Posted by: CR Elliott | December 7, 2017

Goodreads Review: Rest is the New Sport

Rest is The New Sport: Identify Your Fatigue, Improve Your Recovery, decrease your biological costRest is The New Sport: Identify Your Fatigue, Improve Your Recovery, decrease your biological cost by Jef Geys
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Some background for me is that I was a book reading kid who wished I could be more sporty but could never find the right way into exercise or sports until I was sitting, reading and in excruciating pain which sent me seeking out a personal trainer. A lot of stuff clicked, I learned to tell the difference between fads and facts in the health field but I still consider myself a novice seeking to learn more about optimizing diet, exercise, recovery and rest. In pursuit of that I was excited to have the chance to read Jef Geys’ “Rest is the New Sport”.

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Posted by: CR Elliott | December 1, 2017

Goodreads Review: How To Instant Pot

How to Instant Pot: Mastering All the Functions of the One Pot That Will Change the Way You CookHow to Instant Pot: Mastering All the Functions of the One Pot That Will Change the Way You Cook by Daniel Shumski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I became familiar with the Instant Pot because I wanted to make yogurt at home and had heard how easy it was. My kitchen is small and as someone who expects to be renting long term I settled on the Instant Pot because although yogurt is easy to make without an Instant Pot, it is a delight to make via the Instant Pot. I requested Daniel Shumski’s when I saw it because I wanted more guidance for how to optimize my usage of the Instant Pot.

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Posted by: CR Elliott | November 17, 2017

Goodreads Review: A False Report

A False Report: A True Story of Rape in AmericaA False Report: A True Story of Rape in America by T. Christian Miller

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Truly a phenomenal book. Although true crime is a genre I’m very interested in it is also one that can easily become sensationalized such that the truth is drowned beneath the “special effects” of the crime fixated upon the horror and helplessness. The premise of A False Report is to bring the reader face to face with the biggest concern about rape reports–that someone will be falsely accused. It is a concern that reflects the nature of taking cases to court which is that juries must convict beyond reasonable doubt. It is a concern that reflects the nature of interpersonal relationships often being messy, contentious and the fact that we as people often find ourselves skeptical of the experiences of others.

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Posted by: CR Elliott | November 4, 2017

Goodreads Review: Strangers in Budapest

Strangers in Budapest: A NovelStrangers in Budapest: A Novel by Jessica Keener
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I received a copy for review through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

What drew me to this book was my personal connection to Hungary. Having family there, living there and visiting several times (coincidently during the period this story takes place) are all reasons I was eager to read this book. Although these connections contributed to my enjoyment of the book and high rating, I think that there is plenty to enjoy in the atmosphere and characters of the book.

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Posted by: CR Elliott | October 16, 2017

Goodreads Review: She Be Damned

She Be Damned: A Heloise Chancey MysteryShe Be Damned: A Heloise Chancey Mystery by M.J. Tjia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I received a copy for review through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I’ll be perfectly frank with a little tangent. When I first started reading the book I was drawn in by the writing style but put the book down for awhile because of the first two chapters. Gorey and gritty stories don’t attract me as a rule. True Crime interests me, I read horror and I don’t shy away from gore or grit but in mysteries my preference is for stories that explore inner motives and don’t place the focus on the obvious horror and fear. This is personal preference and it played a role in my putting the book down for so long despite being drawn in by the synopsis and the writing style generally.

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Posted by: CR Elliott | October 13, 2017

Goodreads Review: A Primate’s Memoir

A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the BaboonsA Primate’s Memoir: A Neuroscientist’s Unconventional Life Among the Baboons by Robert M. Sapolsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was recommended to me as an extra credit opportunity that I didn’t end up taking advantage of in my primate class. I’m a bit surprised by the commenters who wanted something more scientific because while his language is not what you’d see in a textbook he does chronicle the actual experience of field research.

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Posted by: CR Elliott | October 11, 2017

Goodreads Review: After the Bloom

After the BloomAfter the Bloom by Leslie Shimotakahara

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I received a copy to review through NetGalley*

The description of After the Bloom intrigued me but I set the book aside for awhile because it felt like a book that deserved my full attention. The stories of Rita and Lily are entwined in their telling. Although the story is centered around Lily going missing there’s a level of mirroring between the daughter and mother’s stories. Both are hesitant to accept the truths in their lives and that tension is worked elegantly by Leslie Shimotakahara. Although the background of the story is the internment of the Japanese during WWII it succeeds because the characters not the history are in the foreground.

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Posted by: CR Elliott | September 17, 2017

Goodreads Review: Sociable

SociableSociable by Rebecca Harrington
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*I received a copy of Sociable through NetGalley*

I give the book three stars because it reflects the Goodreads rating system which is that “I liked it”. Sociable is one of those easy and quick reads that offers a window into a very specific moment in time and looks honestly at the people occupying that without getting hung up on exploring the depths of it all. And that’s a good thing! It’s an easy book to recommend because it could just as easily be a movie or short T.V. series as it is a book. Genuinely entertaining and topical.

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Posted by: CR Elliott | September 5, 2017

Bullet Journaling

A big part of what I have been doing lately is refining my journaling practice. In my early teens I received Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” from my father as a gift. On and off again for years (but especially for the last seven or so) I have been journaling regularly. More recently (since around the beginning of the year) I have been dabbling in bullet journaling. It is a flexible system created by Ryder Carroll that helped me to streamline my journaling practice, calendar keeping and miscellaneous tracking into a single journal at a time.

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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…

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