Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rise Of The Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt #BookReview

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to MarsTitle: Rise Of The Rocket Girls
Narrator: Erin Bennett
Author: Nathalia Holt
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Published Date: April 5th 2016 by
Genre: non-fiction, history, space, feminism
Format: Audiobook
Audio Time: 9 hr 45 min

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
The riveting true story of the women who launched America into space.

In the 1940s and '50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.

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 My Review:
“In this job you need to look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man, and work like a dog.”

The women of JPL were amazing. Not only did most of them have engineering degrees, but they were also amazing mathematicians who did everything by hand very quickly in order to make sure they got the rockets where they needed to go in real time. It's absolutely amazing when you think about it. Because not only were they working, they were working as 'computers' and gained the respect of the men they worked with very quickly.

 From just making military weapons, to making rockets and eventually the stat of NASA we see how they helped make so many things possible. Eventually some of them were able to get there names put onto the work that they were doing for a change. As NASA took over and changed things as well they were finally able to be called Engineers instead of 'computers'.

Most of their families were very supportive with their choice to work and use the knowledge they had. For the most part the husbands were also supportive, with some of them even helping make sure the women could go back to work after having children!
I loved hearing about these women and the struggles that they faced in this very changing time in the work force for women.
The support they gave each other was so refreshing to see, and how they all really were a little family always connected even as they started to retire.
I would suggest if you don't think you can physically read this book, then please get it from your library and listen to it on audio. It made the experience so enjoyable for me and probably the only way I was able to finish this book in 4 days.

Friday, April 14, 2017

The best I've ever done during a read-a-thon!! #RYBSAT Wrap-Up


I didn't make an official blog post for this read-a-thon, but I did post a photo's on instagram showing my hopeful TBR. Read your bookshelf a thon ran from March 27 - April 10. The longest readathon I have ever taken part of so far.

Daily Updates

 March 27: Day 1
The Hate U Give - 91 finished!
A Season of Daring Greatly - 116

March 28: Day 2
A Season of Daring Greatly 104
Call The Midwife 1 hr 42 min finished!

March 29: Day 3
A Walk In The Woods 2 hr 28 min
A Season Of Daring Greatly 118
Blood Rose Rebellion 24%

March 30: Day 4
Blood Rose Rebellion 5%

March 31: Day 5
Blood Rose Rebellion 64% finished!

April 1: Day 6
A Walk In The Woods 3 hr finished!

April 2-4: Day 7-9
Rise of the Rocket Girls 2 hr
Pretty Fierce 320

April 5: Day 10
Season Of Daring Greatly 79 pgs finished!
Rise Of the Rocket Girls 2 hr
Traitor to the Throne 100 pgs

April 6: Day 11
Dead Inside - 87 pgs

April 7: Day 12
Dead Inside 201 pgs finished!

April 8: Day 13
Rise of the Rocket Girls 2 hr 31 min
Traitor to the Throne 29 pgs

April 9: Day 14
Rise of the Rocket Girls 3 hr 15 min finished!
Traitor To the Throne 105

April 10: Day 15
Traitor to the Throne - 276 finished!
Dreamland Burning - 81


Reading Totals

Books Read: 9
3 ARCs, 3 Audiobooks,  3 Hardcovers
Audio Time: 21 hr 15 minutes
Pages Read : 1,993


This is the best I have ever done during a read-a-thon. I do think it's important to say that I was almost done with both Call The Midwife and The Hate U Give, because I had started them during the Borrowathon 

How did you end up doing during the readathon? 
What readathon should I do next?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Season Of Daring Greatly by Ellen Emerson White #BookReview

A Season of Daring GreatlyTitle: A Season Of Daring Greatly
Author: Ellen Emerson White
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Published Date:  February 14th 2017
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Baseball, YA
Page Count:432
Format: Hardcover
     
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★.5

Goodreads Summary: 

When eighteen-year-old Jill Cafferty makes history as the first woman to be signed by a major league team, she goes head-to-head against coaches, players, and fans who are determined to keep baseball an all-male sport. The first step? Proving she’s talented enough to be there. An engrossing story about defying conventions and living up to impossible expectations, for fans of John Corey Whaley and Catherine Gilbert Murdock.

Jill Cafferty just made history as the first woman signed by an MLB team, joining the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate only days after high school graduation. Despite the reassurances of coaches and managers alike, not everyone is happy to have her there. A few of her teammates are giving her trouble, making crude jokes and claiming there’s no way she can play at this level. The media presence following Jill at each of her games adds to her own misgivings about choosing pro baseball over a normal college experience. And to top it all off, Jill is struggling with the responsibilities of being a national hero and a role model for young women everywhere. How can she be a role model when she’s not even sure she made the right choice for herself? 

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 My Review:
"You have intellect, and courage, and command. Play your own game, and don't worry about what anyone else is doing. That is what's going to give you a shot at making it. Comparing yourself to anyone else will just drive you crazy." 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Dead Inside a true story by Cyndy Etler #BookReview & Giveaway

The Dead InsideTitle: The Dead Inside a true story
Author: Cyndy Etler
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire
Published Date: April 4th 2017
Genre: non-fiction, memoir, abuse, YA
Page Count:288
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Goodreads Summary: 
I never was a badass. Or a slut, a junkie, a stoner, like they told me I was. I was just a kid looking for something good, something that felt like love. I was a wannabe in a Levi's jean jacket. Anybody could see that. Except my mother. And the professionals at Straight.

From the outside, Straight Inc. was a drug rehab. But on the inside it was...well, it was something else.

All Cyndy wanted was to be loved and accepted. By age fourteen, she had escaped from her violent home, only to be reported as a runaway and sent to a "drug rehabilitation" facility that changed her world.

To the public, Straight Inc. was a place of recovery. But behind closed doors, the program used bizarre and intimidating methods to "treat" its patients. In her raw and fearless memoir, Cyndy Etler recounts her sixteen months in the living nightmare that Straight Inc. considered "healing."
 

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 My Review:


"I never was a badass, or a slut, a junkie, a stoner like they told me I was. I was just a kid looking for something that felt like love."

Mentions of Rape, Child abuse (physical/mental), Drugs, Drinking, Self-Harm, Slut-shaming

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott : Blog Tour #Bookreview Plus Giveaway Link

Title: Pretty Fierce
Author: Kieran Scott
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published Date: April 4, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Romance,YA
Format: Kindle
Pages: 320

My Rating: ★ ★ ★.5


Summary:
An action-packed, edge-of-your-seat novel about a teen who, when backed into a corner, fights back, from the author of What Waits in the Woods

Kaia has been on the run her whole life. The daughter of professional assassins, she knows danger—and she’ll do anything to survive. After her parents vanished during a job gone bad, Kaia’s spent the last year in hiding, trying to blend in as an ordinary teenager, and there’s no one who makes her feel more normal, more special, than her boyfriend, Oliver.

But when she's attacked by someone from her mother's past and Oliver catches her fighting back, Kaia's secret is exposed. In a split-second decision, she flees the small town, taking Oliver with her. Stalked at every turn, Oliver and Kaia must protect each other...or die trying.

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 My Review:
"If my mother is alive, I'm going to find her. I'm going to bring her home. We were a family. A team. "