Tag, You’re It! The TBR Tag

I got tagged by Mimi¬†a long long time ago to talk about my TBR pile, so here goes! I’m usually pretty embarrassed about how big this pile has gotten, so hopefully it’s a bit more presentable now than when she asked me to do this, haha. ūüė≥

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Mostly through Goodreads. I used to have an Excel sheet up until I scrapped my reading schedule… so now all the books on my shelf just stare at me accusingly every time I walk past them.

2. Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?

Print! I don’t have an eReader, so you can imagine how heavy my bags get when I go off to conferences or on vacation, since I always need to bring some books with me! My other option is reading on my computer, but I want to claw out my eyes after five minutes of trying to read like that. Ugh.

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

I’ve realized how much happier I am as a so-called “mood reader” – I read whatever I feel like reading at that moment.

4. A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

Sarah Addison Allen’s The Girl Who Chased the Moon – I’m usually merciless when I cull books from my TBR list, but this is one of those books that I really want to keep on it. I’ll get to it eventually!

5. A book you recently added to your TBR?

Rachel Caine’s¬†Ink and Bone because it sounds amazing! Books about libraries/books are so enticing… plus, that cover!

6. A book on your TBR strictly because of it’s beautiful cover?

Wait, I thought people chose books 80% of the time based on the cover?! (Is it just me? Oops.) Victoria Schwab’s The Archived¬†looks beautiful.

7. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading?

Peter Doherty’s semi-autobiographical work, The Beginner’s Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize. I added it because SCIENCE, but I just deleted it because TOO MUCH IMMUNOLOGY I’M SO DONE WITH THIS. My TBR is actually quite fluid nowadays – I look it over every few days and trim away the fat.

8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

Susan Dennard’s¬†Truthwitch because there’s just so much hype about it. I’m always a little wary when there’s this much excitement about a book though…

9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you?

Too many to count, but John Green’s¬†The Fault in Our Stars. It’s been sitting on my shelf for the longest time, but arghhh. I’ll read it when the time is right. (I have no clue when that time is, but it’s definitely not now.)

10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends you?

Patrick Rothfuss’s¬†The Name of the Wind (yet another one that basically everyone has read but me). I started reading it at a friend’s house a few years back, but couldn’t borrow it then, and finally got my own copy… but haven’t started it again. This is one that I’m likely to get to before December though!

11. A book on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

Stieg Larsson’s The¬†Girl with the Dragon Tattoo because I haven’t read a mystery/thriller in so long!

12. How many books on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

384, give or take? It’s better than a few months ago, really! ūüĎÄ


How does your TBR pile look?
Do you have more or less TBR books than me?

The Importance of Book Titles… And How They’re Like Baby Names

bookpersonYou’ve all heard the phrase, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” – but equally important is the title of a book. If a book were a person, its clothing and outward appearance would be representative of the cover, and its name the title. Just like how we do actually judge books by their covers, we also judge books by their titles, although it seems to be a less-appreciated1,2 and less-discussed topic3,4. And I also don’t know if we all prefer certain titles like we prefer certain covers – an aesthetically appealing cover is likely to be aesthetically appealing to a good chunk of the book community, but is an attractive title likely to be attractive to everyone?

Looking for attractive book titles is kind of like looking for good baby names. And sometimes when I’m bored, I would go on those Popular Baby Names and Meanings sites and make lists of names that I liked. But often, I find myself analyzing book titles like I would baby names – some are too plain, some are too extravagant, some are too common, and so on and so forth. But others are just plain enough, just extravagant enough – just right. #goldilocks ūüźĽūüźĽūüźĽ Here are some of my own categories of book titles I likeand, in my opinion, their corresponding baby names – and how these titles are important in determining whether or not I want to read the book. As with everything book-related, this is a pretty subjective list, so I’d love to hear about whether or not you have the same preferences for book titles!

1. Long (but simple)


These are titles like¬†The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating,¬†How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky, and The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared¬†…¬†something that sounds pretty straightforward and uncomplicated but captures your attention nonetheless. I’m particularly attracted to verbs and easily-visualizable everyday¬†images, and these long (but simple) titles embody those traits well. They are the¬†Mary Jos, Rosie Maes,¬†and¬†Ethan Lees¬†of the book world – longer than usual, but still retain an effortlessness and ease of a young girl or boy walking through the prairie after a long day’s work.

2. Long and extravagant


All hail these book titles!¬†The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making comes to mind immediately, and maybe¬†¬†Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance¬†and¬†Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. They differ from the long (but simple) titles in that there’s some part of them that’s out of the norm or doesn’t fit into our world.¬†They seem to be pretty rare, since most titles that veer towards long and CRAZY (especially ALL THE NON-FICTION BOOKS WITH COMPOUND TITLES aka that long thing after the colon) become¬†difficult to read¬†and even more difficult to¬†dissect. Long and extravagant titles still retain their elegance and sophistication, like a Maximillian or an¬†Anastasia.¬†

3. Short and sweet


These titles are like confetti – one- or two-word titles that just sprinkle down and make everything pretty and shiny and good in the world.¬†Gathering Blue,¬†Paper Towns,¬†Stargirl, Little Bee – I can go on and on and on! The corresponding baby names are the traditional short names like¬†Beth,¬†Kim,¬†Ann,¬†Max, and¬†Jack. (Although¬†Stargirl¬†kind of wishes she were a bit more modern, like¬†Skye…)

4. Trending


I’m thinking of popular YA titles nowadays, and there seems to be a trend towards “A-something-of-something-and-something”-type titles, such as¬†A Girl of Fire and Thorns, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, and¬†A Court of Thorns and Roses.¬†The popular kids are now the¬†Jacobs,¬†Liams, and¬†Isabellas¬†(according to one of those Baby Names websites). (The other trend seems to be “Something-and-other-somethings” in analogy-style, like¬†My Heart and Other Black Holes,¬†Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend, and¬†Love Fortunes and Other Disasters.)

So for me, book titles are very important because they elicit different emotional responses and imagery even without all the fancy fonts and colors. They can give us a glimpse of the plot of the book, or they can represent an obscure part that’s hidden in the book that you immediate gravitate towards, like finding hidden treasure. I draw parallels between book titles and baby names here because there are different types of names, just as there are different types of titles… and I’m sure authors choosing titles for their books gives off a baby name-choosing¬†feeling, haha.

What are your favorite book titles?

What Makes You Laugh? My Favorite Comedians

I’m that person who laughed until tears came out at the “What’s brown and sticky?” joke. ūüėÖ¬†I think my laugh points are just a little different from my close friends, but I’m sure that there are many people in the world who laugh at the same things I laugh at!¬†After reading Bossypants¬†(which had its funny moments), I thought I would share who I find funny and see if you guys find them funny too. (I haven’t finished reading¬†Ha! yet, so I can’t really talk about the research behind humor and why funny things are funny to some people but not others…)

1. Russell Peters: My first introduction into the world of comedy is from a psychology class in high school, where we watched Canadian comedian Russell Peters. I totally cracked up laughing in class and couldn’t stop, and it’s all due to this guy! His comedic style is mainly¬†based on racial/cultural stereotypes and observations of everyday life, and I just find his punchlines and impersonations super funny. (Interestingly, I find him less funny now…)

2. Trevor Noah: I discovered Trevor Noah, a South American comedian, just before the announcement of him replacing Jon Stewart came out. (Jon Stewart is also AMAZING, btw!) His impressions are amazing (I seem to reaaaally like impressions, haha), and similar to Russell Peters, his style is based on cultural observations.

3. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (U.S. Version): In college, this is the show that I marathoned when I was done my exams. Colin Mochrie,¬†Wayne Brady, and¬†Ryan Stiles¬†are SOOO FUNNY!!! (Especially with the phenomenal¬†Robin Williams!¬†ūüôĆ)

These are the three comedians/shows that I like to watch, and I tend to just stick to these since I know they make me laugh. They don’t make¬†everyone laugh, however; I’ve shown a friend (a Jon Stewart fan) Trevor Noah, and she didn’t laugh AT ALL. I’ve had my dad tell me jokes that made him crack up, but that I didn’t laugh to at all. Now that I know Tina Fey makes me laugh, I’ll have to look into her stuff too.

