July Book Spotlight: The Book of Lost Names

I read a lot of historical fiction, particularly novels that take place during WWII.  There’s just something about the war that makes me want to know more–so many important events, so many important people, so many different aspects and points of view.  While I enjoy stories that focus on the soldiers or the major players, … More July Book Spotlight: The Book of Lost Names

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream: “The Ice Cream of the Future”

If your town is anything like mine, the weather lately has been prime summertime weather; that is, it’s been hot and sticky with pop-up thunderstorms almost every day, and I don’t think I’ve ever had so many mosquito bites in my entire life.  With the heat, I’ve been finding myself craving cold desserts.  Okay, I’m … More Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream: “The Ice Cream of the Future”

May Book Spotlight: Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop

Release Date: August 4th, 2020 Although I thoroughly enjoyed Lim’s previous book, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune, I absolutely loved the follow-up. Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop is a very loose companion novel to Natalie and follows Vanessa Yu as she struggles to deal with her gift for seeing the fortunes of … More May Book Spotlight: Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop

April Book Review: You Deserve Each Other

You Deserve Each Other By: Sarah Hogle Release Date: April 7, 2020 Rating: 4/5 beakers   “Fine.” He relents, performing another inventory of our fridge. “I’ll fix something for myself, then.” “So will I.” I open the cupboards and hope to god there’s an entire Thanksgiving meal up there. “For myself.” He gets out bread … More April Book Review: You Deserve Each Other

April Book Spotlight: River of Doubt

My knowledge of the Amazon River comes mostly from The Amazon Trail, the lesser-known younger sibling of the famous The Oregon Trail computer game.  It’s where I first learned about plantains and rubber tapping, and I vaguely remember running into former president Teddy Roosevelt at some point.  With that small bit of knowledge, I’m not sure … More April Book Spotlight: River of Doubt

You Give Me Fever: The History of ‘Normal’ Body Temperature

Unless you’ve been living under a (very, very large) rock, you’ve surely been hearing the discussions about what society does next in regard to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.  Although the US is still in the midst of fighting the pandemic, many countries are beginning to emerge from their months-long quarantines.  China has reopened large parts … More You Give Me Fever: The History of ‘Normal’ Body Temperature