Thursday, December 1, 2016

Review: Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens DemocracyWeapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil


I am not a math person. Never have been, never will be. However, after learning about this book from the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards, I thought it'd be a good gift for my husband, who is a math nerd.

For me, the book is reminiscent of Freaknonomics. It covers thought-provoking, seemingly hidden, forces that rule our society. I really related to her example of a college student who struggled to get a minimum wage job to stay out of debt, because of interview personality questions that are looking for "one type" of worker. Clearly, regardless of dedication, need, or references. I faced a similar situation during the recession.

Glad someone is highlighting these important issues, for the economy, for math, for science, and for people's livelihoods.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Books I'm Thankful For


Books I'm Thankful For

Holy Bible - As a Christian, it goes without saying. It is a never-ending source of inspiration and hope for me. It's helped make me who I am today.

Wreck This Journal - Although it might seem like a silly idea to some, this book taught me to let go of some of my OCD with neatness and just have fun making a mess.


The Last Unicorn - The reason I became a fantasy geek as a child, and the reason I still am one today!

Watership Down - Reinforced my love of nature and animals. Helped me survive 9th grade lunch hour.

Star Wars: A New Hope Novelization - In elementary school, this inspired me to write. Although, it technically was fanfiction, eventually I was inspired to create my own work as well.


The Hunger Games - With the recession, my life was also in a bad place. I needed a novel like this to keep calm and carry on. Fight the good fight.

The Princess Diaries - I can't say it enough, how much this book helped me to laugh again after my dad passed away.

The Secret Garden - I wanna say this was my intro into loving classic literature. It paved the way for me to enjoy Jane Eyre and Austen later on.


I Am Pusheen the Cat - Its too-adorable-ness provides me with insta-happiness and relaxation during stressful days.

Harry Potter - For "non book nerds" its usually the one book or series they've read, helping them "get" what it's like to have fun in a fictional world and/or understand us super geeks.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that was created by Breaking the Spine to spotlight a blogger's eagerly anticipated new books.


For this Waiting on Wednesday, I picked A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab.

Release Date: February 21, 2017

Book Summary: "London's fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies."

My Thoughts: Although I was frustrated with the slow pace of the second book in the series, I'm still extremely curious about Kell's character and how the issues in the "Shades of Magic" world will be resolved. It's a unique series that both Oshie and I have shared together and discussed in depth.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Review: Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernüsse to Streuselkuchen

Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernüsse to StreuselkuchenClassic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernüsse to Streuselkuchen by Luisa Weiss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you're interesting in German Baking, as far as I'm concerned, this book is a must! Every recipe sounds delicious.

My husband and I frequent a German bakery in one of our favorite vacation spots. The unique goodness led us to try our hand at German cooking. That said, there's been a lot of setbacks along the way (old, unclear books and recipes).

Classic German Baking is a clear and easy-to-use cookbook. Its contents are divided into: Cookies, Cakes, Yeasted Cakes, Tortes and Strudels, Savories, Breads and Rolls, Christmas Favorites, and Basics.

All ingredients listed are easily found at your local grocery. Names of recipes are in German and English. Measurements are given in cups and grams.

My only complaint: more pictures needed! I like for each recipe to have a photo, an image for me to double-check and go by. A lot of the images in this book are landscapes or a single ingredient used in the recipe.

Otherwise, a great addition to your cookbook collection and holiday recipes to share with guests.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (32)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that was created by Breaking the Spine to spotlight a blogger's eagerly anticipated new books.



Release Date: January 3, 2017

Book Summary: "Everyone's favorite scoundrel goes Solo! Han is given a top-secret undercover mission for the Rebellion: rescuing several informants and spies! His cover for the assignment? Only the biggest and most infamous starship race in the galaxy, the Dragon Void! A tournament he has dreamt of winning his entire life. With a chance of glory, can Han keep his mind on the mission? Or is failing Leia worse than losing? If that wasn't enough, there's also the small matter of finding a traitor within the Rebellion. As the Dragon Void heats up, can a certain Wookiee pal lend a hand in the mole hunt? Place your bets for the ultimate space race! Our money's on Han and the Millennium Falcon - after all, it's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs!"

My Thoughts: I think it's safe to say I've been a Han Solo fangirl for a long time. In middle school, I remember carefree days reading the Young Han Solo trilogy at my grandparents' house. Since that's no longer canon, I'm really interested in seeing what Disney will do with the character's backstory.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Ten Books I've Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately


Ten Books I've Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately


Shadow of the Wolf (Sherwood's Doom) by Tim Hall - Found while randomly browsing Barnes and Noble. I love Robin Hood lore and mash-ups. Can't believe I'd never heard of this one.


The Scribble Diary: My Brain Right Now by Lisa Currie - I had tons of fun completely Wreck This Journal for my bucket list blog. Right now I'm trying to find a next best thing.


Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle - I am a huge Last Unicorn fan, and was almost shocked to learn about this book (I thought Beagle was severely ailing). Anyways, certainly interested in his newest story.


Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston - Prior to watching Star Wars Rebels, I was not familiar with Ahsoka's character. She's not in the movies. However, now that I've caught up on the new Star Wars canon, I'm interested in her life and continuing story.


Queen Emeraldas 1 by Leiji Matsumoto - Oh man, super anime/manga geek here. I was pleasantly surprised to find this in Barnes and Noble! I love the old school drawing style of Galaxy Express. Very curious to learn more about the Pirate Queen.



Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese Oneill - I saw this on a friend's Goodreads feed and was scandalized, and then kinda fascinated. How did ladies live back then??? They were made of strong stuff.



Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook by Theresa Carle-Sanders - OMG, whatever is in that basket, I wanna try it! I love trying new recipes for the holidays and being an Outlander fan, this is the ticket.




Color the Classics: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Fantasy Coloring Book by Jae-Eun Lee - Wow, looks like the perfect winter coloring book! Grab the snuggie and coffee and I'm all set. Let it go, let it snow!



Devil in Spring: The Ravenels, Book 3 by Lisa Kleypas - Ah, can't believe this doesn't come out until next year! Anyways, very much enjoyed Marrying Winterborne and looking forward to this one. Can I borrow that dress, btw?


Skip Beat! (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 12 by Yoshiki Nakamura - Another title that doesn't release until January...I'm hooked on this series, and even though the last few volumes weren't my favs, I'm hoping the plot will progress more in this one.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (31)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that was created by Breaking the Spine to spotlight a blogger's eagerly anticipated new books.



Release Date: December 6, 2016

Book Summary: "The lifeblood of the Wiltshire village of Ivy Hill is its coaching inn, The Bell. But when the innkeeper dies suddenly, his genteel wife, Jane Bell, becomes the reluctant owner. Jane has no notion of how to run a business. However, with the town's livelihood at stake and a large loan due, she must find a way to bring new life to the inn.

Despite their strained relationship, Jane turns to her resentful mother-in-law, Thora, for help. Formerly mistress of The Bell, Thora is struggling to find her place in the world. As she and Jane work together, they form a measure of trust, and Thora's wounded heart begins to heal. When she encounters two men from her past, she sees them--and her future--in a different light.

With pressure mounting from the bank, Jane employs innovative methods to turn the inn around, and puzzles over the intentions of several men who seem to have a vested interest in the place. Will her efforts be enough to save The Bell? And will Thora embrace the possibility of a second chance at love?"

My Thoughts: Earlier this year, I throughly enjoyed Julie Klassen's "The Secret of Pembrooke Park". It's definitely one of the best Regency romance novels I've ever read. Part Northanger Abbey, part Jane Eyre, I highly recommend her work to readers who like a little mystery mixed with their historical romance.

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