#NonFicReads18 Kick-off!

January 2, 2018 Uncategorized 16

Wow! I’m pleasantly surprised by the amount of interest in this challenge and excited to get started on a great year of reading nonfiction with all of you. Today, I’ve got a few small details to clarify and I’m posting the poll for our first group read. I also realized that I didn’t include my own goals for the challenge in either my challenge announcement or challenge sign-ups, so I’ll commit here to reading 40% nonfiction in 2018.

Twitter Chats

Thanks to a question from Laurie at Relevant Obscurity I realized that I hadn’t picked a hashtag for our challenge! We’ll be using #NonFicReads18. And just as a reminder, our first twitter chat will be Jan 14th at 1pm EST/10am PST.

Group Read Poll

Vote below for the book you’d like to have as our group read in the first quarter of 2018. You don’t have to read it to participate in the nonfiction challenge, but it’ll be a good book to read if you want to be able to discuss a book with other bloggers.

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And if there’s something else you’d like to see in the poll next time, please let me know in the comments below 🙂

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#AMonthOfFaves: 2018 Challenge Sign-Ups

December 26, 2017 Uncategorized 8

Today prompt for the #AMonthOfFaves year-end recap event, hosted by Travelling With T, Estella’s Revenge, and GirlXOXO, asks about challenges we’re signing up for as well as the ones we’ve finished. Before I even pick any specific challenges, I’m committing to better tracking of my challenge progress. There’s a To-Do list template on Google Sheets that seems like it will be perfect. Here are the challenges I’ll be tackling in 2018. Read more »

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#AMonthOfFaves: 2017 Challenge Wrap-Up

December 26, 2017 Uncategorized 2

Today I’m checking in on how I did with the challenges I committed to last year as part of the #AMonthOfFaves year-end recap event, hosted by Travelling With T, Estella’s Revenge, and GirlXOXO. Despite making myself choose very few challenges last year, I haven’t done nearly as much for my challenges as I’d like! In particular, I’ve not done enough planning to read for my challenges and then tracking what I’ve read. Without that, I think I’m unlikely to make much progress. That said, I do have a few reading stats I’m really happy with, they just don’t exactly match the resolutions I set out with 🙂 Here are my resolutions from last year and the progress I made: Read more »

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Yet Another Nonfiction Review: The State of Affairs

December 24, 2017 Uncategorized 8

Yet Another Nonfiction Review:  The State of AffairsTitle: The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity
Author: Esther Perel
Source: Library
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: Although the point of this book is to broadly examine the phenomenon of infidelity, what I enjoyed most were the anecdotes that gave an unusually intimate glimpse of many relationships.

“An affair: it can rob a couple of their relationship, their happiness, their very identity. And yet, this extremely common human experience is so poorly understood. What are we to make of this time-honored taboo—universally forbidden yet universally practiced? Why do people cheat—even those in happy marriages? Why does an affair hurt so much? When we say infidelity, what exactly do we mean? Do our romantic expectations of marriage set us up for betrayal? Is there such a thing as an affair-proof marriage? Is it possible to love more than one person at once? Can an affair ever help a marriage?” (source) Using case-stories from her time as a couple’s therapist, Esther Perel addresses these questions. Read more »

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Nonfiction Review: A Brief History of Thought

December 20, 2017 Uncategorized 2

Nonfiction Review: A Brief History of ThoughtTitle: A Brief History of Thought: A Philosophical Guide to Living
Author: Luc Ferry
Source: Library
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: This was a worthwhile read and presented clearly enough that I feel better educated for having read it, but it was also dense enough that it wasn’t a fun read.

This book is a crash course on the history of philosophy. The author covers six main schools of thought in chronological order, including “the timeless wisdom of the ancient Greeks[,] Christianity, the Enlightenment, existentialism, and postmodernism”. He presents the basics of each of these philosophies in a nice, structured framework with lots of quotes so the reader can become familiar with classic texts in the field. Read more »

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Nonfiction Review: Spook

December 18, 2017 Uncategorized 13

Nonfiction Review: SpookTitle: Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
Author: Mary Roach
Source: Library
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: Exactly what I expect from Mary Roach – funny, informative, engaging – plus it was fun to read one of her earlier books to hear more about her interest in science.

In an attempt to find a scientific answer to the question of what happens when we die, Mary Roach visits a wide variety of researchers. “She begins the journey in rural India with a reincarnation researcher and ends up in a University of Virginia operating room where cardiologists have installed equipment near the ceiling to study out-of-body near-death experiences. Along the way, she enrolls in an English medium school, gets electromagnetically haunted at a university in Ontario, and visits a Duke University professor with a plan to weigh the consciousness of a leech.” (source) Read more »

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2018 Nonfiction Reading Challenge

December 16, 2017 Uncategorized 47

In previous years, I’ve thought about hosting a nonfiction challenge, but I’ve been able to find existing challenges that made doing so seem redundant. That’s not the case this year, so I’m excited to announce that I’ll be hosting a nonfiction reading challenge! The goals will be flexible and I’ll be putting together several events throughout the year to help participants connect with each other. Read more »

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