The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What It Means for All of Us by Robyn Meredith

Review: The Elephant and the Dragon is the essential guide to understanding how India and China are reshaping our world. With labor now unbound from geographic borders, we’re seeing startling shifts in how—and where—nearly everything we buy is made. In a compelling mix of history and on-the-ground reporting, veteran journalist Robyn Meredith untangles the complex web of business and politics, as well as environmental and … Continue reading The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What It Means for All of Us by Robyn Meredith

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

Review: This is one of those books that comes along and turns everything you thought you knew upside down. I loved every minute of it and can’t wait to read more from Nafisi. We all have dreams—things we fantasize about doing and generally never get around to. This is the story of Azar Nafisi’s dream and of the nightmare that made it come true. For … Continue reading Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

After having read the book, I really don’t like any of the descriptions for it from the book sites and so would rather include an excerpt on its inspiration from the Wikipedia page for the book: Nabokov adds that “the initial shiver of inspiration” for Lolita “was somehow prompted by a newspaper story about an ape in the Jardin des Plantes who, after months of … Continue reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel

Review: Most of the guidance on living better wasn’t new, but the science behind it was new for me and incredibly interesting. It made so much more sense of the standard lifestyle and health advice that I have felt a little bombarded by at times. Have you wondered why some sixty-year-olds look and feel like forty-year-olds and why some forty-year-olds look and feel like sixty-year-olds? … Continue reading The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Review: This was an interesting book that didn’t turn out to be at all what I expected. One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of … Continue reading The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Echo (Soul Seekers #2) by Alyson Noel

Review: I read and reviewed the first book of the Soul Seekers series here. I liked it enough to continue and look forward to the third book now that I’ve finished this one. There’s still so much Daire Santos has to learn about being the last Soul Seeker….and about herself. As her magical training becomes more intense, so does her relationship with Dace. But when … Continue reading Echo (Soul Seekers #2) by Alyson Noel

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Review: This was a much better book than I expected. The way it handled serious issues was careful and deliberate. Trigger warnings for rape and sexual assault. To find the truth you’ve got to be willing to hear it. When she’s modeling, Annabel is the picture of perfection. But her real life is far from perfect. Fortunately, she’s got Owen. He’s intense, music-obsessed, and dedicated … Continue reading Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter by J.S. Drangsholt, translated by Tara F. Chace

Review: This was a great palate cleaner after a series of intense nonfiction reads. It was light and fun and I really enjoyed diving into Ingrid’s unique flavor of crazy. Ingrid Winter is desperately trying to hold it all together. A neurotic Norwegian mother of three small children and an overworked literature professor with an overactive imagination, Ingrid feels like her life’s always on the … Continue reading The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter by J.S. Drangsholt, translated by Tara F. Chace

The Happenings – March 2017

Another good reading month but not so good blogging month but the move is almost over. It’s technically over entirely, but there are still rooms with moving mess and I won’t call it done until those messes are clean, so maybe I’ll never be fully moved in. I am back to work now and getting time to blog is significantly harder at this job than … Continue reading The Happenings – March 2017

The Honor Was Mine: A Look Inside the Struggles of Military Veterans by Elizabeth Heaney

Review: This was one of those books I picked up purely for the title. It captured my attention and then the subtitle made it a must-have for me. I didn’t even bother reading the synopsis before I bought it on Amazon, here. It helps that it was on sale at the time. Since I didn’t read the synopsis, I didn’t realize immediately that it was … Continue reading The Honor Was Mine: A Look Inside the Struggles of Military Veterans by Elizabeth Heaney