November 25, 2015

#NonFicNov- The Books I Added to my TBR #bookpushers :)

Thanks to #NonFicNov 2015 I have added a bunch of new nonfiction titles to my to-read list.  You guys are such #bookpushers lol.  Here is what I added:

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell - thanks to An Armchair By the Sea
It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario - thanks to An Armchair By the Sea

Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay - thanks to Care's Online Book Club
When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams - thanks to The Daily Dosage
The Philadelphia Chromosome by Jessica Wapner and Robert A. Weinberg - thanks to Doing Dewey

Drugstore Whiskey, Pharmacy Gin: Rediscovered Formulas and Forgotten Recipes from the Secret Notebook of a Prohibition-Era Doctor by Matthew Rowley - thanks to Entomology of a Bookworm 

How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman - thanks to The Emerald City Book Review
Fifty Dresses That Changed the World, Humans of New York, History Through Headlines, and The Missing Ink - thanks to The Friday Friends
The Crimes of Paris by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler- thanks to Love, Laughter, Insanity
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell - thanks to Sophisticated Dorkiness 

Anna Mae Wong by Graham Russell Gao Hodges - thanks to My Book Strings
The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women by Deborah J. Swiss @ My Book Strings

What books did you add to your to-read list thanks to #NonFicNov?

November 24, 2015

Cover Discover Tuesday: Animals (Besides Cats & Dogs)


Cover Discover is all about judging book covers.  We'd never judge the story inside by the cover outside, but it's fun sometimes to judge the cover on its own!

First, the results from last week's Cover Discover: Lips

Your Favorite Cover:

Second Place:

Third Place:

 What I would've voted for if I voted:
Which book did you pick last week?  Why did it appeal to you?

Animals Besides Cats and Dogs

Here are today's MANY choices:









November 20, 2015

Nontraditional Nonfiction Wrap-Up! #nonficnov

This week I asked you all to consider nontraditional nonfiction - how you use it, how you like it, how you would like to try it in the future.  You came up with some great posts and I hope that by this time next year, you have stretched yourself more and got into even MORE nontraditional reading!  These posts will help:

This Week's Nontraditional Posts:

Heather shares great ideas for audiobooks, as well as ways authors are continuing the discussion.

Care discusses comedy in the ears.

Trish explains how pairing nonfiction and audio together is how she encourages readers who have trouble getting into either.

Kim discusses Hoopla and podcasts!

Florinda talks essays and audio.

Jenny is crazy about Lauren Redniss' illustrated books.

Julz shares the only way she could read these two books.

Rachel shares the story of how audiobooks helped her in her life in a way I resonate with very much.

Holly shares a 5-step guide to becoming a podcast-addict.

Bex talks graphic nonfiction - her faves and her future reads.

Shannon takes the prompt and explores documentaries!

JoAnn shares her love of audiobooks with lots of great recs.

Laura shares how she fell in love with nontraditional nonfiction.

Kerry talks audio and enhanced books, and asks for graphic nonfiction recs!

Sharon shares a recent nontraditional nonfiction she enjoyed.

Marisa shares amazing TEDtalks that inspire nonfiction reading.

Tara talks nonfiction podcasts and audiobooks that work for her running regimen.

Leslie discusses an audiobook that she loved - H is for Hawk.

Kim  recommends some amazing essays this week.

Can we talk for a minute about how awesome the enhanced books Anne shared are?  And then audiobooks and graphic books to boot!

Julie asks for recommendations in nontraditional nonfiction.

Carrie shared biographical documentaries that entertained her.

Amy discusses reading nonfiction on Kindle, in podcasts, and via e-mail!

Debbie shares her love of coffee table books and I add tons to my TBR!

Melissa talks podcasts and audiobooks, as well as sharing about a literary magazine!

Book Reviews and More:

Why Do Only White People Get Abducted by Aliens?  Teaching Lessons from the Bronx by Ilana Garon @ The Emerald City Book Review

Nonfiction November Reading Quotes @ Sarah's Book Shelves

Five Nonfiction Reviews @ Can't Get There From Here

Inspirational Nonfiction - Home is Burning & The Three-Year Swim Club @ Sarah's Book Shelves

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates @ Lakeside Musing

The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women by Deborah J. Swiss @ My Book Strings

Don't forget next week  Katie from Doing Dewey is wrapping-up the readalong of I Am Masala with discussion questions and a link-up!

November 19, 2015

Thursday Tracks: Never Forget You

It's hosted by Jess at Gone with the Words.

This week I've been obsessed with this track by Zara Lawson and MNEK called Never Forget You.  Thanks, Jess, for helping me out with embedding Spotify into the blog!


What have you been listening to lately?

November 17, 2015

Cover Discover Tuesday: Lips

Cover Discover is all about judging book covers.  We'd never judge the story inside by the cover outside, but it's fun sometimes to judge the cover on its own!

