Review: Careers for Women

November 29, 2017 Uncategorized 6

Review: Careers for WomenTitle: Careers for Women
Author: Joanna Scott
Source: Library
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: Great writing and characterizations made the slower-paced mystery a pleasure to read.

In 1950’s New York, Maggie Gleason is enjoying the empowerment of having a career at the Port Authority. She stands in awe of her boss, the impressive Mrs. Jeffe, who is driving the creation of the world’s largest sky scraper. When Mrs. J asks her to look out for new hire, Pauline Moreau, and her daughter, she takes that charge seriously. So when Pauline vanishes, she won’t rest until she finds out what secret from Pauline’s past led to her disappearance. Read more »

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#NonficNov – New To My TBR

November 27, 2017 Uncategorized 10

This week, we’re having our traditional wrap-up discussion for Nonfiction November, talking about all the exciting books this event has added to our to-read list. I’ve tried to keep it to just a few! This week’s discussion will be hosted by Lory at Emerald City Book Review, so be sure to visit her blog to link-up your answer to this weeks discussion question.

New to My TBR: It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book! Read more »

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#NonficNov – More Nonfiction Mini-Reviews

November 23, 2017 Uncategorized 0

I have to admit that it’s not completely due to intentional efforts that November has, in fact, been a month of reading nonfiction for me. Today, I’ve got three more nonfiction books to share with you and all of them are books I picked up while library browsing. I’m glad I’m back to picking up books that way, because these were some great finds. Read more »

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Thanksgiving Read-a-thon and A Month of Faves

November 21, 2017 Uncategorized 4

As we start the holiday season, I’m looking forward to celebrating with some great blogging events, including one starting tomorrow!

Thanksgiving Read-a-thon – Nov 22-26

The Thanksgiving Read-a-thon, hosted by Ottavia at Novels and Nonfiction and Jackie at Death by Tsundoku. I think this laid back event will be a great way to share what we’re reading over the holiday break. All you need to do to participate is share your reading with the hashtag #ThanksgivingReadathon. And there’s a delightfully seasonal giveaway you can join at the sign-up post as well.

#AMonthOfFaves – December

A Month of Faves is a celebration of everything that happened in the last year. Our hosts are Tanya at GirlXOXO, Tamara at Travelling with T, and Andi at Estella’s Revenge. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the event there will be discussion prompts. You can respond to any that appeal to you, making this a nice, relaxed holiday challenge as well. There aren’t any sign-ups but you can check out the discussion prompts here.

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#NonficNov – Nonfiction Favorites

November 20, 2017 Uncategorized 29

This next-to-last week of Nonfiction November has come all too quickly, but I’m excited to begin the week with a new discussion prompt. This week, we’re talking about what qualities make you fall in love with nonfiction. I’ll be your host this week, so you’ll find the link-up where you can share your answer to the prompt at the end of this post.

Nonfiction Favorites: We’ve talked about how you pick nonfiction books in previous years, but this week I’m excited to talk about what makes a book you’ve read one of your favorites. Is the topic pretty much all that matters? Are there particular ways a story can be told or particular writing styles that you love? Do you look for a light, humorous approach or do you prefer a more serious tone? Let us know what qualities make you add a nonfiction book to your list of favorites. Read more »

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#NonficNov Review: Life in Code

November 19, 2017 Uncategorized 3

#NonficNov Review: Life in CodeTitle: Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology
Author: Ellen Ullman
Source: Library
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: I loved both learning about computer history from someone who lived it and hearing Ullman’s thoughts on the role of technology in society.

The sub-title of this book, ‘A Personal History of Technology’ describes the contents perfectly. This is a history of the computer science industry from someone who was part of many of the iconic moments of that history. The essays in this collection cover classic computer history and timeless meditations on the role of technology in our lives. Dates at the beginning of each essay indicating when they were written made them even more meaningful by providing context. Read more »

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#FuturisticFriday Review and #Giveaway: Artemis

November 17, 2017 Uncategorized 4

#FuturisticFriday Review and #Giveaway: ArtemisTitle: Artemis
Author: Andy Weir
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: This sophomore novel had everything I loved about The Martian – humor; great science-based world building; and an action-packed plot – plus some great relationships and a more complex main character.

“Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.” (source) Read more »

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#FuturisticFriday Review: This Mortal Coil

November 15, 2017 Uncategorized 1

#FuturisticFriday Review: This Mortal CoilTitle: This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1)
Author: Emily Suvada
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: Less than perfect science didn’t detract from my enjoyment of all aspects of this book, which had fantastic characters, world-building, and plot.

“Catarina Agatta is a hacker….but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people [can] recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies…And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius. That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus…When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.” (source) Read more »

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