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.

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Blood Work
Holly Tucker


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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.


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Skipping a Beat
Sarah Pekkanen


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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. Sandy December 30, 2011 / 8:32 am

    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. zibilee December 30, 2011 / 11:20 am

    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. つぞるた August 8, 2013 / 1:01 am

    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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