Women In Science History Event Announcement

February 12, 2017 Uncategorized 21

Especially in light of recent political events, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be hosting a Women In Science History month again this year! Like last year, all you have to do to join in, is link-up one review of a book about a female scientist. You can read nonfiction or historical fiction for the challenge as long as the book you pick features a non-fictional female scientist. I’ll post a link-up for your reviews every Friday and my goal is to also post a book review each week as well. If you want to join in, check out my suggested reads and be sure to link-up your sign-up post below!
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TLC Book Review: Dragon Springs Road

February 9, 2017 Uncategorized 6

TLC Book Review: Dragon Springs RoadTitle: Dragon Springs Road
Author: Janie Chang
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: Enjoyable but a bit bland and not as good as the author’s earlier novel.

Although I enjoyed this book, it left me with mixed feelings. The writing was good, but it mostly just stayed out of the way of the story. The scenery wasn’t easy to picture and sometimes I felt I was only given a few small details about a place or a person – not enough to picture them as a whole. The plot was fast-paced, but I didn’t feel especially emotionally invested. The only time I found myself getting a little emotional was in the last chapter or two. Read more »

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#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: Systematic

February 7, 2017 Uncategorized 4

#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: SystematicTitle: Systematic: How Systems Biology Is Transforming Modern Medicine
Author: James R. Valcourt
|Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: I enjoyed hearing about the fascinating success stories and future directions of this exciting new field.

Systems biology is a newly formed and rapidly evolving field, filled with exciting new research made possible by the computing power available today. Many scientists still do valuable research exploring very small, specific parts of biology. Now systems biologists are beginning to look at how all of this previously studies pieces connect. By taking into account the bigger picture, systems biology has enabled the design of “cancer drugs personalized to an individual’s genetically unique tumor, insights into how the brain works, and the discovery that the bacteria and other microbes that live in the gut may drive malnutrition and obesity.” (source) And that’s just the beginning. Read more »

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Doing Discussions: Why Have Giveaways?

February 7, 2017 Uncategorized 12

I’ve been really lucky this quarter, with publishers sending review copies for many of the books I mentioned looking forward to in the Futuristic Friday post I did with Tamara of Traveling with T. This also means lots of giveaway copies for all of you, since I always promise publishers that these are books I’ll promote and pass along. Since this has meant a lot of me running giveaways and often paying (the small amount) of shipping myself, it’s made me think more about what motivates me to run giveaways. I’ll share with you some of the reasons I’ve thought of, but then I’m curious about your perspective on giveaways too! Read more »

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#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: Furry Logic

February 2, 2017 Uncategorized 2

#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: Furry LogicTitle: Furry Logic: The Physics of Animal Life
Author: Matin Durrani, Liz Kalaugher
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: Interesting and informative, but it read like a textbook at times.

As I mentioned when talking about Storm in a Teacup, I’d really like to know more about physics than I do. Since I love animals, this book about animal physics seemed like the perfect solution. In this book, the reader will learn that “the way cats and dogs lap up liquids can be explained by the laws of surface tension, how ants navigate is due to polarized light, and why pistol shrimps can generate enough force to destroy aquarium glass using their ”elbows”!” (Source) Read more »

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Doing Discussions: What Makes a Good Audiobook?

February 1, 2017 Uncategorized 2

I’ve recently started running and I’ve been struggling to find an audiobook that keeps me engaged enough that I’m not bored. That’s got me pondering what I’m looking for in an audiobook and what it would take to keep me entertained. I’d also love to hear what you all think makes for a good audiobook and would definitely appreciate any recommendations you have! Read more »

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January Wrap-Up

January 31, 2017 Uncategorized 0

If I’m honest, it’s been a bit of a rough month for blogging! I’ve done a lot of reading that I’ve really enjoyed, but I’ve had a hard time either getting ahead on blogging or making myself sit down and write posts on weekday evenings. I’m happy to report that I’m currently writing this post two days in advance, so progress! I’m also excited to report that I have actually done some reading for the few challenges I’ve picked out and done some writing non-review posts, so that’s progress too. Here’s what that meant for my reading this month: Read more »

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Diversity Challenge Review: Dumplin’

January 30, 2017 Uncategorized 6

Diversity Challenge Review: Dumplin’Title: Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)
Author: Julie Murphy
Source: Library
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: Somehow this book managed to feel light and fun, but also include well-developed characters and tackle tough issues.

“Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body.” (Source) However, a surprising romance with the sexy jock Bo makes Will doubt herself rather than raising her confidence.  And this summer, that’s only one of the many things pushing her and her traditionally beautiful best friend, Ellen, apart. To regain her confidence and hopefully her best friend, Willowdean decides to do “the most horrifying thing she can imagine” and enter the Miss Clover City beauty pageant. Read more »

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