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Toms River

15798109Title: Toms River
Author: Judith Frank
Source: from publisher via NetGalley
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Summary: This book was engaging and easy to follow, a perfect mix of science, history, and human interest stories.

Toms River had been a dumping ground for chemical pollutants for years before anyone suspected anything might be wrong. However, watchful parents soon noticed a disturbing increase in local cancer cases. It took years of unceasing efforts by residents for an investigation of chemical dumping in Toms River to begin. Even then, it was difficult to impossible to determine the different chemicals dumped in Toms River over the past half century and even more difficult to determine whether that dumping influence cancer incidence. Although families were convinced pollutants were the problem and a settlement was reached, the exact nature of the pollutants dumped at Toms River and their relationship to cancer there may never be known.
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Non-Fiction Friday

NonFictionFriday2Non-Fiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome non-fiction happenings of the week. Be sure to link-up your non-fiction posts too!

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Library Month Guest Post

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I love my library, so I was very excited when Krysta and Briana of Pages Unbound asked me to do a guest post for their month-long celebration of libraries.  The fun posts they’ve written so far include a personality quiz (what library resource are you?) as well as two posts about why libraries are so awesome (part 1 and part 2) because one post just wasn’t enough. Today they’re sharing my guest post about how much I love browsing for books at my library, so if you love your library too or just wondering what all the fuss is about, you should hop over and check it out.

 

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Soundbite Sunday – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

17155412Title: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
Author: Robin Sloan
Narrator: Ari Fliakos
Rating (Story): ★★★★☆
Rating (Narration):★★★★★

As a geeky, bookish programmer, this book was basically written for me. I love that the author created an exciting mystery with secret societies, codebreaking, mysterious disappearances, hidden vaults, and adventure, all of which revolve around books. I loved the geeky pop culture references, all clearly explained so the less geeky reader won’t feel left out. I loved that the author didn’t shy away from sharing some real details of programming and parallel computing, also well explained.  As a reader and a programmer, the author’s comparison of different programming languages to different writing styles made me incredibly happy. There are also delightful descriptions of books and bookstores and book obsessed people.  There are even book emergencies, which also made me happy because they showed that the characters’ valued books very highly.

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Non-Fiction Friday

NonFictionFriday2Non-Fiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome non-fiction happenings of the week. Be sure to link-up your non-fiction posts too!

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Yes #WeNeedDiverseBooks, But How Diverse?

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The recent #WeNeedMoreDiverseBooks movement has made certain that the lack of diverse characters in mainstream publishing is an issue most bloggers are aware of. It’s gotten many bloggers talking and one of the concerns raised by bloggers, such as Emily at The Loony Teen Writer, is that some characters are defined by their diversity. I think she makes a great point! A character should not constantly be referred to by their race/gender/abledness/sexuality or any other single feature. This makes for a flat character in general. In the case of a trait which makes a character a minority, the implication that a single trait defines who that character it completely defeats the purpose of diverse reading, playing to stereotypes instead of dispelling them. Continue reading

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The Shadow Year

18453242Title: The Shadow Year
Author: Hannah Richell
Source: from publisher for SheReads book club
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review Summary: Although the big reveals in this book didn’t surprise me much, they kept the suspense high as I read about characters and a location which the author vividly brought to life

In 1980, five friends about to graduate from college decide to get away together one last time. However, when it comes time to return from the idyllic college they visit, none of them are ready to go. They eventually come up with a plan to try roughing it off the grid at the cottage for the next year. Initially, the cottage feels like paradise, but as the weather gets worse, their situation deteriorates and personal tensions build.  Thirty years later, when Lila mysteriously inherits the same cottage, she finds peace at the cottage during a difficult time in her marriage. However, she slowly begins to realize that something terrible happened to the previous inhabitants. Continue reading

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