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The Lost Sisterhood Book Cover The Lost Sisterhood

FICTION, Historical fiction
2014
585

Ever since her grandmother told her stories of Amazons, Diana has been fascinated by them.  She's a professor at Oxford now with the history of the Amazonian myths as a special interest.  Her interest is peaked when she is invited to have a private look at a newly discovered archeological site that may prove that Amazons were real.

In North Africa, thousands of years ago, Myrina and her sister Lilly flee from a plague that decimated their village.  Their mother told them that if they were ever in trouble that they should travel to the sisterhood in the city by the sea for help. 

The Lost Sisterhood tells two separate but intertwined stories that attempts to explain the Amazonian myths in Greek history.  Myrina and Lilly live as priestesses in Algeria.  When their temple is raided by Greek soldiers and several priestesses are captured, the rest follow to try to get their sisters back.  In the present day, Diana unknowingly is following the trail that Myrina left but someone seems determined to stop her from finding out about the Amazons.  Is it an unscrupulous collector with a penchant for all things Amazon or are there really Amazons who don’t want to be discovered?

I wasn’t aware of a lot of the myths surrounding the Amazons or that the myths show up in such far apart places as Algeria, Crete, Greece, Turkey, and Germany.  This story does a good job of trying to put together a narrative that shows how those myths could have come to be.

I liked the ancient story better than the modern one. Diana and her friend Bex seemed a bit too passive at times.  There were several times that they should have gone to the police or at least kicked up a bit of a fuss but they just went along with whatever was happening to them. Very unAmazonian.

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Step 1:  Announce that you are having a girl child that is due in the middle of December.  This gives the quilter ample time to procrastinate.  Quilters generally like that.

Step 2:  Announce at the end of October that the child will be coming early.  Say that they will induce your wife in the third week of November.  Because you are not a quilter you will not notice said quilter go a bit pale and start swearing under her breath.

Step 3:  In mid-November, announce that your wife will be induced on next Tuesday.  Say your last day in will be Monday.  Since the quilter has gone into work mode with a projected due date now in mid-November she will calculate and know that she can get that quilt done for Monday.  No problems.

Step 4:  Text to let us know that your wife went into labor early on Saturday.  You won’t be in next week at all.  This is a problem because quilters are motivated by deadlines.  Now the quilter can’t tell if she missed the deadline or if you just gave her another week.

Step 5:  Quilter forces herself to finish quilt for this Monday anyway so she won’t be frantically trying to finish it next Sunday night.  This is unusual behavior that she is proud of.

Step 6:  It is the first snowfall of the year.  Quilt flat out refuses to dry in the dryer anyway so quilter puts it in the snow for a nice picture.  Quilter shows the picture at work.

Other  coworker – “What is that?”

Quilter – “A baby quilt”

Other coworker – “Oh, I thought it might be a grill cover.”

Linking to TGIFF at What a Hoot! and since finishing anything is quite odd for me I’m linking here and here  too.

 

Best Book I Read This Year

Ok, for my long-term readers, let say it all together now:

Who Fears DeathWho Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In a post-apocalyptic future in sub-Saharan Africa, the Nuru are waging war against the Okeke. The Nurus believe in using rape as a weapon. They know that raped Okeke women will be shunned by their families and that any children born will be Ewu. Ewu children are identifiable by their skin color. It is believed that children conceived in violence will be violent themselves so Ewu are kept outside civilized society.

After a powerful Nuru sorcerer rapes an Okeke woman, she flees to the desert where she gives birth to a girl who she names Onyesonwu. It means Who Fears Death. Onyesonwu grows to be a powerful sorcerer herself but will her society reject the possibility of a savior who is twice an outcast – both Ewu and a woman?

I feel like I’m a broken record on this book. I’ve plugged it so often. Here’s the rest of my review.

Best Conclusion to a Series

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My review

 

 

Fiction Favorites

The Invention of WingsThe Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My review

 

 

The Midnight RoseThe Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My review

 

 

Best Fiction Audio

Calling Me HomeCalling Me Home by Julie Kibler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My review – including why listening to the audio drove me batty.

 

 

Best NonFiction So Far

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil WarLiar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My review

 

 

Series I’m Glad I Started This Year

Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My review

 

 

 

Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1)Hounded by Kevin Hearne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My review

 

 

 

Enchanted, Inc. (Enchanted, Inc., #1)Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My review

 

What is #BookBlogWriMo?

