Nonfiction Review: Forty Autumns

September 4, 2017 Uncategorized 7

Nonfiction Review: Forty AutumnsTitle: Forty Autumns: A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall
Author: Nina Willner
Source: TLC Book Tours
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

“At twenty, Hanna escaped from East to West Germany. But the price of freedom—leaving behind her parents, eight siblings, and family home—was heartbreaking. Uprooted, Hanna eventually moved to America, where she settled down with her husband and had children of her own. Growing up near Washington, D.C., Hanna’s daughter, [author] Nina Willner became the first female Army Intelligence Officer to lead sensitive intelligence operations in East Berlin at the height of the Cold War. Though only a few miles separated American Nina and her German relatives—grandmother Oma, Aunt Heidi, and cousin, Cordula, a member of the East German Olympic training team—a bitter political war kept them apart.” (Source) Read more »

Divider

Divider

Divider

Quick Reads in Mini-Reviews

August 30, 2017 Uncategorized 2

I enjoy YA and fantasy, but they don’t always make it to the top of my list. Fortunately, a reading challenge and my book club read for the month got me to pick these up right in the middle of Bout of Books. So far, I’ve been having a great read-a-thon and I had a ton of fun flying through these. Read more »

Divider

Nonfiction Review: The Great Quake

August 28, 2017 Uncategorized 4

Nonfiction Review: The Great QuakeTitle: The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet
Author: Henry Fountain
Source: NetGalley
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: Lots of story threads were sometimes hard to follow, but once things came together, this was a run, fascinating read.

“On March 27, 1964, at 5:36 p.m., the biggest earthquake ever recorded in North America–and the second biggest ever in the world, measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale–struck Alaska, devastating coastal towns and villages and killing more than 130 people in what was then a relatively sparsely populated region.” (source) In addition to wreaking havoc in the lives of inhabitants, this enormous earthquake provided geologists with a novel research opportunity. If they could figure out why it occurred, they could learn more about the way the earth moves and potentially predict future quakes. Read more »

Divider

Divider

Diversity Challenge Review: Still Alice

August 23, 2017 Uncategorized 5

Diversity Challenge Review: Still AliceTitle: Still Alice
Author: Lisa Genova
Source: Library
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: I loved this book because it felt incredibly real, from the depiction of life in academia to the characters’ emotions –  even the petty ones.

“Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away.” (source) Read more »

Divider

#BoutofBooks Progress

August 21, 2017 Uncategorized 8

Here we go! It’s time for Bout of Books. I’ll be tracking my reading progress here and updating as I go. I’m hoping to read at least 2 hours each evening during the read-a-thon and to make it to at least one of the twitter chats, but we’ll see how it goes. Read more »

Divider

Cozy Mystery Review: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

August 21, 2017 Uncategorized 9

Cozy Mystery Review: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective AgencyTitle: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #1)
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Source: Library
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: An interesting story with a great protagonist, but disjointed and without opportunity for the reader to solve the mysteries.

When Precious Ramotswe inherits enough money to start a business, she decides to take the risk of starting Botswana’s first ladies’ detective agency. She’s pleasantly surprised when people immediately start asking for her help. Using her observational skills and knowledge of the area, she is able to solve all kinds of cases, from finding missing loved ones to foiling con men. Read more »

Divider

Divider