Amending My Essay on Attempting to Read Essays

I’m always happy to be proven wrong. Okay, well that’s a bit of a lie. Who likes to be proven wrong? No one, that’s who. But in any case, I was wrong, I am admitting it, and I’m now writing to amend my previous statement.

Last month, I wrote an essay on how I just haven’t been able to finish an essay book. That I had tried reading 3 different collections of biographical essays and did not finish one of them.

Yep, I admitted that I DNF 3 books. Continue reading

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An Essay On Attempting To Read Essays

It’s no secret that I like to read. And I read a lot. And while I have my favorite genres, which probably 80% of the books I read fall into, I do read a bit of everything—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short story.

I have even read a couple horror genre books (a la Stephen King), which is not my genre at all. (Although I just googled “horror books” and several of my favorite classic books popped up, including Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Who knew?! Maybe I need to rethink my stance on horror.)

But one book genre I just cannot get into is the essay collection. Continue reading

The Book Rundown – March & April

So once again I have fallen behind on posting about books (as my last book review post was early March). Part of the reason I’ve fallen behind is I’ve read a few that I just don’t know exactly how to put into words what I thought (introvert/INFJ problems). And Part of it is I read so much, it’s hard to choose which books to review.

To remedy these two issues, I’ve decided to do shorter reviews so I can cover more books.

So introducing The Book Rundown! Continue reading

Book Pile – March 3

Okay, I admit I’ve been a slacker because I said this would be a “regular” post. Although, in my defense, I said it would be “somewhat” a regular post. Then again, I haven’t done a weekly book pile since the last (and only) Book Pile post, which was on January 28. Despite the fact I’ve read 16 books since January 1, I’ve only reported on 3 of them. Hence I’m a slacker.

I know, I know. Bad booknerd! [slaps my own hand] Continue reading

On Writing Book Reviews (or What to Expect from My Reviews)

Everyone has their own style and method to writing reviews of books. Some people choose to retell the premise of the book, often copying the book blurbs from the back of the book or from Goodreads. Others use cute or funny gifs and jpgs to express their opinions. Some simply quote passages of the book. Others do that with their opinions interspersed. One review I saw consisted of photos of the places discussed in the book. There was no real review one that one.

I saw one review that consisted only of photos of the places discussed in the book. There was no real review one that one other than the number of stars she gave the book.

To each their own. Continue reading

My Review of Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space RaceHidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

5 stars for the story. 4 on the writing.

First, I want to say well done to Author Margot Lee Shetterly for all the research and work she did to bring this story to light. She clearly put a lot of time and effort and it shows by the thoroughness of this story. Continue reading

Midnight, Texas—A New Fave Series

Day Shift (Midnight, Texas, #2)Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure how I felt about this new series after finishing Book 1, Midnight Crossroad—my review of Book 1 (see here) was in a bit of flux. But no longer. I’m hooked. Where I liked Book 1, or at least was intrigued by the characters, enough so to start Book 2, Book 2 cemented my addiction to Midnight, Texas. With the introductions of our town residents out of the way, Book 2, Day Shift, starts off strong with murder and doesn’t stop.

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