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#FuturisticFriday Review: This Mortal Coil

November 15, 2017 Uncategorized 1

#FuturisticFriday Review: This Mortal CoilTitle: This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1)
Author: Emily Suvada
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: Less than perfect science didn’t detract from my enjoyment of all aspects of this book, which had fantastic characters, world-building, and plot.

“Catarina Agatta is a hacker….but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people [can] recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies…And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius. That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus…When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.” (source) Read more »

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#FuturisticFriday Review: Counting Backwards

November 14, 2017 Uncategorized 2

#FuturisticFriday Review: Counting BackwardsTitle: Counting Backwards: A Doctor's Notes on Anesthesia
Author: Henry Jay Przybylo
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: The sections on history and philosophy of anesthesiology weren’t my favorite, but the fascinating, moving patient stories were fantastic.

In his career of more thirty years, anesthesiologist Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo has administered anesthesia more than 30,000 times. His patients have included everyone from “newborn babies, screaming toddlers, sullen teenagers, even a gorilla.” (source). As he shares his experiences with these patients, he also explores the nature of consciousness and the history of anesthesiology. Read more »

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

November 13, 2017 Uncategorized 14

This week for Nonfiction November, we’re revisiting another favorite prompt – Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert – and the link-up will be hosted by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness. If you answer the prompt too, don’t forget to link-up on her blog before Friday!

Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/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). Read more »

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#FuturisticFriday Review: Code Girls

November 10, 2017 Uncategorized 22

#FuturisticFriday Review: Code GirlsTitle: Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II
Author: Liza Mundy
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: A perfect narrative nonfiction blend of personal stories, global events, and a history of code breaking.

“Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history” (source) but here the author is able to share their story based on interviews and recently declassified documents. Read more »

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#NonficNov – Book Pairing

November 6, 2017 Uncategorized 17

This week, we have one of the discussion posts people seem to love the most every year – a chance to share your nonfiction and fiction book pairings! I know I always love this prompt, because it’s so fun to learn about a topic from nonfiction and then get a personal narrative by reading fiction on the same topic. For this discussion, the link-up is hosted by Sarah at Sarah’s Bookshelves, so be sure to share your post before the weekly round-up on Friday. Here’s the full prompt and my pairings: Read more »

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Witch Week Guest Post

November 4, 2017 Uncategorized 2

I’ve loved reading genres that feel suited to the season this year, so I’m particularly enjoying Witch Week, hosted by Lory at Emerald City Book Review. This event focuses on books based in fantasy, myth, and legend with a fun theme each year. This year’s them is Dreams of Arthur, so I was thrilled to write a review of The Discovery of King Arthur for the event. If you’ve ever wondered if the Arthur legend had a basis in reality or you like fun facts, check out my book review guest post at Emerald City Book Review today.

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October Wrap-Up

November 1, 2017 Uncategorized 8

Happy Fall everyone! We may not really get fall weather here in California, but this month I’ve been enjoying all things autumn. Curling up with a book and some warm apple cider, gearing up for Nonfiction November, and Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon have been some of my favorite things and I’m looking forward to more of the same in November.
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