Basically, it’s a lax version of NaNoWriMo for book bloggers. I created prompts for each day, discussing different topics around books, blogging, and books + blogging.

What Books Am I Excited to Read?

 

Empress of the Night: A Novel of Catherine the Great

 

 

I loved the first book this author wrote about Catherine the Great. I want to find a time when I can totally immerse myself in this one with no distractions.

 

 

First FrostFirst Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

 

I just found out that this one is going to published in 2015 from a Goodreads banner ad. I don’t even know what it is about but I love this author’s books.

 

 

 

Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

 

I heard about this book on a list of feminist reads at The Lady Errant.

 

What is #BookBlogWriMo?

Basically, it’s a lax version of NaNoWriMo for book bloggers. I created prompts for each day, discussing different topics around books, blogging, and books + blogging.

Urban Fantasy

I love magic and supernatural creatures set in the real world.  I should probably read less of it because it is affecting my brain.  When clients say their dogs are staring off into space I think ghosts before neurological disease.  Stories about dogs restless at night and barking at “nothing” leads me to assume that there are monsters outside their house at night.

Favorite series

The Dresden Files
Storm Front (The Dresden Files #1)

 

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

The Hallows

Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1)Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

 

Otherworld

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1)Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

Historical Fiction

I like fiction books set in the past especially if they are as educational as they are entertaining.

The Camuloud Chronicles

The Skystone (Camulod Chronicles, #1)

 

The Skystone by Jack Whyte

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Edward Rutherford

LondonLondon by Edward Rutherfurd

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

 

What is #BookBlogWriMo?

Basically, it’s a lax version of NaNoWriMo for book bloggers. I created prompts for each day, discussing different topics around books, blogging, and books + blogging.

 

My Favorite Book Tropes

Whenever I think of this topic I think of a story a librarian told me about a woman who came in and requested a book like the one she was returning.  He couldn’t figure out exactly what she wanted.  It was the same author or anything obvious.  Finally she told him in explicit detail about her sexual fetish.  He said it got a bit awkward.

I don’t have a lot of tropes that I look for specifically.  I have a lot more that I avoid like the plague but that’s a later post.

Origin Stories

I am a sucker for an origin story.  I like the start of series.  I like the time before the hero knows that she or he is a hero.  I like seeing the ordinary life before the quest for greatness.

 

 

 

 

 

The News Sorority Book Cover The News Sorority

Biography & Autobiography, Nonfiction
2014-09-30
496

A provocative critique of three influential women in television broadcast news draws on exclusive interviews with colleagues and confidantes to reveal how their combinations of ambition, intellect and talent rendered them cultural icons.

I’ll preface my review with saying that I haven’t watched TV news in about 10 years so I’m not up to date.  I’m not a fan because it seems to play to the lowest common denominator and consists mostly of sensationalism and fear mongering.  This book did not change my mind.

Diane Sawyer – I didn’t know anything about Diane Sawyer.  She was a beauty queen who went on to work in the Nixon White House.  After Nixon resigned, she went with him to his home in California and spent years working with him on his papers.  This tainted her in the eyes of a lot of reporters when she went into television.

Christiane Amanpour –  She was born in Iran to a well-off family who had to flee to London during the Revolution.  She moved to the U.S. to go to the University of Rhode Island.  She made some friends at nearby Brown University including John Kennedy Jr.  Her name, looks, and accent meant that no one wanted her on air at CNN, even at the foreign desk.

Katie Couric – Everytime I look at her the words “Evil Robot” pop into my head.  I asked the husband about this and he said that was universal.  I guess that means that I’m biased about her story.  I used to watch the Today show as a kid but quit when she was hired because I couldn’t handle the bubbly, seemingly insincere persona.

I don’t know exactly how I feel about this book.  The sexism in the book is overwhelming.  Partially, that is the point.  These women all had a lot to overcome to get to the heights of their careers.  But, when you read things that are said about them I was never quite sure if it was fact or if people were saying it because they were women.  This is addressed a little bit.  The author gives some examples where women were critiqued much more harshly than men for doing the same thing but it didn’t help dispel the notion that a lot of people interviewed were critiquing them as women first and journalists second.

