#TLCBookTours: The Gown

January 17, 2019 Uncategorized 5

#TLCBookTours: The GownTitle: The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding
Author: Jennifer Robson
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

I’ve loved both of the previous books of Jennifer Robson’s that I’ve read (Somewhere in France and Moonlight Over Paris), so I jumped at the chance to review her latest novel. Set in post-WWII Britain, the story focuses on two women who helped embroider Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding gown. In a secondary story, we also follow the granddaughter of on one of these women as she discovers more about her grandmother. In the historical setting, Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin face the challenges of daily life with rationing and cold winters. Simultaneously, both most figure out how to build  lives for themselves. Miriam struggles with her past suffering during in occupied France, while Ann must decide how to react to tragic events in her own life. Read more »

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PSA: Update Your Link!

January 14, 2019 Uncategorized 0

Hi all! Just a quick notification that my web forwarding will expire in 10 days. That means that you’ll be able to find this site only at doingdeweydecimal.com. The wordpress address will no longer point here. Please be sure to update your links if you want to keep following. Thanks!

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New Release Review: The First Conspiracy

January 14, 2019 Uncategorized 2

New Release Review: The First ConspiracyTitle: The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington
Author: Brad Meltzer, Josh Mensch
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: An exciting story with occasional fun historical details, but sometimes melodramatic and a bit light.

“In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington’s bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan. In the months leading up to the Revolutionary War, these traitorous soldiers, along with the Governor of New York William Tryon and Mayor David Mathews, launched a deadly plot against the most important member of the military: George Washington himself.” (source) Read more »

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Nonfiction Friday

January 11, 2019 Uncategorized 1

NonfictionFriday

Nonfiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome nonfiction happenings of the week. As a reminder, if you’re participating in the Nonfiction Reading Challenge, you’ll get a giveaway entry for each nonfiction review you link-up below!
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2019 Goals and Reading Challenges

January 9, 2019 Uncategorized 6

Every year, I debate signing up for challenges that cover books I’ll just read anyone. It seems like a good way to be social and like it could lead to more people finding my blog. The truth is though, I’m terrible at remembering to link-up my reviews! So, instead I’ll be selecting just a few goals and challenges I care enough about that I’ll actually use them to guide my reading. Read more »

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December Wrap-Up

January 8, 2019 Uncategorized 4

Well, this is how I’m beginning my year – a week late with my monthly wrap-up! Hopefully this isn’t a sign of things to come. I’ve just had so many reviews I wanted to share with you I’ve had a hard time making time for something else. I read a lot nonfiction in December and while I didn’t love all of it, I did have a lot to say about it.
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Books About Reading in Review: Why I Read

January 7, 2019 Uncategorized 12

Books About Reading in Review: Why I ReadTitle: Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books
Author: Wendy Lesser
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

Summary: Although this sometimes resonated with my experience as a reader, mostly it felt disjointed; full of unsubstantiated claims; and occasionally snobby.

Last year, one of my main goals was to read more deeply. To that end, I wrapped up the year with a number of books about how to read. Sadly, I’ve not had much luck with books on this topic! So far, my experience with books on reading is that they tend to be snobbier and less passionate than books on books. This particular book purported to answer the question of why we read (or at least, why the author reads). In reality, it felt more like a chance for the author to share a lot of disjointed thoughts on books and reading. Read more »

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Nonfiction Friday

January 4, 2019 Uncategorized 5

NonfictionFriday

Nonfiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome nonfiction happenings of the week. As a reminder, if you’re participating in the Nonfiction Reading Challenge, you’ll get a giveaway entry for each nonfiction review you link-up below!
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Review: Books for Living

January 3, 2019 Uncategorized 4

Review: Books for LivingTitle: Books for Living
Author: Will Schwalbe
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: This was occasionally touching and sometimes resonated with me, but mostly it felt like a failed attempt to recreated the magic of The End of Your Life Book Club.

The description of this book claims that the author ‘makes clear the ways in which a particular book has helped to shape how he leads his own life and the ways in which it might help to shape ours.’ To me, this seems like a pretty high bar to clear. I love reading, but I can’t think of any single book that has changed how I live my life. I suspect my reading as a whole influences my life and my outlook on the world. Connecting that to one specific book is tricky. However, based on the description I expected the author to describe some life changing books and to give some helpful advice. Based on his previous book, The End of Your Life Book Club, I also expected this to be very moving. It only occasionally lived up to any these expectations. Read more »

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