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 »
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 »
Author: Erika Johansen
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
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 »
This week, it’s time to wrap up our discussion of Mayflower. This book was both the pick for our Nonfiction Book Club this month and part of Lory at Emerald City Book Review’s Reading New England Challenge. Be sure to check out her answers to our discussion questions and join in the conversation! I’ll post the questions first and then add my answers below, with a link-up at the bottom. Read more »
Author: Herman Koch, Sam Garrett
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Summary: The author did an incredible job of creeping me out, but each ‘reveal’ felt predictable to me.
“A summer’s evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the delicate scraping of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of politeness – the banality of work, the triviality of holidays. But the empty words hide a terrible conflict and, with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened… Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. Together, the boys have committed a horrifying act, caught on camera, and their grainy images have been beamed into living rooms across the nation; despite a police manhunt, the boys remain unidentified – by everyone except their parents. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children and, as civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.” (Source) Read more »
For our first Nonfiction Book Club discussion, I’ll be directing you over to Lory at The Emerald City Book Review. As I mentioned in the announcement, she kindly offered to co-host the Mayflower discussion as part of her Reading New England challenge. For the first part of the discussion, please share your answers to the questions in the link-up or comments over at her blog. I’ll answer the questions below, but will be linking up at Lory’s post as well. Read more »