There is a lot of discussion of the different forms of manipulation practiced by Sawyer and Couric.  Couric appears to be a lot more up front about it.  Again I’m not sure about the word.  Are people calling it manipulation because they are women?  Would it be called “good business sense” in a man?  Would it even be mentioned?

Amanpour is the only one that people were routinely positive about.  Is that because she is a nicer person or because she spent most of her career in war zones and away from the political infighting of the other women’s careers?  I found her sections to be the most interesting.

“Diversity and Nonfiction: What does “diversity” in books mean to you? Does it refer to book’s location or subject matter? Or is it the author’s nationality or background? What countries/cultures do you tend to enjoy or read about most in your nonfiction? What countries/cultures would you like nonfiction recommendations for?”

I’ve never thought much about diversity in my nonfiction reading.  I do in my fiction reading.  I track settings of books and aim to read books set all over the world each year.  (See my map for 2014 on the sidebar.)

I looked at the diversity of the nonfiction books I’ve read this year.

The authors are exactly 50% female and 50% male.

However when you look at race there is a definite imbalance.  Twenty of the books were written by white authors, one was written by an African woman, two were written by Pakistani women, and one was written by a Jewish woman.

What about diversity of subjects?  Roughly the books break down into three broad categories:  Ten biographies/memoirs, eleven historical books, and three essays/current events.

Settings?  Fourteen in the U.S., six in Europe, one in Africa, two in the Middle East, and one in the Pacific Islands.

I choose my nonfiction read based entirely on subject and not the author but I think I need to find some more nonfiction authors of color.  Suggestions?

 

Linking up to Nonfiction November

 

What is #BookBlogWriMo?

Basically, it’s a lax version of NaNoWriMo for book bloggers. I created prompts for each day, discussing different topics around books, blogging, and books + blogging.

My Least Favorite Book Blogging Things

If I’m going to take the time to read a post I want to know what the person thought of the book.  I don’t want to see just cover reveals or the same blurbs I can see on the book jacket.  Give me your thoughts.  Tell me how it made you feel or what topics it made you think about.

I don’t like giveaways that make you follow a group of people to enter.  I want to gain followers because they like what I say not because I bribed them.

I like blogs that cover a whole range of books.  Seeing the same type of book all the time on a blog bores me.

Harry Potter à l'école des sorciers Book Cover Harry Potter à l'école des sorciers

Fantasy
311

It's Harry Potter - you know the story.

I’ve been working on learning French this year using the Duolingo website in preparation for our trip to France in October. I was getting pretty good at reading websites. I could at least get the general idea of what was going on. I saw a suggestion to try reading a book that you know really well. I decided to try Sorcerer’s Stone.

When I opened up my French copy from Pottermore I saw an immediate problem. It is written in past tense. I don’t know past tense. Ok, time to learn.

This is how I read it. At first I tried to understand every word. It took forever to highlight every word I didn’t know for the dictionary to define. Now I read a paragraph in French and see what I think it says and then read the paragraph in English.

What are things called in French?

Major character names are the same but there are some differences.
Hogwarts – Poudlard
Muggles – Moldu
Diagon Alley – Chemin de Traverse

Hagrid speak

I can’t imagine trying to translate Hagrid into another language. Here are some of my favorite translations:

Codswallop – sac de Méduse (bag of jellyfish)
Blimey – Nom d’un vampire (name of a vampire)

I need to work those phrases into my daily conversation.

Foreshadowing

Because this is taking a long time, I haven’t gotten all the way through the book yet.  I have gotten through the beginning though and that is my favorite part of this book.  I’m a sucker for origin stories so the beginning of a series is always my favorite. I liked rereading all the little details that get forgotten when a book is translated to a movie like Hagrid moving about Muggle London and knitting on the train.

The one thing that always surprises me when I reread this book is how much foreshadowing there is.  I remember my first reread when I was shocked when Hagrid says Sirius Black lent him his motorcycle to deliver Harry to the Dursleys.  It is such a throw away line in this book but speaks volumes to how well planned the whole series is.

Linking up with the Harry Potter re-read at Book Journey.

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What is #BookBlogWriMo?

Basically, it’s a lax version of NaNoWriMo for book bloggers. I created prompts for each day, discussing different topics around books, blogging, and books + blogging.

