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Nonfiction Book Club Part 1 and February Poll

January 12, 2017 Uncategorized 7

Since I’m a little behind schedule getting through this one, I’m posting questions this morning and I’ll add my answers tonight. If I’m honest, reading this one has been a bit of a mixed experience. There are parts I’ve really enjoyed, but also a few parts that I’ve found pretty boring (the history of how wagons were built, anyone?).  Hopefully you’ve all found at least some parts enjoyable too! I guess I’ll find out, because here are our questions for the first half of the book: Read more »

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#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: Storm in a Teacup

January 10, 2017 Uncategorized 13

#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: Storm in a TeacupTitle: Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Author: Helen Czerski
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: I’ve never had an intuitive grasp of physics, but Helen Czerski explained concepts in an engaging way that constantly gave me new insights into everyday phenomena.

“Our home here on Earth is messy, mutable, and full of humdrum things that we touch and modify without much thought every day. But these familiar surroundings are just the place to look if you’re interested in what makes the universe tick.”(source) Read more »

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Translated Fiction Review: The Slow Waltz of Turtles

January 5, 2017 Uncategorized 3

Translated Fiction Review: The Slow Waltz of TurtlesTitle: The Slow Waltz of Turtles
Author: Katherine Pancol
Source: from publisher for review
|Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: I enjoyed the writing style and many perspectives, but this was darker than the first book and the character development felt like a repeat.

“Forty-something mother of two Josephine Cortes is at a crossroads. She has just moved to a posh new apartment in Paris after the success of the historical novel she ghostwrote for her sister, Iris. Still struggling with her divorce – the result of her husband running off to Kenya to start a crocodile farm with his mistress – she is now entangled in a lie orchestrated by her sister. And just when things seem as though they can’t get any more complicated, people start turning up dead in her neighbourhood.” (Source) Read more »

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Flash Nonfiction Book Club Vote

December 31, 2016 Uncategorized 8

Last post today, I promise! I’ve yet to pick a January Nonfiction Book Club read, so we’re going to have a quick vote over the next 48 hours. If you want to help pick what we read, be sure to vote!

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2017 Reading Resolutions and Challenge Sign-Ups

December 31, 2016 Uncategorized 25

As I mentioned in my post on the purpose of reading challenges, I want to be more purposeful in how I use them. To that end, I’ve changed how I pick my reading challenges. Instead of going through the many great round-ups of reading challenges (including those from GirlXOXO, Feed Your Fiction Addiction, and A Novel Challenge) and picking all the challenges that excite me most, I first picked reading goals and then picked some challenges to help me meet them. Every challenge on my list matches a reading goal and most are either hosted by a blogger I know or encourage interaction with new bloggers at least once a month. I’m also hoping having a shorter, more intentional list of challenges will make it more feasible for me to check in on my progress every month. So, with that in mind, here are my goals and challenges for the coming year. Read more »

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2016 In Review

December 31, 2016 Uncategorized 16

You know, I don’t care what anyone else says – 2016 was a wonderful year. I finished my PhD and finally got to actually live with my husband. We had our 1 year anniversary and have started setting up our apartment together. I’ve started my first full time, non-academic job and while it’s been a learning curve, it’s also been pretty awesome. And, of course, there’s my blog. I’ve had my fifth blog birthday and the comments from all the fantastic people I’ve met reminded me why I love the book blogging community so much. Yes, there was also Trump, but I have faith that our community in particular will continue to fight to protect human rights for all. So I say, bring it on 2017! May the next year be as fantastic as the last. Before we move on, here’s a brief summary of what happened in 2016 here at Doing Dewey. Read more »

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