Proud – book review

January 9, 2019

Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream by Ibtihaj Mohammed Biography/Autobiography/Memoir Nonfiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Ibtihaj Muhammad describes her path to the 2016 Olympics from her childhood, where her parents encouraged all of their children to participate in sports, discovery of fencing (her mother was actually the one who saw the fencing team practicing at the high school Ibti was to attend and pushed her to…

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Radium Girls

March 30, 2018

Radium Girls by Kate Moore Nonfiction * * * * Stars (Great!) During WWI a number of young women worked in factories as dial painters – using radium paint to illuminate the numbers and dials of wristwatches and console panels.  They did not know then that radium was harmful.  Over time, these women developed terrible and debilitating illnesses, many of which proved to be fatal.  Those that sought medical assistance…

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Assassination Classroom #1

December 30, 2017

Assassination Classroom #1 by Yusei Matsui Manga Science Fiction Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) A book about a being that comes to Earth and blows up a lot of the moon.  This being demands that he’s made a teacher of a class of misfits.  He says that in one year he’ll blow up the Earth, too.  The students of this being’s class are tasked with killing it…

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Quiet Girl in a Noisy World

December 22, 2017

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung Biography Graphic Novel Non-fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Debbie Tung is an introvert who likes to spend time alone with books and tea and other comforting rituals.  She gets run down quickly when she has to spend time with other people – social interactions and casual gatherings can be hard for her.  Before she learned that…

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Artemis

November 17, 2017

Artemis by Andy Weir Mystery Science Fiction Suspense Thriller * * * * Stars (Great!) Jasmine (Jazz) Bashara is a brilliant porter/smuggler living in Artemis (moon colony) who makes really poor life choices.  When she agrees to sabotage some harvesters for one of her clients in return for a million slugs (a sort of moon-based credit system), Jazz has no idea that the company she’s violating is a front for…

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Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin (series)

September 30, 2017

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin (series) by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Adventure Manga Science Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) “Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin” is a manga series detailing a war between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon.  In the distant future, humanity is forced to build colonies in outer space due to overpopulation.  These colonies soon revolt, wishing to become independent.  Both sides of the…

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Fahrenheit 451

September 30, 2017

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Classics Dystopian Science Fiction Review #1 * * * Stars (Pretty good) It’s about a future American society where books are illegal.  If you have one it is required you get rid of it or you will be prosecuted.  I liked it, but at the same time didn’t like it because it’s interesting why they didn’t want to learn anything new, they thought they knew…

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Ms Marvel comics – Librarian Review

September 2, 2017

Ms. Marvel comics written by G. Willow Wilson illustrated by Mirka Andolfo, Takeshi Miyazawa, & Francesco Gaston Comics Superhero * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) If you aren’t already reading Ms. Marvel, you should drop everything now and start.  She’s a smart, funny, Muslim teenager who develops superpowers and must choose how to use them responsibly while maintaining her friendships and being part of her close-knit family.  There are…

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Flowers for Algernon

August 11, 2017

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes Science Fiction Review #1 * * * Stars (Pretty good) I liked the concept of the book and the foreshadowing it has.  It talks about Algernon, a mouse, and a human being tested for a “potion” that can make you smarter.  For the human it works, yet makes him realize something about his life that he didn’t before.  What I didn’t like was how…

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