Do you find these comedians funny?
Who makes you laugh?

Fairy Tale Book Tag: True Love, Princesses, and Midnight Magic

What better way to start February, the month of LURRRVE, with a fairy tale book tag? (Because Valentine’s Day actually lasts the entire month, FYI.) I was super excited for Mel’s fairytale survey when she created it last year, and bided my time for the perfect moment (and the perfect graphics!) to unleash my answers. Aaand going along with my new year’s resolutions of putting myself out there, this list includes some guilty pleasures, confessions, and some maybe surprises. ūüėČ

Nalini Singh’s Angels’ Blood. Sooo not sure if it counts as lying, but I basically don’t talk about my guilty pleasures, aka paranormal romance. I had this phase a while ago where I’d go crazy over these mainstream adult romance books and OMG so much smutty goodness!!! I’ve been trying to keep¬†Paper Breathers somewhat PG-ish (except for this teensy little bit), but I might start¬†talking more about adult romance at some point in the very far future.


Ellen Raskin’s The Westing Game.¬†Like, really? All of the four-or-so covers for this book suck. Big time. I want something modern and charming, preferably with Turtle on the cover, kthxbye.¬†ūüźĘ


Alice Hoffman’s The Dovekeepers.¬†Seriously, I blame the shiny spine. I can never resist the books that have shimmery text on the cover, sigh… not sure if this one is for me though. I happen to own a lot of Alice Hoffman books, and yet the only ones I’ve read are Aquamarine and Indigo. And that was when Scholastic was offering a deal where I could get both of them AND two pretty friendship bracelets made of aquamarine-colored beads.


Lucy Maud Montgomery’s The Blue Castle.¬†This book was like my version of The Notebook that I just read over and over again, from cover to cover.¬†Valancy Stirling and Barney Snaith have that kind of comfortableness and contentment that just works,¬†with none of that drama or flair.


Cesar Millan’s How to Raise the Perfect Dog. I don’t own a dog, so…¬†ūüź∂ I’ve been watching¬†Dog Whisperer for a while, which is why I picked up Cesar’s book. And it was really good! If I ever get a dog (which I will one day, mark my words!) I will read this book again.


Tamora Pierce’s Lady Knight. Powered through this quartet like a beast. Tammy’s books are just AMAZING and this series, in particular, is SPECTACULAR. INSPIRING. RIVETING. Okay okay, I’ll stop. But OMG.¬†ūüíē


Katie Heaney’s Never Have I Ever. Biggest disappointment ever, ’nuff said.

Did any particular books come to mind when you went through this list?
Which book tags have you enjoyed doing?

2014 Rewind: Most Anticipated Reads of 2014

At the start of 2014, I made myself a list of the most anticipated reads of the year from a variety of genres and categories. Throughout the year, this list has been constantly on my mind because I was really excited about these books, and I know that sometimes books get buried at the bottom of my TBR list and never see daylight ever again, so I swore that this list will take priority because SHINY BOOKS ARE SHINY. Let’s see how well I did!



  • A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd¬†/¬†Definitely one of my favorite books last year! I don’t read a whole lot of middle grade books nowadays, but¬†A Snicker of Magic was just magical.
  • Hungry by H.A. Swain¬†/ I was disappointed with this one. The storyline was exciting and dramatic, but there was just too much going on and I didn’t know where it was going. Meh.
  • Year of No Sugar by Eve Schaub¬†/ Ah, good memories of this book! Not something I would try (because, I mean,¬†ūüć™ūüćęūüć©!!!) but Schaub’s humorous narrative and detailed experiences were worth the read.


  • Dorothy Must Die¬†by Danielle Paige (Goodreads)¬†/¬†It started off okay, but I kind of lost interest in the middle of it. I’m going to drop this book as my new year’s resolutions are allowing me to, yippee!
  • How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer¬†(Goodreads) /¬†Put it down a few pages in and haven’t picked it back up. (This hasn’t happened to me since¬†A Game of Thrones – I can taste the freedom of not finishing books, wow.)


