#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:


#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: Victoria

November 27, 2016 Uncategorized 0

#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: VictoriaTitle: Victoria
Author: Daisy Goodwin
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: This was an interesting and well written story, but it was more of a romance than I expected and the writing wasn’t emotionally engaging enough for that.

“In 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria – sheltered, small in stature, and female – became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Many thought it was preposterous: Alexandrina — Drina to her family — had always been tightly controlled by her mother and her household, and was surely too unprepossessing to hold the throne. Yet from the moment William IV died, the young Queen startled everyone: abandoning her hated first name in favor of Victoria; insisting, for the first time in her life, on sleeping in a room apart from her mother; resolute about meeting with her ministers alone. One of those ministers, Lord Melbourne, became Victoria’s private secretary. Perhaps he might have become more than that, except everyone argued she was destined to marry her cousin, Prince Albert.” (Source) Read more »



#NFBookClub Discussion Part 2

November 24, 2016 Uncategorized 7


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today, we’re wrapping up our Nonfiction November book club discussion. Again, I know this is a long one, so I’ll leave the discussion link-up open until Dec 15th. Once again, I’ll give you just the questions and then the questions with my answers so you can choose to ignore my answers until you’ve written your own if you like.

  1. What did you think of Kanner and Rimland’s biases? Did you find Rimland’s biases more forgivable?
  2. What role do you think parents and patients should play in medical research? 
  3. What role do you think the media plays and should play in medical research? In particular, were you surprised by the impact the movie Rain Man had on the perception of autism? Overall, do you think the movie had a positive or negative effect?
  4. Should we use the phrase “people with autism” or “autistic person” or some other phrasing?
  5. Is there any other reading you’d recommend for learning more about autism?

My answers and a link-up for sharing your answers are below.  Read more »


Nonfiction November: Be the Expert

November 21, 2016 Uncategorized 24

fall-festivalWeek 4 of Nonfiction November is another classic topic, hosted by Julz at Julz Reads:

Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert: Three ways to join in this week! You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).

If you have books you’d like to share or a topic you’d like to learn more about, be sure to add your post to the link-up! Today, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite books on women in history that I’ve read this year. Read more »



Review: The Sympathizer

November 17, 2016 Uncategorized 10

Review: The SympathizerTitle: The Sympathizer
Author: Viet Thanh Nguyen
Source: Library
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: I enjoyed the clever writing and fast-paced plot, but the ending got a bit surreal and a really terrible trope made me enjoy it much less.

This story is also a confession – the confession being written by the imprisoned narrator, relating his life as a double agent. Although he was evacuated to America after the Vietnam war ended, he is secretly reporting back to the communist leadership in Vietnam. He is also living a double life in other ways. As the child of a French soldier and a Vietnamese woman and as a communist who was educated in the United States, he’s never quite fit in with either world. Although he has already decided his loyalties, as he writes this story, he’s forced to come to terms with who he’s become.
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