Nonfiction Review: The Great Quake

August 28, 2017 Uncategorized 5

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 »

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Diversity Challenge Review: Still Alice

August 23, 2017 Uncategorized 6

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 »

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#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 »

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

August 21, 2017 Uncategorized 10

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 »

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Nonfiction Review: All the Rave

August 16, 2017 Uncategorized 0

Nonfiction Review: All the RaveTitle: All the Rave : The Rise and Fall of Shawn Fanning's Napster
Author: Joseph Menn
Source: Library
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

Summary: A potentially interesting story told in a dry and problematic way.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Shawn Fanning’s creation of the program that would become Napster and the disastrous company formed around it. From the beginning, Shawn’s huckster uncle assured himself a large stake in the company. His subsequent mismanagement made it even harder for the company to deal with technical and legal challenges. This account reveals the private, internal power struggles that accompanied the very public legal battle between Napster and the music industry. Read more »

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New Release Review: Emma in the Night

August 14, 2017 Uncategorized 6

New Release Review: Emma in the NightTitle: Emma in the Night
Author: Wendy Walker
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: This was fascinating, twisty, gripping – a great thriller.

“One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.” (summary) Read more »

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#TheReadingQuest Begins!

August 13, 2017 Uncategorized 2

I’ve been loving the events Aentee of Reading at Midnight has been hosting and #TheReadingQuest is no exception! I love read-a-longs, but there’s something extra fun about ones with an interactive, game-like component. For this one, you pick a character of a particular class and level them up by reading books that fit certain themes. For most RPGs, I’d pick a mage or a rogue, but the knight fits my reading plans the best, so knight it is. If I have the time, I’ll also try to finish the mage path. My character card, found below, was created by the brilliantly creative CW of Read, Think, Ponder, as was all the other awesome art for this event. Here are the books I’m currently planning on picking up for this challenge: Read more »

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Bout of Books 20 Sign-Up

August 12, 2017 Uncategorized 0

Just a quick sign-up post for Bout of Books 20! I like to tackle this read-a-thon in a laid back kind of way, so as usual, my goal will just be to read more than I would have read if it weren’t for the read-a-thon. Since I’m looking for more blogger interactions right now, I’m also going to try to participate in all the mini-challenges, but we’ll see how it goes. If you want to join in this easy, week-long read-a-thon, sign-ups are now live.

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