Posts By: DoingDewey

#BeatTheBacklist Review: Dangerous Books for Girls

January 15, 2018 Uncategorized 4

#BeatTheBacklist Review: Dangerous Books for GirlsTitle: Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained: Expanded Edition
Author: Maya Rodale
Source: Gift
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: A really thoughtful collection of essays, conversational in tone but addressing substantial questions raised by the romance genre.

Even among some romance readers, who may describe reading romance as their ‘guilty pleasure’, romance has something of a bad reputation. Formulaic. Unrealistic. Fluff. These are just some of the charges commonly leveled against romance. In this collection of short essays, romance author and reader Maya Rodale explores the origins of the stigma surrounding romance novels. She explores the history of the romance and discusses how the treatment of romance novels tracks with the way society treats women. She also shares survey results and interview quotes to support claims about how romance novels are perceived. Read more »

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#NonficReads18: Quarterly Read Announcement

January 14, 2018 Uncategorized 0

I’m excited to announce that our quarterly read will be Hunger by Roxane Gay! This book has been on my to-read list since before it came out, so I’m excited to finally read it and discuss it with all of you. We don’t have a particular reading schedule, so just read at your leisure and then we can all chat about what we’ve read. Feel free to join in whether you signed up for the Nonfiction Reading Challenge or not. Happy reading!

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Nonfiction Friday

January 12, 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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2017 Reading Stats

January 11, 2018 Uncategorized 17

I’ve finally had the time to put together my stats from last year! I enjoyed plotting them and am excited to share them with you.

The Books

I knew I read more library books this year, but I was surprised to see that fully half my books came from the library. I did a lot of putting books on hold as soon as I wanted to read them and once I had books, I felt on deadline to pick them! Read more »

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New Thriller Review: Just Between Us

January 10, 2018 Uncategorized 8

New Thriller Review: Just Between UsTitle: Just Between Us
Author: Rebecca Drake
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

“Alison, Julie, Sarah, Heather. Four friends living the suburban ideal. But each of them has a dirty little secret, and… everything starts to unravel when Alison spots a nasty bruise on Heather’s wrist…As mysterious injuries and erratic behavior mount, Heather can no longer deny the abuse, but she refuses to leave her husband. Desperate to save her, Alison and the others dread the phone call telling them that she’s been killed. But when that call finally comes, it’s not Heather who’s dead. In a moment they’ll come to regret, the women must decide what lengths they’ll go to in order to help a friend.” (source) Read more »

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#BoutOfBooks Progress Updates

January 9, 2018 Uncategorized 4

I’ve had a slow start to Bout of Books, forgetting the twitter chat and mostly blogging instead of reading last night. I’m really enjoying my current read though and hopefully I’ll be reading more later in the week. I hope everyone else is having fun so far and look forward to checking in with everyone throughout the week!

Monday
Pages Read: 100
Books Read: Just Between Us
Books Finished:
Bonus:
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Reading Deeply Review: Close to the Machine

January 8, 2018 Uncategorized 9

Reading Deeply Review: Close to the MachineTitle: Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents
Author: Ellen Ullman
Source: Library
|Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: Thoughtful, beautiful, really captured the joys and struggles of being a programmer. A favorite.

This is the first book I’m reviewing as part of my resolution to read more deeply. I’d really like to get more out of what I read, to truly be learning and retaining more of each book. I think something that will help me do that is reading connected books, so I’m currently reading through Ellen Ullman’s books, inspired by Veronica at The Thousand Book Projects‘s read of all things Toni Morrison. Previously, I’d read Life in Code, a series of essays that were both memoir and history of the field of computer science, published last year. Close to the Machine is a similar book, but published ten years earlier. Read more »

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Nonfiction Friday

January 5, 2018 Uncategorized 2

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! Read more »

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December Wrap-Up

January 4, 2018 Uncategorized 6

For some reason, I’ve found myself more caught up in goal setting at the beginning of this year than usual. I want to join a bunch of events, read more books than I did last year, and do lots of good posts. But in the normal way of things, other life obligations mean that it’s January 4th and I’m only just posting my wrap-up from last month 🙂 I’m sure you all understand! I do have a lot of January events I’m going to try to join in on though, so I’m particularly glad to get my sign-ups posted here.
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