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Review: To Ride A White Horse

May 28, 2015 Uncategorized 3 ★★★★

Review: To Ride A White HorseTitle: To Ride a White Horse
Author: Pamela Ford
Source: TLC Book Tours
Rating: four-stars
Links: Amazon|Goodreads|Indiebound

Summary: Truly beautiful writing, a vibrant historical backdrop, and a relatable heroine made this a great read, even though the plot felt a bit contrived.

“With Ireland ravaged by famine, and England unsympathetic to its plight, Kathleen Deacey, a spirited and strong-willed young Irish woman faces a devastating choice—leave her country to find work or risk dying there. Despising the English for refusing to help Ireland, she sets sail for Canada, determined to save her family and find her missing fiancé. But her voyage doesn’t go as planned and she ends up in America, forced to accept the help of an English whaling captain, Jack Montgomery, to survive. As Jack helps her search for her fiancé and fight to save her family and country, she must make an impossible choice—remain loyal to Ireland or follow her heart.” (Source) Read more »




Bloggers Are Awesome!

May 5, 2015 Uncategorized 26



Today, I passed my A exam and I’m so excited to finally have some time to get back to blogging. In particular, as I used my participation in Dewey’s Read-a-thon to prep for my exam, I was reminded over and over again what a supportive community book bloggers have made. Although I’m only just now having time to respond to all your kind, supportive comments on my read-a-thon post, I did read them as you posted them and the encouragement helped me keep my motivation up while studying. Thank you all!


Dewey’s Read-a-thon Progress

April 25, 2015 Uncategorized 28

10348926_10152665730830986_441836470068899321_oGood morning and happy read-a-thon everyone! I let myself sleep in since I’ve got some tough, grad school related reading to do today, so I’m just now getting started at the beginning of hour 2. I’m going to start by filling out the intro meme, then reward myself with a read-a-thon check-in and a bit of blogging for every hour of work. So, here we go! Read more »


Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon Plans

April 24, 2015 Uncategorized 28


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 »


Galileo’s Middle Finger

March 30, 2015 Uncategorized 10 ★★★

Galileo’s Middle FingerTitle: Galileo's Middle Finger
Author: Alice Dreger
Source: Edelweiss
Rating: three-stars
Links: Amazon|Goodreads|Indiebound

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 »




2015 Challenge Sign-Ups

January 16, 2015 Uncategorized 16

2015Reading Challenges

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 »