My Favorite Book Blogging Things

Learning About New Books

I hear about all kinds of books that I want to read.  If not for book blogs I’d just read whatever caught my eye at the library.

Events

I’m not a fan of challenges like Read 5 Books on a certain topic in a year.  I do like challenges that fit into what I’m already reading though.  I had a lot of fun with Around the World in 80 Books and Travel the World in Books.  I liked Diversiverse and Nonfiction November is amazing.  I’m looking forward to the Harry Potter Reread-a-thon.

 

 

What is #BookBlogWriMo?

Basically, it’s a lax version of NaNoWriMo for book bloggers. I created prompts for each day, discussing different topics around books, blogging, and books + blogging.

 

What is My Rating System?

I use a 5 star system because that’s what Goodreads uses and I used their links. I just started playing with the Book Review wordpress plugin a few days ago.

I think of 3 stars as the average book. That’s what most books get from me. That means that I enjoyed it enough to read it all the way through but it isn’t anything that’s going to stick with me. Next week I won’t remember the details of the plot.

To get 4 stars a book has to be thought provoking. There have to be themes that made me think throughout the day when I wasn’t reading the book. Another way to get 4 stars is to be so compelling that I can’t put it down.

Getting 5 stars from me is almost impossible. It would need to be a book that I want everyone in the world to read right now. Who Fears Death is the only 5 star book I have for this year.

I don’t usually give less than 3 stars because I ruthlessly abandon books that I don’t like. There are too many great books out there to waste time with so-so ones. I probably don’t finish 25% of the books I get. That’s another reason why I’m a die hard library user!

I have given 2 stars to a book that I got for a blog tour that was just awful. I wouldn’t have finished it if it was up to me but I was obligated.  Two stars could also be a book I finished but that had some fatal flaws that make me not want to recommend it even though it started with promise.

I think the only way I’d do a 1 star review would be something like Jules Verne’s Five Weeks in a Balloon that was so incredibly racist that I wanted to talk about it.

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The ... Book Cover As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The ...

Nonfiction
Audio

Cary Elwes played Wesley, the FarmBoy turned Pirate, in the classic film The Princess Bride.  Now, 25 years after the release of the film he tells the story of movie.

This book features not only Cary's stories about casting, rehearsals, filming, and the aftermath but features stories from most of the rest of the living cast members also.

I LOVE The Princess Bride. I can’t stress that enough. I first started watching it obsessively when it came out on video back in the day. Cary Elwes was absolutely beautiful. I was in love.

I wasn’t sure at first if I wanted to read this to see the pictures or listen to it on audio. It is only 7 hours on audio and I usually do longer books to get my Audible money’s worth.  I decided on audio because a lot of the people involved in the film voiced their own sections of the book, including Rob Reiner, Billy Crystal, Wallace Shawn, Robin Wright, Carol Kane, Chris Sarandon, and Christopher Guest. How can you resist that?

A lot of the stories in this book I had heard before but what comes through in this book is the absolute love that everyone involved in the production had for the project. They still love it.

A Few Things I learned that I didn’t know:

  • Wallace Shawn was lecturing at Oxford on his days off from filming.
  • The horse that Andre was supposed to ride at the end wouldn’t get him get on his back.  Smart horse.
  • Robin Wright had to commit to an extra year on her soap opera to be allowed the time off to film The Princess Bride

If you love the film, if someone reciting a line of dialogue will make you smile every time, if you don’t need to have the DVD playing to repeat most of the scenes word perfectly – then this is the book for you.

 

What is #BookBlogWriMo?

Basically, it’s a lax version of NaNoWriMo for book bloggers. I created prompts for each day, discussing different topics around books, blogging, and books + blogging.

 

What is My Review Process?

I write reviews of books as soon as I finish the book. There is no way I’d remember enough about the book to write about it later. I tend to sit down at the computer with the book for reference so I remember how to spell names of characters (and a lot of times I need help even remembering what the names were at all).

I start with a one or two paragraph summary of what the book was about and then get into what I thought about it. I’ve recently added a Spoilers page so I can get deeper into books where I want to talk about key details.

