1000 Novels Series: Review Of The Woman In White By Wilkie Collins

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I picked up an edition of The Woman In White in Italian while I was home visiting my family in Milan earlier this year. It may be a weird choice to read it in my native language since it’s a British novel, but I’m trying to make sure I read consistently in Italian to keep up my proficiency now that I’ve been living abroad for over a decade.

I read it during lunchtime throughout the Spring and I found it to be the perfect novel to consume in small chunks, which makes sense because it was originally published in serialized chapters in Charles Dickens’ magazine All The Year Round in the U.K. and Harper’s Weekly in the U.S. Read my review below.

Just Read: Sully: My Search For What Really Matters Book Review

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One thing you may not know about me is that I’m pretty terrified of flying. I was in a minor plane incident as a teenager. I was on a return flight with my family from my first time on vacation in the United States. A few hours off the coast of Spain, our plane started falling out of nowhere. It felt like the plane was dragging us down with it and lasted way longer than any turbulence I had ever felt.

Once we hit air again and the plane stopped falling, one of the stewards went on the intercom and yelled at people to get back in their seats. Everyone was screaming and panicking, and later we found out some of the stewards and stewardesses had been moderately hurt during the fall. We were able to continue to Milan relatively normally, though a few of the injured flight attendants had to be taken away from the plane in ambulances once we touched down. Needless to say I’m a little anxious about flying nowadays – I’m very picky about airlines and typically medicate to make sure I’m not in a terror.

8 Of My Favorite Scientific Nonfiction Titles – Booklist

8 Of My Favorite Scientific Nonfiction Titles Book List

As I’ve revealed before in my Medical Memoir booklist, I read a lot of nonfiction written on scientific topics. In the last several years there has been an influx of excellent books written on complex scientific topics like the history of DNA or the history of computer science.

Despite the complexity of the topics they cover, these titles shine for their ability to turn advanced scientific information into accessible and engaging narratives for all readers. All 8 of these titles succeed in bringing important scientific topics to the public, while remaining captivating and engrossing reads.

Links I Loved This Week – 10/14/2016

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Just Read: The Tea Planter’s Wife Book Review

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When I received The Tea Planter’s Wife in the mail, I was struck at how beautiful the cover of the book is. The woman in the foreground and her beautiful golden dress melt into the luscious landscape behind her and are enhanced by the palm tree leaves peeking out from the edges. It immediately transported me to the hills of 1920s Ceylon (modern Sri Lanka) and made me want to read more about the women gazing pensively at her hands on that balcony.

The novel more than followed-through on the cover’s promises and left me wanting to read all three of Dinah Jefferies’ other novels as soon as I can find the time. Read my review of The Tea Planter’s Wife below.

Author Spotlight: My 6 Favorite Terry Pratchett Novels

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This post may seem out of character – not my usual literary fiction or nonfiction fare. I don’t read a lot of fantasy but I’ve actually loved Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels since I discovered them back when I as in middle school in the 90s. I have fond teenage memories of reading the books either alone in my childhood bedroom or aloud to my kid brother as he feel asleep at night.

I find the Discworld novels to be appropriate for all ages, kind of like those children’s movies that have more risque jokes in them that kids don’t get but that their parents do. As an adult, I’ve enjoyed rediscovering Pratchett’s novels – their elevated humor and complex satire. I thought I’d share my love for his works with you  by providing reviews of my 6 favorites.

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