Friday, May 1, 2020

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou- Reshelved Books



Happy May all!

We've officially been in quarantine now for, oh... 7 weeks now?  If we're using March 9th as a start date.  We spent the entire month of April in quarantine and I didn't much reading for fun... I have 2 books that I'm halfway through because I'm a terrible slacker.  


Today, I decided to write a review for a book that I read a little over a year ago.  At the time, I had started a review that was sitting in queue and for whatever reason, I just never finished it.  I actually went and erased the review.  With everything that's going on and with these long days that sometimes blend into each other, coupled with the rain; what better time to read a book that's super long but super captivating?! 

There is no better time but the now. 

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup: Carreyrou ...Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou came out almost 2 years ago now.  I remember seeing it when it first hit the new nonfiction shelf at the library.  I decided at the time not to it check out but I regretted that decision- the book quickly became unavailable because everyone was looking for a copy and there was a hold list for it.  

Since I can be an inpatient at times, I went out and a snagged my own hardcover copy.  (Which ended up being for the better because I've loaned it out to several people.)

This book is deception, lies, insanity and true crime all rolled into one!  It's not true crime in that anyone died or that there was a hit placed on someone but what happened this entire scheme and how people invested money and they lost their investments and the lies.  It was a very crazy story.

Elizabeth Holmes is a college dropout who decided that she would create a service where one drop of blood could be used for a plethora of lab tests.  One little drop of blood could be used X amount of times and tell the medical history of a patient.  It was definitely a cool idea and like Holmes said, it was great for people (like her) who didn't like having their blood drawn. 

The problem with Theranos was that it tried to something that wasn't possible.  Instead of admitting this and trying to change her approach, Holmes continues to LIE.  Her lies grew BIGGER.  The company started to fail overtime, it became a place that was a workplace hazard on top of various of the other things.  Employees were afraid to reach out through the proper channels in fear of retaliation.  

Eventually John Carreyrou, an investigative journalist for The Wall Street Journal heard about Theranos and Holmes and did an expose article on it.  (It was on on the same caliber as Tiger King.)

There is so more about this story that I can't even began to describe here in this post.  Whether you snag a copy digitally or if you listen to it as audiobook, it's totally worth investing the time into it.  This book was an easy 5 coffee beans out of 5. 

Happy reading!
- Jillian

Sunday, April 12, 2020

In the Blink of an Eye... It's Reading Log 5- Juvenile Corner

Hello all, 

I want to thank you for coming here and visiting the posts for one of my first classes in graduate school... Sadly, my first semester is drawing near and this is my last reading log.

This reading log focuses on chapter books! Some new and some old; some non-fiction and one is fiction. 

Like before, they are listed in alphabetical order. I hope you enjoy!


It All Comes Down to This by Karen English
Published by: 
Category: Juvenile Fiction, Historical Fiction
Major Awards Won: Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2017, Kirkus Prize Finalist, Kirkus Starred Review, Booklist Top 10 Books of 2018, Historical Fiction for Youth, Horn Book Fanfare List 2017
Age Range: 10-12 years
Pages and Spreads: 368 pages, 0 spreads

Taking place during 1965 in California, It All Comes Down to This tells the reader about 13 year old Sophie during the summer before 9th grade.  There is a lot going on that summer,  Sophie sees for herself just how cruel the world can be at times.  English paints the picture of what it was like getting grew as an African-American during that time.  How unfair it was, to be prejudiced against based on the color of your skin.  How people make awful and baseless assumptions.  the riots that were happening at the time in LA- not far from where Sophie and her sister, Lily live.  At the beginning of the book, the reader sees that Sophie is somewhat naive but at the end of the story, the reader knows that Sophie has grown up.  If you're looking at the age range for this story in terms of Sophie and Lily being older and the growing that Sophie goes through, then I think that it's appropriate.  I would say that it's realistic because Sophie ends up learning a lot from Mrs. Baylor and she's witnesses what goes on between her mother and father (how her father is in an extramarital affair) and how Nathan is arrested, even though he's done nothing wrong. 


Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McMormick
Published by: Little, Brown and Company in 2018
Category: Juvenile Autobiography, Juvenile Non-Fiction
Major Awards Won: The Amelia Bloomer Book List Awards in 2019
Age Range: 7-10 years
Pages and Spreads: 166 pages, 0 spreads

At the age of 15, Malala Yousafzai was a victim of gun violence by the Taliban on a bus ride from school.  In 2008, Malala's entire world started to change with Fazlullah entering and taking over Pakistan.  Backed by the Talbian, Fazlullah decided that having access to an education was not acceptable for girls.  Refusing to accept this notion (and speaking out against the Taliban and Fazlullah), Malala stood up for education for girls, women and boys.  As an individual wise beyond her years, Malala is strong and inspirational.  She allow what happened to define her and continues to advocate for what's right.  Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights is the abridged version of I am Malala.  This book is a chapter book but it's only 166 pages and while there not spreads of illustrations, there are standalone illustrations.  The book also features a glossary at the back and it some chapters highlight specific terms for the give more information on a person mentioned or an organization, a religious holiday, etc.  The age range provided by the publisher is appropriate for this book. 

