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Nonfiction Friday

July 19, 2019 Uncategorized 0

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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Literary Fiction Review: Supper Club

July 17, 2019 Uncategorized 2

Literary Fiction Review: Supper ClubTitle: Supper Club
Author: Lara Williams
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: The writing was clever and enjoyable, but the plot was a bit dark and ambiguous for me.

This isn’t your traditional supper club! Roberta starts the supper club with her friend Stevie as a way to push boundaries, break social conventions, and make space for themselves. Their secret meetings provide a freedom that the women involved are all struggling to find in their daily lives. “Yet as the club expands, growing both in size and rebellion, Roberta” (source) will be forced to reconsider her priorities, decide what she wants out of life, and come to terms with her hidden past. Read more »

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Thriller Review: Never Have I Ever

July 15, 2019 Uncategorized 2

Thriller Review: Never Have I EverTitle: Never Have I Ever
Author: Joshilyn Jackson
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: A gripping, unique thriller with awesome characters, but slightly less emotionally engaging than the author’s earlier books.

I’ve read and loved several of Joshilyn Jackson’s previous books (Someone Else’s Love StoryThe Opposite of Everyone, and The Almost Sisters), so I was excited to pick up her latest even though this thriller is something new for her. Her protagonist, Amy Whey, loves her quiet family life, in part for the escape it provides from her past. That peace is shattered when a beguiling woman named Angelica Roux shows up, claiming that she knows all of Amy’s secrets. When Roux threatens to make Amy pay, Amy will have no choice but to beat Roux at her own game to protect the people she loves. Read more »

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Nature Writing in Review: Underland

July 10, 2019 Uncategorized 7

Nature Writing in Review: UnderlandTitle: Underland: A Deep Time Journey
Author: Robert Macfarlane
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: A beautiful, thought-provoking meditation on nature.

The only connection between sections of this book is that each has to do with things found underground. The author physically explores some incredible underground spaces. He simultaneously explores the way humans have interacted with the world beneath our feet and the sorts of meanings we’ve attached to what we find there. Read more »

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True Crime Review: Norco ’80

July 8, 2019 Uncategorized 2

True Crime Review: Norco ’80Title: Norco '80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History
Author: Peter Houlahan
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: A well-written account of a dramatic true crime.

This is the story of a 1980 bank robbery in Norco, California. Committed by five men almost on a whim, this poorly planned robbery led to a terrifying car chase and fire fight. The chase was made particularly dangerous by the superior weapons possessed by the robbers. The subsequent trial was a huge spectacle. In several ways, it was less of a foregone conclusion than you might think. The relationship between attorneys was also incredibly contentious, with insults and even pencils thrown by both sides as the trial dragged on. Read more »

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June Wrap-Up

July 4, 2019 Uncategorized 10

Looking back at my May ambitions, I have to admit that I made it through very little of my to-read list! It’s been a hectic but fun month, with lots of travel and guests when we’ve been home. I’ve enjoyed it while it’s lasted, but I’m also excited to settle back into my routine and maybe catch up on reading with more themed read-a-thons.
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Memoir Review: Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered

July 2, 2019 Uncategorized 4

Memoir Review: Stay Sexy and Don’t Get MurderedTitle: Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide
Author: Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: I had mixed feelings about the tone and organization of this book, but enjoyed the honesty and humor which was similar to the authors’ podcast.

I’ve been having a lot of fun listening to the women of My Favorite Murder tell true crime stories with both humor and compassion for the victims. When I saw that they were releasing a memoir, I immediately put it on my to-read list. It ended up being presented as something of an advice book, as well as a memoir. I had mixed feelings about this and several other aspects of the book. Read more »

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