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New Release Review: Lotus

January 2, 2017 Fiction, Literary 13

New Release Review: LotusTitle: Lotus
Author: Lijia Zhang
Source: NetGalley
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: This was a slow paced book, but the character and relationship development were touching and believable.

“Surviving by her wits alone, Lotus charges headlong into the neon lights of Shenzhen, determined to pull herself out of the gutter and decide her own path.” However, she quickly finds herself working as a “massage girl” or prostitute while lying to her family about the source of the money she sends home. The men who notice her provide her many opportunities for a chance at security, but each also presents their own dangers. As Lotus struggles to make a decision, she finds it difficult to envision a life of her own due to the guilt and insecurity she feels. 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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Doing Discussions: What Are Reading Challenges For?

December 27, 2016 Uncategorized 14

Personally, I love setting goals and working towards achievements (in real life and in games), so I have a ton of fun signing up for challenges every year. However, I also find myself wondering what the point of signing up for a bunch of reading challenges is. Personally, I don’t always do the best job keeping up with them throughout the year. I think a compelling reason for making time for them would provide me the motivation I need to do better. Here are a few of the reasons I’ve thought of so far. Read more »

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TLC Review: The Fate of the Tearling

December 26, 2016 Uncategorized 4

TLC Review: The Fate of the TearlingTitle: The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3)
Author: Erika Johansen
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: As with the previous book, I enjoyed the character growth and world building, but I had mixed feelings about the ending.

“In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear. To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne. Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed.” (Source) Read more »

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