Nonfiction Book Club May Poll

March 15, 2017 Uncategorized 11

It feels a bit strange to be doing these polls so much in advance, but it is already time to pick our May nonfiction book club read! Ah, that’s better. Now that I’ve forgotten to post this for a week, this feels more like normal :-p I’ll leave the poll open for a week from today, so I you all still have some time to vote! I’ve carried over The Empathy Exams, since that got lots of votes last time, and I’ve added a few new options too. I can’t wait to see what you all pick!

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#Futuristic Friday Review: Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve

March 14, 2017 Uncategorized 9

#Futuristic Friday Review: Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is MauveTitle: Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing
Author: Ben Blatt
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: This book was wonderfully entertaining with lots of great fun facts, but a little bit light on the statistics.

As book bloggers or avid reads, I suspect most of you reading this post have thought at least a little bit about what qualities make a book one of your favorites. In this book, the author tries to answer that and other intriguing bookish questions objectively using statistics. Questions he addresses include: “What are our favorite authors’ favorite words? Do men and women write differently? Are bestsellers getting dumber over time? Which bestselling writer uses the most clichés? What makes a great opening sentence? How can we judge a book by its cover? And which writerly advice is worth following or ignoring?” (source) Read more »


Women in Science History Review: Dorothy Hodgkin

March 11, 2017 Uncategorized 4

Women in Science History Review: Dorothy HodgkinTitle: Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life
Author: Georgina Ferry
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Dorothy Hodgkin was an incredible scientist, one of the founders of the field of protein crystallography. Using cutting edge techniques, she discovered the structures of insulin, penicillin, and vitamin B12. She was awarded the Nobel prize for this work and remains the only British women to have received this honor (c’mon, Nobel prize committee, do better!). She also worked hard to create an international community of scientists and her protegees continue to make important discoveries around the world today. Read more »


Women in Science History Week 1

March 11, 2017 Uncategorized 0

Alright everyone! It’s time for our first link-up. And right after I hit post on this, I’m hoping to get my first review written and added, since I just finished a wonderful biography of the amazing Dorthy Hodgkin. If you’ve finished a book (fiction or nonfiction) about a female scientist this month, link it up! If you’re planning on reading a book to link-up, keep an eye out for link-up posts once a week through the end of March. Now go forth and read about the amazing accomplishments of women in science 🙂


TLC Book Tours: One Part Plant

March 8, 2017 Uncategorized 10

TLC Book Tours: One Part PlantTitle: One Part Plant: A Simple Guide to Eating Real, One Meal at a Time
Author: Jessica Murnane, Lena Dunham
Source: TLC Book Tours
Rating: five-stars

Summary: Fantastic! Everything I made from this book was easy, delicious, and relatively healthy.

Author and podcaster Jessica Murnane advocates particular eating one plant-based meal a day and begins this cookbook with some suggestions for pantry staples to help you achieve that goal. She also recommends particular recipes as ‘gateway meals’ to bring reluctant family members on board with plant-based cooking. Personally, that’s not why I picked up her book. My husband and I already cook a lot of vegetarian meals and very rarely eat red meat, so I was primarily looking for more healthy, vegetarian meal ideas. It turns out, that’s a great reason to pick up this cookbook!  Read more »


Diversity Challenge Review: Eye on the Struggle

March 7, 2017 Uncategorized 4

Diversity Challenge Review: Eye on the StruggleTitle: Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press
Author: James McGrath Morris
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

Summary: A nuanced, engaging portrayal of an amazing woman!

Ethel Payne was an incredible woman. She served as a journalist for one of the most influential papers of the civil rights era. She covered events including “the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Little Rock school desegregation crisis, the service of black troops in Vietnam, and Henry Kissinger’s 26,000-mile tour of Africa.” (source) She also helped run a social club at a military base in Japan; took leadership roles in civil rights organizations; and met every president from some time in the 60’s through the 80’s. Read more »


April Nonfiction Book Club Announcment

March 5, 2017 Uncategorized 6

I’m excited to announce that our April read will be Evicted! I’ve heard great things about this book and given the current political situation, I’m especially interested in reading books about social issues. Being more aware about topics like this seems particularly important to me right now. I’ll post discussion questions at the beginning of April so you can link-up answers whenever you get to reading it, so grab your copy and join me to discuss this timely read.


Nonfiction Book Club Discussion Questions

March 5, 2017 Uncategorized 0

Hi everyone! I’m a bit late getting this kick-off post finished (as I mentioned in my February wrap-up, March for Science planning is keeping me busy), but I enjoyed this book a lot and I’m excited to post some discussion questions for you to consider as you read this month. Then I’ll post my answers and a link-up for you to share yours at the end of the month. Feel free to email me (doingdewey[at]gmail[dot]com) or chat me up on Twitter as you read too. I’d love to discuss this one! Here are the questions I pondered while reading: Read more »


Women In Science History Kick-Off

March 1, 2017 Uncategorized 7

Alright everyone! I’m excited to announce that since today is the first day of Women’s History Month, it’s time for the Women In Science History reading challenge. If you’d like to join in, be sure to add a sign-up post to the link-up and check out my list of suggested books, both available here. I’ll post a link-up at the end of each full week this month (March 11, 18, 25, and April 1) for any reviews you do. Let me know what you’re planning on reading! Here’s my reading list: