#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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#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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