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#BookReview: STUFF: The Fortunes, Foibles, and Fiascos of Those Who Sought to Understand Matter by George Graybill @dgraybill8

415U+MMQi6LWhat is stuff made of?

Mr. Graybill gives a humorous, easy-to-follow,  history lesson in the study of matter.  He includes an extensive vocabulary of science terms from various theories, elements, and compounds to the explanation of wave-particle duality, quantum mechanics, and the Bohr model.

There are also profiles of various philosophers and scientists including Hermes Trismegistus, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Dmitri Mendeleev and their noted scientific discoveries.

One will find answers to who discovered the element gallium (Ga), who created the periodic table, who had a crater on the Moon named after him, and what scientist lived with two wives?

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Book Review: Please Don’t Do Coke in the Bathroom, Irreverent Hand Lettering for Every F*cking Occasion by Sami Christianson (9781631063763)

51sFKiSRgpL._SX397_BO1,204,203,200_Take a crack at it, it’s f*cking therapeutic.

Just the title alone on this book would get someone to notice it.  It is a guide for hand lettering to express your sarcasm with beautiful calligraphy.  With the onslaught of social media and online writing why not change it up and leave a handwritten note telling someone how you really feel.  Christianson shows the reader different hand-lettered styles providing a worksheet to practice drawing the letter themselves.  It’s a hilarious journey of “A is for Asshole” to “Z is for Zip It Back Up Please” all emphasized in a classy script.  I recommend it as a fun, instructional read that will improve your handwriting and quick comeback skills.

Follow Ms. Christianson on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/prettybadwords/.

Thank you to Ms. Christianson, Race Point Publishing and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book Review: 69 Million Things I Hate About You by Kira Archer (Kindle eBook)

51A8kEE2YoL._SY346_Kiersten Abbott receives her new job by default.  Sexy Cole Harrington, president and founder of Harrington Enterprises, let his first assistant go because he wanted her to attend a conference on the same weekend as her wedding.  As second assistant, Kiersten’s work is cut out for her as he looks at her and says, “Let’s hope you last longer than the last three.”  Little did Kiersten know her luck would change for the good when she wins the lottery along with her friends.  Just to add some retribution for the long hours and no appreciation she receives from her new boss, she decides to make his life miserable by creating the Termination Pool at work to see how long it takes for her to get fired.

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Book Review: The Dog Walker’s Diary by Kathryn Donahue (9781635839029)

cover116146-mediumI recently started a book challenge list that asked me to read a book with the word “dog” in the title and to my delight when searching the NetGalley list The Dog Walker’s Diary came up first.

Daniel Ashe is a literary agent who has never fell in love and is looking for an awesome story to get his career moving.  Oh, and unbeknownst to him, he is looking for a dog walker for his dog’s Sparks and Eddie.

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Book Review and Giveaway: The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson

Everyone knows how all those fairy tales go. The princess gets beautiful, nabs her prince, falls instantly in love, lives happily ever after and leaves her evil stepsisters in the dust.

But what happens when you’re the ugly stepsister and your obnoxiously perfect—read pretty, smart, and, worst of all, sickeningly nice—stepsister is dating the charming, tall, devastatingly handsome guy you’ve had a thing for since you were nine years old?

Quirky, artistic and snarky Mattie Lowe does not lead a charmed life. Her mother is constantly belittling her on Skype. Mercedes, the school mean girl, has made it her personal mission to torment Mattie. But worst of all? Her stepsister Ella is the most beautiful, popular girl in school and is dating Mattie’s secret longtime crush, Jake Kingston.

Tired of being left out and done with waiting for her own stupid fairy godmother to show up, Mattie decides to change her life. She’ll start by running for senior class president against wildly popular Jake.

Ella can keep her Prince Annoying. Mattie’s going to rule the school.

And no one, not even a cute and suddenly flirty Jake, is going to stop her.

 

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“My top pick of 2012 YA… This book is just. plain. fun.”
~Jordan McCollum, author of Saints & Spies and I, Spy

“Sariah Wilson’s new book, The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back, is hilarious…What follows is a story of fun and romance with some good non-preachy life lessons thrown in.  The voice in the main character, Mattie, makes the whole thing.  I thought it was definitely a book I’d recommend to anyone with teenagers or who just want to read a good teen romance.”
~Julie Coulter Bellon, author of All Fall Down and All’s Fair

“Sariah [Wilson] has written one of the funniest stories I’ve read in such a long, long time. I literally couldn’t put it down. Yes, my poor Kindle’s battery died and I was attached to a short power cord, contorted in a very uncomfortable position while I read to the end…. Sariah Wilson captured the back-biting, insecure, hormone-driven, clique-riddled high school atmosphere so perfectly you’d think she never grew up. I dare you not to laugh as you read this witty and oh, so, romantic story.”
~Debra Erfert of Windows into Writing

