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Nonfiction November is Back!

October 3, 2017 Uncategorized 13

I’m so excited to be able to announce today that Nonficion November is going to be taking place again this year! I’m sure I say this every year, but this is one of my favorite blogging events. I love having the chance to talk about nonfiction with all of you all month long. Your hosts this year will be Julie at JulzReads, Sarah of Sarah’s Book Shelves, Lory of Emerald City Book Review, Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness, and myself.

As in previous years, we’ll post a discussion prompt on Monday of each week and a link-up on Friday. We’ll also be having a nonfiction book swap this year (sign-ups here), which should be a ton of fun. I’ll be sending out the pairings and it’s my first time doing that for a swap, so please be patient as I work out any kinks. Here’s the schedule for all that nonfiction-y goodness: Read more »

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Nonfiction/Fiction Pairing For Hispanic History Month

October 2, 2017 Uncategorized 0

For Platypire’s Diversity Challenge, I’ve been trying to read one nonfiction and one fiction book for the theme she suggests each month. It’s led me to read a lot of great books I might not have picked up otherwise. When I remember to plan my reading, it also means I do a better job reading books with protagonists who are underrepresented in books relative to population stats. These are the two books I read for Hispanic History Month. Read more »

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September Wrap-Up

October 1, 2017 Uncategorized 2

Despite some international travel (post to come later) and the usual life things, I’m excited to still have been doing a lot of reading and blogging this past month. I’m also still planning my reading for each month in advance. That makes me feel like I’m really reading the books I most want to read and gives me a lot to look forward to in the month ahead. I’m using the library more too, to get the specific books I want, and I’m happy to be back in the library more often.
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Nonfiction Review: Dear Fahrenheit 451

September 25, 2017 Uncategorized 6

Nonfiction Review: Dear Fahrenheit 451Title: Dear Fahrenheit 451: A Librarian's Love Letters and Break-Up Notes to the Books in Her Life
Author: Annie Spence
Source: NetGalley
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: Funny, entertaining, and relatable – I loved this and would recommend it to anyone who love books.

This is a collection of letters from librarian Annie Spence to books she’s loved, books she’s hated, and everything inbetween. She shared books that have meant a lot to her in her life, along with some personal stories and some of her interesting experiences as a librarian. She then wraps up with some book recommendation lists. Read more »

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Nonfiction Review: Weapons of Math Destruction

September 20, 2017 Uncategorized 4

Nonfiction Review: Weapons of Math DestructionTitle: Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
Author: Cathy O'Neil
Source: Library
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: This was interesting and the author made some good points, but it was repetitive and not very technical.

More and more aspects of our lives are being dictated by hidden algorithms. In theory, this should eliminate human biases and lead to more fair decisions. Unfortunately, the reality is that models are made by biased human beings. Models are also built on data describing the way the world is now and so may codify existing inequalities. This is particularly dangerous because algorithms often escape the regulation human decisions would have to follow. The reasons for their decisions may never be revealed to people whose lives are influenced by those decisions. Read more »

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Three-Star Fiction in Mini-Reviews

September 18, 2017 Uncategorized 5

I hate to be a downer, but both of these books had great premises and yet reading them, I felt like something was missing. Neither really grabbed me and the endings felt anticlimactic. I suspect this was mostly personal preference though, so I’ll explain what I didn’t like about them and you can figure out if they might work better for you. Read more »

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