A Savage Harvest by Carl Hoffman

savage-harvestI read A Savage Harvest by Carl Hoffman several weeks ago and have waited until now to review it. That is never a good idea. One thing I can say, however, is that I loved this book. It just might be my favorite non-fiction read of the 2014. It scratched so many of my itches – exploration, anthropology, mystery, famous families – the list goes on. Continue reading

Free-Range Reading is here!!


Yes, it is time for the event you’ve all been waiting for … Free-Range Reading!!

The concept is quite simple: November 1 – December 15, 2014 you aim to read without a plan, without a road map, without direction. There are no deadlines. You just read and see where it takes you. But most of all, you read for the pure joy of it.

And in the spirit of Free-Range Reading, I am proposing that you participate in whatever way best suits you. For me I’m going to go to the library and grab whatever suits me, browse my bookshelves to see what forgotten gems are lurking there and who know, I may even hit up a few book shops. And of course, I’m going to include at least a few non-fiction picks for Non-Fiction November.

Below is a linky so that you can share your plans (or lack there of) for Free-Range Reading, announce you participation or reviews of the hidden gems you’ve unearthed. ¬†Enjoy and keep reading!

Non-Fiction November – Book Pairings

This week’s theme for Non-Fiction November, brought to you by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness and Lu at Regular Rumination, is pairing a non-fiction book together with a fiction book. Easy, right? That’s what I thought until I gave it a try. Shannon over at River City Reading has the list I would have liked to come up with, but didn’t. Here is my offering:

the-hivequeenbeesqueenbeemomsmean girls

The Hive by Gill Hornby. I loved this novel. It was funny and very real. Here’s my review. It was inspired by the Non-Fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman. More recently, Wiseman has also published Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads. Both deal with the social pressures of fitting in. As an added bonus, I’m also including the movie Mean Girls¬†(2004). Queen Bees and Wannabes also inspired Tina Fey to pen this movie.