The Happenings – May 2017

It’s been a good month for nonfiction, even though I only got through six books this month. The next one should be better! Okay, I’m not even convincing myself anymore. Currently Reading   I just started listening to this one on Amazon Channels. I’m thinking about changing it over as my Read Harder Task 22, a collection of stories by a woman.   This one … Continue reading The Happenings – May 2017

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt

Review:  This is one of my Read Harder 2017 books. Its my choice for task #13, a nonfiction book about technology. I had already read Hidden Figures and some anthologies about women scientists, so I knew we were up to more than most would assume back then. I listened to the audio book version from the library, read by Erin Bennet.  This is one of … Continue reading Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt

The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure by Rachel Friedman

Review: This was an unexpected amount of fun. It was one of my Read Harder 2017 picks, my travel memoir for task #8. It turns out that this was a perfect option for me. Friedman experience some different cultures, goes to some crazy places and even lives there a while but she does not get all judgey about the way people live or lose sight … Continue reading The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure by Rachel Friedman

Blind Man’s Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage by Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew, and Annette Lawrence Drew

Review: I remember when this book first came out. I was a teenager and my father picked it up immediately and was so excited about it that he told me about half the book in an evening when he was done. I remember lots of stories from it but always felt like I was missing some. It was one of those books he had insisted … Continue reading Blind Man’s Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage by Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew, and Annette Lawrence Drew

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt

Review:  I’ve had this book on my To Read list for a while but finally prioritized it for the Litsy A to Z Challenge. I had first seen it when looking for books on the trans experience that talked about more than the act of transitioning from one end of the gender spectrum to a place further into the other end. The story itself is … Continue reading Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt

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

Proverbs 1 & 2: The Beginning of Knowledge

As I mentioned in my Happenings post for April, I’m saving the Psalms for every April until the end of this endeavor. There are far too many and rather than get stuck and lose motivation as I was getting close, I thought the “poems” of the Bible can stay in National Poetry Month and we’ll divert yearly. That means that we are on to Proverbs! … Continue reading Proverbs 1 & 2: The Beginning of Knowledge

The Happenings – April 2017

It seems my reading and blogging pace has slowed down considerably. This is due to the new job I started. I feel a little like I’ve got it together but the new job doesn’t include a lot of computer time, so things are just gonna be what they are. I’m just glad for audiobooks. Currently Reading   I’ve been reading Reading Lolita in Tehran for a … Continue reading The Happenings – April 2017

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