Posted by: CR Elliott | August 16, 2017

Goodreads Review: The Radium Girls

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining WomenThe Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The company,” said one girl, “always led us to believe everything was under control and safe, but I don’t think they cared.” from The Radium Girls by Kate Moore.

My first encounter with the Radium Girls was from Deborah Blum’s The Poisoner’s Handbook so I was thrilled when I discovered that I’d get the chance to read The Radium Girls through NetGalley. Read More…

Posted by: CR Elliott | August 6, 2017

Goodreads Review: The Man from the Train

The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer MysteryThe Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Billed as what can only be termed a forensic true crime story, The Man From the Train is a must-read. The style of the book is very deliberately researched and therefore leans heavily on being a forensic analysis of the available documents dating back to the period between 1898 and 1912 when, Bill James convincingly argues, a serial killer road the rails through various states killing families in a signature fashion. Bill James doesn’t sensationalize but rather he lays out his and Rachel’s research for the reader to assess. He argues very strongly for his thesis but acknowledges early on that you, the reader, will have ample time to make your assessment.

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Posted by: CR Elliott | June 6, 2017

Goodreads Review: Eat Fat, Get Fit

Eat Fat, Get Fit: How to Create YOUR Perfect Diet to Lose Weight, Heal Your Gut, and Have More EnergyEat Fat, Get Fit: How to Create YOUR Perfect Diet to Lose Weight, Heal Your Gut, and Have More Energy by Kusha Karvandi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*I received a copy of this book for free through Netgalley to review*

I’ve read many articles and a few books on modifying diet without dieting and am always eager to read more. Kusha Karvandi’s sounded interesting mainly on the merits that his pitch is that the perfect diet has to be personalized (which seems to be where much of the data points). The book has some issues but Kusha makes his argument in a way that is ideal for beginners. Having spent a whole lifetime researching health and fitness for personal vanity and personal health I think that it is critically important for nutritional advice to be easily applicable to daily life even if the underlying component parts are more complex. Kusha does distill and simplify a lot of where the science is into easily digestible sections.

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Posted by: CR Elliott | May 15, 2017

May Updates: Behave, Edits, Bullet Journaling

For the first few months of the year I’d been fairly good about completing at least one book per month but my pace has slowed because I’m reading drafts of my own book in order to start the painful editing process. I’m also slowly reading through Robert Sapolsky’s newest book, Behave, which is lengthy and meaty. And gradually I’ve been adopting my own bullet journal layout so there are many different projects that aren’t complete but are exciting to navigate.

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Posted by: CR Elliott | April 17, 2017

Goodreads Review: Burnt Land

Burnt LandBurnt Land by Tua Harno
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*I received a review copy of this title

First off, the concept of this book really drew me in and kept me there almost through the end. I felt that although the book was strong at least 3/4 of the way in, the ending left me disappointed. Sanna’s story is engaging although her relationships with men feel rather triggered I think Tua did an excellent job of exploring Sanna’s motivation and providing her with meaningful growth. Tua maintains an excellent tension between characters throughout the book and I found myself unable to put the book down.

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Posted by: CR Elliott | March 21, 2017

Goodreads Review: Life In Motion

I’m actually really excited about Misty’s new book Ballerina Body but need to save up or see if my local library will have a copy so I figured I’d repost my review of her memoir from 2014.

Life in Motion: An Unlikely BallerinaLife in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Posted by: CR Elliott | March 9, 2017

Goodreads Review: The Wall Between

The Wall BetweenThe Wall Between by Jesper Bugge Kold
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*I received a copy through netgalley to review.

Phenomenal! Kold’s writing drew me in immediately. His descriptions are lush but concise and the result is an impression of a character you want to continue getting to know.

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Posted by: CR Elliott | March 9, 2017

Goodreads Review: Unruly Places

Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable GeographiesUnruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies by Alastair Bonnett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Maps have a particular power to make visible what is invisible but there are stories that aren’t necessarily visually obvious and that is Unruly Places.

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Posted by: CR Elliott | March 1, 2017

Goodreads Book Review: The Shadow Land

The Shadow LandThe Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received The Shadow Land to review through Netgalley. Admittedly the cover drew me in and the description intrigued me.

I’m surprised that I enjoyed the book as much as I did because early on there were stylistic elements that I found difficult to wade through. Specifically the perspective changes between chapters were a little choppy to start and the protagonist failed to draw me in on her own merits. At times the pacing compelled me to put the book down out of frustration.

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Posted by: CR Elliott | January 16, 2017

Goodreads Book Review: Blog, Inc by Joy Cho

Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create CommunityBlog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community by Joy Deangdeelert Cho
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reading the description of the book and the reviews I knew what to expect generally from Blog, Inc. It is a spot on title because it really is about blogging for passion turning that into profit and utilizing/creating community connections to amplify the effects of both.

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