involving many lines of research. Despite the near-miraculous success of the resulting treatment, the story of the drug development that followed is equally convoluted. Read more »


Nonfiction November: Fact and Fiction Book Pairings

November 9, 2015 Uncategorized 45

Nonfiction November 2015It’s time for our second Nonfiction November discussion topic and it’s a good one! This week’s host is Leslie at Regular Ruminations and today we’re talking about book pairings.

Book Pairing: This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.
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