#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 »

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#NFBookClub Discussion Part 2

November 24, 2016 Uncategorized 7

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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 »

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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 »

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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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TLC Review: The Queen of the Tearling

November 16, 2016 Fantasy, Fiction 14

TLC Review: The Queen of the TearlingTitle: The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)
Author: Erika Johansen
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: This book was perfection, from the world building to the character development to the plot, pacing, and tone.

“Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom’s haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.” (source) Lost heir, fate of the kingdom, etc… you get the idea. Personally, so many descriptions of fantasy novels sound the same to me, they’re not what draw me in. I knew enough to jump at this book because other bloggers had raved about and so now I’m here to do the same for you, because this is a book worth picking up! Read more »

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Nonfiction November: Book Pairing

November 15, 2016 Uncategorized 24

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Welcome to week 3 of Nonfiction November! We’re celebrating nonfiction this week with one a previous favorite topic – nonfiction and fiction book pairings. Sarah at Sarah’s Bookshelves is hosting the link-up this week and our prompt is the following:

This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story. Read more »

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#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: A Warrior of the People

November 11, 2016 Biography, History, non-fiction 4

#FuturisticFriday Review and Giveaway: A Warrior of the PeopleTitle: A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor
Author: Joe Starita
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: An incredible and engaging story, although written a bit simply.

Susan La Flesche was the first Native American to become a doctor, at a time when any female doctors were rare. She overcome many obstacles and made difficult personal sacrifices to serve her people. Her level of community involvement while in school and while serving as a doctor was almost unbelievable. She led a fascinating and inspiring life. Read more »

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#NFBookClub Discussion Part 1

November 10, 2016 Uncategorized 6

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Hi everyone! Welcome to the Nonfiction November edition of our nonfiction book club! I hope you’re all enjoying Neurotribes as much as I am and are just as excited to discuss this thought-provoking book. I know it’s a long one, so I’ll keep the link-up at the bottom of the post all month, so you can join the discussion at your own pace. First, I’ll just give you the discussion questions and then you can keep reading for my answers, that way it’s easy to wait to read my answers until after you’ve written your own if you like. So, here is our first set of discussion questions!

1. Had you heard of Henry Cavendish before? What do you think the author’s purpose was for beginning with the story of two famous physicists who were autistic? Was your reaction when his eccentricities were first described different because he was a nobleman living in the 1700s, instead of a contemporary?

2. What do you think of the doctors promising autism cures?

3. Do you think the author is unbiased? Do you feel like their are any particular points he’s trying to make? If so, is he doing a good job making them

4. How do you like the book so far?

My answers and the link-up are below. Read more »

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