The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Date Read: January 17, 2019
Synopsis: The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now—indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one. Continue reading “Book Review: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace”
The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math from One to Infinity by Steven Strogatz
Dates Read: June 20, 2018 – January 12, 2019
Synopsis: Did O.J. do it? How should you flip your mattress to get the maximum wear out of it? How does Google search the Internet? How many people should you date before settling down? Believe it or not, math plays a crucial role in answering all of these questions and more.
Math underpins everything in the cosmos, including us, yet too few of us understand this universal language well enough to revel in its wisdom, its beauty — and its joy. This deeply enlightening, vastly entertaining volume translates math in a way that is at once intelligible and thrilling. Each trenchant chapter of The Joy of x offers an “aha!” moment, starting with why numbers are so helpful, and progressing through the wondrous truths implicit in π, the Pythagorean theorem, irrational numbers, fat tails, even the rigors and surprising charms of calculus. Showing why he has won awards as a professor at Cornell and garnered extensive praise for his articles about math for the New York Times, Strogatz presumes of his readers only curiosity and common sense. And he rewards them with clear, ingenious, and often funny explanations of the most vital and exciting principles of his discipline. Continue reading “Book Review: The Joy of X by Steven Strogatz”
Ten Days with the Highlander by Hayson Manning
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date Read: January 9, 2019
Goodreads Synopsis: Go-getter Georgia Paxton has ten days to acquire a quaint hotel in the Scottish Highlands for her travel accommodation company before she’s off on her next grand adventure. Too bad the sexy, broody Scot who owns the place is dead against the idea…and that she’s in very real danger of losing their little bet to see who can convince whom first.
There’s no way Callum MacGregor is going to let the gorgeous American turn his tiny hometown over to bored tourists looking to satisfy their Outlander fantasies. He only has ten days to convince her to slow down and see the magic of the town and its people. If he succeeds, he won’t have to run her out of the county. But if he fails, Georgia might run off with his heart.
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Dates Read: January 3-7, 2019
Synopsis: Half-human, half-vampire Cat Crawfield is seeking revenge for her mother by hunting down and killing every vampire she encounters — until she meets one she can’t beat…eventually forming an alliance with him to track down a ruthless rapist and murderer along with his gang of cronies. Together, she and Bones must work and train together for their mission, but can Cat overcome her prejudice against vampires and make this alliance work? Continue reading “Book Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost”
No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay
Dates Read: January 3-5, 2019
Synopsis: A collection of heartfelt — at times striking — poems highlighting family, love, loss, history, and more. Continue reading “Book Review: No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay”
Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster
Dates Read: December 26-30, 2018
Goodreads Synopsis: Lena Todd makes the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a sympathizer for the humanist movement haunting London’s vicious blue blood elite. Not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger, and the one man whose kiss she can’t forget… Continue reading “Book Review: Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster”
Here’s the fourth installment of my catch-up reviews, and it’s the longest: contemporary romance. This could also be called “A Bunch of Lauren Layne Reviews and Some Others.” Continue reading “Contemporary Romance Reviews: Catching Up”