Top 5 Books of the Month (August 2016)

Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor – Sudhir Venkatesh 4/5 Stars

Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor

Before reading this book, I believed I knew a bit about the underground economy. I only knew the basics of it, I had no idea how intricite it was. This was an extremely informative book and my favorite part was the stories he included from the people living in this neighborhood. At times the book is a bit wordy and I skimmed, but overall a great read.

Cocaine Blues – Kerry Greenwood 4/5 Stars

Cocaine Blues (Phryne Fisher, #1)

I actually found Miss Fisher’s Murderous Mysteries on Netflix first and after watching a few episodes loved it and found out it was a book series. While, the book is slightly different from the show (like always!) it was equally as good and the characters all had the same spirit.

Epidemiology and the People’s Health: Theory and Context – Nancy Krieger 4/5 Stars

Epidemiology and the People's Health: Theory and Context

As a public health student, I found this book very informative. The beginning started off a bit dry, but once I got more into the book I started to enjoy it more considering it’s a theory text. It was well researched and the visuals throughout made it easier to follow along.

Social Injustice and Public Health – Barry S. Levy, Victor W. Sidel (Editors) 4/5 Stars

Social Injustice and Public Health

Another textbook-like book, but the way the book is broken up into different groups makes it easy to read and not daunting. It contains lots of important facts about the health disparities our nation currently faces.

The Girls – Emma Cline 3/5 Stars

The Girls

I picked up this book because everyone was raving about it. I didn’t quite love it as much as everyone else, but I still enjoyed it. I liked the varying perspectives between current day and teenage Evie, it’s interesting to see a character at different points in their life. While, the story moved along and I read the entire book quickly, it was a tad slow at times and I didn’t every really connect with Evie.

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About A Geek At Heart

My name is Liz and I’m 22. I’m a college student from Massachusetts currently studying Public Health. I love traveling, reading, and photography. I also like elephants and maps. If you have a book you would like reviewed, feel free to contact me.
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