Sometimes I schedule the posts ahead. If I do that I put them on a Thursday or Friday when I don’t have other memes that I do. But, if I’m finishing several books at once I’ll post one a day. I won’t save them and schedule them for next Thursday. That’s way too much planning ahead for me!

I just started using the Book Review wordpress plugin on a post for today. Prior to that I’ve been using Goodreads to host the images.

Necessary LiesNecessary Lies by Eva Stachniak

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Historical fiction

In 1981 as the Solidarity movement is disrupting Soviet control of Poland, Anna is offered a fellowship to travel from Poland to Montreal to study.  She leaves behind her activist husband Peter.  She plans on being gone for six months.  She doesn’t plan on falling in love and leaving Poland for good.

Anna was from a town named Wroclaw which used to be apart of Germany until the end of World War II.  Her new husband was born there and was five years old when his town fell to the Russians and his family evacuated.

After 10 years of marriage, Anna’s new husband expectedly dies.  The Berlin Wall has fallen and Poland is ostensibly free.  She decides to visit her family in Poland again to see the changes for herself.

One of my historical fiction reading goals has been to find more books set in Poland that aren’t about World War II.  This author is one of the reasons for that.  I loved her book The Winter Palace about Catherine the Great that talked about the greatness of Poland at that time.  This was her first book though and it doesn’t live up to what comes later.

The author also left Wroclaw in 1981 to go to Canada.  That part of the story is good.  It discusses adapting to a life suddenly free of rationing and shortages.  But the story takes a turn after her husband’s death.  Her return to Poland is just boring.  Everything is pretty much that same and her ex-husband is mad at her.  There’s a shocker.  I just wish there was more to the story because the beginning showed so much promise.

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What is #BookBlogWriMo?

Basically, it’s a lax version of NaNoWriMo for book bloggers. I created prompts for each day, discussing different topics around books, blogging, and books + blogging.

 

My Advice for New Bloggers

Do What You Want!

  • Don’t feel like you have to cater to different groups just to get people to like you.
  • Don’t read books that you don’t want to read just because you can get them for free.
  • Don’t go crazy the first time you get on NetGalley (It happens to all of us).
  • Don’t blog if it isn’t fun anymore.
  • Don’t obsess about numbers. Remember this is supposed to be fun.

What I do

  • I write about any topic I want to.  I don’t try to make the blog just one topic.  It is my space so I’m in charge.
  • I read whatever catches my eye.
  • I work with a few blog tour companies and reject 99% of what they offer.  I may read 1 to 2 books for them a month at the most.  Everything else is from the library or my own books.
  • Get involved in the communities not to drive traffic but to learn about books from other people

toptentuesday

This week’s prompt is:

Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book

1.  Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

  • Luna would have a completely different perspective on everything going on in the wizarding world.

2.  Zee from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

  • He’s a Fae who is able to work with iron.  He’s someone or something big and scary in the Fae world but he’s hiding it pretty well in the human world.

3.  Phillipe from The Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

  • He’s a vampire who has ruled his family for hundreds of years while manipulating events throughout Europe.

4.  Jenks from The Hollows series by Kim Harrison

  • He’s a pixie with load of children who works as an investigator because he can get into any place and beat any security system. He did sort of get his own book once but he had to share with an elf.

5.  Mac from The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

  • No one knows who or what Mac is but he is able to keep a supernatural bar under control while making incredible microbrews.

6.  Mr Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • He thinks their whole world is pretty boring and petty.  He’d be a great snarky observer.

7.  Granny from the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovitch

  • She’s got a better social life than most women a third her age.

8.  Prim from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  • She becomes a medic.  How did she learn?  What did she see during the war?

9.  Angua from The Discworld Novels by Terry Pratchett

  • She’s a semi-closeted werewolf on the police force in love with a 6 foot tall human (who is the heir to the throne) who was raised as a dwarf. She’d have things to say.

10.  Anyone from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

  • Because they’re all mad there!

Fitness Tuesday

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Tuesday

5 rounds:

  • 9 deadlifts, 60 lbs
  • 6 hang power snatch, 20-30 lbs
  • 3 front squats, 60 lbs

I enjoyed this one.  I don’t like light weight deadlifts but it was nice not to have to switch bars for the front squats.  I did the snatches with 15 lb dumbbells in each hand.

