Mini-Review Madness: The Recommended by Jen Edition

I am wrapping up the Mini-Review Madness with a couple of books recommended by Jen at Devourer of Books. Since I talk to Jen more than anyone else in the world (ask Ben) and she reads about 5 times faster than me, a lot of the books I read are on her recommendation.

Blood Work
Holly Tucker

Blood Work takes us to 17th century Paris and London, where early blood transfusions are taking place. When an unpopular physician completes the first animal-to-human transfusion on a madmen, he elicits a political and religious plot to frame him for murder.

After a description like that, will you believe me when I say this is a work of nonfiction? Blood Work has science, medicine, politics, ethics, and everything else tucker throw at us. I was both entertained and a bit squeamish.


Skipping a Beat
Sarah Pekkanen

Julie and Mike are living a life of luxury when Mike has a near-death experience and decides to change all of the rules and gives away all of their money. Can their marriage survive this new life?

I thought this was an interesting look at marriage. By using extremes (mega money the no money), the story highlights the way we structure our relationships. I felt a lot of different emotions, from frustration to devastation, but overall I felt like the book was a bit too cheesy.


3 thoughts on “Mini-Review Madness: The Recommended by Jen Edition

  1. Twitter: youvegottaread
    I bought Blood Work at the UCF Book Fest but just haven’t gotten to it. You have made it officially a priority! And one of my 2012 goals is to read Pekkanen. I have just fallen in love with her on Twitter, and this book has gotten nothing but amazing reviews. What a nice way to end your mini-reviews!!!

  2. I have heard good things about Bloodwork, and want to read it when I get the chance. I also really want to read the Pekkanen as well. These are both fantastic choices and I hope that you enjoy them. Your enthusiasm for these books might just have me adding them to my basket as well!

  3. Hmm it appears like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any recommendations for rookie blog writers? I’d really appreciate it.

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