Category Archives: Non-Fiction

The Driscoll Theory by Diana Driscoll

Diana Driscoll and her kids were diagnosed with EDS and POTS. She decided to start testing remedies to see what could be used to help others like themselves. She found several natural remedies as well as a few pharmaceutical ones that help various issues related to EDS/POTS. The book outlines what her research has revealed. I found it very interesting and saw my 17-year-old daughter, who has been diagnosed with EDS and POTS among other things, in the descriptions. We will definitely be talking to her doctor about some of Dr. Driscoll’s findings. The only thing I did not like about was the excessive praise for Dr. Driscoll and The Driscoll Theory throughout the book. It just wasn’t necessary and felt weird every time it showed up. I highly recommend this book for people with EDS/POTS and their caregivers.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 107
Pages Read in 2017: 29,533
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Reason I Chose It: Ani has EDS and POTS

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The Origins of Everything in 100 Pages (More or Less) by David Bercovici

The Origins of Everything in 100 Pages (More or Less) very quickly covers about 13.8 billion years of history. Sometimes it made my brain hurt, though usually the explanations were easy enough to understand. I highly recommend it to people interested in the origin and evolution of the universe and especially the earth.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 104
Pages Read in 2017: 28,727
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Cameron for Next School Year

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The Legend of King Arthur by Stephen Klein

The Legend of King Arthur is an overview of the King Arthur legends including the actual history leading up to when historians believe the real King Arthur lived and notes on when certain characters first appeared in the stories. The information provided in the book was quite interesting, but the author repeated himself over and over like a high schooler needing to pad an essay to reach the required length. The whole thing could have been about a third as long. The grammar was atrocious. There were many extra commas where they didn’t belong, tenses that changed in the middle of sentences, and pronouns that often did not match the sex of the character being referred to. Occasionally, the author would switch to an alternate spelling of a character’s name and then the next time return to the original spelling. Many times the author would write something and then in the next sentence write, “Therefore…” and draw some conclusion that actually didn’t make sense with the other information given. Somehow, the author made the Arthurian legends rather tedious and boring, probably because of the extreme repetition (how many times did I need to be reminded of the names of Morgause’s sons?). The final conclusion at the end of the book summed up everything that had been explained in the previous more than 100 pages and almost could have been all that was needed at all. Overall, this book is just in extreme need of an editor. Because of this, I cannot recommend anyone take the time to read it.

2 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 103
Pages Read in 2017: 28,575
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Cameron for Next School Year

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Can It Really Rain Frogs? by Spencer Christian and Antonia Felix

Jam-packed with weather-related information (both typical and unusual), Can it Really Rain Frogs? is an excellent book for middle grade kids. It’s told in a fun, conversational format and includes several science experiments. I highly recommend it to kids who are interested in or studying weather.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 92(this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 26,164
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Fritz for Next School Year

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Vikings by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce

Vikings, the nonfiction companion to Viking Ships at Sunrise, is full of information about Vikings including their way of life, beliefs, and daily activities. It is a great source of information for kids who are interested in learning more after reading the fifteenth Magic Treehouse book. I highly recommend it!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 92(this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 26,036
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Adrian for Next School Year

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Horrible Histories: Vicious Vikings by Terry Deary

Horrible Histories: Vicious Vikings is a fun to read history of Vikings aimed at kids. It is light on facts and heavy on entertainment, but gets the basic information across. The Kindle version is a bit annoying since it just looks almost like scans of the pages of the book. Some of the writing is underneath pictures making it hard to read and the quizzes are difficult because you have to go back and forth between the pages to see the answers. It’s good enough for a kid interested in Vikings, but I’d recommend getting the paper version rather than buying it for the Kindle.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 91(this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 25,493
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Fritz for Next School Year

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Princess by Jean Sasson

Princess is the true story of one of the many Saudi Arabian princesses growing up in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. It is a collection of stories, many of which illustrate the problems with being female in a male dominated society. It’s an interesting glimpse into a few years in the life of mostly wealthy Saudis. I recommend reading it.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 91
Pages Read in 2017: 25,254
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Cameron for Next School Year

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