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review 2018-09-09 23:20
Baba Yaga's Assistant
Baba Yaga's Assistant - Marika McCoola,Emily Carroll

I love Emily Carroll's art and I love Baba Yaga and Slavic folklore, so I HAD to read this one.


Overall, I really enjoyed the story. It played on a lot on the traditions of the folklore and I love the twists and the ways Masha was able to "outsmart" Baba Yaga. The biggest critique is the stakes really weren't that high. It was more of a steady pace, rather than becoming particularly intense. Still, it was a cute and heartwarming story and I'd be happy to read it to my baby cousins. 


Final rating: 4.5 out of 5

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review 2018-08-08 16:33
Not as packed with info as I expected
Don't Put That in There!: And 69 Other Sex Myths Debunked - Rachel C. Vreeman,Aaron E. Carroll

I have issues with this book.


On one hand, there is a lot of research and a wealth of studies referenced to support what is proved or debunked. The overall tone is also pretty irreverent and entertaining, the writing easy, and acceptance is the name of the game.


Thing is, there is a lot that is biased, too local or just plain inconclusive in this book.


There are many inconclusive chapters where the bias of authors colour the wrap up. Even when I agree with the bias, it gets irksome. Oh, and I'm unconvinced some of the studies results can be parsed into proving or disproving some myths. There is a lot of talk of "linked" that sounds more like correlation than causation.


I'm not from USA, so the local bent sometimes makes the polling (specially the health ones) not as strong a prop.


Inconclusive chapters make sense where there is not enough data and studies, but it grates to see the myth counted and addressed when the final verdict is a shrug and a cheery opinion.


Still, I left with some curious facts not previously in my radar (though not nearly as much sheer info as I expected). Two come to mind: that the G spot has not been physiologically identified (like, seriously?). That PVH vaccine is to be ideally administered before any sexual activity, but can be gotten whenever (context: there is free vaccination here, and campaigns, but they are aimed at girls under 13, and the notion passed around is that getting vaccinated after certain age is useless, not that you can get vaccinated whenever, it just happens that once you are being sexually active, there is a high chance that you won't finish the rounds before contracting the virus).


All around? A bit superficial, but not bad.

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text 2018-08-08 15:30
Reading progress update: I've read 213 out of 304 pages.
Don't Put That in There!: And 69 Other Sex Myths Debunked - Rachel C. Vreeman,Aaron E. Carroll

I've been slowly perusing this for over a month, but I'm trying to clean up my "Reading" shelf before the game.


I've just finished the chapter on IUD's, and I'm remembering why I'm taking so long: it's low-level irksome. 


More modern devices and studies in more recent years do not appear to show these same rates of infection. They are sometimes higher than we’d like to see, but not nearly as high as in the past. But even those slight differences have been called into question. This is partly a fault with how the studies themselves are designed and conducted. Many of the studies were conducted in other countries in ways which make them difficult to generalize to the United States.


I'm from one of those countries lady.


"So women who use IUDs use them for a relatively long time. If these bleeding concerns were really so overwhelming, it’s likely that more women would abandon the IUD as a method of birth control."


Not mentioned here: the fact that you need outside help to discontinue an IUD, unlike other methods, were you can opt out and then back in whenever on your own (I'm not from a country where you need pill prescription, though). Also, you already submitted yourself to an expensive and invasive procedure. You might be more inclined to tough it longer.

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review 2018-05-04 00:00
Speak: The Graphic Novel
Speak: The Graphic Novel - Emily Carroll,Laurie Halse Anderson I read the original book in high school and when I saw there was a graphic novel I wanted to check it out because nostalgia, but then I saw it was illustrated by Emily Carroll and I HAD to check it out 'cause I'm a huge fan of her original work. I related to this book in high school but I relate a lot more now. The only differences between the main character and I are our parents, grades in school, and the way IT happened. Neither of those mattering over everything else. Even if you don't relate you should read it. This and Speechless by Hannah Harrington are books I feel should be required or at least strongly recommended to all high schoolers.
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review 2018-04-16 10:23
time travel and whine
The Watchtower - Lee Carroll

Garet chases Will to France and travels around to try to find a cure for his vampirism. Meanwhile we see the story of how Will became a vampire.

I felt very meh about it, and kept putting it down for another book. I'm not really pushed about reading the third in the series.

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