TLC Book Tours: One Part Plant

March 8, 2017 Uncategorized 10

TLC Book Tours: One Part PlantTitle: One Part Plant: A Simple Guide to Eating Real, One Meal at a Time
Author: Jessica Murnane, Lena Dunham
Source: TLC Book Tours
|Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: Fantastic! Everything I made from this book was easy, delicious, and relatively healthy.

Author and podcaster Jessica Murnane advocates particular eating one plant-based meal a day and begins this cookbook with some suggestions for pantry staples to help you achieve that goal. She also recommends particular recipes as ‘gateway meals’ to bring reluctant family members on board with plant-based cooking. Personally, that’s not why I picked up her book. My husband and I already cook a lot of vegetarian meals and very rarely eat red meat, so I was primarily looking for more healthy, vegetarian meal ideas. It turns out, that’s a great reason to pick up this cookbook!  Read more »

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Diversity Challenge Review: Eye on the Struggle

March 7, 2017 Uncategorized 4

Diversity Challenge Review: Eye on the StruggleTitle: Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press
Author: James McGrath Morris
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: A nuanced, engaging portrayal of an amazing woman!

Ethel Payne was an incredible woman. She served as a journalist for one of the most influential papers of the civil rights era. She covered events including “the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Little Rock school desegregation crisis, the service of black troops in Vietnam, and Henry Kissinger’s 26,000-mile tour of Africa.” (source) She also helped run a social club at a military base in Japan; took leadership roles in civil rights organizations; and met every president from some time in the 60’s through the 80’s. Read more »

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April Nonfiction Book Club Announcment

March 5, 2017 Uncategorized 6

I’m excited to announce that our April read will be Evicted! I’ve heard great things about this book and given the current political situation, I’m especially interested in reading books about social issues. Being more aware about topics like this seems particularly important to me right now. I’ll post discussion questions at the beginning of April so you can link-up answers whenever you get to reading it, so grab your copy and join me to discuss this timely read.

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Nonfiction Book Club Discussion Questions

March 5, 2017 Uncategorized 0

Hi everyone! I’m a bit late getting this kick-off post finished (as I mentioned in my February wrap-up, March for Science planning is keeping me busy), but I enjoyed this book a lot and I’m excited to post some discussion questions for you to consider as you read this month. Then I’ll post my answers and a link-up for you to share yours at the end of the month. Feel free to email me (doingdewey[at]gmail[dot]com) or chat me up on Twitter as you read too. I’d love to discuss this one! Here are the questions I pondered while reading: Read more »

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Women In Science History Kick-Off

March 1, 2017 Uncategorized 7

Alright everyone! I’m excited to announce that since today is the first day of Women’s History Month, it’s time for the Women In Science History reading challenge. If you’d like to join in, be sure to add a sign-up post to the link-up and check out my list of suggested books, both available here. I’ll post a link-up at the end of each full week this month (March 11, 18, 25, and April 1) for any reviews you do. Let me know what you’re planning on reading! Here’s my reading list:

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February Wrap-Up

February 28, 2017 Uncategorized 6

Wow, February just flew by! I feel like the month has generally been busy, but the last few weeks, I’ve been helping run social media for the Silicon Valley March for Science and that’s taken a lot of my free time. (Shameless plug – If you support science-based policy, please check out our twitter account!) As a result, I’ll do my best to keep up with the blog, but it might be a little slower. That’s my big news and it means I’ve been doing less reading, but I am very happy with how intentionally I’ve been choosing my reading.
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TLC Book Tours: The Possesions

February 23, 2017 Uncategorized 8

TLC Book Tours: The PossesionsTitle: The Possessions
Author: Sara Flannery Murphy
Source: TLC Book Tours
|Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

“In an unnamed city, Eurydice works for the Elysian Society, a private service that allows grieving clients to reconnect with lost loved ones. She and her fellow workers, known as “bodies“, wear the discarded belongings of the dead and swallow pills called lotuses to summon their spirits—numbing their own minds and losing themselves in the process. But when Edie channels Sylvia, the dead wife of recent widower Patrick Braddock, she becomes obsessed with the glamorous couple. Despite the murky circumstances surrounding Sylvia’s drowning, Edie breaks her own rules and pursues Patrick, moving deeper into his life and summoning Sylvia outside the Elysian Society’s walls.” (Source) Read more »

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Doing Discussions: Where Do You Find Inspiration For Discussion Posts?

February 21, 2017 Uncategorized 8

Personally, I feel like it’s a little more work for me to come up with discussion post topics than it used to be. When I first started blogging, I was doing a little more figuring out how I wanted to blog and how I balanced blogging with reading. While I certainly still face some of the same challenges, there are fewer new questions that come up that I can just jot down to come back to when I want to write a discussion post. To date, I’ve mostly come up with discussion topics by referring to my list of topics I’ve thought about myself. Now I’m looking for ways to come up with discussion post topics more deliberately. I’ll share a few of my ideas and then I’d love to hear how you come up with discussion post topics too! Read more »

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New Release Review: Lucidity

February 20, 2017 Uncategorized 0

New Release Review: LucidityTitle: Lucidity: A Thriller
Author: David Carnoy
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

“Twenty years after the unsolved case of Stacey Walker’s disappearance went cold, a Silicon Valley executive hires the retired Menlo Park Police Detective Hank Madden to find her body and track down her missing husband, the prime suspect in her unsolved murder. Four months later, author Candace Epstein is pushed in front of a car near Central Park. Her editor Max Fremmer becomes entangled into the investigation of her attempted murder, though he is adamant that he is uninvolved. As he digs into Candace’s background to clear his own name, Fremmer grows suspicious of his client’s connection to a nefarious institute for lucid dreaming on the Upper East Side and its staff whose stories never seem to add up—all while an unexpected link emerges to Detective Madden’s investigation in California.” (source) Read more »

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