Posts By: DoingDewey

#TLCBookTours Review: When Women Ruled the World

November 19, 2018 Uncategorized 6

#TLCBookTours Review: When Women Ruled the WorldTitle: When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt
Author: Kara Cooney
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: one-star

Summary: It’s hard to summarize how bad this was, full of sexism; poorly supported conclusions; and weird references to modern times.

This is a history of six women who ruled ancient Egypt. I expected to really enjoy this, having given the author’s first book (The Woman Who Would Be King) five stars. I also hate to say bad things about a book that a tour company was kind enough to send me. Unfortunately, the honest truth is that this was really bad. It’s almost impressive how the author managed to both beat the reader over the head with a feminist message and be incredibly sexist at the same time. Read more »

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Nonfiction Friday

November 16, 2018 Uncategorized 6

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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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#NBAwards Shortlist Review: American Eden

November 15, 2018 Uncategorized 4

#NBAwards Shortlist Review: American EdenTitle: American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
Author: Victoria Johnson
Source: Library
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

“On a clear morning in July 1804, Alexander Hamilton stepped onto a boat at the edge of the Hudson River. He was bound for a New Jersey dueling ground to settle his bitter dispute with Aaron Burr. Hamilton took just two men with him: his “second” for the duel, and Dr. David Hosack…. Hosack was one of the few points the duelists did agree on. Summoned that morning because of his role as the beloved Hamilton family doctor, he was also a close friend of Burr. A brilliant surgeon and a world-class botanist, Hosack—who until now has been lost in the fog of history—was a pioneering thinker who shaped a young nation.” (source) Read more »

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#TLCBookTours Review: The Splendor of Birds

November 14, 2018 Uncategorized 4

#TLCBookTours Review: The Splendor of BirdsTitle: The Splendor of Birds: Art and Photographs from National Geographic
Author: National Geographic Society
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: This was awesome! Fantastic photography, fascinating history – I loved it.

This collection of bird photography, organized to cover bird conservation and National Geographic history, was fantastic. Unlike many coffee table books, the text was substantive. There wasn’t so much of it that this couldn’t be enjoyed just to look through, but what was there had depth. I loved learning about the way bird photography has changed. Seeing the older pictures and thinking about technical limitations of the time was fascinating. And even among these older pictures, with their technical limitations, there were picture I’d have been thrilled to take. In the newer pictures, there are some where it would be a peak life experience if I were able to take a picture like that. Which is to say that, like the text, the pictures did not disappoint! Read more »

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#NonficNov: Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert

November 12, 2018 Uncategorized 11

I’ve been looking forward to this week the most of all our Nonfiction November discussions, because I have two topics I’d really like your help learning more about. Before I jump in, this week’s prompt is hosted by JulzReads and the prompt is as follows:

Three ways to join in this week! You can either share three 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). Read more »

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Nonfiction Friday

November 9, 2018 Uncategorized 4

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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TLCBookTours Review: Visual Atlas of the World

November 8, 2018 Uncategorized 7

TLCBookTours Review: Visual Atlas of the WorldTitle: National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World, 2nd Edition: Fully Revised and Updated
Author: National Geographic Society
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

I’m not quite sure what to make of this book. It wasn’t what I expected. Perhaps people who have used atlases more in their life will be less surprised than I by the amount of interesting natural history information it began with. This part of the book was a lot of fun. There were also some fascinating maps at the beginning of the section for each continent. These showed interesting things like human energy consumption; past tectonic events; and population density. In these ways, it was more and better than I expected. Read more »

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#NonficNov: Seven Fiction/Nonfiction Book Pairings

November 6, 2018 Uncategorized 11

This week we have a long-time favorite prompt – the nonfiction/fiction pairings! Sarah at Sarah’s Bookshelves is hosting this year, so be sure to stop by the link-up to share your post and see the pairings everyone else is sharing. Here’s the full prompt:

Fiction / Nonfiction 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. Read more »

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#TLCBookTours Review: Journeys of a Lifetime

November 5, 2018 Uncategorized 9

#TLCBookTours Review: Journeys of a LifetimeTitle: Journeys of a Lifetime, Second Edition: 500 of the World's Greatest Trips
Author: National Geographic Society, George Stone
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

I have a number of these National Geographic book tour reviews scheduled this month, so I hope you all enjoy them as much as I’m enjoying the books. As I mentioned in my last review, these books are of uniformly high quality. I just can’t pass up the chance to review them! Like the others, this is a beautiful, well constructed coffee table book. It’s clearly intended to serve as inspiration for future trips, rather than a detailed logistical guide. I think I’d still prefer having a guide book form factor instead of a coffee table book (it’s so big!). I was surprised to find I didn’t miss the detailed information of a guidebook though. This included less information, but it was exactly the information I needed to decide if I was potentially interested in each trip. Read more »

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#TLCBookTours Review: The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter

November 5, 2018 Uncategorized 6

#TLCBookTours Review: The Lighthouse Keeper’s DaughterTitle: The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
Author: Hazel Gaynor
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: Beautiful, immersive historical fiction about some unique women.

This dual narrative, historical fiction novel was inspired by several real women who served as lighthouse keepers. The first story took place in 1838 England and followed Grace Darling, a woman who gained fame she never wanted by rescuing shipwreck survivors. The second story followed a young woman sent from Ireland to Rhode Island by a family shaming her for an unwanted pregnancy. Both women had to learn to be brave in ways that hadn’t expected to shape the lives they wanted. Read more »

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