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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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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Oct 29

Book Review: Goodbye Things

Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism by Fumio Sasaki I would have rated this book as excellent if it had been able to convince a hoarder to embrace the tenets of minimalism. I would have rated it as acceptable if it had merely told me what I know about minimalism and not really cemented it. …

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Oct 25

Book Review: Last Chance for Murder

Last Chance for Murder by Estelle Richards I haven’t read cozy mysteries for a while, but this one is set in my home state of Arizona, so I thought it was worth checking out. It’s about a woman who is in love with a very old house. Okay, so that’s maybe not how most people …

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Oct 25

Book Review: Fated

Fated by Benedict Jacka This fantasy novel has a great premise. Alex Verus is a mage whose main power is that he can see the future. He can’t throw fireballs, he can’t make wards, he can’t turn people into stone, but with divination, he can hold his own among people who do. He runs a …

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