How to Be a Scientist by Steve Mould

How to Be a Scientist5 Stars

We LOVE this book!! Seriously. I have 2 boys and we tried a few experiments in this book when I got a copy from NetGalley but then the book expired and my kids were bummed.

Kids bummed over a science book? This book earned itself a permanent spot on our bookshelves. We haven’t done a ton of experiments, but we do pull it out every couple of weeks and try something. What love about this book is that most of the experiments are easy to do with items we already have around the house. So many times we’ve wanted to do experiments we’ve seen in other books or online only to find that we didn’t have all the ingredients or items needed.  Then the excitement over the experiment waned, and I would never go buy the missing items. With this book most of the experiments use things around the house or that most people already have in their homes. It makes it super easy to go from idea to execution.  This is easily THE BEST science experiment book we own.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

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How We Eat with Our Eyes and Think with Our Stomach by Melanie Mühl & Diana von Kopp

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4 Stars

How We Eat with Our Eyes and Think with Our Stomach was a really interesting look into the psychology of why (& how much) we eat. This was a quick read, and I found myself wanting more when I reached the end of the book. While some of the things mentioned in this book would be considered “general knowledge” to anyone that has ever read an article about weight loss it is also chock full of facts that I hadn’t heard before. Did you know there was a study to determine what color yellow people preferred their bananas to be? I didn’t.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space by Tim Peake

Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space by [Peake, Tim]4 Stars

Honestly speaking, I had no idea who Tim Peake was prior to reading Ask an Astronaut. I’m now a fan. This book was written really clearly and felt like I was just sitting there having a conversation with him. The questions are done in a chronological type of way starting with liftoff in the beginning through the ride home at the end.

I learned so much that I never even thought to ask. The information contained in this book is thorough and often entertaining. I had no idea that astronauts are required to know Russian. It makes sense, but wasn’t something I had ever thought of before. This book would be a great addition to anyone’s library. Reading this expanded my knowledge and made me want to pick more books up about astronauts. Completely fascinating.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Random Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Not Boring Things to Know by Mike Lowery

Random Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Not Boring Things to Know by [Lowery, Mike] 5 Stars

This is an absolutely fun book with funny little doodles combined with out of this world facts. I enjoyed this a bite at a time though it would be easy to plow through it in a very short time if one wanted. I think a very wide range of people could love this book as much as I did. It’s a joy to look at and very entertaining too. I’m starting a list of gifts to give to people that you don’t know what to buy… and this is going on that list.

So many of the facts were so incredible that I wanted to fact check them. I didn’t check every one, but from what I did I didn’t find any that seemed incorrect. Consider this book if you need a little break in your reading. I certainly enjoyed it.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Cells Are the New Cure by Robin L. Smith & Max Gomez

Cells Are the New Cure: The Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs That Are Transforming Our Health by [Robin L. Smith, MD, Max Gomez, PhD] 5 Stars

I don’t usually read non-fiction, but when I do I want it to be both informative and hopeful. This book is so much of both that I hope a followup is written in a few years once the various studies are starting to wrap up.

I am definitely a layperson but I do enjoy medicine & science. For the most part this book was easy to follow and understand. A few of the concepts were a bit beyond my grasp, but I still understood the “why” of what was going on even if I didn’t understand exactly “how” things worked. What is important about this book is that it made me excited for the future of medicine. Of the 11 most recent deaths in my family 8 were from cancer and 2 were heart disease. Incredible research is being done on both of those diseases with many of the things they are doing sounding more like science fiction than real life.

If you enjoy science or medicine you should definitely try this book out. I found myself starting conversations with people about the topics I read in this book because the information is too good not to pass on.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

Harry Potter – The Unofficial Guide to the Collectibles of Our Favorite Wizard by Eric Bradley

 4 Stars

I consider myself a Harry Potter fan, and in fact gradually converted my muggle of a husband into a closeted Slytherin (not my first choice, but at least he’s sorted now).

As much of a fan as I am, I don’t really have much in the way of Harry Pottery. According to this book Harry Pottery is the term for all things that are collected by fans of Harry Potter. I have a wand and some metal house bookmarks, but this book made me realize what a wide variety of items there are out there. And I pretty much want them all. Except the posters. Someone else can collect those. But seriously if someone can give me The Monster Book of Monsters for Christmas I would be greatly appreciative.

This book was really informative and opened my eyes up to all the different things that could be collected, even though the chapter on posters bored me some, I was interested to know that some of the bigger movie posters are fairly cheap because it costs so much to frame them. I hadn’t thought of that before, and I would probably be someone that would buy a huge poster without giving thought to the cost of framing (and then never get it framed due to the cost). I still might do it… but at least I’m informed now. My favorite pieces throughout the book were actually the one of a kind items. The work that went into most of those pieces is incredible but its also inspiring to know that Harry Potter fans can use their talents and their love of the fandom to create valuable art. I’m a collector by nature, and while Harry Pottery wasn’t one of my collections this book has made me want to get started.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

 

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating

 5 Stars

I don’t usually review picture books, but I knew Shark Lady was the perfect book for my family. My oldest son is 7 and mostly reads nonfiction with a heavy emphasis on sharks. His goal is to write a book about sharks and asked for a typewriter last Christmas so that he could start writing his book.

This book is everything we were looking for. Eugenie Clark lived such an inspirational life. What she achieved as a female scientist is incredible considering the mindset regarding women in the workplace at the time. My son appreciated this book more for the “shark scientist” angle and the fact that she lived the life he dreams of. I loved this book for the female empowerment. Eugenie Clark knew what she wanted from life and she didn’t let the restrictions of society restrict what she wanted to achieve. Shark Lady gave me a glimpse of a woman that I can’t wait to know more about. This book is a real gem and I’m glad we found it. We ordered a copy for our bookshelf and can’t wait to see it in its final form.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review, but loved it so much that I purchased a copy for my bookshelf.