Category Archives: nonfiction

Review: Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #5: The Undergorund Abductor

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #5: The Underground Abductor Nathan Hale 128 pages First published in April 2015 by Amulet Books Where did I get this? From my local library Growing up, I didn’t read much nonfiction. As a kid and … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Thoughts

It’s been over three months since I last wrote a post. Three brutal months that have left my family and I changed–but for the better. There have been many times that I found myself composing a blog post in my … Continue reading

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Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Marie Kondo Translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano 213 pages Published in 2014 by Ten Speed Press Source: I bought it English artist William Morris once … Continue reading

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. It’s a new year and I am determined to read more! Well every year I’m determined to read more, but this year is … Continue reading

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Favorite Adult Reads of 2014

With the 2015 just days away and my reading going so slowly, I figured it’s time to throw in the towel and post my list of this year’s favorite reads. I divided my long list into three posts: children’s fiction … Continue reading

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November’s Happiness Project: Food and Gratitude

Time: // 7:09 a.m. Monday morning The scene: // my little sisters are getting ready for school, Spongebob Squarepants is playing in the background, and of course, I’m drinking my second cup of coffee. It’s so nice and chilly outside, … Continue reading

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Nonfiction November: My list of potentials

It’s back! Lu (Regular Rumination) and Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness), along with two new co-hosts are bringing back one of my favorite blogging events, Nonfiction November! I’ve been getting ready for this event for the past month. While a slim majority … Continue reading

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brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson #diversiverse

brown girl dreaming Jacqueline Woodson 338 pages Published in August 2014 by Nancy Paulsen Books Source: Public Library The first time I write my full name Jacqueline Amanda Woodson without anybody’s help on a clean white page in my composition … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Have I Got a Book for you! #diversiverse

Happy Sunday! Instead of telling you what I’m up to, I decided to do something different. A Diverse Universe event is coming up and I thought I’ll write a list post for anyone who’s thinking about joining the event and … Continue reading

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Review: The Day I Became an Autodidact

The Day I Became an Autodidact: And the Advice, Adventures, and Acrimonies that Befell me Thereafter Kendall Hailey 288 pages Published in January 1989 by Delta Source: Public library A few days ago, I started reading The Day I Became … Continue reading

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Books read in April

April has come and gone. Thank God. It was just a stressful month. My neck is still sprained and I’m starting to understand – really understand that I’m getting older and it’s time for me to start taking better care of … Continue reading

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Review: Why Don’t Students Like School? by Daniel T. Willingham

Why Don’t Students Like School? : A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions about How the Mind Works and What It Means For the Classroom  Daniel T. Willingham 180 pages Published in March 2009 by Jossey-Bass Source: Public Library In Why Don’t … Continue reading

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Review: L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food by Roy Choi

L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food Roy Choi with Tien Nguyen and Natasha Phan 320 pages Published in November 2013 by Anthony Bourdain Books, an imprint of Ecco Books Source: Public Library   Up until that moment, I … Continue reading

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The Perfect Score: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT by Debbie Steir

The Perfect Score: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT Debbie Steir 238 pages Published in February 2014 by Harmony Books, an imprint of Harper Source: Publisher So here I was, five months in and back to square one: confused, confronting … Continue reading

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Thoughts: This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage Ann Patchett 320 pages Published in November 2013 by Harper Source: Public Library …You will take bits from books you’ve read and movies you’ve seen and conversations you’ve had and stories friends … Continue reading

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Nonfiction November: Graphic Memoir/Biography

Lu of Regular Rumination and Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness are hosting Nonfiction November, celebrating the power of nonfiction. Each week, the duo ask a particular question and participants are encouraged to answer the question and even post reviews of nonfiction. … Continue reading

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Short review: Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman

Survival Lessons Alice Hoffman 83 pages Published October 1, 2013 by Algonquin Books Source: Publisher . . .Then I knew. Good fortune and bad luck are always tied together with invisible, unbreakable thread. It happens to everyone, in one way … Continue reading

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Review: Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life by Karen Karbo

Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life Karen Karbo 240 pages October 2013 by Skirt! Source: Publisher In the summer of 1946, Julia McWilliams and Paul Child drove across America. A bottle of vodka and a thermos of mixed martinis … Continue reading

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Review: The Year of Learning Dangerously by Quinn Cummings

The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling Quinn Cummings 230 pages Published in 2012 by Perigee Books, an imprint of Penguin Source: Public Library I was hiding in the laundry room fighting off a full-blown panic attack. If long … Continue reading

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Short review: Primates by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas Written by Jim Ottaviani Illustrated by Maris Wicks Published in 2013 by First Second Books 139 pages Source: Public Library In Primates, Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks tell … Continue reading

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Back to School Reading Challenge

When I saw that the wonderful Joy from Joy’s Book Blog was hosting the Back-to-School Reading Challenge, I didn’t hesitate to sign up. August and September are a favorite time of year for me — back to school season! I … Continue reading

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High Summer Readathon and Just One Paragraph

The High Summer Read-a-thon officially started last night but I decided to wait until this morning to begin my stack of books. My reading isn’t going very well so hopefully this week-long read-a-thon is what I need to make a … Continue reading

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Library Loot

Library Loot is one of my favorite weekly events hosted by Marg (The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader) and Claire (The Captive Reader). It’s a meme where bloggers share what they’ve recently checked out from the library.  Today I went … Continue reading

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Just Finished: Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott

Saying and meaning “Thanks” leads to a crazy thought: What more can I give? We take the action first, by giving—and then the insight follows, that this fills us. Sin is not the adult bookstore on the corner. It is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Marbles by Ellen Forney

  Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney 256 pages Published in November 2012 by Gotham Books Where did I get this?  Public Library Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me chronicles illustrator Ellen Forney’s years-long … Continue reading

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Book Review: Quiet by Susan Cain

 Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking Susan Cain 368 pages Published in January 2013 by Broadway Source: Bought it If it wasn’t for a Twitter chat a few months ago, I probably wouldn’t have … Continue reading

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Short Children’s Book Reviews: We March by Shane W. Evans and I Have a Dream by Kadir Nelson

We March Shane W. Evans 32 pages Published in 2012 by Roaring Brook Press Source: Public Library In We March, author Shane W. Evans take readers to August 28, 1963, the day that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Zora: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston

Zora: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston Written by Dennis Brindell Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin 192 pages Published in 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Source: Public Library Zora: The Life of Zora Neale Hurtson follows the critically-acclaimed author and … Continue reading

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Children’s Books on Famous Artists: Me, Frida, It Jes’ Happened, and Chuck Close Face Book

Me, Frida Written by Amy Novesky. Illustrated by David Diaz Published in 2010 by Abrams Books for Young Readers I love beautiful art. I also love reading about Frida Kahlo, so when Jill (Rhapsody in Books) wrote a review about … Continue reading

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Review: American Grown by Michelle Obama

American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America Michelle Obama 272 pages Published in May 2012 by Crown Publishing Source: Library And the more I learned about this problem, the more I came to … Continue reading

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