Some October Mini-Reviews (Think Like a Freak, Seconds, Honor’s Knight)

I don’t have the energy for full-length reviews right now, and some of these are library books that need to go back, and I finished them all over a week ago. So, mini-review time! Luckily, they’re all pretty fabulous books.

 

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Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (audiobook)

Oh, the Steve Freaks. I read Freakonomics YEARS ago and loved it. I kind of ignored Superfreakonomics when it came out, and then last month when I was trying to decide how to use my Audible credit, I landed on their newest book, Think Like a Freak. Basically, it was SUPER interesting and now I can’t wait to go back and read their second book. Think Like a Freak was a lot about different ways of thinking, analyzing, and getting data and patterns to emerge. But it was so much more fascinating than that! I listened to the audiobook to and from work. There wereΒ MANYΒ days that I came home and told the honeyman about how slave traders used to lick slaves possibly to test their saltiness and why Van Halen had a thing about there being no brown M&Ms backstage and why the Nigerian scamming emails are still a thing… I’m rambling. But that’s what happens when I read this book! The best things about these books – great random conversation tidbits to keep in your arsenal.

 

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Honor’s Knight (Paradox #2) by Rachel Bach

The sequel to Fortune’s Pawn, Devi is an awesome bad-ass character, these are just fun, easy, space-y, sci-fi books and I love them. I already have the third book waiting for me.

 

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Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

This graphic novels probably deserves it’s only review… but I’m lazy. It’s about a chef named Katie who wants to open up her second restaurant, but it’s going badly. Plus, boyfriend problems, FWB problems, and one of her co-workers gets hurt. Things suck.Β Then she’s visited by a creepy girl who gives her instructions to help – write down your mistake, eat this one mushroom, go to sleep, and all will be different when you wake up. Things DO get better, but then Katie finds more than her fair share of magical mushrooms and things get out of control from there. I really liked the art, and that Katie often argued with the unseen narrator, and it was just a good read. Go get it.

 

Have you read any of these? What did you think?

~Sarah

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10 comments

    1. Rachel Bach’s are really good – so good, in fact, that you MAY want to save them for after-baby reading. They’re really entertaining and can be read in a day or two, which might be perfect for when you’re tired and just rocking the baby or whatever πŸ™‚

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      1. Good point. Everyone says I’ll have plenty of time for reading during feedings. since there’s really nothing else you can do while you’re just sitting there. I just don’t know that I’ll have the brain-power to focus on reading. I’m thinking that’ll be a good time to focus on some re-reads, at least at first.

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      2. I know it’s not even a little the same, but when my first nephew was a baby, I watched him every day from 3 mos old to 4 or 5 mos old when my sister went back to work, and I read SO many books and watched SO much TV while he drank his bottles and then passed out on me. So you know… in my head, newborns are some good reading time, lol.

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  1. I neeeeeeeeeeed Think Like A Freak. I’m glad it’s awesome. I mean, not that I expected less.

    And Seconds, I have no idea what that is (so if you feel like writing a full review at some point, I’m all ears! [or would it be eyes, since I’m reading it?]) BUT it sounds great so yeah, I’m gonna have to check that out.

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    1. So Seconds is weird… but it’s fun to go into it not knowing much. I heard it mentioned a couple times, but until I saw it on some “graphic novels about food lists” I didn’t pay it much mind. Basically, this chef girl Katie keeps screwing things up, and she finds magical mushrooms that let her change her mistakes, but things get out of control because it’s against the rules to use it more than once… Like I said, it’s weird, but fun. And I really liked the cartoon-ish art.

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