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Books I’ve Recently Read – Nonfiction!

Posted 3 May, 2017 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 18 Comments

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Books I've Recently Read

 

We meet again! While blogging hasn’t been high on my to do list over the past couple of months, I have been enjoying books. Now that I’m working every day, I’ve added audiobooks back into my rotation…for the days that I’m not listening to the Hamilton soundtrack (yes, still). I’m only in the car about 40 minutes a day, but every so often I’ll put on my earbuds while cooking dinner (if I’m not in charge of any littles) or while cleaning up around the house for some bonus listening time.

Below are three books that I listened to late last year…that all happen to be nonfiction. Nonfiction is definitely my go-to on audio–I find that I can usually get into the book more quickly than listening to fiction where it’ll take me hours to be invested (ahem Lonesome Dove ahem). For better or worse, it also doesn’t seem so detrimental to my experience if I zone out a few times here and there, though I think that I tend to stay more focused on nonfiction than fiction on audio. My mind doesn’t wander quite as much.

 

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Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson

Audio Narrator: Richard Davidson | Audio Duration: 9 hrs and 38 mins
Published: 1999 | Pages: 323 | Genre: Nonfiction/History
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In Short: In 1900 a hurricane swept over Galveston Island (in Texas) and killed between 6,000 and 12,000 people. Isaac’s Storm follows Isaac Cline, the Weather Service Director, and how he and others failed to recognize the danger of the city as the hurricane approached from the Caribbean. Because this happened over a century ago, this event has always felt so far away in history but Larson put a human face on the disaster by including many first hand accounts from the days leading up to the hurricane to the weeks after.

Bottom Line and Recommendation: Audio was a great format for Isaac’s Storm. Richard Davidson’s narration reminded me a lot of Edward Herrmann’s narrations and I had to keep checking to make sure it wasn’t him (Herrmann did narrate the abridged version). I wasn’t quite as captivated by this book as I was The Devil and the White City, but it was still a fascinating listen. After listening, I found myself scouring the internet for pictures of Galveston before and after the hurricane. I had no idea that Galveston was such an up and coming city in the 1800s. Sadly the hurricane had a great affect on its status as a major gulf port.

 

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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Audio Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
Published: 2014 | Pages: 300 | Genre: Memoir

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In Short: In short, H is for Hawk is about Macdonald’s journey through grief after her father’s passing and her relationship with her hawk Mabel whom she trains during that time. The book is part reflection on her emotions and existence after her father’s death and part field guide on what it takes to train a hawk. She also throws in some biographical information on the author TH White (The Sword in the Stone) and his experience with training goshawks.

Bottom Line and Recommendation: H is for Hawk is one of the most amazing audios I’ve listened to, even though the actual subject wasn’t always interesting to me. I don’t know how else to explain that and I realize how ridiculous it sounds. Macdonald’s voice was like a salve and I soaked in it.  I’d listen to it again…but it’s one of those that I can’t automatically recommend because the subject doesn’t seem universally interesting? But please give it a try, and if it feels a little slow at first just let her words wash over you. The writing is gorgeous.

 

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As You Wish by Cary Elwes

Audio Narrator: Elwes and other cast | Audio Duration:  7 hrs and 1 min
Published: 2014 | Pages: 259 | Genre: Memoir

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In Short: Cary Elwes, who plays Westley in the classic movie The Princess Bride, reminisces about the making of film. He brings in the remembrances of other cast members to provide a full picture. He starts with the the failed productions and conceptions of The Princess Bride to how the cast was put together, to how the film became a surprise cult classic.

Bottom Line and Recommendation: I smiled from ear to ear while I was listening to As You Wish. I loved hearing all the tidbits and gossip surrounding the production and actors/actresses. It was fun to learn that Arnold Schwarzenegger was originally pinned as The Giant (later went to Andre the Giant) and that Elwes and Mandy Patinkin (Inigo) took very serious swordfighting lessons to make their scenes as authentic as possible. And so much more. If you’re a fan of The Princess Bride, you must listen to this book. The paper copy is great and has pictures, but you won’t regret choosing audio for this one.

 

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If I didn’t think your eyes were starting to glaze over, I’d also include little write-ups for The Happiness Project (which I’ve now listened to twice) and Evicted (which was so eye-opening). Maybe next time. ;)

Have you listened to anything fabulous lately??

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Unlatched by Jennifer Grayson

Posted 28 September, 2016 by Trish in Mommyhood, Reading Nook, Review / 10 Comments

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Title: Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of a Controversy
Author: Jennifer Grayson
Published: 2016 Pages: 336 | Genre: Nonfiction
Rating: Breastfeeding. It’s complicated!

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My sister asked me the other day at what age I thought it was inappropriate for a child to still be nursing. Had I not just finished Unlatched, I don’t know what my answer would have been. The short answer I gave her was “I don’t know…it’s complicated!”

And that’s what makes Unlatched such an interesting read. Grayson goes into some of the history of breastfeeding and how views of breastfeeding have changed over the past century. These days it feels taboo to discuss breastfeeding, depending on the audience, and it certainly isn’t something that most women choose to do in public, despite it being the most natural way to feed an infant. How did breastfeeding become such a source of controversy? Why are mommies at war with one another over breastfeeding versus formula feeding?

I read Unlatched mostly while I breastfed my 8 month old babe or while I pumped breastmilk at work, because that’s when I get much of my reading in these days. Even though I am a breastfeeding mom, I had many conflicted thoughts while reading this book and at the beginning was incredibly turned off by Grayson’s tone and point of view. I mean, the second chapter of the book is entitled “What Would Baby Jesus Drink?” Cue the eyerolling. I formula-fed my first baby and felt so much guilt over it and it is very clear that Grayson is very pro-breastfeeding (she weaned her oldest at four years).

The breadth of the book is quite expansive and at times I felt like it was a little too wide. She covers breastfeeding in ancient times through the Industrial Revolution. She gives a lot of focus to when mothers began working outside of the home in the 1800s and the great effect this had on breastfeeding in the 1900s. She talks about the advent of formula and how formula marketing has played such a large role in breastfeeding and its public perception. She talks about the Women Infant Children program and the government involvement with formula companies and WIC.

Grayson also talks about the benefits of breastfeeding as well as some of the mysteries, but this is where I wanted more information. She dropped a bomb in my lap that breastmilk is actually a tissue. What the what? What does this even mean? She doesn’t expand and I couldn’t find any information online. She strongly believes that if more babies were breastfed that our national health would increase as a whole. But is there that much research to substantiate this huge claim? She didn’t convince me.

There’s SO MUCH. SO MUCH. There’s the idea that breastfeeding is now something that is tied to privilege–if you can stay at home with your child then yay for you. But this also assumes that you’re able to nurse with other littles around. Or that you have the flexibility and support system. Or that it comes easy to you. Breastfeeding is hard!

Which then leads into the discussion of how breastfeeding is handled in hospitals. My own experiences between my first and second baby were very different. No one mentioned putting the baby to my breast right after I had her the first time around–I had to ask the nurses when I should start trying to feed her. Rooming arrangements were also different between the first and third. With my first, she was only brought into my room to nurse. By my third baby, she never left my side for one second during our entire stay in the hospital. The presence (or lack) of formula, pacifiers, and lactation consultants varied each time.

She talks about how the women in 18th century France shipped off their babies to farms to be breastfed by others. Or the “mass infanticide” that occurred in Britain and Ireland when babies were not breastfed by their mothers (what?!). She talks about how the normal breastfeeding range is 2-7 years. Though I’m not sure exactly where this is happening. She talks about pumping and how the return to work is affecting our babies. Of course this also goes hand in hand with maternity leave–or the lack of it. This third time around, I’m lucky to work the hours that I do around breastfeeding and pumping. I know from my first corporate job that this is rarely the case for working mothers.

So yes, in many ways I really connected with Unlatched and it was a read that I found compelling. But the delivery of Grayson’s message was often tough to swallow. I spent the first half of the book exasperated with the way that she was trying to sell breastfeeding. Additionally, the first couple of chapters in the book felt unorganized and the information seemed conflicting. Grayson made a lot of claims but it wasn’t always clear whether these claims were founded in actual research or supposition.

The second half of the book was much more polished and felt more relevant to the conversations we need to be having about breastfeeding–how formula companies have evolved and how more research can be done to uncover some of the mysteries of breastmilk. These articles from around the web are snippets from the book if you’d like to get a taste of the writing style and content. ‘The World’s Oldest Profession’ Might Not Be What You ThinkIs It Time To Stop Talking About The Benefits Of Breastfeeding?Breast milk is best and free, so why is it a luxury for American moms?

I know, I know, this post is already a 1,000 words long…likely the longest book post I’ve written (not to mention the essay I wrote on my own breastfeeding journey), but here are a few of the passages I highlighted throughout the book (and there were many).

“But the truth is that while the rooting and sucking reflexes are hardwired in a baby, a mother’s knowledge of how to breastfeed is not. For humans and members of the larger primate order to which we belong, that knowledge is culturally based and it is largely learned” (loc 234). But then “…for thousands, perhaps millions, of years of human history, breastfeeding was a natural, intuitive experience that all Homo sapiens and previous human ancestors had shared and knew intimately” (loc 271).

“The federal government’s Women, Infants, and Children program, also known as WIC (which provides supplemental foods as well as health assistance to low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children under the age of five), buys and distributes more than half of all the infant formula sold in the United States every year, making the US government the formula manufacturers’ biggest customer” (loc 347).

“And many soon came to see formula as preferable in an era when doctors believed that breastfeeding could only be successful under ideal conditions: if the mother had ample daily exercise; if she drank prescribed quantities of water; if she followed a plain diet; if she abstained from tea, coffee, and alcohol; if she wasn’t stressed in any way. The bottle, unlike the breast, was predictable and measurable” (loc 1439).

“Yet here’s the crux of the problem: in a culture where both men and women automatically think sex when they see a naked breast, it is a real challenge for a mother to whip out one of those sexually loaded things every time she needs to feed her kid” (loc 2623).

“But maybe we should stop talking about the benefits of breastfeeding and instead start considering the risks of not breastfeeding, since I’m certainly not fine. Are you fine? Are we—an overweight nation of chronically ill, medicine-dependent formula feeders—fine?” (loc 3637…Grayson was formula fed as an infant).

“But in the United States, we’ve championed pumping to the exclusion of giving a new mother the time to bond with her newborn, by packing her off to work with a health care–sponsored breast pump and zero paid maternity leave” (loc 3856).

 

Bottom Line: Whew. I still have so many more thoughts and the more I think about it, the more the breastfeeding question continues to complicate itself in my mind. Do I wish that more mothers would consider breastfeeding their babies? Yes–absolutely! Do I think that mothers should feel less guilt over not being able to breastfeed? Yes–absolutely! It’s not clear-cut for me. I’ve been on both sides of the fence. Is this a book for everyone? No. Is it a perfect piece of journalism? No–I think Grayson’s book is flawed in many ways. But I do think that as uncomfortable this conversation is to have, we should be talking about breastfeeding more than we are.

 

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Ten Awesome Nonfiction Audiobooks

Posted 13 September, 2016 by Trish in Reading Nook / 17 Comments

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Ten Awesome Nonfiction Audiobooks

 

Want to hear a secret? I love listening to nonfiction on audio. It’s my favorite way to digest the genre. The other part of this secret is that I prefer listening to nonfiction than fiction books on audio.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (from The Broke and the Bookish) is Top Ten All Time Favorite Books of X Genre. Gah it’s so tough to break down favorites, isn’t it? I’ve shared some of my favorite reads from the past five-ish years, so I didn’t want to focus on fiction books. I’ve also shared some great gateway nonfiction reads, gateway graphic novels, gateway audiobooks. Hmmm–for someone who doesn’t like to name favorites, maybe I need to do a round-up post with all my Best Of lists I’ve created over the years.

Whenever someone says they aren’t fans of audiobooks, I always recommend listening to nonfiction rather than trying to digest fiction. I have a tendency to tune out audiobooks on occasion and I find that nonfiction is much more forgiving than fiction. There aren’t large sweeping plot points to miss and I generally don’t have to keep up with quite so many characters. My only regret with listening to nonfiction rather than reading it is the inability to highlight and mark passages easily!

It was hard to choose favorites but these are two books you won’t regret choosing audio over paper.

Ten Awesome Nonfiction Audiobooks

Awesome Nonfiction Audiobooks

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (narrated by Edward Herrmann) – Maybe you’ve read this one, maybe you just saw the movie, or maybe you’re only familiar of the story of Louis Zamperini’s remarkable experiences during WWII as a Japanese prisoner of war. Even if you’ve read it, listen to the audio. Herrmann’s narration is incredibly emotional and affecting. More of my thoughts on Unbroken.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler – Or as I like to call it: Yes, Please!! I listened to Poehler’s memoir before I was familiar with Park and Recreation (which I now love!) and without having seen too many of her skits on Saturday Night Live, but I adored her thoughts on being a woman, a mother, a person. Not only is she funny, but she’s also relateable. More of my thoughts on Yes Please.

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson – You can’t go wrong with any Bill Bryson on audio, though I definitely enjoy when Bryson narrates his own stories. His humor is dry and sometimes a little haughty, but there’s always something so pleasing about taking a journey with Bryson. We enjoyed taking a trip to Australia via In a Sunburned Country and learned so much about this strange and wonderful place down under. More of my thoughts on In a Sunburned Country.

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain – So many of these audiobook choices are narrated by the authors and sometimes that can backfire in a bad way (I’ll never forgive Donna Tartt for narrating The Secret History herself), but Bourdain knows how to tell a story and I loved listening to his gossipy tales from the New York kitchens where he first made his mark. Note: never order the Monday special! More of my thoughts on Kitchen Confidential.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin – After the hardcover sat on our bookshelf for years and years, I finally opted for the audiobook version of The Happiness Project. I loved listening to Rubin talk about her different projects and felt I could relate to her on so many different levels. I’m glad I opted for the audio rather than paper (but was grateful to have the paper to refer to). I looked for excuses all over for extra time to listen.

 

Awesome Nonfiction Audiobooks

No Land’s Man by Aasif Mandvi – I jumped into No Land’s Man purely based on recommendation as I had only vaguely heard of Aasif Mandvi prior to picking up the book. I so enjoyed this short little memoir about Mandvi trying to fit in while still feeling the outsider in all of the places he’s lived. There were several funny moments, and Mandvi is great at self-deprecating humor, but there was also a lot of heart as well. More of my thoughts on No Land’s Man.

Quiet by Susan Cain (narrated by Kathe Mazur) – While I’m not sure I always agreed 100% with what Susan Cain discussed regarding Introverts in her book Quiet, I found so many aspects so fascinating. The more I understand about introversion, I feel I understand more about myself. I fear that if I had read Quiet, though, rather than listened, I probably would have fizzled out and not have gotten through the book quite as easily. More of my thoughts on Quiet.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollen (narrated by Scott Brick) – Corn corn corn. Michael Pollen changed the way that I look at ingredients in food with his discussion of corn in it’s prevalence in our food industry in The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Sure some of the listening was a bit uncomfortable but it was entirely eye-opening and I’ve been collecting Pollen’s books ever since. Plus Scott Brick is an ace narrator. More of my thoughts on The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

Stiff by Mary Roach (narrated by Shelly Frasier) – Ahem, not to follow up food with dead bodies, but I had to include Mary Roach on this list somehow. While I’ve also read Gulp (about digestion) and Packing for Mars (about space), Stiff is still my favorite by her. Who knew cadavers could be so interesting! More of my thoughts on Stiff.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (narrated by Cassandra Campbell) – I really should mention Bahni Turpin as well as she co-narrates as Henrietta Lacks’s daughter in the book and does such a fantastic job bringing the story to life (she’s also great in The Help and Bad Feminist). The story of HeLa cells is fascinating and thought-provoking, but it’s also hard to remember that there was a woman behind all of the science. I’ve listened to this audiobook twice and would do it again. More of my thoughts on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Are you a nonfiction audiobook junkie like I am? What are some of your favorites? Any of these sound appealing?

 

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Books I’ve Recently Read | Nonfiction November

Posted 25 November, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 27 Comments

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Nonfiction November Books Recently Read

 

Oh hi! Look at that! A book post! I’m not going to go into the whole “Ugh I’m so tired this pregnancy is kicking my butt” song and dance, but if I disappear for a few days (or more) that’s likely why. Because OMG I’m so tired and this pregnancy is kicking my butt. I keep meaning to get some posts drafted up, but then hours pass and I look at the clock and wonder where the heck the time has gone.

But! But I’ve listened to a few great nonfiction titles this month and I definitely want to share them with you! Dad is Fat is HILARIOUS. Listen to it right away, especially if you have young children. The Walmart Effect was fascinating…and a bit frightening in terms of how much power and sway one corporation can have. And All Joy and No Fun is now my new life tagline–I am having all the joy and none of the fun. Ha! But seriously…see above about being tired. Otherwise, life is good.

 

Dad is FatTitle: Dad is FatAuthor: Jim Gaffigan
Audio Narrator: Jim Gaffigan | Audio Duration: 5 hr, 26 min
Published: 2013 | Pages: 288 | Genre: Memoir/Humor
Rating: It’s so freaking funny because it’s true

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In Short: Jim Gaffigan, comedian and father of five small children, dishes about life in the parenting trenches. No topic is too sacred to cover and Gaffigan is a master at laughing at himself. I especially enjoyed the parts about his wife being pregnant, getting five kids out the door, and bedtime routines. I have never laughed so hard at an audiobook–at times so hard that I had tears streaming down my cheeks.

Bottom Line and Recommendation: If you’re looking for a good laugh, I highly recommend Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan. I’ve been trying to convince Scott to listen to the book, but finally settled on occasionally sending him YouTube clips of some of his stand-up acts. Though I think Scott has a bad taste after seeing me whip through the house while listening to this book with headphones and laughing hysterically. While I think anyone might appreciate Gaffigan’s humor, I especially recommend it to anyone who is down in the trenches of parenting little ones. Sometimes we all need a good laugh at some of the things that are so frustrating or difficult at the moment. And absolutely absolutely go with audio on this one!

 

The Wal-Mart EffectTitle: The Wal-Mart EffectAuthor: Charles Fishman
Audio Narrator: Alan Sklar | Audio Duration: 10 hr, 27 min
Published: 2006 | Pages: 352 | Genre: Business/Economics
Rating: Hmmm–now I get those low prices!

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In Short: Walmart’s core value is to bring the lowest prices possible to its customers. Fishman explores exactly how Walmart is able to provide such low prices and how their business model has created a ripple effect across the world economy. As someone who is not keen on shopping at Walmart (except for a few things I can’t find elsewhere and this is my absolute last resort), listening to The Walmart Effect was a fascinating experience. In many ways it felt like Fishman was vilifying Walmart, but Walmart is just the way that Walmart is and they do very well at what they’ve set out to do (bring the lowest prices…it’s always about this bottom line). Listening to this book, I was constantly amazed at the power that Walmart has in the market place. I do wonder how much of the book, written a decade ago, might be out of date, but after talking to my cousin last weekend who lives in Bentonville and works at the home office…it sounds like not too much has changed!

Bottom Line and Recommendation: 10 and a half hours seems like a lot of time to devote to just Walmart, but it felt like a quick listen and I was rarely bored with the book or the information presented. I didn’t love the audiobook narration but would have likely never made it through the paperbook at the same speed. If you are interested in economics, business, or Walmart in general, it’s definitely a fascinating read and one that I would recommend. Plus–there’s lots of “did you know…” opportunities within the pages! (Did you know that Walmart is the one responsible for doing away with the packaging that deodorant came in once upon a time? Get rid of the boxes and cut a few pennies per item sold!)

 

All Joy and No FunTitle: All Joy and No FunAuthor: Jennifer Senior
Published: 2014 | Pages: 320 | Genre: Parenting/Sociology
Rating: The title that defines my life

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In Short: This isn’t your typical parenting advice book–in fact Senior makes it clear that parents likely will not find any advice–at least not on purpose of the author. Rather, All Joy and No Fun looks at the evolution of parenting over the past century and a half and how parenting affects the parent, not how parenting affects the child. I was fascinated by this sociological look at parenting and how our parenting today looks different from that of our parents and their parents. She highlights the different stages of children–baby, toddler/preschooler, teenager–as well as how parenting affects oneself and a marriage.

Bottom Line and Recommendation: My finger worked overtime highlighting all of the things in this book. I really would like to write up a more detailed review of All Joy and No Fun because I have a billion thoughts and a billion quotes I would like to share, but I figured that my track record of saying I’ll talk about a book in more detail isn’t so hot these days. As mentioned in the title, Senior talks about the joys that parenting brings as well as the work and frustration. I found myself at the same time encouraged and discouraged by All Joy and No Fun–it was so easy to recognize myself in the pages of this book, especially in the early baby and toddler sections–and I often asked myself, “Is this really as good as it gets?” (It being parenting).  But thankfully Senior also discusses the immense joy that parenting brings and for all of the hard moments that I experience, the joy always wins out in the end. Again, a billion thoughts…  While this book won’t help you sleep train your babe or give you the keys to teenage rebellion, it is a fascinating look at parenting and one that I would recommend to anyone interested in the sociology and history. (pst…as of today, the kindle edition and Nook edition are $2))

 

I’m not done with the book yet to include it in today’s post, but I’m also halfway through 10% Happier by Dan Harris. I’m surprised so far at how much more Harris’s book reads like a memoir rather than a self-help manual–it certainly isn’t what I was expecting. It’s a quick little read and I hope to finish it this month (I’m reading and listening to it). But again–that reviewing track record of mine. ;)

What excellent Nonfiction have you read lately? Anything else (fiction or non) on your bedside table?

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Five Must-Listen Nonfiction Audiobooks

Five Must-Listen Nonfiction Audiobooks

Yay! Another week of Nonfiction! This week Becca asks us about Nontraditional Nonfiction. It’s no secret that I prefer to listen to nonfiction rather than to read it in print. Of course there’s always exceptions to this rule, but I find I focus on nonfiction better on audio than even fiction books on audio. Whenever someone mentions they don’t love nonfiction or are having a tough time listening to audiobooks, I recommend pairing the two together. […]

Posted 16 November, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook / 25 Comments
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Five Fiction to Nonfiction Pairings

Five Fiction to Nonfiction Pairings

Hello! Around these parts we’re still celebrating Nonfiction November! I finally finished Dracula last week so have started All Joy and No Fun on paper and The Walmart Effect on audio. I’ve had a really great nonfiction year so far and I look forward to squeezing in a few more books before the end of the year! Week Two Nonfiction November: Book Pairing! Leslie of Regular Rumination asks us to match a fiction book with a […]

Posted 10 November, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook / 25 Comments
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Nonfiction November 2015!

Nonfiction November 2015!

Wheeeeeeeeee!!!!! Normally I’m not overly excited for November–I really love October and November means the rat race toward the holidays has begun. But! One thing I look forward to in November is Nonfiction November. Wheeeeeeeee!!!!!!! Kim, Becca, Lu, and Katie are hosting again this year and you should definitely check it out. Each week they have discussion prompts (which I will post on Sundays), link-ups, and even a readalong. If you’re timid about nonfiction, this is a […]

Posted 1 November, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook / 25 Comments
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Books I’ve Recently Read | October Edition

Books I’ve Recently Read | October Edition

      Title: Packing for Mars | Author: Mary Roach Audio Narrator: Sandra Burr | Audio Duration: 10 hr, 28 min Published: 2010 | Pages: 334 | Genre: Non-Fiction Rating: Fascinating and…not so fascinating On Amazon | On Indiebound | On Goodreads | On Audible In Short: Everything you wanted to know (or didn’t) about what it takes to head up into the great space frontier. Roach discusses everything from what it takes to be a […]

Posted 6 October, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 19 Comments
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On Immunity | The Know It All {Audiobook Review}

On Immunity | The Know It All {Audiobook Review}

Hi Guys! I started this post off with some mini-thoughts on several audiobooks, but then ended up having more to say than I thought I did. I’ve been listened and reading a lot of good books lately, but sometimes I find that when I’m done with them I don’t have a ton to say. Or too much time passes and I forget what I want to say. But here are some sorta quick thoughts on […]

Posted 22 April, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 21 Comments
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That’s Not English by Erin Moore

That’s Not English by Erin Moore

Title: That’s Not English Author: Erin Moore Published: 2015 Pages: 240 Genre: Non-Fiction/Language/Sociology Rating: Quite Fun On Amazon | On Indiebound | On Goodreads In Short: Moore, an American living in Britain, explores some of the differences in American English and British English and what those differences say about the two nations. “This book is a guide to English and American cultural differences, through the lens of language: the words we use that say the […]

Posted 1 April, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 27 Comments
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