This week, I’m preparing for my PhD candidacy exam on May 4th. This is a thirty minute presentation, allowed to take up to three hours as your committee asks you questions about anything related to your thesis proposal. For the read-a-thon, this means I’m going to be doing a lot of reading to get ready! It’s not going to be my most fun read-a-thon ever, but I think it will be much more enjoyable than studying alone. Today, as I’ve been putting together my presentation, I started a list of papers and textbook chapters I think I need to read or re-read to prepare. Wish me luck! Read more »
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Author: Jill Alexander Essbaum
Summary: Originally I found the main character intriguing, but eventually her apathy got to me.
Anna has lived in Switzerland to be with her Swiss husband for years, but she’s never learned the language and feels very alone. At her psychiatrist’s advice, she begins taking a German class to help her become more involved. Instead, this class simply leads her into the first of many affairs, starting Anna down a path that will tear her family apart. Read more »
Author: Alice Dreger
Summary: This was an interesting and worthwhile story, but it was more memoir and less general commentary on the interaction of science and activism than I had hoped.
Alice Derger never expected her research into the historical treatment of intersex children to lead her to become an activist protesting present treatment of intersex children. From risky “normalizing” surgeries without scientifically proven benefit to unethical lies told to parents of intersex children, there was plenty to protest. After seeing some scientists unjustly, personally attacked by the activist community she valued, she decided to look further into the relation between science and activism. Her most challenging question was what happens when scientific truth seems to conflict with the easiest, politically correct story. Read more »
It’s time once again for Tamara and I to pick out some books we’re looking forward to over the next quarter and there are some good ones coming up! As always, I had a very hard time narrowing my list down. So, here are just some of the many books being published in the next three months that we can’t wait to read.
I don’t typically do giveaways that aren’t paired with a review, but since I already read, reviewed, and loved Jojo Moyes’ One Plus One, I jumped at the chance to share this wonderful book with you. To be entered to win, just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
I’m a little behind on posting this, but I’m excited to be signing up for some great challenges this year! I’ve chosen a few challenges which are genres I read a lot of (nonfiction, historical fiction), but most represent categories I’d really like to read more of. I’m also looking forward to trying out the Reading Challenge tracker plug-in from Creative Whim to track my challenges more easily this year. The challenges I’ll be joining are: Read more »
I’m not sure you’ll be as excited about this as I am, but we’re about to talk about STATS! This year, I used a spreadsheet from Nicki at Fyrefly’s Book Blog and it was pretty much the best thing ever. It wasn’t much effort to move my information from goodreads to the spreadsheet and most of the info goodreads doesn’t directly track could still easily be found on their website. Read more »
We made it everyone! Although I’m sad to be wrapping up Nonfiction November today, I had a fantastic time and I hope you all did too. I always love seeing nonfiction reviews from other book bloggers, so reading everyone’s posts and reviews this month was a real joy for me. This past week, we topped off our month long celebration of nonfiction with a look back at all the books we added to our to-read lists throughout the month. Like Kim said for the first week, recapping everything from every post would be overwhelming, so below I’m going to share with you one book each blogger added to their TBR. Read more »