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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Oct 07

Book Review: Get Well Soon

Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright This is the funniest book about diseases I’ve ever read. That may seem like faint praise, but I have read a lot of books about diseases. I love reading about diseases because it makes me feel better about my own …

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Sep 17

Book Review: Them

Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson I listened to the amazing audio short “The Butterfly Effect #1″ by Jon Ronson and I didn’t want the magic to end so I went to audible to see what else they had by him. This was the best on offer, since I’ve already read/listened to The Psychopath …

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Aug 27

Audiobook Review: The Butterfly Effect #1

The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson by Jon Ronson This is only 3 1/2 hours and it’s done in episodes, so it felt a little repetitious, but it was really amazing journalism and no longer than it needed to be. The story is about how one guy’s founding of Pornhub and other free porn sharing …

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Aug 25

Book Review: Scumble

Scumble by Ingrid Law This is a charming middle-grade fantasy about a boy in a magic-wielding family finally getting his own “savvy” on his 13th birthday. Ledger (all the kids in the family have bizarre names) hopes that he will become a super-fast runner, the track star that his father hopes for. Instead, his talent …

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Jul 29

Book Review: A Beautiful Terrible Thing

A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal by Jen Waite I honestly thought I would like this book more, since I went through something so similar. It should have hit me right in the feels, as if someone who also lost her father as a child read Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes. I …

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