Saturday, June 16, 2018

Book Review || The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs

The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs

Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Genre: Adult Historical Fiction
Source: Purchased


Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Revolution, and featuring a cast of iconic characters such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the Marquis de Lafayette, The Hamilton Affair tells the sweeping, tumultuous, true love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, from tremulous beginning to bittersweet ending—his at a dueling ground on the shores of the Hudson River, hers more than half a century later after a brave, successful life.

Hamilton was a bastard son, raised on the Caribbean island of St. Croix. He went to America to pursue his education. Along the way he became one of the American Revolution’s most dashing—and unlikely—heroes. Adored by Washington, hated by Jefferson, Hamilton was a lightning rod: the most controversial leader of the American Revolution.

She was the well-to-do daughter of one of New York’s most exalted families—feisty, adventurous, and loyal to a fault. When she met Alexander, she fell head over heels. She pursued him despite his illegitimacy, and loved him despite his infidelity. In 1816 (two centuries ago), she shamed Congress into supporting his seven orphaned children. Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton started New York’s first orphanage. The only “founding mother” to truly embrace public service, she raised 160 children in addition to her own.

With its flawless writing, brilliantly drawn characters, and epic scope, The Hamilton Affair will take its place among the greatest novels of American history.
(Courtesy of Goodreads)

My Review

If there's one thing you need to know about me is that I tend to have an obsessive personality. So when I discovered Hamilton back in 2016 and fell in love, it's safe to say that I pretty much latched onto anything Hamilton-related. That obsession hasn't really died down in those two years since and I'm actually listening to the Hamilton soundtrack while writing this review. The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs was exactly what I was looking for in a historical fiction based on the life of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton. I had read others, but they didn't quite reach my expectations. Cobb's blew me away with her narrative, spanning both Alexander and Eliza's life from when they were young up until their deaths.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Genre Recommendation || Women in STEM

Books about Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

I've mentioned it around the blog, but for my new readers out there, I am currently working on my PhD in Materials Science and Engineering. Ever since I started my program, I craved stories about other women who have experienced a life in STEM. It's always inspiring to read other women's stories as a way to connect and realize that you are not alone. 

About a year ago, I started seeking out these stories more actively and stumbled upon a small treasure of books that satisfied this exact craving. It started with Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, and I soon discovered so many books, both fiction and non-fiction, that tell the stories of some amazing women. I thought I would highlight some of my favorites in this very niche genre:

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Top Five Wednesday | Favorite Fathers/Father Figures

With the new blog refresh/revival comes new weekly features! I've decided to join in Top 5 Wednesday, a weekly feature hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. Each week there's a featured topic and I get to recommend some of my favorite books that fall within that topic. Check out their Goodreads group for more info!

In honor of Father's day, which falls on June 17th here in the US, the topic for this week is "Favorite Fathers/Father Figures".

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Book Review || One Day by David Nicholls

One Day by David Nicholls

Publication Date: August 1st, 2009
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Source: Purchased


It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.
(Courtesy of Goodreads)

My Review

I’ve had a copy of One Day by David Nicholls sitting on my shelf for years, always meaning to get to it but for some reason, never picking it up. It wasn’t until I was going through my shelves in an attempt to do some New Years resolution cleaning that I finally decided to start reading it. As some background, I have been in a huge reading slump for the last few months and “One Day” was the book that finally got me out of it.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Audiobook Review || Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Hogwarts Library Book) by Newt Scamander 

Publication Date: March 14th, 2017 (rev. ed.)
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Source: Purchased


An approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world.

(Courtesy of Goodreads)

My Review

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them written by Newt Scamander (aka J.K. Rowling) and narrated by Eddie Redmayne. Redmayne’s narration of the book truly brought the book to life. Some of my favorite audiobooks are those that are narrated by the author because it feels more like a conversation than a book and that’s exactly what I felt while listening to this book.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

TBR Shelf

Ah, the TBR shelf. Those books that we think about every time we're browsing the book store or scrolling through Amazon looking at new books. "I really should read more of the books I already own," we think to ourselves, before inevitably buying that shiny new book that was just calling our name.

I've been guilty of this more times than I can count, so at the beginning of this year, I decided to go through my shelves and write down every single unread book I own in one of the blank pages of my planner. I personally don't have a separate shelf for TBR books, so I wanted a visual representation of all my TBR books, both physical and digital. Then, as I read books from my TBR shelf, I highlight them in bright yellow.

Friday, June 8, 2018

June 2018 TBR

To say I'm pretty bad at sticking to my planned TBRs is an understatement and yet, moth after month, I always make one.

As I make my glorious, hopefully long-term, return to book blogging, I though I would start out with a bread-and-butter post across the book blogging world, so here we are.

I won't go into too many details about why I was gone for three years, but the short story can be summed up in two words -- grad school. Getting a PhD in STEM is no joke people. Recently, though, I realized I needed a creative outlet, and writing about books used to be one of my favorite past times so why not bring it back. I need something to save me from the monotony of lab work. Don't get me wrong, working toward a PhD is very rewarding, but I've never just lived and breathed science. Books are such an integral part of my life -- and my sanity! Anyway, you didn't come here for my life story, you came here for the books, so without further ado, here's my TBR: