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Toms River

15798109Title: Toms River
Author: Judith Frank
Source: from publisher via NetGalley
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Summary: This book was engaging and easy to follow, a perfect mix of science, history, and human interest stories.

Toms River had been a dumping ground for chemical pollutants for years before anyone suspected anything might be wrong. However, watchful parents soon noticed a disturbing increase in local cancer cases. It took years of unceasing efforts by residents for an investigation of chemical dumping in Toms River to begin. Even then, it was difficult to impossible to determine the different chemicals dumped in Toms River over the past half century and even more difficult to determine whether that dumping influence cancer incidence. Although families were convinced pollutants were the problem and a settlement was reached, the exact nature of the pollutants dumped at Toms River and their relationship to cancer there may never be known.
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Filed under History, Narrative Non-Fiction, non-fiction, Science, Uncategorized

Big Little Lies

19486412Title: Big Little Lies
Author: Liane Moriarty
Source: from publisher for review
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Summary: Liane Moriarty has outdone herself, creating three believable women who face some of the toughest challenges women commonly face then combining their moving story with a riveting mystery.

We begin Big Little Lies with the knowledge that someone has died at the parent trivia night under suspicious circumstances. Through flashbacks we get the perspectives of several characters, but the story focuses on three friends who are intimately involved in what happened that night. Madeline is concerned about her daughter choosing her ex-husband over her, still hating him for walking out on her when their daughter was born. Jane is a timid single mother, secretly worried her son might not be as sweet as he appears, given her past. And Celeste and her husband, with the perfect life and perfect marriage, might just be hiding the darkest secrets of all.
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Soundbite Sunday – The Way of Kings

The-Way-of-Kings-610664Title: The Way of Kings
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Narrators: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
Rating (Story): ★★★★★
Rating (Narration):★★★★★

Many authors do one thing exceptionally well: world building, character creation and growth, or an intricate plot. Brandon Sanderson does an incredible job at all three. The world is very unique, with creatures and a magic system I never could have imagined. The world and the magical system are also notable for their internal consistency. The creatures described seem like the sort that would evolve together. The magical system follows clear, consistent rules. The world building take place through slow, constant information sharing, in parallel with both an epic, world-wide conflict and moving personal stories. The story wasn’t always straight forward or predictable and I loved the unexpected obstacles which forced every character to grow and change in order to succeed. Continue reading

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Non-Fiction Friday

NonFictionFriday2Non-Fiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome non-fiction happenings of the week. Be sure to link-up your non-fiction posts too!

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Library Month Guest Post

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I love my library, so I was very excited when Krysta and Briana of Pages Unbound asked me to do a guest post for their month-long celebration of libraries.  The fun posts they’ve written so far include a personality quiz (what library resource are you?) as well as two posts about why libraries are so awesome (part 1 and part 2) because one post just wasn’t enough. Today they’re sharing my guest post about how much I love browsing for books at my library, so if you love your library too or just wondering what all the fuss is about, you should hop over and check it out.

 

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Bloggiesta Goals

BloggiestaMiniS14Bloggiesta starts tomorrow and I can’t wait! Today Nonfiction Friday is on break as I gear up for bloggiesta, but one of my first goals is to get some posts scheduled in advance so that during future events, it will carry on uninterrupted. My other goals are to:

  • visit other posts in link-ups I’ve added to
  • make sure my Riffle, Goodreads, and LibraryThing reviews are up-to-date
  • add some reviews for books I really want to promote to Amazon (Alias Hook in particular comes to mind)
  • update my challenge progress
  • request ARCs for October
  • participate in at least two challenges
  • plan a fun event/post series/etc which I want to run for each remaining month of the year, perhaps drawing inspiration from last Bloggiesta’s Blog Post Bingo challenge
  • participate in the twitter party
  • have fun!

Happy Bloggiesta everyone! What are your goals for this Bloggiesta?

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In Praise of Hatred

18630509Title: In Praise of Hatred
Author: Khaled Khalifa
Source: from publisher via LibraryThing
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Review Summary: Although this was beautifully written and gave me some insight into life in Syria, it was mostly confusing and disjointed.

Set in the Syria in the 1980′s, In Praise of Hatred tells the story of a young muslim woman whose name is never given. Facing scorn from her secular classmates and the conflicting views of her variably conservative family members, she takes refuge in hatred for those who are different from her. As her uncle’s become involved in trying to overthrow the regime, she herself becomes increasingly radical in her views. Alongside her coming of age story, we also learn about the many dramatic romantic liaisons and fascinating histories of her family members. Continue reading

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