Category: Review


The Martian – Andy Weir

The Martian – Andy Weir

Title: The Martian Author: Andy Weir Narrator: R. C. Bray Published: 2014;  Pages: 384 Audio Duration: 10 hr, 53 min Genre: Science Fiction Rating: Fun! Mostly. In Short: During a mission on Mars, astronaut Mark is separated from his team and presumed dead. In fact he is left all alone on the planet and does everything in his power to survive. Why I Listened: I’ve heard so much praise recently for The Martian and I […]

Posted 16 October, 2014 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 24 Comments
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Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay [Audiobook]

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay [Audiobook]

Title: Bad Feminist Author: Roxane Gay Narrator: Bahni Turpin Published: 2014 Pages: 336 Audio Duration: 11 hr, 46 min Genre: Nonfiction/Essays Rating: Good food for thought On Amazon | On Indiebound | On Goodreads | On Audible In Short: A collection of essays on anything and everything (like really–from Sweet Valley High to Trayvon Martin) with a mostly feminist twist. Why I Listened: Feminism is a hot conversation that I don’t feel adequately aware enough […]

Posted 9 October, 2014 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 21 Comments
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The Sparrow – Mary Doria Russell

The Sparrow – Mary Doria Russell

Title: The Sparrow Author: Mary Doria Russell Published: Pages: 405 Genre: Fiction (Science-y) Rating: Emotionally Riveting and Draining On Amazon | On Indiebound | On Goodreads | On Audible Ok, I know that this post is going to be “too long; didn’t read” so the bottom line is READ IT. Alright, carry on… In Short: Life on another planet is discovered and a small research team, headed by Jesuits, travels to Rakhat to make contact. Why […]

Posted 30 September, 2014 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 24 Comments
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Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Title: Kindred Author: Octavia E. Butler Published: 1979 Pages: 264 Genre: Fiction In Short: Dana, a modern black woman, suddenly and inexplicably finds herself transported through time to 1815 to a slaveowner’s plantation in Maryland. Throughout the course of the novel she moves back and forth between present day and the early 19th century. Why I Read It: Confession! I had never heard of Butler or Kindred before the first #Diversiverse Event that I participated in. […]

Posted 25 September, 2014 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 17 Comments
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Quiet by Susan Cain [Audiobook]

Quiet by Susan Cain [Audiobook]

Title: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking Author: Susan Cain Narrator: Kathe Mazur Published: 2012; Pages: 333 Audio Duration: 10 hrs, 39 min Genre: Non-fiction Rating: I *need* a paper copy for all the highlighting On Amazon | On Indiebound | On Goodreads | On Audible In Short: The world is full of introverted individuals; Cain explores many of the attributes assigned to and realized by introverts and how […]

Posted 9 September, 2014 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 25 Comments
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East of Eden – John Steinbeck

East of Eden – John Steinbeck

Title: East of Eden Author: John Steinbeck Published: 1952; Pages: 601 Genre: Fiction (Classic) Rating: Epic On Amazon | On Goodreads | On Audible In Short: What makes a man who he is? And does man have control over his destiny? Or, a great big family saga spanning over three generations. Why I Read East of Eden: I picked up a used copy years ago because I’ve heard such great things about Steinbeck’s fiction. But it […]

Posted 4 September, 2014 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 24 Comments
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Express Lane Meals by Rachael Ray

Express Lane Meals by Rachael Ray

My mom gifted me Express Lane Meals by Rachael Ray for Christmas 2006. I know this because she wrote a very lovely inscription in the front cover. If memory serves, she gifted a copy to both of my sisters as well. I had been married for seven months, was just moving into our first house, and was a bit obsessed with 30 Minute Meals on Food Network the previous year while in grad school. Sadly […]

Posted 30 August, 2014 by Trish in In the Kitchen, Review / 20 Comments
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Good Chinese Wife – Susan Blumberg-Kason

Good Chinese Wife – Susan Blumberg-Kason

  Title: Good Chinese Wife Author: Susan Blumberg-Kason Published: 2014; Pages: 337 Genre: Memoir Rating: Sigh. We’ll get to that. In Short: While studying in Hong Kong as a young woman, Susan fell in love with Cai, a Chinese National, and after a short courtship they married. Why I Read it: A Sourcebooks publicist contacted me to see if I would be interested. I saw “intercultural” and “memoir” and agreed. Why I Almost Didn’t Finish Good Chinese Wife: You […]

Posted 21 August, 2014 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 15 Comments
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Cook It Up! The Big Book of BBQ

Cook It Up! The Big Book of BBQ

 Welcome to the first edition of Cook It Up: A Cookbook Challenge. If you missed the introduction post, the idea of the challenge is to dust off your cookbooks and put them to use. You make the rules work for you–some folks said they wanted to cook X amount of recipes a week or Y recipes a month and others said they wanted to focus on a specific book for the month. Anything goes! Feel […]

Posted 2 August, 2014 by Trish in In the Kitchen, Review / 16 Comments
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Room – Emma Donoghue

Room – Emma Donoghue

Title: Room Author: Emma Donoghue Published: 2010 Pages: 336 Genre: Fiction Rating: Strong start, medicore middle, rewarding ending Room In Short: Five year old Jack (narrator) and his mother live in Room, a 11×11 home. Except it’s not really a home, it’s a prison of sorts and they are captives. Why I Read It: Blogger praise when the book first came out. A few years ago I picked up the hardcover on sale but didn’t pick […]

Posted 17 July, 2014 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 22 Comments
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