Non-Fiction November

Nonfiction November: Diversity and Nonfiction

November 20, 2014 Blogging & Challenges (3) Comments

This week’s discussion for Nonfiction November is hosted by Lost in Books, and we’re talking about diversity and nonfiction! “What does “diversity” in books mean to you? Does it refer to book’s location or subject matter? Or is it the author’s nationality or background? What countries/cultures do you tend to enjoy or read about most […]

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Mid-Month Book Look: What I'm Reading

Mid-Month Book Look: What I’m Reading in November

November 18, 2014 Miscellaneous (6) Comments

Howdy bookworms! I don’t know how it’s already the middle of November. The other day, the boyfriend glanced at the calendar and realized that Thanksgiving is next week, and we both flipped out a little bit. It’s been a pretty slow reading month. I’m enjoying Nonfiction November, but I’m not reading as much as I […]

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Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson

Book Review: Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson

November 17, 2014 Reviews (3) Comments

If you spent your childhood scanning the forest floor for arrowheads and trawling the beach for fossils, hoping to discover traces of long-lost civilizations and extinct animals, you’re going to want to pick up a copy of Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble post-haste. Marilyn Johnson’s latest book delves into the world […]

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24in48 readathon

#24in48 Readathon Updates

November 15, 2014 Blogging & Challenges (3) Comments

Good morning! It’s 9 am, I have coffee in hand, and I’m ready to dive into this weekend’s #24in48 readathon! The goal of this readathon, as you might have guessed, is to read 24 out of 48 hours. This weekend, I’ll be tracking my reading with the spreadsheet I made for Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon last […]

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Non-Fiction November

Nonfiction November: Become a Jazz Age Expert

November 14, 2014 Blogging & Challenges Literary Lists (8) Comments

If you were around for Jazz Age January at the beginning of this year, you know I’m fascinated by the 1920s. The people, the clothing, the bootlegging, the social changes: I love it all. However, I have not read nearly enough literature about this wild time. So for this week’s Nonfiction November topic, “Be/Become/Ask the […]

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How Important is Context?

How Important is Context to Understanding Literature?

November 10, 2014 Discussions (23) Comments

Catherine of The Gilmore Guide to Books published a thought-provoking post on Friday. The week before, she had reviewed Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things, which she felt was “emotionally sterile,” and “carefully controlled.” But after listening to a short interview Faber did on NPR, in which Faber reveals his wife was diagnosed with incurable […]

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Non-Fiction November

Nonfiction November: My Year in Nonfiction

November 6, 2014 Blogging & Challenges (34) Comments

I know we’re only six days into Nonfiction November, but I am already loving it. I just finished my first book,  Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson, and it was SO GOOD. I’ve always been fascinated by archaeology, and this book provides some great insight into what being an archaeologist is really like. But anyway, on to […]

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Ten Books I Want to Re-Read

Take Me Back: Ten Books I Want to Re-Read

November 4, 2014 Literary Lists (10) Comments

As a kid and teen, I re-read books like it was my job to know every detail of a novel. I was super picky about what I read, and when I found books I loved, I tended to read them over and over again, until they fell apart. (You should see my original collection of […]

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November Releases

Five Phenomenal November Releases

November 3, 2014 Literary Lists (16) Comments

The mad flurry of new books in September and October has drawn to a close, and the publishing industry is settling down for a few quiet months before the massive January release season. I like to slow down and catch up on some backlist during the November/December lull, but there are a few new releases coming up […]

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October Reads

October 31, 2014 Miscellaneous (12) Comments

Happy Halloween! I hope everyone’s had a great month! I’ve been loving the weather, but I’m getting sick of the pumpkin spice explosion everywhere I look. I think we’ve jumped the shark on this particular trend, you guys. I’ve seen pumpkin spice English muffins, popcorn, cereal, pumpkin butter, and pumpkin yogurt-covered pretzels. I love a […]

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