Today we are celebrating Sally Ride, the first American woman in space! In honor of her awesome achievement, I thought I'd review a book about another woman in science and engineering (although this one is fictional). Earth Bound by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner is inspired by the women of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and their contributions to the space race - with romance thrown in for good measure.
I came across Never Say Spy by Diane Henders in the Kindle bookstore and I couldn’t resist buying it. You all know I’m a huge fan of romances and I love to sink myself into a good series where I can escape for days, but that’s not why I wanted to buy this book. Nope. I bought Never Say Spy because I wanted to lose myself in a different kind of fantasy: Good Girl Gone Spy 😉
I learned about A Week to Be Wicked, by Tessa Dare, from a link that Jeriann sent me. Knowing my love of all things science and of all things fiction, she sent me a list of books about females in science and mathematics. Some of the books are fiction and some are non-fiction, but all are about a woman working in a STEM field. Anyway, this book caught my eye because I haven't read a lot of period romances recently...and also because the main character is a geologist, a subject which I was mildly obsessed with in high school.
I first noticed The Selection, by Kiera Cass, at the Barnes & Noble in the Mayo Clinic when my sister was admitted there for a few days while I was in graduate school. I am a sucker for a YA dystopian story with a strong female lead and this one seemed right up my ally - there was romance, intrigue, and even a prince. The Selection is not a stand alone novel and that is pretty clear from the description of the book. So, I bought the series.
I watched the movie first. I know, I know - “ALWAYS read the book before you watch the movie!” And that is a good rule of thumb most of the time. But I love the actresses in Hidden Figures and the story looked awesome and I didn’t have time to read the book yet. (Yes, I know. “Excuses, excuses...”) SO, I watched the movie first. You know what? It made me want to read the book.
I read Chosen for Power because Kathleen Brooks’s writing draws me in. When I’m out of books to read, I search authors of books I’ve read and enjoyed to see if they’ve released anything else. This is the first book in one of my favorite girl-power, guilty-pleasure series.
It’s football season!!! I have been working my butt off at my jobs and missing all of my team’s games this year and it was giving me withdrawals. When I mentioned this to Jeriann, she suggested I should read a sports romance. I went with football because I found this book on Kindle awhile ago that explores what would happen if there was a female playing in the NFL. And how the heck could I resist that premise?