“Sariah Wilson writes like the best of/most popular YA teen fiction/teen romance authors – Sarah Dessen, Jennifer Echols, Susanne Collins, Cassandra Clare.  She sucks you in and never lets you go.  I finished the ~194 novel in one night because I just couldn’t go to sleep without knowing the ending!  I hope that Sariah comes out with more novels, I know I’ll be re-reading this one all the time!  She’s extremely talented and needs to be talked about.  I highly recommend The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back! to anyone (over the age of 12) who wants a YA novel that’s a real modern-day fairy tale.”
~Hilary at Novel d’Tales

“This was such an entertaining story! I shouldn’t have started reading it so late in the evening, because I didn’t want to put it down to go to sleep…This is a book I can see myself reading several times. It’s a fast, clean read with great characters, and I highly recommend it.”
~Andrea of Literary Time Out

“The book is wonderful.  It’s quirky and fun.  The story makes you laugh and you fall in love with the characters right from the beginning…This is a well-written book.  It is one that will make you smile and sigh as you remember your first love.  And it has a moral…be yourself, believe in yourself and maybe, just maybe, your fairytale will come true.  Pick up this book.”
~Ana of The Book Hookup

MY REVIEW

uglyThe ugly stepsister is determined not to finish last in this tale.  This a very fun, laugh-out-loud story about Mattie Lowe, a good girl (and not ugly by the way) who is pining for her stepsister, Ella’s boyfriend Jake.  Little does Mattie know that Ella is pining for Mattie’s good friend Trent and has given Mattie free rein to pursue Jake in any way she wants.  But what would Jake, class jock and lead competitor to Mattie’s run  for class president,  think of that?  Will Prince Charming turn out to be a frog?

I read this young adult book in one day.  The references to John Hughes films are memorable.  I can’t wait to read the next in the series.

Author Sariah Wilson

Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters—which is why she writes romance. The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back is her fourth happily ever after novel. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children. She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster that is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).

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Book review: The Wicked Wedding of Miss Ellie Vyne by Jayne Fresina (9781402266003) E-book

1402266006.01._SX140_SY224_SCLZZZZZZZ_ “Ellie Vyne never had much sympathy for men, until she temporarily became one.”  Her secret life as the gambling Count de Bonneville is helping her take care of her family and it is going to land her in more trouble that she ever dreamed.  She is classified as an outspoken old maid at 27 years old according to society’s standards, but she is perfectly happy being single and has broken several engagements to prove it.  Disguised as the Count she is given a lavish diamond necklace as an IOU payment from Lady Ophelia Southwold.  What she doesn’t know is that the necklace belongs to James Hartley.   The one man she despised since she was 16 years old when she overheard him denigrating her character in public.

“That Vyne woman is a danger to herself and to anyone who has the misfortune of crossing her path!”  James Hartley is rich, arrogant and furious with Count de Bonneville for taking “The Hartley Diamonds” and he will get them back one way or another.  However, when he goes to the Count’s dwelling, he finds Ellie Vyne lying in his bed.  The young lady he has disliked since she was young and who painted a mustache on his face when he was sleeping under a tree.

After having a scandalous dance at Lady Clegg-Foster’s party, they make a pact to become engaged to fend off the matchmaking crowd.  The provisions to their engagement become shocking and brazen and make for a sexy pairing.

With the help of the young Lady Mercy Danforthe, Ellie’s Aunt Lizzie and James’ valet, Grieves, this story is funny and engaging and there is never a dull moment.  I couldn’t put it down.

Thank you to Ms. Fresina, Sourcebooks and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book review: Assholes: A Theory by Aaron James (9780385535656) e-book

This is a tongue and cheek philosophical theory of what makes someone an asshole.  James comes up with irritating traits of assholes such as “not hearing someone out” and “reflecting ignorance of crucial facts or lack of concern with what is reasonably acceptable from everyone’s point of view and actively reasoning from his sense of entitlement rather than from an independent understanding of what the moral law requires”.  After defining an asshole he creates categories such as the Boorish Asshole, the Royal Royal Asshole, the Presidential Asshole, the Corporate Asshole and the Asshole Boss to name a few which he considers the group that “shares a thick sense of moral entitlement”.  And then he talks about a newer style of assholes where “the rationalizations are becoming ever thinner” such as The Cable News Asshole and  the Delusional Asshole Banker.   Of course, he has well known names to back up his categories, but I won’t post them here in case other assholes come out of the woodwork and want to give me their thoughts on my review.

Mr. James has many footnotes with several  references to The New York Times, CNN and many books either written by or about the assholes themselves.  His general advice to people that come across an asshole is resignation that “assholes are a given fact of life” and that resistance is futile because “no amount of angry protest will get a true asshole to listen”.  Perhaps the most amusing part of this book is James’ “Letter to an Asshole” written in the spirit of Horace’s epistles.

Despite reading the word asshole so many times in this book, I found this to be an enjoyable read.  It will make me think philosophically about the kind of asshole I am listening to and resign myself to the idea that he will probably never change.

Thank you to Mr. James, Doubleday Publishing, and Net Galley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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