The Sirens of Mars by Sarah Stewart Johnson | Book Review

Sarah Stewart Johnson, in her book The Sirens of Mars, recounts her experience as a planetary scientist traveling to largely uninhabitable parts on Earth to better understand the challenge of exploring Mars. But while that alone makes for scintillating content, the focus of her book is on chronicling the studies that have yielded the information…

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson | Book Review

Isabel Wilkerson’s new release, Caste, is a textbook on racial inequality and the resulting social strata in which it persists in modern day United States. In this sweeping epic, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Warmth of Other Suns describes the centuries-old hierarchy, investigates its origins and discusses how it is manifested in our…

Well Read Black Girl by Glory Edim | Book Review

The essays that Glory Edim compiled in Well Read Black Girl illustrates the need for diverse stories to speak to the multiplicity of readers. In Edim’s introduction, she describes hollowing out a place of her own in the world that she filled with books. In the first essay entitled Magic Mirrors, Jesmyn Ward describes seeking and almost…

All Things Reconsidered by Knox McCoy | Book Review

Popular podcaster and author Knox McCoy offers readers a unique blend of humor, Bible stories, pop culture references, and personal stories that show how asking tough questions and approaching life with a willingness to reconsider ideas can allow them to grow in their faith. What would it mean to really examine what you think you know…

Things Booktubers Do

I’m on Booktube – that means I make YouTube videos that are specifically about books: what books are about and my experience reading them: that’s a lot of what you’ll find on Booktube. However, most tubers will probably tell you that their most popular videos are book hauls – the ones they make showing the…

Spring Forward With These Non Fiction Reads

Now that those of us in the northeast have endured the spring-forward time change as well as a blizzard that seemed to have come out of nowhere, it is time to start burrowing out of winter hibernation and thinking instead about how to make a better place in the world that is opening back up…

How To Write A To-Do List

At the start of every day, as we plan our schedule and visualize the experiences we want to have that day, how many of us take the time to strategize what we want? Or do we simply wait to see what will happen so we can react to it? John Maxwell recommends that we ask…

2016 Winter Reading Challenge Results

Twice each year, Megan hosts a reading challenge – a summer challenge and this winter game that runs from November to the end of January. I’ve participated before and really enjoyed it, because even when I didn’t complete all the requirements, it was fun pushing myself to try to work off a reading list and I met some…

2016 Most Influential Non Fiction Reads

One of my 2016 reading goals was to read 100 books in a year. In January, I thought I would go for an even split and read 50 fiction and 50 non-fiction. While I met my overall goal of 100 books, the even split didn’t really happen – I only read 35 NF titles. I’d signed up…

Good Judgment

There is a science and an art to prediction. Computers can handle the science really well. Put some factors in an algorithm and a well-programmed computer can tell you all the possible next steps but as to which of those possibilities will lead to the best outcome for some potential scenario you have created, even IBM’s supercomputer…

Bestseller Lists

The New York Times, that bastion of pride which every author ascribes to have recognize their work and every reader wants to have their own choices validated by, has published their 2016 bestseller lists. From the 20 bestselling fiction works of 2016, I’ve read a single book, The Girl on the Train, and I didn’t even…

Weapons of Math Destruction

“Math is life” is a statement I tout to my students often. But quite often in our society, the way we use math is to our detriment, instead of our benefit. Weapons of Math Destruction is a fascinating description of the algorithms we use to describe and predict life and how we are affected by those…