Posts By: DoingDewey

Medical Memoir Review: The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness

January 18, 2021 Uncategorized 2 ★★★★

Medical Memoir Review: The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious IllnessTitle: The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness
Author: Sarah Ramey
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads
Rating:four-stars

Summary: This was a mix of beautiful/entertaining prose and clear explanations, as enjoyable as it was informative.

This memoir of author Sarah Ramey’s experience with a ‘mysterious illness’ describes her many infuriating and unhelpful encounters with both doctors and alternative medicine practitioners. The callous response she receives from doctors, who regularly disregard clear physical evidence she’s sick and suggest a psychological explanation, was horrifying. Unfortunately, it isn’t a rare experience. Especially among women, complex diseases of the immune system are on the rise. Many of the women who experience these ‘mysterious illnesses’ encounter the same disbelief from medical practitioners and friends. In this memoir, Ramey’s personal experience therefore provides the reader with insight into a common but rarely discussed experience. She also suggests some helpful approaches to dealing with these illnesses and for contextualizing them that will likely be of use to other people, or those related to other people, experiencing similar health issues. Read more »

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Fiction Mini-Reviews: Trying a New Genre and Revisiting an Old Favorite

January 11, 2021 Uncategorized 3 ★★

Fiction Mini-Reviews: Trying a New Genre and Revisiting an Old FavoriteTitle: Let the Right One In
Author: John Ajvide Lindqvist
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads
Rating:two-stars

I’m currently working through the backlog of unread books on my shelves. That sometimes means a departure from my current reading tastes – more YA, more fantasy and sci-fi, and fewer books by authors of color. This book is one I requested in a gift swap when I thought I might try reading some horror. I’ve since discovered I don’t like horror very much, but this is one of the books in that genre that I’ve enjoyed best. The supernatural horror was delightfully creepy, perfect for fans of the recent Netflix show Evil. The human horror in the story was far scarier to me. I often found it stressful to read about. There one truly awful scene where cats are injured that I saw coming and was able to skim, but I nearly knocked a star of this rating for it. It was just terrible to read. The book did keep me turning pages, wanting to know how everything would turn out. I wasn’t emotionally invested though and it just wasn’t my kind of story, so there wasn’t anything to make me really love it. It’s also now been a little while since I read this and I’m finding that this story hasn’t stuck with me, so I have knocked a star off for that! Read more »

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2020 Reading Stats

January 6, 2021 Uncategorized 6

Well, it’s time for some stats and I’m excited! There were definitely some changes in my reading habits this year and it will be fun to see how the stats compare to 2018, the last year that I put a stats post together. I’ll break this up into the same categories as 2018, with info on the books I read, the authors who wrote them, the publishers they were from, how I rated them, and how well they reflected the demographics of our diverse world. Read more »

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Nonfiction Review: A Walk in the Woods

January 4, 2021 Uncategorized 2 ★★★

Nonfiction Review: A Walk in the WoodsTitle: A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Author: Bill Bryson
Source: Book Swap
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads
Rating:three-stars

Summary: The sense of humor in this book left me with mixed feelings, but the personal stories and fun facts were great.

This memoir of hiking the Appalachian Trail is the second book I’ve read by author and novice hiker Bill Bryson. I tried his A Short History of Nearly Everything and found his dad joke-y humor wasn’t enough to carry me through a long book that rehashed natural history I’m already familiar with. This memoir, which included details of his personal experience and new-to-me info, was much more enjoyable. I’m glad I finally gave his books a second chance. Read more »

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Futuristic Friday: Find Your New Reads {Jan-March 2021}

January 1, 2021 Uncategorized 0

Happy New Year everyone! May this year be better than the last. If the publishing is any indication, it will be. What a good start to the year! Tamara of Traveling with T and I are excited to share with you all the books we’re most looking forward to in the next month. I had an even harder time than usual narrowing it down. There are just so many great options. To see what books we each picked, check out the post at Traveling with T.

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Favorite Fiction Reads of 2020

December 31, 2020 Uncategorized 8

I actually ended up with only four fiction favorites this year! Although I’ve always loved nonfiction, this year, I’ve leaned even further that direction. This is true in terms of what I’m reading (I think about 2/3 nonfiction, up from normally closer to 1/2) and obviously in terms of what I’m enjoying as well. I’m currently really trying to clear out unread books from my shelves though, which might force me to balance back out and include more fiction in the coming year. Read more »

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Favorite Nonfiction Reads of 2020

December 30, 2020 Uncategorized 10

Typically I restrict myself to ten favorite nonfiction books, but I found that my five-star reads skewed far more heavily towards nonfiction this year. So, I’ve allowed myself a dozen nonfiction favorites and suspect I’ll select closer to five favorite fiction reads. Although I have a few more books on the list than usual, they were really all wonderful reads. I hope you’re able to find some here that appeal to you:) Read more »

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A New Year’s Prep Review: Hello, Habits

December 28, 2020 Uncategorized 6 ★★★★

A New Year’s Prep Review: Hello, HabitsTitle: Hello, Habits: A Minimalist's Guide to a Better Life
Author: Fumio Sasaki
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads
Rating:four-stars

Summary: This book combined the soothing, humble approach of Sasaki’s previous book with better citations and even more useful advice.

This is the second in a pair of books by minimalist Fumio Sasaki that I stumbled across at the perfect time in my life. I was able to read his Goodbye, Things just as I was moving, which always makes me excited to reduce the number of things I own. Now, as I’m settling into a new place and getting ready for the new year, felt like just the right time to pick up my review copy of his next book on developing new habits. Read more »

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Feminist Essays in Review: The Mother of All Questions

December 24, 2020 Uncategorized 4 ★★★★

Feminist Essays in Review: The Mother of All QuestionsTitle: The Mother of All Questions
Author: Rebecca Solnit
Source: Bought
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads
Rating:four-stars

Summary: Some of this book felt like a repeat of other feminist essays I’ve read, but the author presented some unique ideas and ways of thinking that made this a valuable read.

I’ve had this book on my shelves for at least a year and I’ve been hearing good things about Rebecca Solnit for longer, so it was about time I picked this up. Having heard her speak, the tone of these essays was about as I expected – smartly using humor, anecdotes, and statistics to skewer sexist people, events, and social mores. I was a little disappointed by the focus of many of these essays on ‘current’ (at time of writing) events and works of pop culture. The sections where she got into more general commentary appealed to me more than the essays focused on specifics. Read more »

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