May Wrap-Up

June 8, 2017 Uncategorized 18

Wow, I think I’ve been in as much of a blogging slump as I’ve ever been lately! I’m not sure if I’m still burnt out for all my science march social media-ing or if I’m just focused on other priorities right now, but blogging has felt more like work to me this past month. I’ve been pretty silent on the blog, but I’m hoping I’ve recovered enough to get back into it in the coming week. I’m thinking about how to better schedule and organize my blogging to it feels easier to keep up with everything, so if you have any tips for that, please share!
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Review: War and Peace

May 22, 2017 Uncategorized 11

Review: War and PeaceTitle: War and Peace
Author: Leo Tolstoy, Henry Gifford, Aylmer Maude, Louise Maude
|Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Summary: This is Tolstoy, so it was meandering, but it also had the same wry sense of humor I appreciated in Anna Karenina.

For so long, I was having trouble devoting time to my blog because all my social media time was being sent on the Science March. So, of course, as soon as I finished working on the science march, I decided it was a good idea to pick up War and Peace! I’ve been wanting to read this for a long time and when Penguin offered to send me a beautiful, new printing they were doing, I couldn’t say no. Since the physical book is largely what distinguishes versions of classics, I will note that this is a really well-made copy. I particularly loved the ribbon bookmark for this enormous book! Read more »

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Review: Printer’s Error

May 12, 2017 Uncategorized 4

Review: Printer’s ErrorTitle: Printer's Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History
Author: Rebecca Romney, J. P. Romney
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: This was a fun, irreverent read with a lighter tone than most nonfiction, but still just as interesting and well researched.

“Since the Gutenberg Bible first went on sale in 1455, printing has been viewed as one of the highest achievements of human innovation. But the march of progress hasn’t been smooth; downright bizarre is more like it. Printer’s Error chronicles some of the strangest and most humorous episodes in the history of Western printing, and makes clear that we’ve succeeded despite ourselves. Rare-book expert Rebecca Romney and author J. P. Romney take us from monasteries and museums to auction houses and libraries to introduce curious episodes in the history of print that have had a profound impact on our world.” (Source) Read more »

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Read-a-Thon Reviews and Yosemite Pics

April 30, 2017 Uncategorized 8

Author: Basma Abdel Aziz, Gene Stone

Today, I’m recapping my read-a-thon reads and my visit to Yosemite, which happened the same day. I only read for about 8 hours, but I’m excited I did that much reading, since I’m sure I wouldn’t have if it weren’t for the read-a-thon. Also, I definitely owe my husband a thank you for doing all the driving to and from Yosemite! I had a lot of fun reading during the drive. I ended up picking up two books (and starting a third), so I’ll review the books I finished below. I’ve also got some adorable squirrel pictures for Yosemite afterwards, so be sure not to miss those! Read more »

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Happy Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon!

April 29, 2017 Uncategorized 0

I’m so excited Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon is here! It may actually be my favorite holiday 🙂 Although I’m going to Yosemite today, with my husband and his brother (since his brother his visiting us this weekend), I expect I’ll still get some reading done. We have 3-4 hours in the car either way, after all. Given my plans for tomorrow, my reading pile is wildly optimistic, but here are the books I’m considering reading anyway: Read more »

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Review: Cork Dork

April 24, 2017 Uncategorized 10

Review: Cork DorkTitle: Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste
Author: Bianca Bosker
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Summary: Light, funny, and engaging mix of personal experience, history and science in the style of Mary Roach.

When tech reporter Bianca Bosker stumbled across a wine tasting competition, she was blown away by the ability of sommeliers to “after a single sip of wine, identify the grape it was made from, in what year, and where it was produced down to the exact location, within acres.” She was also intrigued by their passion for wine, as well as the passion of the many creators and collectors of wine. To determine what made wine so special to these people, she gave up her job and decided to try to become a sommelier herself. Starting as a ‘cellar rat’, storing and retrieving bottles of wine, she slowly works her way into the wine world. She eventually attends exclusive tasting groups and visits expensive restaurants and dinners for dedicated wine collectors. She also learns about the science of wine tasting and wine creation. This is the story of her experiences and what she learned. Read more »

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