Nonfiction November Is Here!

October 28, 2016 Uncategorized 53


As I announced earlier on twitter, Nonfiction November is happening this year! Thanks to all of you who have offered to help make this exciting event happen. Since I’ve been finding co-hosts and starting planning pretty last minute this year, I’ll just be introducing your hosts and sharing a tentative schedule for now. I’ll fill in more details as soon as they’re worked out. And now, without further ado, your hosts of Nonfiction November this year will be… Read more »



TLC Review: Earning It

October 25, 2016 non-fiction 6

TLC Review: Earning ItTitle: Earning It
Author: Joann S. Lublin
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: I enjoyed learning from the stories and fun facts in this book, but it was a bit too business focused for me.

“Among the first female reporters at The Wall Street Journal, Joann S. Lublin faced a number of uphill battles in her career. She became deputy bureau chief of the Journal’s important London bureau, its first run by women. Now, she and dozens of other women who successfully navigated the corporate battlefield share their valuable leadership lessons.” (source) Read more »



Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon Updates

October 22, 2016 Uncategorized 2


I’m just getting started with my readathon out here on the west coast. Getting up before 8am just didn’t seem like a good way to start a day of reading to me! But I’m excited to be hopping in now and will start with the hour one survey anyway 🙂 Then I’ll keep updating this post throughout the day. Read more »



An Old Favorite Gets a New Look

October 20, 2016 Uncategorized 2


I don’t often do cover reveals. In fact, this is only my second cover reveal and as with Thorn, I’ve chosen to share a cover with you because it’s a new cover of a book I loved. In this case, not only is In the Land of Armadillos getting a new cover, it’s also getting a new title. Since I gave this fantastic collection of interconnected short stories five stars , I want that review to stick with the book through the title change! If you love historical fiction, magical realism, or surprising acts of kindness during dark times, this is a book you shouldn’t miss even if the title changes.

PS – Perhaps I shouldn’t call this a cover reveal, since the paperback was released on October 4th. That means you can already get this book under the new title.


Doing Discussions: Reviewing Political Nonfiction

October 18, 2016 Uncategorized 17


Especially with election season coming up, I wonder if I should be reading more political nonfiction. I know I want to be more informed than I currently am and I enjoy reading books much more than I enjoy reading the news. However, this subgenre is one of the worst offenders in terms of the pet peeve I discussed here – lacking objectivity but pretending to have it. And I’m just not sure it’s a topic anyone can really write about objectively. In addition to that meaning to suspecting the authors of political nonfiction of lacking objectivity, this makes me nervous about being able to review these books objectively. Today, I’m curious if and how you go about reviewing political nonfiction. Let’s discuss! Read more »


Upcoming Bookish Blogging Events

October 17, 2016 Uncategorized 6

deweylogo-400x335October 22nd

It’s time for one of my favorite book blogging events – Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. I’ve not been reading as much as I’d like lately and I can’t wait to spend 24 hours reading with a bunch of awesome bloggers. If you’ve not tried the 24 Hour Readathon, I highly recommend it. Check out the sign-ups here. Read more »


Review and Giveaway: Vinegar Girl

October 16, 2016 Uncategorized 4

Review and Giveaway: Vinegar GirlTitle: Vinegar Girl (Hogarth Shakespeare)
Author: Anne Tyler
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Amazon|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: Basically a less well-modernized, less entertaining version of 10 Things I Hate About You.

Vinegar Girl is the latest installment in the Hogarth Shakespeare series of retellings. I loved the Merchant of Venice retelling, Shylock is My Name, so I had high hopes for this retelling of The Taming of the Shrew. I remembered liking the series when I was younger, although a recent post by Krysta at Pages Unbound about the misogyny in the original made me realize that the domestic abuse went right over my head at the time. This book generally eliminated that problem, but the conclusion was still a little off for me. Read more »