Monday

4 rounds:

  • Run 400 meters
  • 20 bench dips

This was surprisingly hard.  I thought it would be an easy one.  I haven’t been running much lately so maybe that was the issue.

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Week 2: November 10 to 14

“Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert: Three ways to join in this week! You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).”

Science and Medicine

I love science and medicine books. I’m not sure if this normal behavior or just for those of us in those fields.

Science, a History, 1543-2001Science, a History, 1543-2001 by John Gribbin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is probably my oldest unfinished book. I loved learning about the older scientists. I find people fascinating who decided to make it their life’s work to figure something out because they were astoundingly rich so they didn’t have to work to survive and had people for all the mundane stuff of life. I lost interest in this when it got to the 1970s and it was more about research teams. It lost the personal touch.

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS EpidemicAnd the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the story of the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the United States.  It is an amazing and frustrating story of inaction on the part of the governments, confusion on the part of researchers, and heroics on the part of individuals in the heart of the epidemic.  How did they figure out that this was a virus and how it was transmitted?  How did they get the word out?  How did the politics of sex hurt the science?  This is an amazing book (the miniseries was great too) written by a man who would eventually die of AIDS himself.

The Emperor of All MaladiesThe Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book describes itself as a biography of cancer.  It tells the story of how cancer has been handled from ancient times until now.  It is fascinating enough that I listened to this long book on audio and it kept my interest.  Learn about developments that made previous death sentences into manageable chronic diseases and why some cancers still can’t be treated.

My Medical TBR List

I just found a list on Goodreads on hundreds of science and medicine books. From just the first two pages I added these titles to my list.

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human PandemicSpillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen

Everybody always blames the animals.

Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical VirusRabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik

I spend a good part of my day preventing rabies so this would be an interesting read for me.

The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our HistoryThe American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History by Molly Caldwell Crosby

I don’t know much about Yellow Fever but have heard it mentioned in a some books lately like Tomlinson Hill.

 

Hippocrates' Shadow: What Doctors Don't Know, Don't Tell You, and How Truth Can Repair the Patient-Doctor BreachHippocrates’ Shadow: What Doctors Don’t Know, Don’t Tell You, and How Truth Can Repair the Patient-Doctor Breach by David H. Newman

It amazes me what people will accept from their human doctors that they would never tolerate from a veterinarian’s office.  For example, people routinely talk about not getting into a doctor’s office for months but let a vet clinic say they can’t get you in in the next hour and all hell will break loose.

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the PresentMedical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington

I know about the STD experts and the sterilizations but I have a feeling that it got much worse.

The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical MysteryThe Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery by D.T. Max

Prions – the stuff behind kuru and mad cow.  Interesting little buggers.

The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New YorkThe Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum

Forensics – ruining people’s alibis

 

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in HistoryThe Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M. Barry

I’ve heard some stories about this but it would be interesting to hear the whole story.

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What is #BookBlogWriMo?

Basically, it’s a lax version of NaNoWriMo for book bloggers. I created prompts for each day, discussing different topics around books, blogging, and books + blogging.

 

What memes do I link to weekly?

I do link ups for lots of stuff – not just books.

Mondays

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I do a Monday post with links to any reviews I’ve posted and what I’m currently reading and/or listening to on my iPod.

Dreaming of France Meme Eiffel

I started linking up with the site when I was getting ready to go to France. Now I do a post about my trip weekly and will link up reviews of books based in France.

Tuesday

Readers-workouts-Joy

I write a post that sums up my workouts for the week. It helps keep me motivated to actually do the workouts.

Wednesday

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

This one is for my quilting, when I actually make any progress.

Saturday

Saturday Snapshot at West Metro Mommy Reads

Memes I Sometimes Do

One Flower Wednesday – I miss this one. This is for hand piecing hexagons. I’m past that stage with my hexagon quilt so I don’t get to link up anymore. It is a good group.

British Isles Friday – I link to this one when I have reviews of British books. I’m also starting to plan a trip to England so I be posting here more.

Sunday Traveler – I may start cross linking travel posts here. It is a bit of a confusing one because you have to dig deep to find other people’s posts but I like reading and writing about travel.

Life of a Blogger – Writing prompts about the lives of book bloggers

Saturday Situation – Link up your reviews

Slow Stitching Sunday – for hand sewing.

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