The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean #Bookreview

🥄 While I am not a chemistry whiz by any stretch of the imagination, I am an engineer and my work involves radium, thorium, and uranium (among other radioactive elements). I also love history. So, when I found a book that touted “fascinating tales” of all of the periodic elements and how they “play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, conflict, the arts, medicine” and the scientists who discovered them, I was sold!

🥄 I really liked this book. I didn’t find it to be particularly difficult to understand or too “scientific”. As a matter of fact, I think it was written in a way that anyone with even a passing interest in science, chemistry, or history would enjoy it. And much of it is actually humorous! Did you know that Lewis & Clark’s route to the Pacific Ocean was confirmed by archeologists by following the trail of mercury left behind in their latrines? Mercury pills were a thing back then and Lewis & Clark’s team used them frequently. So, the mercurial poo left behind provided insight to their route to the West. 💩

🥄 The stories for the elements are quirky, informative, and sometimes surprising. Not all elements are equally interesting, particularly for the more obscure ones, but I still enjoyed learning something about each of them. And the historical aspects were particularly interesting to me – including how they were discovered, used, and sometimes misused throughout history.

🥄 I truly enjoyed reading this and I learned something, too! Win win!!

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The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter ★★☆☆☆ #BookReview

poetsSynopsis from Goodreads
Small-time financial journalist Matthew Prior gave up his day-job and gambled everything on setting up a website offering financial advice. Then he woke up one day in the middle of the worst crisis since the 1930s with no business, a shedload of debt, a lot of guilt and a great deal of suspicion about his wife.

My Thoughts
The title is what drew me to this book. A book called The Financial Lives of the Poets is just too intriguing to pass up, right?  The first chapter or two were intriguing and interesting… but then it got boring. Here are my pros and cons: Continue reading “The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter ★★☆☆☆ #BookReview”

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin ★★★★★ #bookreview #bookblog

escapeSynopsis from Goodreads
Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are ruthlessly ambitious high-flyers working in the lucrative world of Wall Street finance where deception and intimidation thrive. Getting rich is all that matters, and they’ll do anything to reach the top. When they are ordered to participate in a corporate team-building exercise that requires them to escape from a locked elevator, dark secrets of their team begin to be laid bare. The biggest mystery to solve in this lethal game: What happened to Sara Hall? Once a young shining star—”now gone but not forgotten”. This is no longer a game. They’re fighting for their lives.

My Thoughts
This book is about greed, lies, cynicism, lust, murder, back-stabbing, selfishness, cheating, exploitation, and revenge. It is an incredible thrill ride! Continue reading “The Escape Room by Megan Goldin ★★★★★ #bookreview #bookblog”