Posts By: DoingDewey

Much Anticipated Read in Review: Little Fires Everywhere

April 9, 2020 Uncategorized 1 ★★★★

Much Anticipated Read in Review: Little Fires EverywhereTitle: Little Fires Everywhere
Author: Celeste Ng
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link)|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating:four-stars

Summary: Read this one for the impressively believable characters and complex family relationships!

“In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned..And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren–an enigmatic artist and single mother–who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons…When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.” (source) Read more »

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Sci-Fi Review: 88 Names

April 7, 2020 Uncategorized 0 ★★★

Sci-Fi Review: 88 NamesTitle: 88 Names
Author: Matt Ruff
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link)|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating:three-stars

Summary: This was funny and gripping, but the ending was a let down and the social commentary wasn’t profound or subtle.

“John Chu is a ‘sherpa’—a paid guide to online role-playing games like the popular Call to Wizardry. For a fee, he and his crew will provide you with a top-flight character equipped with the best weapons and armor, and take you dragon-slaying in the Realms of Asgarth, hunting rogue starships in the Alpha Sector, or battling hordes of undead in the zombie apocalypse.” (source) Everything seems to be going well for John until he begins to suspect that his new, mysterious client might be Kim Jong-Un; the woman threatening him to get him to spy on his new client might be a spy herself; and either of them might be part of a prank by his ex-girlfriend Darla. Soon John finds himself entangled in intrigue and facing threats that aren’t confined to his online life. Read more »

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Nonfiction Friday

April 3, 2020 Uncategorized 0

NonfictionFriday

Nonfiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome nonfiction happenings of the week.
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#FuturisticFriday: Find Your New Reads {April – June 2020 Edition}

April 3, 2020 Uncategorized 2

Time to look forward to the great books coming out in the next three months! Tamara of Travelling with T and I have picked some that we’re most looking forward to share with you. I can’t wait to read these!

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March Wrap-Up

April 1, 2020 Uncategorized 4

Well! It’s been quite a month here and I have to imagine you’ve all had a time of it too! On the bright side, I’ve really enjoyed seeing book stores, authors, and bloggers work together to adjust. And we at least have lots of great bookish events coming up in the next month to look forward to. I hope all of you are doing as well as possible under the circumstances.
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Nonfiction Review: The Great Successor

March 31, 2020 Uncategorized 4 ★★★★

Nonfiction Review: The Great SuccessorTitle: The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un
Author: Anna Fifield
Source: Library
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link)|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating:four-stars

Summary: This was fascinating, as both a biography and as a history of North Korea.

I was thinking of picking up some fiction (88 Names) that includes Kim Jong Un as a character and realized I might enjoy it more if I knew something about him first. Fortunately, Rennie at What’s Nonfiction recommended this biography highly enough that I remembered her review from last year. The author of this unusual biography had access to a wide variety of sources, which she uses to give both a personal look at Kim Jong Un and some insight into the history of North Korea. Read more »

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Nonfiction Friday

March 27, 2020 Uncategorized 0

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Nonfiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome nonfiction happenings of the week. Read more »

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Review of Citizen: An American Lyric

March 26, 2020 Uncategorized 2 ★★★★★

Review of Citizen: An American LyricTitle: Citizen: An American Lyric
Author: Claudia Rankine
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link)|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating:five-stars

Summary: This book was an incredible mix of beautiful writing and infuriating content.

This is the sort of book that was so good, I’m sure I’m not going to be able to do it justice here. It’s amazing a book can cover an ugly topic like racism while still being so beautiful. It was simultaneously moving and rage inducing. I didn’t find most of the content surprising. A lot of the racist actions and sentiments expressed are ones I’ve heard about or observed before, either online or second-hand. The most shocking part to me was that so many people would say blatantly racist things to a woman of color and seemingly not even realize how rude they’re being. Read more »

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Historical Fiction Review: The Confessions of Frannie Langton

March 23, 2020 Uncategorized 5 ★★★

Historical Fiction Review: The Confessions of Frannie LangtonTitle: The Confessions of Frannie Langton
Author: Sara Collins
Source: Library
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link)|Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating:three-stars

Summary: This story had a  protagonist I loved getting to know, but the second half of the book lagged.

“All of London is abuzz with the scandalous case of Frannie Langton, accused of the brutal double murder of her employers, renowned scientist George Benham and his eccentric French wife, Marguerite…But Frannie claims she cannot recall what happened that fateful evening, even if remembering could save her life. She doesn’t know how she came to be covered in the victims’ blood. But she does have a tale to tell: a story of her childhood on a Jamaican plantation, her apprenticeship under a debauched scientist who stretched all bounds of ethics, and the events that brought her into the Benhams’ London home…” (source)

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Nonfiction Friday

March 20, 2020 Uncategorized 0

NonfictionFriday

Nonfiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome nonfiction happenings of the week.
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