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Review: The Philosopher’s Flight

The Stats Title: The Philosopher’s Flight Author: Tom Miller Publisher: Simon & Schuster (February 13, 2018) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Historical Fiction, Dystopian, Fantasy, Feminist Literature Trigger Warnings: Sexism, Sexual Language I received this The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller as a part of my Book of the Month club for February. The Review Robert Weekes always dreamed of joining the US Sigilery Corps’ Rescue and Evacuation Department. The only problem is, he would be the first male to ever attempt the feat. Determined to master empirical philosophy, a female-dominated branch of science, Weekes heads off to the all-girls Radcliffe college in Boston. When Robert arrives he learns he isn’t the only male at the school, but the only one with any raw ability for philosophy. With the help of his friends, Weekes battles sexist stereotypes to survive his Contingency year and to prove that he is worthy of (literally) flying with the best of the sigilwomen. With the Great War ramping up, the only thing that could potentially get in Robert’s way is the Trenchers, an extremist anti-philosophical group …

Review: Little Fires Everywhere

The Stats Title: Little Fires Everywhere Author: Celeste Ng Publisher: Penguin Press; 1st Edition edition (September 12, 2017) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Contemporary Fiction, Family Life Trigger Warnings: Abortion, Privilege The Review Shaker Heights, Ohio is known for being perfectly planned and progressively liberal. Elena Richardson, a third generation Shaker, has spent her entire life embodying the spirit of Shaker Heights. Working mother of four married her college sweetheart, Elena life is as planned as the town.  That is until artist Mia Warren, and her daughter Pearl moved into the subsidized rental property for those Elena deemed “worthy” of Shaker’s gifts. When Pearl befriends Elena’s children, Elena decides to extend an olive branch out to Mia by offering her the job as their housekeeper. It is not long though before Elena’s childhood best friend ends up in a nasty custody battle over the Chinese American baby they adopted. Elena suspects Mia had something do with it embarks on uncovering the mystery revolving her tenant’s past. Boy has this past month been insane! Moving has been super …

Bloggers Note: Personal Update

Hello Fellow Bloggers! As you may have noticed, I have not been as active as I normally am these last couple of weeks (posting every four days instead of every-other-day). Now that it has been announced to my team, I can finally fill you in. When I was hired into my full-time position, it was always the plan that I would be hired on temporarily, then transferred to one of our other locations. What started as a six-month position, slowly turned into a year. Eventually, I received my own program to work on, and a promotion, and thought maybe this job would become more permanent. I began looking for my own place to live in the area. Since I didn’t know when I was going to have to move, I had been living out of suitcase between my parent’s house and my partner G’s house. This took a major toll on me mentally, since instead of feeling at “home” I felt as if I was trapped in a never-ending stay at the hotel. However, when I informed my …

Marathon Monday: Icecube Half

The second installation of the Winter Warrior Series was on the 18th of February. I was looking forward to it as the weekend before I completely slacked off of my training. Most of this had to do with the fact that I was supposed to go on vacation to San Antonio; but instead, Michigan ended up with 14inches of snow and I was able to cancel my flight since I couldn’t even drive safely to the airport (I was able to get a full refund #ThankYouDelta). Now that the snow was almost completely melted, it appeared to be another great weekend for a half marathon. Once again, the forecast was calling for 40 degree and sunny weather. I do not know how we got so lucky to have two amazing weather days in January/February but I was not complaining. This time, I was driving up to CMU with one goal in mind, to finally get a new PR. As we ran on the same course as last time, I knew where the water stations were and …

Review: Dark Matter

The Stats Title: Dark Matter Author: Blake Crouch Publisher: Crown; 1St Edition edition (July 26, 2016) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Science Fiction, Technothriller, Suspense, Horror, Romance Trigger Warnings: Multiverse Theories I bought Dark Matter as a part of my January Book of the Month club box. All opinions are my own. The Review A typical family night in the Dessen’s brownstone involved making dinner and enjoying each other’s company. This time, while on his way back from picking up ice cream, Jason Dessen is abducted and drugged by a masked figure. When Jason wakes up, he is not in his world. He is no longer a college physics professor. He no longer has a wife or child. His brownstone is still his home, but none of the furnishings -down to the location of the electrical outlets- are the same. Instead, he is “friends” with a man he never met, who has been funding his “research” for the past eleven years. Jason cannot tell if this is an elaborate prank or just a dream. While he battles with his sanity, …

Review: An American Marriage

The Stats Title: An American Marriage Author: Tayari Jones Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; 1st Edition edition (2018) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Contemporary, African Literature, Literary Fiction, Social Justice Trigger Warning: Rape, Incarceration I bought An American Marriage as a part of my January Book of the Month club box.  All opinions are my own. The Review A year into their marriage, Celestial and Roy are excited about their future. Roy is a young business executive in charge of selling textbooks, and Celestrial is an artist about to make it big. All they want is a beautiful child to share their joy. However, everything goes array when, on a trip to visit Roy’s parents, the cops rip Roy out of their hotel room and arrest him for a crime Celestial knows he did not commit. Faced with 12 years of imprisonment, Celestial struggles with the idea of attempting to maintaining a marriage. Instead, she seeks comfort in her childhood friend, and Roy’s best man, Andre. But, when Roy’s conviction is overturned after five years, Celestial must decide …

The ‘How I Choose My Books’ Tag

Huge thanks to Fire & Rain for tagging me! I have been reading her blog from afar for a while. So to actually be tagged by Sydney when I got my own was an incredible experience. 1. FIND A BOOK ON YOUR SHELVES OR E-READER WITH A BLUE COVER. WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO PICK UP THIS BOOK? I chose The Wife Between Us because I was super in the mood for psychological thrillers. It was apart of my Book of the Month Box for December (my other two selections being The Chalk Man and Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance). But to be honest, the synopsis was what made me choose the novel. When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. This book was everything I wanted from a Thriller. …