Essays, History, Nonfiction, Sociology

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism by Kristen R. Ghodsee

And Other Arguments for Economic Independence Back in November I joined Libro.fm as they provide advance listening copies (ALCs) for booksellers. Libro.fm is the indie version of Audible with similar terms and selection. I finally put my free membership to good use and listen to Kristen R. Ghodsee's book. Synopsis From the Inside Flap:Unregulated capitalism… Continue reading Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism by Kristen R. Ghodsee

Book Club, History, Nonfiction, STEM

Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson

A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History After a few years of being without a book club to lead (I still participate in my former club), I felt the nagging urge to start one that better suited my current tastes, nonfiction! Below is my review for the inaugural book, Isaac's Storm! Synopsis… Continue reading Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson

Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction, Sociology, Travel

Travels with Myself and Another by Martha Gellhorn

In continuing my war correspondent memoir/biography trend, I figured it was time I pick up Martha Gellhorn's Travels with Myself and Another. Those who know who she is typically think of her as Hemingway's third wife, but those who care about journalism, know her as one of the first female war correspondents, and inspiration to… Continue reading Travels with Myself and Another by Martha Gellhorn

Biography, History, Nonfiction

The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich

I'm not a big post-it note person when it comes to reading, but just in the introduction to this book, I put 6 notes. The content is so unbelievable, it just can't be made up. Synopsis The Unwomanly Face of War is the long-awaited English translation of Svetlana Alexievich's first book, a groundbreaking oral history… Continue reading The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich

Fantasy, Fiction

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Do you ever look at your shelves of books and think "This book has been here too long."? That's how I've felt about A Darker Shade of Magic - I've had it since 2015 and I've been recommending it to bookstore patrons for just as long, but without admitting that I hadn't read it. So… Continue reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Nonfiction, STEM

What If? by Randall Munroe

Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions The audiobook kick continues! My husband recommends this book to just about everyone (despite the fact that he hasn't read it!) so I figured it was about time I revisit the realm of science and read (well, listen to) it myself. Synopsis Millions of people visit xkcd.com each… Continue reading What If? by Randall Munroe

Fantasy, Fiction, Middle Grades

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling

More Harry Potter? Why yes please, of course! Synopsis Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander's classic compendium of magical creatures, has delighted generations of wizarding readers. Now, in this updated edition with a new foreword by Newt himself and unveiling of six beasts little known outside the American wizarding community, Muggles too… Continue reading Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling

Fiction, Historical

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Laura: I found this book on my mom’s shelves and when she noticed that I had picked it up she told me I should absolutely read it. It is one of the few non-mystery type fiction books she has read in the past 10 years, and she thoroughly enjoyed it. Knowing my love of all… Continue reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult

The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan

A Scottish Bookshop Novel A few years ago I picked this book up and thought it looked adorable and perfect for a friend. A perfect chick-lity read, a book about books, that she would love. Two years later, I found the audiobook on Overdrive I figured it was time I read it as well. Synopsis Nina… Continue reading The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan

Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone #1 / Grishaverse #1 I just realized I'm reviewing the Leigh Bardugo books I've read in the opposite order in which I read them! It you have any interest in reading any of the books in her Grisha-verse, I recommend starting with this one and reading them in the order they were… Continue reading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo