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#NonficNov: Your Year in Nonfiction

October 30, 2017 Uncategorized 26

Woo, happy Nonfiction November! I know I just said this in my last Nonfiction Friday post, but I still have to remind you about all the awesome events we have planned this month. There’s an Instagram challenge, a nonfiction book swap, and our discussion posts (prompts Mondays, wrap-ups on Fridays). This is the first discussion post and the link-up is hosted by Julz at Julz Reads, so visit her to share your answer. The prompt and my response are below: Read more »

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#FuturisticFriday Review: Death In the Air

October 29, 2017 Uncategorized 4

#FuturisticFriday Review: Death In the AirTitle: Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City
Author: Kate Winkler Dawson
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: Exactly what I look for in narrative nonfiction – engaging and edifying.

“London was still recovering from the devastation of World War II when another disaster hit: for five long days in December 1952, a killer smog held the city firmly in its grip and refused to let go. Day became night, mass transit ground to a halt, criminals roamed the streets, and some 12,000 people died from the poisonous air. But in the chaotic aftermath, another killer was stalking the streets, using the fog as a cloak for his crimes. All across London, women were going missing-poor women, forgotten women. Their disappearances caused little alarm, but each of them had one thing in common: they had the misfortune of meeting a quiet, unassuming man, John Reginald Christie, who invited them back to his decrepit Notting Hill flat during that dark winter. They never left.” (source) Read more »

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Nonfiction/Fiction Pairing For Asexual Awareness Week

October 23, 2017 Uncategorized 1

This week is Asexual Awareness Week, an event I heard about through Platypire’s Diversity Challenge. This is another nonfiction/fiction pairing I’ve read for that challenge and I have to say, I’d definitely recommend this approach to the challenge. Fiction can inspire empathy, but reading nonfiction enables fact checking that might be equally important for dispelling prejudices or stereotypes. Here’s what I thought of the books I picked up this week: Read more »

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Dewey’s Read-a-Thon Hour 15 – #ReadathonBuddy Photo Challenge

October 21, 2017 Uncategorized 46

Every read-a-thon is different, but one thing that’s consistent every year is my cat’s certainty that whenever I’m reading, I need her help! Are you reading with a bookish buddy today? If so, share a picture of your reading buddy on Instagram or elsewhere. I’ve already seen lots of cute pet pictures go by today and will happily accept as entries pics you shared earlier today. Use the hashtag #ReadathonBuddy if you’re sharing on a hashtag kind of site. Once you’ve shared your picture, stop back to enter the giveaway. I’ll announce the winner after the end of hour 17.

Update – If you don’t have a pet, feel free to share a picture of a stuffed animal, funko pop, etc or the location where you’re reading instead. I’d like everyone to be able to participate in this one, so please get as creative as you’d like with it 🙂

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#FuturisticFriday Review: We Were Eight Years in Power

October 18, 2017 Uncategorized 12

#FuturisticFriday Review: We Were Eight Years in PowerTitle: We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: Brilliant, beautiful, thought-provoking, highly recommended.

This is a collection of essays Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote, one per year, while Obama was president. Each is a preceded by an introduction from the author, describing the context for the essay, including both where he was in his personal life and where we were politically. In this intro sections, he also talks about his writing process and what he thinks of his essays now that some time has passed. The author wraps up with a new essay including his thoughts on Trump’s election. Read more »

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#FuturisticFriday Review: Without Merit

October 16, 2017 Uncategorized 6

#FuturisticFriday Review: Without MeritTitle: Without Merit
Author: Colleen Hoover
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: This was fun, cute, and quirky and thought it didn’t feel particularly novel or substantial, I flew through it.

“The Voss family is anything but normal.The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit. Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. [When Merit falls in love with a boy who is unavailable, it’s one of the last straws]..Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.” Read more »

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#FuturisticFriday Review: The Genius Plague

October 15, 2017 Uncategorized 0

#FuturisticFriday Review: The Genius PlagueTitle: The Genius Plague
Author: David Walton
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: This was an incredibly fun, fast-paced read. Very cinematic, would make a great movie.

“What if the pandemic you thought would kill you made you more intelligent instead? In the Amazon jungle, a disease is spreading. To those who survive, it grants enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. But the miracle may be the sinister survival mechanism of a fungal organism, manipulating the infected into serving it.  Paul Johns, a mycologist, is convinced the fungal host is the next stage of human evolution, while his brother Neil, an analyst at the NSA, is committed to its destruction. Is the human race the master in this symbiotic relationship, or are we becoming the pawns of a subtly dominating and utterly alien intelligence?” (Source) Read more »

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