ARC Review: Wonder Women by Sam Maggs


Title: Wonder Women
Author: Sam Maggs
Release Date/Publisher: October 4th 2016 by Quirk Books
Finished: October 7th 2016
Pages: 240 pages-ARC Paperback-Given for review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Ever heard of Allied spy Noor Inayat Khan, a Muslim woman whom the Nazis considered “highly dangerous”? Or German painter and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian, who planned and embarked on the world’s first scientific expedition? How about Huang Daopo, the inventor who fled an abusive child marriage only to revolutionize textile production in China?

Women have always been able to change the world, even when they didn’t get the credit. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs introduces you to pioneering female scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors—each profile a study in passion, smarts, and stickto-itiveness, complete with portraits by Google doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to present-day women-centric STEM organizations.

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Review: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

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Title: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy:
A Handbook for Girl Geeks
Author: Sam Maggs
Release Date/Publisher: May 12th 2015 by Quirk Books
Finished: May 16th 2015
Pages: 208-Hardcover-Won

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.

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Review: The Blogger’s Mindset by Amanda Shofner

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Title: The Blogger’s Mindset

Author: Amanda Shofner 

Release Date/Publisher: October 22nd 2013 by The Path of Least Revision

Finished: February 7th 2014

Pages: 48-eBook-owned


What makes bloggers give up and step away from their blogs?

Burnout. Feeling overwhelmed or defeated. Over-committing. Jealousy. Life.

Sound familiar? Your blogging experience is shaped by how you approach blogging and how you think about it. The Blogger’s Mindset is about finding your way to the right mindset.

Learn how to build your blogging foundation and keep blogging when the blogging gets tough. Determine your why, who, and focus. Get real about your commitment and the nuts and bolts of blogging. Address your brand and evaluate your approach. Check your attitude. Find out what it takes to stick with it.

What I thought:

I’ve had a few reading and blogging burnouts in the past two years, and after reading this I’m starting to understand why. It was that added stress of trying to do so much so I could impress others and do as they were. Since then I’ve made my own schedule and found things that work for myself and the people who read my blog. Reading this just solidified that confidence that I’m doing great.

There were a lot of good points in this book. I really liked how it said to find what works best for you, and that not everything works for everyone. It talks about why you’re blogging and who your audience is, among other important things. At the end there’s even a handy recap that asks the reader questions to help them figure things out.

Here’s a great quote from the book:

“Blogging is more than getting people to your site; it’s developing a network of people you interact with and care about.”

I enjoyed reading this and I think it can really help someone who’s just starting a blog, or someone like me who’s been blogging for a while and just wants some guidance and confidence.

Another great book by Amanda Shofner is Blog Events.


Review: Getting Rooted in New Zealand by Jamie Baywood


Title: Getting Rooted in New Zealand

Author: Jamie Baywood

Release Date/Publisher: April 21st 2013 by Createspace

Finished: November 26th 2013

Pages: 224-eBook-given for review


Craving change and lacking logic, at 26, Jamie, a cute and quirky Californian, impulsively moves to New Zealand to avoid dating after reading that the country’s population has 100,000 fewer men. In her journal, she captures a hysterically honest look at herself, her past and her new wonderfully weird world filled with curious characters and slapstick situations in unbelievably bizarre jobs. It takes a zany jaunt to the end of the Earth and a serendipitous meeting with a fellow traveler before Jamie learns what it really means to get rooted.

What I thought:

I hardly ever read this kind of book, but when I talked to the author through email the idea of this interested me and I had to give it a try. I think this is actually my first time reviewing a non-fiction book on here too.

The main character is the author herself, and this chronicles her journey to try and find herself in New Zealand. I loved the idea of just going for it when she was given the opportunity. I don’t think I would be able to do that. She had some pretty funny moments in this book too. Some of the other people she meets are pretty random, and a few weird. Like the mime guy, Bob. He was just crazy and creepy. She eventually meets grant and they become a couple, which I thought was cute. He seems like a gentleman too.

This book was in a diary format which I’m not used to but I still gave it my best. I adapted to it easily after a while and since there’s no chapters you can pretty much stop almost anywhere you want. The sections jump fast from one to another, sometimes paragraphs being one whole thought then switching. I would have liked a little more separation, maybe a line or something between thoughts/stories, but I also don’t know what the paperback version looks like so it may be in there. A few times I would have liked a little more of an explanation or sections expanded, especially her interactions with Grant.

I had a lot of fun with this book and reading about all the things she experienced. It’s fast paced but not too complex that you can’t enjoy it and relax at the same time. Like I mentioned, I haven’t read or reviewed memoirs before so I can’t compare, but I recommend this for those who just want to get out there and do something!

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Jamie Baywood grew up in Petaluma, California. In 2010, she made the most impulsive decision of her life by moving to New Zealand. Getting Rooted in New Zealand is her first book about her experiences living there. Jamie is now married and living happily ever after in the United Kingdom. She is working on her second book.

Review: Blog Events by Amanda Shofner

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Title: Blog Events: The Secret to Engaging Your Community, Growing Your Network, and Establishing Your Expertise

Author: Amanda Shofner

Release Date/Publisher: August 4th 2013 by The Path of Least Revision

Finished: October 19th 2013

Pages: 34-eBook-owned


How do you draw your community to your blog while growing your network and establishing your expertise?

Blog events.

They’re not just for hobby bloggers–they’ll help your business too.

And Blog Events provides a framework for setting up your own successful event.

You’ll cover why blog events are beneficial to you, how to define your event’s purpose, what to consider when deciding on particulars, tricks for developing an effective marketing plan, how to tackle systems and responsibilities, and how to deal with the wrap-up.

Blog Events also has a special bonus section, filled with the secrets of a veteran blog event host–from what makes an event successful to tips that’ll help keep your sanity intact. Because you can never be too prepared.

What I thought:

Although short (which isn’t a bad thing), this book was packed with so much helpful information! I loved that it was easy to understand and thorough so that I didn’t get confused with anything. All the facts were to the point and direct, so there wasn’t a loop of words just to get to what was important.

The end of each chapter has a recap in point form, which was awesome. There were also links that I could click on with my reader to take me to any important websites which was pretty cool.

I’m really glad that I read this, and in all honesty it has me pumped and wanting to host an event on my own! i just need to plan out what I want to do. If you’re a blogger and want to host an event or you just want to know more of what goes behind making one, definitely check this book out!

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