Posts By: DoingDewey

#NFBookClub Mayflower Discussion Part 2

December 22, 2016 Uncategorized 3

This week, it’s time to wrap up our discussion of Mayflower. This book was both the pick for our Nonfiction Book Club this month and part of Lory at Emerald City Book Review’s Reading New England Challenge. Be sure to check out her answers to our discussion questions and join in the conversation! I’ll post the questions first and then add my answers below, with a link-up at the bottom. Read more »


Review: The Diner

December 14, 2016 Uncategorized 6

Review: The DinerTitle: The Dinner
Author: Herman Koch, Sam Garrett
Source: Library
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: The author did an incredible job of creeping me out, but each ‘reveal’ felt predictable to me.

“A summer’s evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the delicate scraping of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of politeness – the banality of work, the triviality of holidays. But the empty words hide a terrible conflict and, with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened… Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. Together, the boys have committed a horrifying act, caught on camera, and their grainy images have been beamed into living rooms across the nation; despite a police manhunt, the boys remain unidentified – by everyone except their parents. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children and, as civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.” (Source) Read more »


#NFBookClub Mayflower Discussion Part 1

December 11, 2016 Uncategorized 6

For our first Nonfiction Book Club discussion, I’ll be directing you over to Lory at The Emerald City Book Review. As I mentioned in the announcement, she kindly offered to co-host the Mayflower discussion as part of her Reading New England challenge. For the first part of the discussion, please share your answers to the questions in the link-up or comments over at her blog. I’ll answer the questions below, but will be linking up at Lory’s post as well. Read more »



Blog Birthday

December 8, 2016 Uncategorized 50

Happy blog birthday to me, happy blog birthday to me…. Doing Dewey is 5 years old today! It’s been a wonderful five years and as always, I want to take the occasion of my blogiversary to say thank you all for making blogging such a great experience. I love that you’re always there for as much bookish conversation I want to have, but also to share any other news going on our lives. To celebrate, I’d like to invite you to enter my giveaway below, where I’ll be giving away two $10 gift cards for either Amazon or The Book Depository. Thanks for being awesome!

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TLC Review: The Invasion of the Tearling

December 7, 2016 Uncategorized 6

TLC Review: The Invasion of the TearlingTitle: The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2)
Author: Erika Johansen
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: Very much in the spirit of the first book. Similarly, it has unique, interesting but unfinished world building; well developed secondary characters; and difficult decisions for our protagonist.

“With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion. But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.” (Source) Read more »


#NFBookClub Mayflower Read-Along Begins!

December 3, 2016 Uncategorized 8


As I mentioned, I’m a little behind with posts! However, it is now December, which means we’re kicking off our December Nonfiction Read-Along. This month, Lory at Emerald City Book Review will be co-hosting as part of her Reading New England reading challenge. Our discussion questions will be posted on the following dates:

Dec 11th – Part I and II Discussion Questions

Dec 22nd – Part III and IV Discussion Questions

I can’t wait to get started!


November Wrap-Up

December 3, 2016 Uncategorized 18


Wow! I have to admit, I’ve been in a bit of a blogging slump this week and that may be why the end of November seems to have crept up on me so fast. Today, hopefully I’ll be getting caught up, so look for some posts wrapping up November events and kicking off the December ones from me today. Hopefully some replies to your comments too 🙂 Despite feeling a bit slumpy at the end of the month, I’ve had a great Nonfiction November and I’m excited to review all the fun happenings this past month. Read more »


#FutursticFriday Review and Giveaway: Precarious Situation

November 29, 2016 Uncategorized 4

#FutursticFriday Review and Giveaway: Precarious SituationTitle: A Wretched and Precarious Situation: In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier
Author: David Welky
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: Engaging and well-researched narrative nonfiction, full of fascinating personal stories given historical context.

While attempting to reach the North Pole, explorer Robert Peary spotted what he believed to be a new content, which he named “Crocker Land”. This sighting inspired Peary’s young companions, George Borup and Donald MacMillan, to return to the arctic in hopes of discovering the last continent. As there is no continent known as Crocker Land, you can probably guess that the expedition didn’t go as planned! In fact, the explorers endured “howling blizzards, unearthly cold, food shortages, isolation, a fatal boating accident, a drunken sea captain, disease, dissension, and a horrific crime.” (source) Eventually, separated into many vulnerable groups, the men became focused on just making it home. Read more »


Nonfiction November: New to My TBR

November 28, 2016 Uncategorized 22

fall-festivalAs always, Nonfiction November has gone by in a blur! We’ll wrap up this week by discussion the books we’ve added to our toppling TBR piles throughout the event. This week’s link-up is hosted by Lory at Emerald City Book Review and this is the prompt:

New to My TBR: It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!


Here’s my list of exciting books I’ve discovered and the bloggers who suggested them: