Aug 28

How to Write a Book Review

I love writing book reviews. If reading a book is like going on a vacation, writing a book review is like showing the photos and souvenirs and telling my friends about the trip. Book reviews can turn the solitary pleasure of reading into something shared with a community of like-minded readers. It also helps other …

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Dec 03

Book Review: Empire of Ivory

Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik I really enjoyed this book, but I do think that in some ways it’s a bit weaker. It feels more like the middle episode of a long series than a complete story the way the first two books were. Still, it’s a ripping yarn. It starts out with our …

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Dec 03

Book Review: Black Powder War

Black Powder War by Naomi Novik I enjoyed the first two books in this series so much that I got this one and its sequel to read, and ended up reading this in just a couple of days. It’s a delightful romp with good pacing and several intriguing plot twists. High points included feral dragons …

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Dec 01

Book Review: What Doesn’t Kill Us

What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength by Scott Carney Boy do I have mixed feelings about this book. I’ll start with the positives. How exciting is it to think that some athletes and fringe researchers have begun to discover one of the missing …

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Nov 15

Book Review: The Nature Fix

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams I liked this book. It’s a pretty good, if not emotionally taxing, pop science book about how we all live our lives. You could sum it up into one sentence: “Go outside, it’s good for you.” But Williams goes further, …

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Nov 09

Book Review: The Index Card

The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated by Helaine Olen I heard about The Index Card, the idea, the card, the book, from Planet Money and decided that it was the thing I needed to read/listen to in order to find out if I’m as much of a hopeless financial screw …

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