  • I Kill the Mockingbird¬†by Paul Acampora¬†(Goodreads) /¬†Um yes! Eventually, haha. I like the literary reference in this one!
  • On the Road to Find Out¬†by Rachel Toor (Goodreads)¬†/¬†Running running running yes.
  • Ha!¬†by Scott Weems¬†(Goodreads) /¬†I’ve obtained this book and I will read it eventually. Lots of ‘eventually’s on this list, haha. (WAS THAT A PUN?)
  • We Are All Stardust¬†by Stefan Klein¬†(Goodreads) /¬†This was the book on this list that I was most excited about a year ago. Still excited about it, so hopefully I can check this one off my list this year!


  • Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington (Goodreads)¬†/¬†I’m slowly falling off of the middle grade bandwagon, unfortunately… especially if it sounds cute-but-normal.¬†ūüė¶
  • Cell by Robin Cook¬†(Goodreads)¬†/¬†My first Robin Cook experience¬†didn’t go too well, so I think I need some more time before going back to him.
  • Resistant¬†by Michael Palmer¬†(Goodreads)¬†/¬†Not feeling the medical thriller vibe this year – I don’t think I need more suspense or nightmares about my research in 2015!

I guess it’s good to be able to look back and remove¬†the books that I know I won’t be reading so that my TBR pile looks somewhat normal-er… and¬†most anticipated reads of 2015, you ask? I think this year I’ll stick with the books currently on my to-read list as well as some rereads, and less of the new shiny stuff if I can help it. New books are amazing, but so are old ones, right? ūüėČ

Did you read everything on your 2014 list? What were some of your favorites?

My New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

My new year’s resolutions last year were short and sweet, and I think I fared pretty well with them. But for 2015, I wanted more specific goals that will allow me to enjoy reading and blogging while taking off some of the pressure that comes along with both when real-life obligations hit.2015resolutions

1. Read what I want to read.¬†My resolution to BE BOLD last year got me reading books that I otherwise wouldn’t have read, but I also learned that there are books that just don’t interest me. This year, I want to read books that I feel good about, instead of hyped up books or books that I¬†think I should read. I still have to finish some books I got last year that I’ve felt iffy about since I started them, but I’ve already culled a few of them out. I actually prided myself on finishing ALL THE BOOKS even if it took me months, but I’m ready to save myself the time and torture of reading books I don’t want to read. (Finally joining the #unfinishedbooks club, huzzah!)

2. Think more efficiently.¬†I spend too much time writing blog posts! It takes me, like, an hour or more just to make one post acceptable by my standards, haha. Part of it is because I enjoy doing it and it gives me an excuse to procrastinate… but now I just don’t have the time! This also means that I need to write out my thoughts¬†right after finishing a book, and not months later. Thinking more efficiently is one of my main goals for the year since, honestly, I take my own sweet time doing pretty much everything, and I end up wasting a lot of time that could have been spent more productively. (This also means that I probably won’t have time to examine all aspects of the books I read, but hey, hopefully I get to keep my sanity this year!)

3. Put myself out there. I need a place to rant when I’m stressed, but I’m also afraid of putting myself out there with all that’s gone on this past year about blogger anonymity and the dangers of revealing too much personal info. BUT, instead of starting another blog about my pitiful grad school life (which I tried and couldn’t keep up with because too many blogs and only one me), I thought, “Why not just tweet everything under one account?” And if that means I confuse some of you by talking about my PI (principal investigator, aka The Boss) or whining about my experiments not working, I’m so sorry in advance! BUT IT’S HAPPENING. ūüôā I’ll try to limit my grad school self to Twitter though!

Did you make any new year’s resolutions this year?
What do you want to do differently this year?

Why I Love Friends Who Love to Read

You know that giddy feeling of gushing over a book with a friend? I just came back from a reunion dinner with my high school friends, and it reminded me again of¬†why I love friends¬†who love to read. I can go on and on about why I love my school friends for other reasons (for example, they share their cheesecake with me!), but it’s pure coincidence and luck that a majority of them love to read, and I love them all the more for being bookish.

source: weheartit

In school, friends are seldom chosen by the types of books they read. For one, there’s no chance to read anything in high school (or at least that was the case for me) – my friends were mainly people I randomly decided to talk to or who randomly decided to talk to me because I was standing or sitting near them. And social psychology studies have shown that people are more likely to become friends due to proximity… one of my high school friends was the person I sat next to during my first day in music class, and another was one I was assigned to sit next to during biology class. So by fate or god’s will or what have you, I was lucky enough to make friends who accepted me for who I am, and who – more importantly – enjoyed reading books for pleasure.

It’s different in the blogosphere, where we’re confident about our own interests and preferences and search for people¬†with similar tastes – the book-friend relationship is reversed in real life, so¬†you make friends first and discover their potential book-loving habits later. (Unless you make new friends by 1) seeing someone reading a book or walking in the library, 2) go up to them and strike up a book-related conversation, and 3) get their contact info. Which would be a pretty strategic way of making friends…)

I have college friends who love to read too, but my high school friends are the ones who really shaped my reading preferences. My friend¬†A introduced me to Mercedes Lackey and many other fantasy authors. We gushed about magic, adventure, and sci-fi together in a never-ending conversation that always led to high-pitched squeals and increasingly faster talking speeds. At B’s first high school birthday party, I gave her an¬†Emily Giffin¬†novel which marked my first step into reading romance novels and chick lit. I didn’t actually talk about books with C until we were in college when we roamed around the malls and inevitably ended up at the bookstore, where we discussed heart-touching books like¬†Flowers for Algernon (which I still have to read, oops!).

And at dinner tonight, even after not seeing some of my high school friends for¬†years, my simple question of, “So, read any good books lately?” induced high-pitched squeals and excited ramblings of books and movie adaptions from books and why John Green is awesome (or, from someone else, why he’s overrated) and why I HAVE to read Kenneth Oppel’s newest book and so on and so forth. I ended up borrowing¬†Beauty Queens from A and spending a lot of time talking about feasibility of sci-fi concepts, and really, just realizing that friends¬†who love to read are¬†awesome.

Not to say that friends who don’t love to read are not as awesome, but sometimes I just want to talk to someone who shares my dislike for Prince Kai or debate about the pros and cons of the recent saturation of dystopian novels in the publishing industry.¬†I love friends who love to read because they get as excited as I do about books, and for some reason, ranting about books is soooo much more fun than ranting about movies or actors or anything else. I love friends who love to read because reading is like a “hidden skill” that I don’t discover about them until¬†after I become friends with them, and it makes me love them¬†more.

Do you have friends who love to read as much as you do?
How have they changed how or what you read?

Nonfiction November 2014: New To My TBR

So I’m still playing catch-up with #nonficnov posts because I had to be in 100% grad student mode for the last two weeks… but omg so many awesome books and diversity posts to peruse through! Here are some of the new books on my to-be-read list – I’d like to think that these books are more “diverse” than the ones I added last year¬†in that I wouldn’t have even considered reading some of this year’s choices last year, and that’s one thing I love about Nonfiction November: this month-long book celebration always expands my horizons and tests my open-mindedness.


1.¬†Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962 by Frank Dik√∂tter. Jennifer at The Relentless Reader declared that this is a must-read book and that it “nearly broke [her] soul.”

2.¬†Gig: Americans Talk about Their Jobs¬†by Marisa Bowe, John Bowe, & Sabin Streeter. Bookmammal at Musings From A Bookmammal called this oral history a “great pick for reluctant readers in high school…” with “brief yet very engaging” sections.

3. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. This was on my to-read list for a new months, but I thought it worth a mention since so many people recommended it when I sent out a request for animal nonfiction books.

4.¬†The Philosopher and the Wolf:¬†Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death and Happiness by Mark Rowlands.¬†Another animal book that I’m pretty excited about, since wolves are one of my favorite animals! This one is recommended by Savvy at Savvy Working Gal.

5.¬†Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit¬†by Barry Estabrook.¬†Christina at Ardent Reader said that “…Estabrook is able to cover all the hidden aspects of industrial agriculture.” This looks like an interesting food book, even though I cringe every time I think about tomatoes… (it’s the slightly sour ones that get me every time!)

6.¬†The Bilingual Edge: Why, When, and How to Teach Your Child a Second Language by¬†Kendall King & Alison Mackey.¬†Monika at A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall states that this book “…offers a lot of encouragement and insight for all of us language learners.”

