Book Review: Sourdough by Robin Sloan

s.jpg

Title: Sourdough

Author: Robin Sloan

Published: September 5, 2017

Pages: 259

Genre: Fiction, Magical Realism, Contemporary

Amazon / Barnes & Nobles / Goodreads

Goodreads Description: Lois Clary, a software engineer at a San Francisco robotics company, codes all day and collapses at night. When her favourite sandwich shop closes up, the owners leave her with the starter for their mouthwatering sourdough bread.
Lois becomes the unlikely hero tasked to care for it, bake with it and keep this needy colony of microorganisms alive.  Soon she is baking loaves daily and taking them to the farmer’s market, where an exclusive close-knit club runs the show.
When Lois discovers another, more secret market, aiming to fuse food and technology, a whole other world opens up. But who are these people, exactly?

january-12

How do I even begin to write a review for this book?

The most basic and superficial description of this novel is that it is a book about baking bread. Your initial reaction to this statement might be to dismiss this book, and I get it—who wants to read a story about bread? Nonetheless, Sourdough won the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction, a point that prevented me from disregarding the novel and ultimately made me decide to give it a shot. Continue reading “Book Review: Sourdough by Robin Sloan”

Advertisements

A Short Discussion on On the Come Up by Angie Thomas and Drug Addiction

Angie Thomas’ new book On the Come Up tackled numerous issues scarcely addressed in young adult (YA) fiction.

Drug abuse and recovery was one controversial problem the book touched upon. In my recent post, Why I Don’t Always Review A Book, I expressed that I tend to shy away from discussing books that cover topics that I feel like aren’t my place to input my views or that I’m not completely informed about. Addiction seems like one of those topics I would usually steer away from. However, drug abuse—specifically rehabilitation—was the subject matter of my undergraduate research and is something that I feel very passionate about.

So, what exactly is the point of this post?

I wanted to relate my knowledge to the drug abuse element of On the Come Up to offer you all a different perspective on addiction and its treatment.  Continue reading “A Short Discussion on On the Come Up by Angie Thomas and Drug Addiction”

Mini Book Reviews: 3 Female-Authored, YA Contemporaries

In celebration of March being Women’s History Month, I aimed to exclusively read female-authored books for the thirty-one days. With the exception of one book, I made good on my goal and ended up having my best reading month this year. It’s really not much of a feat considering how busy I was in January and February and the complete disregard of my TBR pile that ensued. But, I’ll accept anything remotely close to win—it keeps me motivated 😅.

If you read my Women’s History Month Read-a-thon, you’ll know that the majority of the novels I read last month were young adult (YA) contemporaries. It wasn’t on purpose. ɪ ᴅɪᴅ ʀᴇᴀᴅ ᴀ ʙᴏᴏᴋ ʙʏ ᴏᴘʀᴀʜ. I think it just played out that way because I’m a giant mood reader, so I peruse the blogosphere when picking out my next reads. That results in me repeatedly reading YA since I mostly follow YA-oriented book blogs.

Don’t get me wrong though, there’s nothing wrong with YA. In fact, I made this conclusion after my read-a-thon:

There are so many brilliant women contributing their powerful thoughts for a more competent, diverse, and tolerant society—and there’s no place where it’s more apparent than YA bookshelves.

Groundbreaking.

Anyways, shall we get on with the mini reviews? Continue reading “Mini Book Reviews: 3 Female-Authored, YA Contemporaries”

My Women’s History Month Read-a-thon

Mission: read six female-authored stories in five days.

Why: Because, of course, I’ve fallen behind on my annual Goodreads Reading Challenge.

By how many books, you ask?

By six books 🤦‍♀️.

The TBR: We’re just going to wing it this time. I’m a self-proclaimed mood reader anyways.

Wish me luck 😬: Continue reading “My Women’s History Month Read-a-thon”

Why I Don’t Always Review A Book

Is having a backlog of books to review the opposite of a TBR 🤔?

If you saw my recent post, /Modified/ Mini Book Reviews, you might remember that I’m REALLY behind on book reviews. In it, I quickly ticked off one reason (which I’ll re-enumerate in this post) for this setback. However, I know I can’t be the only book blogger with this problem and wanted to further investigate how this issue arose. So, here are some reasons I don’t always review a book: Continue reading “Why I Don’t Always Review A Book”

5 Spring Reads

It’s almost Spring!

Weather wise, it personally doesn’t feel like spring where I am. It’s hot, muggy, oppressive and the only “animals” giving birth in this heat are mosquitoes.

Is it obvious I’m in the tropics?

But seasons aren’t just defined by the change of weather they bring. Seasons can stir feelings and emotions in us—like how summer enacts idleness or winter intensifies our desire for affection. In the case of spring, this season offers us a clean canvas in which we feel like we can start afresh.

I’m ɢʀᴀᴅᴜᴀᴛɪɴɢ from university in a few weeks, so while the weather doesn’t align with the scientific definition of spring, my state of mind and wary eagerness for new beginnings is definitely clinging to the idea of spring.

For this *Top 5 Wednesday, I tried to choose books that inspired me to change in any way or taught me something that I was able to utilize to enhance some part of my life. In retrospect, it seems that self-help books and coming of age stories scream spring to me 🙂: Continue reading “5 Spring Reads”

Book Review: What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

21531503.jpg

Title: What I Know for Sure

Author: Oprah Winfrey

Published: September 2, 2014

Pages: 228

Genre: Nonfiction, Self help

Amazon / Barnes & Nobles / Goodreads

january-12

Who hasn’t heard of Oprah?

If you’re anything like me, you may know of Oprah’s billionaire status, book club, and long-running talk show in which she once famously gifted cars to everyone in her audience.

Annnnd… that’s about it.

Until recently finishing her book, What I Know for Sure, I had never consumed any content Oprah-related. Reading a book by Oprah definitely feels like something a put together, middle-aged adult would do, although that’s definitely not what I am 😅. I’m a lost, confused, and (frankly) quite scared young adult, so that’s probably the biggest reason I picked up the book. Continue reading “Book Review: What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey”