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March Reads

March Reads

Well, I didn’t read much in March. I aim for at least 2 books a month. Things came up I guess. I also had a hard time getting through the one book I did read so I guess that slowed me down a bit. My […]

February Reads

February Reads

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes 5/5 Stars I had heard of Linda Holmes years back. She made a few guest appearances on a Survivor podcast I listen to, so I was excited to hear she was writing a book. I had this on […]

October Reads

October Reads

No Judgments by Meg Cabot

4/5 Stars

In Meg Cabot’s newest offering, Bree has come to live in a sleepy island town in Florida after a traumatic experience. A hurricane is starting to roll in and while most of the town is evacuating, she decides not to, much to the chagrin of her ex-boyfriend and famous mother. Hijinks ensue, love is fallen into, etc.

This is a classic Meg Cabot romcom, and I really enjoyed it. It’s fun and mostly light. Nothing in it is particularly ground-breaking, but I’m fine with that.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

3.5/5 Stars

Investigative journalist John Carreyrou’s first novel follows the rise, scandal, and fall of tech wunderkind Theranos. John was one of the first people to break the story on Elizabeth Holmes’ company in 2015.

Elizabeth, a Stanford dropout had big dreams that would revolutionize the health industry as we know it. She had a lot of people in her corner and a number of big name investors who believed in her. The big problem? The technology didn’t work, and probably couldn’t work.

She was hellbent on her technology only using a couple drops of blood from a finger prick due to her fear of needles. After years and years of trials and errors, the technology wasn’t working. But investors and partners didn’t need to know that.

Theranos was an incredibly toxic work environment that featured weekly, if not daily firings and expectations to work long hours to prove commitment to the idea. Disgruntled former employees started reaching out to the FDA, government agencies, and others to try and blow the secrets of Theranos into the open.

John Carreyrou was contacted by a blogger who was in contact with one of these former employees to investigate.

This is an interesting book about one of the scams of the century. I just didn’t find most of it that compelling, and I thought I would. There was just a lot of technical language, which I understand is important, it was just hard to follow. I found myself re-reading blocks of text over and over again.

I’m glad I read this, I just don’t think I will ever pick it up again.

September Reads

September Reads

September was a really crazy month. My work schedule was packed, and that mixed with other events, commitments, etc made it tough to do much reading. Also, most of my holds are still like, 6 months away from getting to me. Sometimes I feel like […]

August Reads

August Reads

The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli 2/5 Stars I had this book on my holds list for about 5 months before I finally got to read it. I was really looking forward to it, and frankly I was a bit disappointed. The story follows Raina, […]