First, the results from last week's Cover Discover: Trees
You voted for your top 2. I give you your top 3.

Your Favorite Cover:

Second Place:

Third Place:

 What I would've voted for if I voted:

Which book did you pick last week?  Why did it appeal to you?

LIPS -mwah!

Here are today's choices:


November 16, 2015


How is everyone enjoying Nonfic November this year?  I can't believe we are already at the halfway mark!  This week I am hosting and here's what we are discussing:


This week we will be focusing on the nontraditional side of reading nonfiction.  Nonfiction comes in many forms  There are the traditional hardcover or paperback print books, of course, but then you also have e-books, audiobooks, illustrated and graphic nonfiction, oversized folios, miniatures, internet publishing, nonfiction short stories, and enhanced books (book itself includes artifacts, audio, historical documents, images, etc.) So many choices! Do you find yourself drawn to or away from nontraditional nonfiction? Do you enjoy some nontraditional formats, but not others? Perhaps you have recommendations for readers who want to dive into nontraditional formats.  We want to hear all about it this week!  

My Reply to the Prompt:
I've enjoyed NF in several different formats.  I find the format that is hardest for me is audiobooks. I am too easily distracted. But I have listened to a few good ones. Beyond Good and Evil I both read AND listened to so I was less distracted.  

I love NF via graphic format and e-books.  They are my two favorites - the graphics because it gives visuals to a memoir or biography, the e-books because it makes it easy to highlight sentences and paragraphs I want to remember.  Whenever I read a print NF book, especially one that's not a memoir/bio, I am always underlining in pencil.  The only enhanced nonfiction I've read is The Illustrated Jane Austen.

Here are some books that I've enjoyed in nontraditional formats.  


E-books are the most obvious of the nontraditional formats.  In fact, e-books practically ARE traditional at this point, when only 5-6 years ago they weren't.  Half the books I read are e-books these days, when six years ago as a new blogger I did not read any e-books.

For We Should All Be Feminists, I also watched the TEDtalk that Adichie gave from which this essay was adapted.  This is another way the formats are changing. 


PDFs are my least favorite medium to read a book on, but I still loved each of these books, nonetheless.
It is not a traditional way to get a book into the hands of a reviewer, but it is still an option in the tech age.

Graphic Nonfiction/Sequential Art:

These true stories are told using the sequential art form.

Nonfiction Shorts/Collections:

Into the Mummy's Tomb includes both short stories and nonfiction essays and excerpts.
Fire and Forget is a collection of true stories from the wars in the Middle East.
Out of Dublin is a short memoir.


They aren't elephant folios, but these books are still oversized compared to traditional publishing sizes.

Each of these books fit in the palm of my hand.

Internet Publishing:       

I read this directly on the internet.  It is in the public domain.

I have yet to read a book that has been solely published online. Have you? I want to hear about it!


This book contains several envelopes which contain letters and illustrations, like the letter below, in Jane's handwriting:

What about you?  Audio, e-books, internet publishing, enhanced books, sequential art, oversized, miniature books.  What formats do your nonfiction books take?

Add your own Nontraditional Nonfiction reads and posts below! 


November 13, 2015

Book Blogger Shout-Outs #47 - The Edition That's a Month Overdo

The Shout-Outs have been a bit sporadic this fall, I know. I have been spending less time online than I was and therefore blogging has taken a beating because of it. It's been so crazy that I haven't done one of these posts in a MONTH.  I KNOW.  Apologies!  
So I'm thinking of changing Shout-Outs to every other week to accommodate this change in my habits. I still want to create a place where bloggers can get recognized for hard work and where others can come and find great posts to enjoy.
I hope you find something interesting, exciting, and thought-provoking in the posts below!  Thanks for being a supporter of my humble blog!

-xoxo Becca


1. For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story by Rebecca Langston-George @ A Lovely Bookshelf
"It answered a number of “why” questions C had that honestly, were difficult for me to know how to answer. The illustrations are lovely and modern. Flaws aside, this was still an overall good read."

2. Wonder by RJ Palacio @ books i done read
 "Where Palacio really kills it is in the multiple viewpoints - Auggie's sister, his sister's boyfriend, his new best friend who BETRAYS HIM. Everyone has their shit, it turns out. Life is hard and dumb and lame and amazing and people will always surprise you, by how unutterably cruel they can be, and by how kind."

3. The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore @ Utah Mom's Life
 "The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore is a perfect contemporary piece of literature that lays bare how many families in middle class America feel about raising children and getting them into the best colleges so that they are more likely to have that golden life with the best opportunities. With a snarky wit and a keen eye for observing human nature, Moore delivers a powerful, though entertaining, novel on family life and the drive for success."

4. Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol @ Luxury Reading
 "Under Different Stars, book one in the Kricket series, took Bartol’s fast-paced writing from her previous series and added the complexities of developing a new world."

5. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter @ Traveling with T
"This is like sitting down with a monster. Seeing your worst fears playing out. And knowing there is not one damn thing you can do."

