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 »


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 »


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 »


Nonfiction Book Club Reboot and March Read-Along Announcement

January 26, 2017 Uncategorized 6

As you all may have noticed, I’ve been having a bit of a hard time keeping up with the Nonfiction Book Club schedule. From posting questions to posting polls, I feel like I’m always behind! Participation has also been low and I’m guessing the late notice I give for read-alongs is part of the reason why. But not to worry – I have some ideas to change things up. First, we’ll be skipping February and holding off to read the next selection until March. Second, I’ll post the poll for April in the middle of February. That will give us two weeks for voting and then I can still announce the next book a month in advance. Last but not least, we’ll do just one set of discussion questions each month. I’ll post them at the beginning of the month so you can consider them while you read. Then I’ll post a link-up and my answers at the end of the month. Please let me know if you like or dislike my ideas for a new schedule and if you have any suggestions for improvements! So, with the new schedule, you’ll have until March to read our next book, which will be…. Read more »


#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: The Lost City of the Monkey God

January 23, 2017 Uncategorized 6

#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: The Lost City of the Monkey GodTitle: The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story
Author: Douglas Preston
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: This was a fun adventure story, but a little light on the science and archeology.

A mysterious civilization as wealthy as the Maya has long been rumored to be hidden in the mountainous Mosquitia region of Honduras.  However, it was only with the advent of LIDAR, a sonar-like technology for mapping the jungle floor, that any progress was made in the search. The two sprawling cities revealed by this mapping were incredible discoveries that the author was able to explore on foot, enduring encounters with “torrential rains, quickmud, disease-carrying insects, jaguars, and deadly snakes” (source). This is the story of that expedition. Read more »


#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: The Winter in Anna

January 19, 2017 Uncategorized 6

#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: The Winter in AnnaTitle: The Winter in Anna
Author: Reed Karaim
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: The writing of this book and the beautiful, melancholy mood it captured were perfection.

“A young man, Eric, drops out of college and lucks into a job with a smalltown newspaper where he meets Anna, a few years older than him. Her story will both haunt and inspire him for the rest of his life. The Winter in Anna unfolds around a romance that almost was and a meditation on what constitutes a life well-lived. Set in a remote North Dakota community in the last days before the Internet, the story centers on this relationship. It is narrated by Eric as he looks back on their days together and struggles to reconcile his memories with what he has since learned about Anna.” Read more »


New Releases You Should Know About 2017

January 18, 2017 Uncategorized 10

As I put together my Futuristic Friday list, there were a number of books that didn’t quite make my list, but did make me go “Wow, they’re coming out with a new book?!”. These are books by authors who I feel like everyone has heard of or who have written previous favorites of mine. Don’t miss them! Read more »


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 »


#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 »