World War II on the Home Front: An Interactive History Adventure by Martin Gitlin 
Published by: Capstone Press in 2012
Category: Juvenile Non-fiction, World War II
Age Range: 8-11 years
Pages and Spreads: 112 pages, 0 spreads

On December 7, 1941; the world was forever changed when Pearl Harbor was bombed by Japan.  For the next 4 years, the United States, England and the Soviet Union would be fighting a war against Germany.  World War II on the Home Front is an interactive adventure book.  As the reader, you're able to pick 1 of three different characters: a housewife, an African American war veteran or a 12 year old boy.  Each character teaches the reader about the different things that they had encountered during this time.  The reader is able to choose a proactive direction for the character or a passive direction.  At the end of the book, there is the outcome of what happened with the war.  While the book lacks spreads, there are several photographs of different people at the time and picture of propaganda and newspaper articles.  The age range on this book is appropriate as it was recommended by the publisher.  

- Jillian

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams - Reshelved Books

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone is doing okay during this crazy crazy time. 

I am here with a new review! *the crowd cheers*

Some of you may recall how I loved the first book in this series The Bromance Book Club.

WELL. LET ME TELL YOU.  I loved this book as much as I did the first one. 

Mack was the guy I wished I would have the luck of meeting and maybe dating...? Yes, I definitely think that I could see myself dating this literary guy.

Anyway. 

Undercover Bromance introduces the reader to Braden "Mack" Mack, nightclub owner and founder of the Bromance Book Club and how he finds himself in love with a very unlikely person, Liv Papandreas.

While this book is part of a series, (it's the 2nd one) it's almost as if it could be a standalone.  The book really didn't build on top of the other one.  The characters are reoccurring and there are some new characters but for the most part everyone is the same. 

If it's possible, I loved this book more than I did the first one (sorry to Gavin).  I found Mack to be a more lovable and enduring character.  I like how he had to court Liv.  Just like the first one, I could NOT stand Liv in this one.  I would like to think that that is whole point of her character, for you to be a little put off by her but still rooting for her. 

Not only does this book discuss her building and budding relationship with Mack, but it also handles a pretty big topic of current events: workplace and sexual harassment.  I thought that Adams did a good job to addressing the topic and how one must feel when they're placed in that horrible situation.  Just like in the best book, I found myself laughing at a lot of the antics that Liv found herself involved in at the Farm.

If you're looking for a good book to read during day I can't even remember anymore of quarantine, I definitely think you should grab this one!  It is available via Amazon but check to see if there's a copy available via Libby with your local library! It's a digital resource that you may have access too. 

I wish everyone the best during this time and I want everyone to stay safe!

Happy reading, 
Jillian


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner- Book Tour

Hi all!

Amazon.com: Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me: A Novel (9781250312235 ...
Book Cover is from Amazon Posting
I hope this finds you all well.  It's like day 23 (I think) of quarantine and I think I've been busier during the last 23 days then I have every before- not that I'm complaining.  I've had to work my reading for fun into my required reading for school and my work projects.  

The post is part of a book tour for Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner.  It was sent to us in exchange for an honest review. 

You guys, I can't say enough about this book.  I LOVED IT.  I stayed up way late to finish it two weeks ago (not that there is a thing as a bedtime during quarantine?).  

At just 15 years old, "JL" (Jean Louise) is dealing without on her plate.  Not only is she in that tough spot where she's going apart from her best friend Aubrey, she's dating a guy who's 19 and her mother is in a downward spiral... And did I mention that JL hasn't seen her dad in almost 2 years? 

Yeah.  The poor girl is going through a lot. 

The book is set-up as JL is writing to Aubrey and telling her her side of the story.  The only that she's been able to share.  The letters are from both the present time and what's happened in the past.  

This book was heartbreaking and you were rooting and sympathizing for and with JL the entire time.  You were able to connect with her and feel her pains.  As the reader, you understood her struggles and you understood why she was making her decisions as she was navigating her world by herself.  I would have to say that this is one of the best realistic fiction books that I've read in a very long time.  

Not to mention, at the end, there was a pretty bombshell that JK discovered.  Which, at first I didn't think that I could see coming but as JL is piecing it together, you can see how it was leading up to happen.  (Truth be told, I didn't care for Max after that).

I would totally recommend this book for anyone who's looking for a good story.  I give it 5 coffee beans out of 5 for sure!

Happy Reading!

Stay safe,
Jillian

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Cross Her Heart by Melinda Leigh- Book Tour

Hi ya everyone!

I hope everyone is doing okay.  Social distancing is definitely something that's not easy to adapt to but it is absolutely necessary. 

We NEED to #flattenthecurve for sure. 

That being said...

Welcome to this new review!  

A few months back, we were asked if we would like to be a part of the Book Tour for Cross Her Heart by Melinda Leigh.  The obvious answer was "Yes!" and thus how this review came to light.  

