5. Ivy League Issues in Massachusetts

5. Ivy League Issues in Massachusetts

(Psst, this book review is my Massachusetts pick for my Make America Read Again challenge. to read the full list of books this year, click here.)

For those of you who don’t know, my husband is a legit super genius patent lawyer extraordinaire. Not that I am biased or anything.

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Charles’ law school graduation

He and I have gone to school together since we were in middle school, and he has always aced every test, paper, quiz, and presentation. He was one of two people in our graduating college class to have a perfect 4.0, and the only one in his major (Chemistry) to accomplish this GPA, considered one of the most difficult programs in the country.  He broke the record for the highest Organic Chemistry test scores from our school and won the adoration of our professor (who would write notes on his test like, “You have an incredible future in Chemistry”, smiley face included), and he had only taken that class FOR FUN with me, while I was forced to take it for my pre-med curriculum.

PS: I impressed exactly no one with my Orgo grade, but I got really good at doodling the chemical structure for TNT over and over.

So when he got accepted into Harvard for the Organic Chemistry PhD programs, no one was surprised.  What we were surprised to discover, however, was the incredibly toxic and manipulative environment of the department. That’s why this book, Chemistry, by Weike Wang, resonated so deeply with me.

 

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3. “Marlena” of Michigan, AKA the Book that took me back to High School

3. “Marlena” of Michigan, AKA the Book that took me back to High School

(I’m trying to read a book from each state this year for my Make America Read Again project. This is my Michigan pick.) 

 

So remember how last week’s book review was light and frothy? Well. This week’s book for Michigan is the exact opposite. Instead, it’s a story of an intense high school friendship, the lure of addiction, and the spiraling effect of small events in life.  This book swept me back to my own high school years, the (mostly) pre-Facebook and smart phone and economic collapse era, the years of locker room rumors and AP testing and field parties that, despite your best intentions, shape a part of your adulthood in ways you don’t always realize until much later.

Let’s get into it.

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Beach Reads for Memorial Day Weekend

Beach Reads for Memorial Day Weekend

Y’all, this upcoming holiday weekend marks the official start to BEACH SEASON!!! Summer is seriously my favorite time of year, and now that I’m finally living in the South again I am fully basking in the sweltering hot afternoons and blazing sun (with my liberal application of sunscreen, of course). Atlanta has been experiencing summer weather for over a month now, and I’ve got no complaints with keeping my car windows and sunroof open. Though my fellow commuters might, as they’ve had to hear my off-key rendition of the Hamilton songs as we all sit in gridlocked traffic.

Though perhaps not everyone is hitting the sand this upcoming long weekend, we can all benefit from some R and R – and by that I mean Reading and more Reading.

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Mini-Review: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

Mini-Review: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

It’s New Release Tuesday! What books have y’all been reading on these chilly winter days?

This past weekend, Charlie Boy and I headed to Kentucky for a weekend of meetings for him and a weekend of sightseeing (for me) – however, between the snow storm and a cold I seemed to have caught, I wasn’t up for adventuring in sub-zero weather and opted to stay in the hotel enjoying their amenities and READING IN BED ALL DAY!! What a perfect weekend, right? I’ll post a review of the hotel later this week (The Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY if you’re interested), but in the mean time let’s talk about my first read of 2017, and out as of TODAY, The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson!

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Double Dose of Queen Victoria! (Book Reviews)

Double Dose of Queen Victoria! (Book Reviews)

Confession: I absolutely love reading stories and biographies about strong, independent women from history. I especially love to research royal characters (can’t help it, I have a natural love of sparkly jewelry and diplomacy). This month was a special treat for me as I had the pleasure of reading not one, but TWO excellent books centered around the life of Queen Victoria, one of my favorite women in history! I definitely have a lot to be thankful for in my reading life this Thanksgiving, even if this US election was a complete fail.

One book was fiction, while the other was a biography, and both were released last week and are available in your local bookstore or online. Read ahead for my thoughts on each!

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Halloween Reads: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Halloween Reads: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Happy Halloween, y’all! Got any fun parties to attend tonight? What’s your costume going to be?

As a kid, I didn’t care that much for Halloween. Don’t get me wrong, I always loved an excuse for free candy and a stylish princess costume, but it just wasn’t something I obsessed over either. However, over the past couple of years I’ve had a lot of fun at Halloween parties, or even evenings spent at home watching Halloween TV episodes while handing out candy to the kids that come by our neighborhood. Tonight we’re gonna have Hocus Pocus in the background while we celebrate :).

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