I’ve actually been making it to the library and picking up books in new-to-me Dewey Decimal numbers lately and it’s lead me to some great reads. I’m excited to share them with you during Nonfiction November! Read more »
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 »
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.
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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I signed up for RIPXII right away and then didn’t do any fall genre reading until last weekend, when my Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon became a RIPXII read-a-thon. Here’s what I thought about my foray into the thriller and mystery genres. Read more »
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 »
Author: Kate Winkler Dawson
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
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 »
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 »