May Wrap-Up Post

May 31, 2016 Uncategorized 1

January 2016

No one could be more shocked than I that I made it through 11 books this past month! If it weren’t for travelling and lots of plane travel/reading time, I’m sure I’d have read a lot less. I’ve now moved my thesis defense back to July 11th, but the end is still in sight. In the meantime, I really appreciate how supportive you’ve all been and I look forward to getting back into reading both books and your blogs more when I wrap up. Read more »

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#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks in Mini-Reviews

May 19, 2016 Fiction, non-fiction 13

This post is for two events being hosted by Andi at Estella’s Revenge: the year long #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks challenge and this month’s #SmashYourStack event, both of which focus on reading books you own. All four of these are books I’ve owned since before the beginning of the year and which I was finally able to read while travelling this week.

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks in Mini-ReviewsTitle: The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
Author: A.J. Jacobs
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

This book was a perfect read for a busy time in my life. It was light and funny, but I still got to enjoy learning new things. I love the way that Jacobs mixes humor, fun facts, and personal stories about his life just as much in this book as in The Know-It-All. I have to say, I can’t believe the things his wife puts up with or the things she lets him share about their lives, but I’m glad she does! I’ll definitely be looking to read all of his other books.
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#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: The Mirror Thief

May 10, 2016 Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary, Thriller 3

#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: The Mirror ThiefTitle: The Mirror Thief
Author: Martin Seay
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: This was a big, bold, beautiful story with inspiring writing and an enthralling plot.

“The core story is set in Venice in the sixteenth century, when the famed makers of Venetian glass were perfecting one of the old world’s most wondrous inventions: the mirror. The Venetian mirrors were state of the art technology, and subject to industrial espionage…for any of the development team to leave the island was a crime punishable by death. One man, however—a world-weary war hero with nothing to lose—has a scheme he thinks will allow him to outwit the city’s terrifying enforcers of the edict, the ominous Council of Ten . . . Meanwhile, in two other Venices—Venice Beach, California, circa 1958, and the Venice casino in Las Vegas, circa today—two other schemers launch similarly dangerous plans to get away with a secret . . .  All three stories will weave together”, connected both thematically and by direct interaction or inspiration of each character by the others. (source) Read more »

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TLC Review: The Secrets of Flight

May 6, 2016 Fiction, Historical Fiction 8

TLC Review: The Secrets of FlightTitle: The Secrets of Flight
Author: Maggie Leffler
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: Enjoyable and heartwarming with great characters, but it also felt fairly average and obvious.

Mary Browning has led a full and exciting life, but as she has gotten older and suffered several losses, she’s become lonely and withdrawn. She has also avoided sharing her life story with anyone, despite a desire to write her memoirs, until a young woman named Elyse joins her writing group. Elyse’s resemblance to Mary’s younger sister prompts her to open up and begins a relationship that will help both of them find the emotional support they’re missing in their lives. Read more »

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#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: The Atomic Weight of Love

May 3, 2016 Fiction, Historical Fiction 13

#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 5

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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 9

January 2016

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 6

#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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