It's a been a long time since I've read a true mystery novel.  I think the last mystery novel I read was back in 2013 and it was a Women's Murder Club mystery by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.  (Which I don't know if I would count as a mystery?)

Needless to say that this was the first mystery I've read in a while.  I don't really count those new fade psychological thrillers/suspense reads as true mysteries.  I've read my fair share of those and I was never really truly impressed.  

Bree Taggert is a 35 year old detective with the Philadelphia Police Department.  At the young age if 8, Bree and her younger sister and brother lost her mother in tragedy and her father not to soon after.  Never expecting for the unimaginable to happen: the loss of one of her siblings.  Bree returns home to Grey Hollow to find her sister, Erin but she quickly learns that her sister who she just thought was missing, has actually been murdered.  

As the reader, we learn that a man named Matt, discovered Erin's body.  Erin was at ex-husband's Justin's house.  Matt was there to take Justin to his NA meeting.  (Imagine the horror and surprise that Matt faced when he found that scene?? YIKES)

With someone dead and another person missing, there's quite a mystery surrounding the town of Grey's Hollow. 

Leigh tells the story of loss, while also showing the reader how Bree was able to overcome her past and make herself into the strong woman that she is today.  With the help of Matt, Bree is able to uncover the recent twists and turns in Erin's life. 

I liked this book.  It was a good introduction back into the mystery genre for me.  I found myself guessing through the book who the killer could be (I thought it was going to be someone entirely different than who it was!).

I was surprised by who Erin's killer was and I was surprised with Justin's outcome.  But I liked it the overall outcome of the story. 

Something else that I liked was that the story didn't turn into a romance between Bree and Matt.  I feel like as readers, we've all been there when two people are working together in a story and then all of a sudden, they end up romantically linked and sometimes, that can ruin the story.  It could shift the prescriptive of the story and the whole thing goes to crap.  

I'm happy to report that you're able to still purchase books and have them shipped via Amazon! Which is exactly where you'll find this one.  If you're not so sure about ordering a physical copy of the book, you're in luck because it's available as an e-book through Kindle.  :)  Definitely 4 coffee beans out of 5 in my book. 

And with that my friends, I leave you!  I hope everyone is staying safe and keeping their distances when having to go outside for those short periods of time.

Feel free to let me know what you think of the book down below if you snag a copy for yourself. 

Happy reading!
- Jillian

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Social Distancing Check-In

Hello For the Love of Dewey Readers!

Today we are 1 week into social-distancing in NJ and it looks like it's not going to be getting better anytime soon.  So today we'd like to check in with everyone.  How are you doing?  What are you doing?  And how are you finding joy during this time.

So far I read 6 book! I was averaging one book a day, but then I had to let up on the reading because I sprained my left eye.  Heed this warning... Binge reading is a total sport and can be dangerous. 

I thought that I would be taking the time to write more blog posts, but instead I find myself being more active on our Instagram @ForTheLoveOfDewey.  

Here are the books that I finished so far and my For the Love of Dewey Coffee Bean Rating of each one:
Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Seritella - 4 out of 5 Coffee Beans 
The self isolation to-read / read pile.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover - 4 out of 5 Coffee Beans 
My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald -  5 out of 5 Coffee Beans 
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone - 5 out of 5 Coffee Beans 
Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult - 3.5 out of 5 Coffee Beans (It was good! But the print was small and it was long... I think this book hot my eye.)
All Along You Were Blooming by Morgan Harper Nichols - 4 out of 5 Coffee Beans (I read an ARC of this and it was hard to make out some of the words.) 

Currently Reading: 
Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley.  

Close Enough to Touch is about a librarian who is allergic to touch.  If someone touches her she'll die.  This seems like a fitting read given our current situation, and it takes place in NJ! 

What are you all reading?

~Jessica 


Sunday, March 15, 2020

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Hello Dewey Readers!

Today I started (and finished) Colleen Hoover's novel Ugly Love.  This novel, like all of Hoover's novels, was a super quick read for me.  I became easily immersed in the characters lives and needed to know their stories... but it wasn't my favorite Hoover read. 

So a bit about the novel.  Tate is moving into her brother's apartment.  She meets a man in the elevator who looks at her and tries to flirt with her, but he's clearly hiding his wedding ring.  (Don't worry he isn't the love interest!) When Tate gets to her brother's apartment, a man is passed out drunk in front of the door.  Her brother isn't home, but when Tate calls him she tells him to let him inside.  The drunk man, named Miles, lives across the the hall, and he's filled with insurmountable grief.  We don't know why, or what happened, but we know words cannot describe his pain.  This man becomes Tate's love interest.  

The story is told in the present tense by Tate and the past tense by Miles.  I must say that I liked Miles' parts more than Tate's, and without giving too much away, wished that it was Miles' story that had a happily ever after.  Nonetheless I enjoyed it.  

I gave this book 5 stars of Goodreads, but here I'm going to give it 4.5 out of 5 Coffee Beans.  This is book 2 in my current #socialdistancing to read pile.  Comment below with how many books you have read / want to read!

~Jessica