A big THANK YOU to¬†Lu, Kim, Katie, and Becca for hosting Nonfiction November this month! November is my favorite month to book-blog because of all the wonderful new books and bloggers I find and meet, and the wrap-up posts that these ladies put up at the end of each week really helped me speed up the book/blogger-finding process. Can’t wait to read more non-fiction in 2015! (But first, still need to finish reading those Week 3 posts…)

What new non-fiction books have you added to your TBR list?

Calling All (Nonfiction) Animal Experts!

I’m one of those animal lovers¬†who is more of the “lover” part than the “animal” part. You know, the one who gushes about how much she loves horses and then refuses to feed one when her dad takes her to a farm; the one who stares at her friend’s cat awkwardly but is secretly imploding at how OMG CUTE AND FLUFFY he is; the one who hoards the Air Bud movies¬†but wants to run away¬†when a real dog prances her way.

Yup, I’m an animal lover. (And no one can tell me otherwise!) I’ve been reading animal fiction¬†since¬†forever ago, but animal nonfiction books are a new and exciting find¬†for me. I actually got interested in animal nonfiction back in college when I attended a talk by¬†primatologist Frans de Waal¬†to get some extra credit for a psychology class. (I highly recommend watching his TED talk¬†about morality in animals – it’s so funny and heart-warming!) Then I added one of his books,¬†The Age of Empathy, to my to-read list… and I still haven’t read it yet, oops. But de Waal’s talk really sparked my interest in books about animal psychology and the role animals play in the lives of humans. I’ve started my collection with the following books (with links to Goodreads):


  1. Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan. I understand that this is like THE animal book of animal books since it got made into a movie and everything. I thought the movie version was hilarious, but haven’t gotten around to reading the book yet.
  2. The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation by Elizabeth Letts. (My review) I love horses, and this book lived up to my expectations!
  3. Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves by Laurel Braitman. This looks incredibly interesting – animal psychology is a field that’s been growing steadily over the last few years, so I’m looking forward to reading about these “human” emotions in animals.
  4. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron. I judged this book by its cover and picked it up immediately. Look at that kitty! ūüźĪ
  5. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. HORSE BOOK, enough said!

I know this is only a very small piece of the pie though, so I want to ask all the (nonfiction) animal experts out there…

What are your favorite nonfiction books about animals?

My Year in Nonfiction

cork-w-books-300x300I can’t believe it’s Nonfiction November again! I was looking back through my nonfiction posts from last year at this time – like when I talked about some of my favorite nonfiction reads, environmental/public health books I’d like to read, and new nonfiction books added to my to-be-read list from suggestions of other Nonfiction November readers – and to my dismay, I realized how little nonfiction I’ve read this year. I have, however, hoarded more nonfiction books this year than ever before… do I get some sort of extra credit for that?

This year, Nonfiction November will surely be extra fun due to 2X more co-hosts! Leslie (Lu) and Kim are back as co-hosts, with new co-hosts Rebecca and Katie joining in. This event reminds me to read more nonfiction, and I’ve discovered some amazing books, blogs, and bloggers from the last #nonficnov, so I can’t wait to do the same this year! I’m pretty sure it was because of this event that my nonfiction book list grew so much…


From the nonfiction books I read this year, I have three favorites to share with you! I usually like the nonfiction books I read, but it’s hard for me to get excited about them (omg, d√©j√† vu because I wrote this in my first #nonficnov post last year too…) and these three really made me go, “Wow, this is such an eye-opener / and I want to do something about this issue / and then eat bugs for dinner.” You ready? One-sentence summaries below, but click on the titles to read my reviews!

1. Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet by Daniella Martin. Bugs are friendly and delicious and we should all be making waxworm tacos for dinner so that the world doesn’t explode from cow poop.

2. Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin. A revealing, outrage-inducing story about industrial waste and how it affects human health.

3. The Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue by David Sax. Why we spend so much money at that cupcake bakery across the street and why we won’t in a few years (or sooner – did you hear about how Crumbs almost went bankrupt?).

Do you read nonfiction? If so, what are your favorite books this year?