6. The Milliner's Secret by Natalie Meg Evans @ Between the Lines
I like Trish's assets v. liabilities review technique.

7. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard @ Books at Violet Crush
"So...people who say this book is not similar to ‘The Hunger Games’…just stop, because it is."

8. Room by Emma Donoghue @ guiltless reading
"One of the most difficult books I've ever read. If you don't flinch at difficult subject matter, the first person, five-year-old voice in which this story was told will surely make you weep. Highly recommended."

9. The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg @ Sarah's Book Shelves
" This is one of those books where you learn a ton, but don’t realize it. I felt like I was just reading a story, but I might as well have been taking a course on life in Afghanistan (particularly for women), Islam, the Taliban, and the effects of war on regular Afghans."

10. The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro @ 52 Books or Bust
"I don’t know what I was expecting from The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro, but I got more than I was expecting. I really enjoyed reading it. It tell a great story that weaves fact with fiction, and history with intrigue."

11. All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani @ Beth Fish Reads
"I should say right here that I was nervous to read All the Stars in the Heavens because I've met Adiana Trigiani and just love her exuberant personality. She's warm, friendly, and approachable. What if I didn't like her newest book? But I should have known to put my fears aside because she's a pro at making her characters seem alive."


1. Why Diversity: The Story of Rashika @ The Social Potato

2. Books That Make Me Happy @ Estella's Revenge

3. (Mortally Embarrassing) Mistakes From a Book Blogger @ Paper Fury

4. Sunday Coffee- Book Blogger Bash @ The Zen Leaf

5. What's the Deal with Meme Hate? @ It Starts at Midnight

6. Dear Author @ Care's Online Book Club


Nonfiction November

 Featured Favorites Month @ Book Bloggers Intl.  

Christmas Spirit Read-a-Thon @ Seasons of Reading
Hosted by The True Book Addict

 Emma Read-Along @ Dolce Bellezza

6th Annual Secret Santa @ The Broke and the Bookish

Harry Potter Readalong @ Estella Society

Book Blogger Community Calendar

After Alice by Gregory Maguire
@ Fuelled by Fiction
Ends Nov. 13th

drop the act it's exhausting book cover
Drop the Act, It's Exhausting! by Beth Thomas Cohen
@ Luxury Reading
Ends Nov. 19th

 The Shelf: Adventures in Extreme Reading by Phyllis Rose
@ Roof Beam Reader
Ends Nov. 30th

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
@ The Starry-Eyed Revue
Ends Nov. 16th

Giveaway: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
@ Gone with the Words
Ends Nov. 20th

Olive and Let Die by Susannah Hardy
@Lori's Reading Corner
Ends Nov. 25th

Dark Turns by Cate Holahan
@ Freda's Voice
Ends Nov. 23rd

The Immortals by Tori Eversmann
@ Silver's Reviews
Ends Nov. 16th

  Top Commenters of the Week are in Bold.

Amanda - Amy McKie - Andi - Anita LeBeau
Anne Bennett - Bermudaonion (Kathy) - Care
Chrisbookarama - Christy (A Good Stopping Point)
debnance - Debbie Stone
ebookclassics -Elizabeth Lefebvre
EmmaL - Emma @ Words and Peace
Faith Hope Cherrytea - Fictional 100/Lucy
Freda Mans-Labianca - Greg Hill
Heather (DVM) - Hibernator's Library
Jade Louise - Jess @ Gone with the Words
Jo Ann @ Lakeside Musing - Katherine P.
Kathryn Trask - Kathy Martin - Katie @ Doing Dewey
Kim @ Time2Read - Kim Branson
Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)
Laurel-Rain Snow - Lindsey Stefan
Lisa @ Reading, Writing, & Random Musings
Litha - Lory @ The Emerald City Book Review - Louise
lulu_bella - Melinda @ West Metro Mommy
Michelle @ That's What She Read - Myra Garces Bacsal
Naomi - plainejane - RAnn - Reading Wench - Running 'N' Reading
Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) - Sharry Cee -   Shaunesay
Silver's Reviews - Stefanie (Kepanie Creations)
Stephanie Ward - Tanya (Mom's Small Victories)
Tasha B. - teddyree - thebooktrailer
Ti Reed - Tif - TJ @ My Book Strings
Topazshell - Trish - WordLily  
 Thank you for leaving me comments this past month! I appreciate it so much! 


The top six (6) winners at the end of the year will receive fun bookish swag! The top two (2) winners will receive a paperback book from Indiebound or The Book Depository! Just my way of showing my appreciation!

1. Freda Mans 
2. Bermudaonion (Kathy)
3. Tasha B.
4. Michelle @ That's What She Read

5. Belle Wong
6. Sarah's Book Shelves

YOU! Could be on this list and win for 2015!
Leave comments, win prizes as thanks! 

Which posts/links are you going to/did you visit?