Posts By: DoingDewey

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Read-a-Thon Reviews and Yosemite Pics

April 30, 2017 Uncategorized 8

Author: Basma Abdel Aziz, Gene Stone

Today, I’m recapping my read-a-thon reads and my visit to Yosemite, which happened the same day. I only read for about 8 hours, but I’m excited I did that much reading, since I’m sure I wouldn’t have if it weren’t for the read-a-thon. Also, I definitely owe my husband a thank you for doing all the driving to and from Yosemite! I had a lot of fun reading during the drive. I ended up picking up two books (and starting a third), so I’ll review the books I finished below. I’ve also got some adorable squirrel pictures for Yosemite afterwards, so be sure not to miss those! Read more »

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Happy Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon!

April 29, 2017 Uncategorized 0

I’m so excited Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon is here! It may actually be my favorite holiday 🙂 Although I’m going to Yosemite today, with my husband and his brother (since his brother his visiting us this weekend), I expect I’ll still get some reading done. We have 3-4 hours in the car either way, after all. Given my plans for tomorrow, my reading pile is wildly optimistic, but here are the books I’m considering reading anyway: Read more »

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Review: Cork Dork

April 24, 2017 Uncategorized 9

Review: Cork DorkTitle: Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste
Author: Bianca Bosker
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: Light, funny, and engaging mix of personal experience, history and science in the style of Mary Roach.

When tech reporter Bianca Bosker stumbled across a wine tasting competition, she was blown away by the ability of sommeliers to “after a single sip of wine, identify the grape it was made from, in what year, and where it was produced down to the exact location, within acres.” She was also intrigued by their passion for wine, as well as the passion of the many creators and collectors of wine. To determine what made wine so special to these people, she gave up her job and decided to try to become a sommelier herself. Starting as a ‘cellar rat’, storing and retrieving bottles of wine, she slowly works her way into the wine world. She eventually attends exclusive tasting groups and visits expensive restaurants and dinners for dedicated wine collectors. She also learns about the science of wine tasting and wine creation. This is the story of her experiences and what she learned. Read more »

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Review: The Three Body Problem Trilogy

April 17, 2017 Uncategorized 4

Author: Joel Martinsen, Ken Liu, Liu Cixin

Summary: Overall, an amazing series that imagined a future for technology and humanity that was creative, awe-inspiring, and believable.

I don’t read much sci-fi anymore because my reading priorities have changed in recent years. I’m also a lot less likely to take the time to read a long book, much less a long series, since starting blogging. I just hear about too many good books from all of you and I want to be constantly sharing what I’m reading with you as well! However, when I saw The Three Body Problem was a trilogy, I decided I either wanted to skip it or read the whole thing. As you can tell since I’m writing this review, I decided to embrace the trilogy and wow, was that the right choice! Aside from enjoying reading a long, sci-fi trilogy again after so long, this was a particularly fantastic series. I’m going to give you brief, non-spoilery reviews for each of the books below. Then I also want to talk a bit about two major aspects of this books: the science the author imagined and the  way he portrayed women in the story (also spoiler-free). Read more »

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Review: The Last One

April 13, 2017 Uncategorized 4

Review: The Last OneTitle: The Last One
Author: Alexandra Oliva
Source: NetGalley
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: This was a lot of fun and somewhat insightful about reality TV, but overall it was also light and predictable.

I always enjoy a fresh take on disaster/dystopian novels and I’ve been enjoying reality TV lately, so I couldn’t resist this story of a reality show contestant who begins to be uncertain whether a disaster is real or part of the show. While Zoo participates in an endurance  and survival skills challenge, the lines between reality and the show begin to blur. Determining which is which may make the difference to whether or not she survives. Read more »

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TLC Book Tours: Epic Measures

April 10, 2017 Uncategorized 3

TLC Book Tours: Epic MeasuresTitle: Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients.
Author: Jeremy N. Smith
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Today, the idea of being able to rank countries based on their healthcare and to know the main causes of death around the world seems normal to me. Amazingly, this was nearly impossible a decade ago. Chris Murray was shocked to find that WHO estimates of deaths from different causes added to more than the total of deaths. Many countries didn’t officially track births and deaths and many records reported immediate cause of death but not the ultimate cause of death (head injury, but not that it was from a car crash, for example). Murray’s intensity and expertise equipped him to solve this technical challenge, but his sometimes abrasive personality made the politics of getting his results adopted equally challenging. Read more »

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