Posts By: DoingDewey

#NonficNov Review: Goodbye, Things

November 25, 2020 Uncategorized 10 ★★★★

#NonficNov Review: Goodbye, ThingsTitle: Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism
Author: Fumio Sasaki, Eriko Sugita
Source: Library
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads

Summary: Helpful tips presented with recognition that minimalism won’t look the same for everyone made this a helpful, accessible, though sometimes repetitive, guide.

I’m moving across the country in about a week and moving always makes me want to get rid of everyone I own, so this book on Japanese minimalism was the right book at the right time for me. Although it had a few flaws, it was a calming, easy read full of helpful tips. The first half, in particular, worked for me. The second half was a little less helpful and made some grandiose claims, but there’s enough good here that I still enjoyed the book overall. Read more »


#NonficNov: New To My TBR

November 22, 2020 Uncategorized 43

As always, I’m sad Nonfiction November is coming to a close, but I’m thrilled to host our last discussion prompt. Thanks so much to all of you who’ve participated! I’ve had more time to read posts this year and I’ve loved hearing from all of you. Don’t forget to visit the other hosts before we wrap up – Rennie at What’s Nonfiction, Julie at Julz Reads, and Leann of Shelf Aware. Thanks to them for making this event possible! This week you can link-up your responses at the end of my post. The prompt is:

New to My TBR : It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book! Read more »


Science Nonfiction in Review: Clean

November 22, 2020 Uncategorized 10 ★★★★

Science Nonfiction in Review: CleanTitle: Clean: The New Science of Skin
Author: James Hamblin
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads

Summary: I enjoyed this approachable, personable, nuanced look at the science of skin care.

“Keeping skin healthy is a booming industry, and yet it seems like almost no one agrees on what actually works. Confusing messages from health authorities and ineffective treatments have left many people desperate for reliable solutions. An enormous alternative industry is filling the void, selling products that are often of questionable safety and totally unknown effectiveness. In Clean, doctor and journalist James Hamblin explores how we got here, examining the science and culture of how we care for our skin today.” (source) Read more »



A Hollywood History Review: The Castle on Sunset

November 19, 2020 Uncategorized 6 ★★

A Hollywood History Review: The Castle on SunsetTitle: The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont
Author: Shawn Levy
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads

Summary: Without a prior interest in early Hollywood, this books quick vignettes didn’t engage me.

“For nearly ninety years, Hollywood’s brightest stars have favored the Chateau Marmont as a home away from home. An apartment house-turned-hotel, it has hosted generations of gossip and folklore…Perched above the Sunset Strip like a fairytale castle, the Chateau seems to come from another world entirely. Its singular appearance houses an equally singular history. While a city, an industry, and a culture have changed around it, Chateau Marmont has welcomed the most iconic and iconoclastic personalities in film, music, and media. It appeals to the rich and famous not just for its European ambiance but for its seclusion: Much of what’s happened inside the Chateau’s walls has eluded the public eye. Until now.” (source) Read more »


#NonficNov: Be/Ask/Become the Expert

November 16, 2020 Uncategorized 28

Welcome to week 3 of Nonfiction November! I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I have been. I have to admit that it hasn’t been the best reading month for me, but I’ve loved reading your posts more than ever. It’s been so lovely hearing what you’ve all been reading this year. This week we’ll be moving on to another well loved prompt, with the opportunity for you to share or find books on a topic you’re excited about. Visit Rennie at What’s Nonfiction this week to share your responses to the following prompt:

Be/Ask/Become the Expert: Three ways to join in this week! You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).

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#KirkusPrize Popular Vote Winner!

November 15, 2020 Uncategorized 2

In addition to missing my Nonfiction Friday post during the first week of #NonficNov, I also missed my planned date for announcing the winner of our informal vote on the Kirkus Prize shortlist. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to vote! Whether you read all of the books, some of the books, or just one that you loved enough to want it to win, I appreciate your input. We had seven votes and that was enough to give us a clear winner which was…. Read more »



#NonficNov: Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairings

November 9, 2020 Uncategorized 30

Well, last week somehow both lasted forever and flew by, but either way, I was glad to have all your great introductory posts to keep me company! Now we’re on to week 2 of Nonfiction November and what is probably the most beloved discussion prompt – fiction/nonfiction pairings. Your host this week will be Julie of Julz Reads, so hop on over to share your fiction/nonfiction book pairings.

Book Pairing: This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story.

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#KirkusPrize Popular Vote

November 5, 2020 Uncategorized 0

I’m not sure how much you all will be interested in completing our own Kirkus Prize vote, but as promised, we’re kicking off a vote today! The actual prize winner will also be announced today, but we’ll wait to pick our winner until next Thursday. The poll I’m using doesn’t allow book choice to be randomized with the free plan, so hopefully that won’t bias our answers too much 🙂

In case you’re interested in checking out my reviews before you vote, here they are for all the books in contention: