Where do you get your news?

January 14, 2017 Just for Fun 10

I try not to get bogged down in politics here on my lil’ ol’ blog — although I’m not going to try to hide my opinions, either. Not gonna lie, various political or politics-related subjects have been taking up a lot of my brainspace and emotional energy lately.

And with all the talk about our “post-truth” culture these days, I’ve been thinking a lot about where we get our news from and how it affects a person’s outlook + is affected by a person’s outlook.

So, I’m interested in hearing about your preferred news sources. Where do you get your news — be it political, cultural, professional, etc. — from, and how do you think those sources reflect/affect your own opinions or decisions?

These are my main sources of news right now:


About this resource:

National Public Radio is an American privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to a network of 900 public radio stations in the United States. NPR produces and distributes news and cultural programming. Its flagships are two drive time news broadcasts, Morning Edition and the afternoon All Things Considered; both are carried by most NPR member stations, and are two of the most popular radio programs in the country.

NPR might lean a bit liberal, but it really depends on which show you’re listening to and which topic they’re covering. When I’m not listening to an audiobook, I like to listen to the morning and afternoon news on NPR on my way to/from work — although lately I’ve had to change the channel back and forth from music for the sake of my blood pressure.

The Houston Chronicle

About this resource:

The Houston Chronicle is the largest daily newspaper in Houston, Texas. As of April 2016, it is the third-largest newspaper by Sunday circulation in the United States. It is the largest daily paper owned and operated by the Hearst Corporation, a privately held multinational corporate media conglomerate. The publication serves as the “newspaper of record” of the Houston area.

This newspaper has been accused of liberal bias fairly frequently, but you have to keep in mind that this is a newspaper for a big, about-as-liberal-as-you-get-outside-Austin city in a very, very red state. I think it does a pretty fair job of reporting on local and state issues and it and its journalists have won/been nominated for several awards, including Lisa Falkenberg’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.

The Galveston County Daily News

About this resource:

The Daily News is a newspaper published in Galveston, Texas. It was first published April 11, 1842, making it the oldest newspaper in the state. The newspaper founded The Dallas Morning News in 1885 as a sister publication. It currently serves as the newspaper of record for the City of Galveston as well as Galveston County.

This is more of a typical mid-size town newspaper than the behemoth Chronicle and the topics it covers tend to be more hyper-local and the quality of the reporting/writing/editing is proportional to its size. I personally have kind of ambivalent feelings about this newspaper for kolaches-related reasons (don’t get me started on the Great Kolaches War of 2014), but I end up flipping through it 3 or 4 times a week.


About this resource:

JSTOR is a digital library founded in 1995. Originally containing digitized back issues of academic journals, it now also includes books and primary sources, and current issues of journals. In addition to weekly feature articles, JSTOR Daily publishes short daily blog posts that provide the backstory to complex issues of the day in a variety of subject areas, interviews with and profiles of scholars and their work, and more.

Fairly neutral on the political spectrum, perhaps because its articles focus on looking at current events through the lenses of history and related academic scholarship rather than spinning out up-to-the-minute stories. This is probably the “nerdiest” news source I regularly read, but I can’t help it, JSTOR is just pretty great.

Texas Monthly

About this resource:

Texas Monthly is a monthly American magazine headquartered in Austin, Texas. It chronicles life in contemporary Texas, writing on politics, the environment, industry, and education. The magazine also covers leisure topics such as music, art, dining, and travel. Texas Monthly takes as its premise that Texas began as a distinctive place and remains so. It is the self-appointed arbiter of all things culturally Texan.

Texas Monthly has been accused of liberal bias, but again, this is Texas, so anything other than pro-gun, pro-life, pro-football, and pro-chili-with-no-beans-ever content is going to get flagged as leaning a little too blue. I especially enjoy the Bum Steer Awards and the Ten Best/Worst lists.


About this resource:

Slate is an English-language online current affairs, politics and culture magazine in the United States. According to editor Julia Turner, the magazine is “not fundamentally a breaking news source,” but rather aimed at helping readers to “analyze and understand and interpret the world” with witty and entertaining writing.

Slate has a reputation for being particularly left-leaning and — annoyingly in some cases — contrarian in a pretty click-baity way. Not gonna lie, I usually visit the site for one of my favorite “agony aunt” columns, Dear Prudence (yeah, got a weird addiction to advice columns), but end up browsing the news and culture articles as well. I also really like doing their weekly news quiz just to see how in touch I am with current events (usually about average, nothing to brag about).

Other frequent sources of news (or sometimes “news”) via Twitter, shared links from friends, and so forth:
The Guardian
The Texas Tribune
Wall Street Journal

Note: News resource descriptions are from Wikipedia.

A is for … Allergies + Anxiety

January 13, 2017 Just for Fun, Narcissism 7

I’m doing a kind of “A-to-Z Selfie” project for 2017. This involves writing blog posts of a personal nature. If you’re interested in the topic, please feel free to chime in! If not, you’ll be happy to know that more bookish content will be published soon.

I have allergies. Not to food, that I know of, but what people sometimes call “seasonal” allergies — you know, itchy eyes, being generally unable to breathe due to floods of snot, that kind of thing. Except, for me this problem persists through all 4 seasons. Allergies and related respiratory/skin issues run in the family.

I have also been relatively recently diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (+ underlying persistent depression, possibly, though I remain skeptical of this tentative diagnosis). Affective disorders also run in the family.


Why am I talking about these issues? And why am I talking about them together… ?

I’ll answer the 2nd question 1st: Because, surprisingly, there is some evidence that links the two conditions.

People with allergies are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and related issues than the general population, and vice-versa. The specific reason(s) for the correlation are still unclear. It doesn’t look like one condition causes the other, and having one problem doesn’t automatically = having the other. The correlation could have something to do with sleep disruption, general inflammation, or genetics among other things.

The reason I started looking into this has to do with a medication that I was prescribed: hydroxyzine, a first-generation antihistamine. This stuff is used to treat both severe allergy symptoms and panic attacks, and even obsessive behaviors associated with OCD. I regularly take the OTC antihistamine cetirizine, which is the 2nd-gen version of hydroxyzine. I thought it was extremely interesting that a different version of the same medication that I use to keep the snot at bay might also be used to keep anxiety at bay.

As to the first question — why I’m telling the Internet that I have allergies and anxiety — that’s because I don’t think it does either society or individuals any good to pretend that any illness doesn’t exist, especially mental illnesses. Being in the dark does nobody any good, and the only way to combat the darkness is to shine light on the situation, right?

If you also deal with allergies + anxiety or similar issues, or if you just have questions, please feel free to talk to me about it!


Goodwin, R. D., Galea, S., Perzanowski, M., & Jacobi, F. (2012). Impact of allergy treatment on the association between allergies and mood and anxiety in a population sample. Clinical & Experimental Allergy, 42(12), 1765-1771.

Qin, P., Mortensen, P. B., Waltoft, B. L., & Postolache, T. T. (2011). Allergy is associated with suicide completion with a possible mediating role of mood disorder – a population‐based study. Allergy, 66(5), 658-664.

Rosenblat, J. D., Cha, D. S., Mansur, R. B., & McIntyre, R. S. (2014). Inflamed moods: A review of the interactions between inflammation and mood disorders. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry, 53, 23-34.

Sansone, R. A., & Sansone, L. A. (2011). Allergic Rhinitis: Relationships with Anxiety and Mood Syndromes. Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience, 8(7), 12–17.

Wilczynska-Kwiatek, A., Bargiel-Matusiewicz, K., & Lapinski, L. (2009). Asthma, allergy, mood disorders, and nutrition. European Journal of Medical Research, 14(Suppl 4), 248–254.

Bullet Journaling

January 7, 2017 Geekery 9

Right, so, clearly “bullet journals” are a THING right now. A trend, a fad, a glorious new way of life, whatever you want to call it — I’m doing it.

(If this is all new to you, check out the official Bullet Journal website here.)

I’ve been sort of sloppily, unofficially doing this thing for a couple of months now. I found it very helpful and I think I’ve settled into kind of a groove with it, so I’m starting the year fresh with a brand new journal:

The journal itself is a Moleskine that I grabbed from the university bookshop. I like it because the pages are sewn in, which means that the binding can hold up to more abuse. I prefer lined pages over the bujo-typical graph or dot grid kind.

I use the “offical” method of organization, with a key and an index, year-at-a-glance pages, and monthly + weekly tasks. I have my own way of doing the actual bullet lists, though.

I also have some personal trackers. I track various health/exercise type things on a monthly grid — though I prefer notes (sleep: 7.5 hours, mood: cranky, etc.) instead of those fill-in-the-square types of trackers that a lot of bullet journal people seem to like. I’ll also be tracking calories/weight loss on separate inserts that I can throw away later on.

Do you bullet journal? If so, are you an artsy sort or a minimalist? Or have you tried it, and found you didn’t care for it — and why? Talk to me!

Wine Reviews for December ’16

January 6, 2017 Home Sweet Home, In the Kitchen, Just for Fun, Wine 2

Of course I had to pick up something bubbly for the holidays. Good Champagne is way out of budget for us right now, so I grabbed a bottle of Prosecco to try!

A little bubbly for a rainy New Year's Eve ✨✨✨

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Dellatorri Prosecco DOC Brut

Italy, 2015

Very pale in color, and nicely bubbly (but not super bubbly). Not as rich as I like my wines to be, but not too sweet either — the husband liked it well enough, and he’s normally a beer drinker, so I think this wine could be described as non-oenophile-friendly. I got kind of a floral, lightly fruity (pear?) taste but otherwise couldn’t distinguish major flavors. It almost reminds me of one of those perfumes that strives to be popular yet unobtrusive, with a quite mix of undefined yet generally pleasing floral/fruit notes.

We ordered pizza and that totally overwhelmed the wine, so I’d say it’s probably better to drink this alone or with simpler snacks like dark chocolate or not-too-sharp cheese or herby crackers.

Overambitious Plans for 2017 and Beyond

December 31, 2016 Meta 12

Happy New Year’s Eve, my friends!

I don’t typically make resolutions at this time of year, but I do think it’s a convenient period for reevaluating what I’ve got going on here at this lil’ ol’ blog of mine.

Take a look at my Current Projects page, where I’ll be keeping track of of my progress towards some of these goals.


Wizard of Oz Read-Along

I’ll be reading L. Frank Baum’s 14-book Oz series starting in January. Want to join me? Sign up HERE.

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Wheel of Time Re-Read-Along

I will also be reading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (+ Brandon Sanderson) over the next 15 months. You can join me on this epic journey, too.

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Foodies Read

This will be the 3rd year that I’ve signed up for this reading challenge. It’s being hosted again in 2017 by Heather at Based on a True Story. I’m going with the “à la carte” option because I’m just not sure how many foodie books I’ll have time for this year, but I still want to participate and read other foodies’ reviews too.

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Back to the Classics Challenge

Several bloggers that I follow have done/are doing this challenge, and I thought it would be a nice tie-in with my Classics Club reading goals (below). If I stick to my reading plan, I should be able to accomplish at least 6 if not 9 of this year’s categories. This challenge is being hosted by Karen at Books & Chocolate.

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Classics Club Catch-Up

I signed up for the Classics Club back in 2014, but I’m not even halfway through my list yet. One of my goals for this year is to really buckle down and prioritize these books. You can see my full list here.

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Movie Musicals Challenge

Even though this challenge is only supposed to take up 1 year, I’m nowhere near finished with it — but I do think that these films are interesting and culturally important, so I’m going to go ahead and extend this into 2017.


Post at least 8 times per month

I’ve been posting kind of inconsistently since I started blogging here a little over 5 years ago. Sometimes I would try to follow a schedule for a month or two, but I would soon run out of ideas or blogging mojo and would start to slack off again.

For the past couple of months I’ve been brainstorming and planning and drafting posts with the intention of building up a “hope chest” of ready-made blog posts + creativity-sparking ideas. Fair warning — some of these blog posts will be a little more personal in nature rather than bookish.


Do a better job of noting where/from whom I heard about a book when adding it to my TBR

I haven’t been in the habit of tracking the details of recommendations — my usual method goes something like:

  1. See an interesting title (“Oh, shiny!”)
  2. Add it to my to-read list on Goodreads (“Gimme gimme!”)

So… yeah. I need to remember to give credit where credit is due, not least because this might help me figure out where I’m getting most of my TBR titles from.

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Develop a more diverse to-read list

One thing that quickly became obvious to me when I took a closer look at my Classics Club list earlier this year is that I need to work on consuming a more diverse reading diet. I’ve already started working on my next CC list (yes, even though I’m nowhere near finished with my first one — I just like making lists, OK, shut up) and I’m seeking out more books from women, non-white, non-English-language, and pre-19th century authors.


Work towards meeting those 30-by-30 goals

My deadline for my 30 by 30 project is coming up pretty soon (/gulp). Although it’s clear that I’ll never be able to manage some of the goals at this point, there are still a few things that I don’t want to leave undone. Wish me luck!

2016: The Year that Was

December 29, 2016 Meta 8


Ehem. Sorry about the all caps, it’s just that… well, 2016 has been super weird and not in a cool way, right?

That’s not what this post is about. There are plenty of thinkpieces out there on this topic that are probably more eloquent than I can hope to be on this subject. But really, I’m just happy about finally being able to tell 2016 to get the eff outta here.

This is actually a wrap-up post for 3 different challenges:

Foodies Read

I ended up reading 8 books for Foodies Read this year:

Introductory Post

  1. The Chocolate Wars by Deborah Cadbury — Reviewed 18 June 2016
  2. Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson — Reviewed 27 Feburary 2016
  3. The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji López-Alt — Reviewed 31 January 2016
  4. Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm — From Scratch by Lucie Amundsen — Reviewed 9 May 2016
  5. Wine Folly by Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack – Reviewed 4 September 2016
  6. Community Cookbooks of West Texas – Special Feature, 19 November 2016

My favorite of these was probably Locally Laid by Lucy Amundsen, but Wine Folly and The Food Lab both tie for a close second — and, of course, the community cookbooks have a special place in my heart.


I didn’t do as well with this project as I’d intended, but I honestly don’t feel TOO bad about this. After all, 10 books is better than 0 books.

Introductory Post

  1. Chocolate Wars by Deborah Cadbury — Reviewed 18 June 2016
  2. Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson — Reviewed 27 February 2016
  3. The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji López-Alt — Reviewed 31 January 2016
  4. Foundation by Isaac Asimov — Reviewed 29 January 2016
  5. In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall — Reviewed 26 March 2016
  6. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle — Reviewed 22 December 2016
  7. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum — Reviewed 23 December 2016
  8. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Reviewed 6 March 2016
  9. Wildlife of the Concho Valley by Terry Maxwell — Reviewed 16 December 2016
  10. Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind — Reviewed 13 Feburary 2016

The Food Lab by J. Kenji López-Alt was definitely my favorite of these. Wizard’s First Rule was by far the WORST book I read this year and it makes me mad every time I see it on my bookshelf. (Still debating whether I ought to take it to the used bookshop for credit or just trash it like the true piece of garbage it is.)

Women’s Classic Literature Event

Again, I wish I’d read more books that counted for this project — but again, something is better than nothing, right?

Introductory Post

  1. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – Reviewed 9 July 2016
  2. The Awakening by Kate Chopin – Reviewed 2 July 2016
  3. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell — Reviewed 19 June 2016
  4. In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall — Reviewed 26 March 2016
  5. Middlemarch by George Eliot — Abandoned!
  6. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys — Reviewed 17 September 2016
  7. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman — Reviewed 6 February 2016

It’s really hard to pick a favorite of these. All of the fiction books were wonderful in their own ways, so I’m going to take the easy way out and say that Jane Goodall’s science nonfiction book In the Shadow of Man might be my favorite.

A few other things also happened this year…

I gots me some capital-P Plans for the coming year, too — more on that tomorrow.

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
by L. Frank Baum

December 23, 2016 Book Reviews, Books 4

★ ★ ★ ★

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum | 1902 | Bowen Merrill | Paperback $10

A magical Christmas story by the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus answers the enigmatic Christmas questions: Why does Santa travel via Reindeer? How does he fit through the chimney, and how does he deliver all those toys in one wintry night?

First published in 1902, the tale begins as a wood nymph discovers a baby abandoned in a forest. Raised among mythical forest creatures, the child learns to outwit evil as he grows towards adulthood and must discover how to re-enter the human world, which leaves him determined to share gifts and spread love to his fellow man.

If that summary sounds vaguely familiar, you may remember the rather weird Rankin-Bass stop motion animation TV movie by the same name — you know, Rankin-Bass, the same folks who did the more popular stop motion Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town Christmas specials you see on repeat around this time of year?

This is a simple story, if somewhat more… hm, pagan than typical Christmas stories, featuring plenty in the way of wood nymphs and fairies and such (not sure “pagan” is quite the word I’m looking for, but it’s close enough). I suppose it could be read as something of a religious allegory à la Narnia — the kind man who devotes his life to making the world a better place for children is blessed with supernatural assistance and a happy, everlasting life — but I’m honestly not sure whether younger readers would pick up on that.

Have you read this book or seen the animated movie version? What did you think of it?

If you’re a fan of L. Frank Baum, don’t forget that I’m hosting a read-along of his Oz series starting in January!


Publication information: Baum, L. Frank. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. Indianapolis, IN: Bowen Merrill, 1902. Print.
Source: Used bookshop.
Disclaimer: I am not compensated, monetarily or otherwise, for reviews of books or other products.

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The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
by Howard Pyle

December 22, 2016 Book Reviews, Books 6

★ ★ ★ ★

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle | 1883, this ed. 1985 | Signet Classics | Paperback $3.99

The beloved adventures of Robin Hood come vividly to life in this wonderfully illustrated version by Howard Pyle. Deep in Sherwood Forest, the legendary Robin Hood – the brave, good-humored outlaw the whole world loves – proves himself the best in England with his bow.

This is probably Pyle’s most well-known work outside of his legacy that is the Brandywine School of illustration. Actually, this book includes nearly 50 examples of Pyle’s illustration style, either as full-page woodcut (or woodcut style) scenes or ornaments and frames. When I was first learning to draw I just loved copying the art out of this book.

Sure, the book was written in the 19th century and with an exaggerated approximation of 12th century language (lots of “whither hath that knave gone” and “take thou what thou wilt have” and that sort of thing), but it’s actually not a difficult read. The stories are engaging and mostly, well… merry!

This edition also includes an informative Afterward by Michael Patrick Hearn, which was well worth the extra pages for its explanations of the repeated anti-Catholic sentiments (Pyle was a Quaker) and distinct erasure of Robin’s romances in the older versions of his stories (Pyle thought his assumed audience, little boys, wouldn’t be interested).

This book is certainly a keeper, and one I’ll probably end up re-reading again in the future at least a couple more times.


Publication information: Pyle, Howard. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. New York: Signet Classics, 1985. Print.
Source: Owned.
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The Book Jumper
by Mechthild Gläser

December 17, 2016 Book Reviews, Books 7

★ ★ ★

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser | January 2017 | Feiwel & Friends | Hardcover $17.99

Amy Lennox doesn’t know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother’s childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay.

Amy’s grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House — but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside.

As thrilling as Amy’s new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts — at whatever cost.

I’m a huge sucker for the Portal Books trope, where characters get to actually explore the stories that the rest of us plebes can only experience in print. The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde and Sherry Thomas’s Elemental Trilogy are great examples of this. Obviously, The Book Jumper falls into this category as well.

(Plus the cover is SO ADORABLE.)

I liked this book, but I think maybe my hopes were a little too high? I figured that if it did so well in the German-language book market that they’ve translated it into English, it must be pretty awesome. And it is good, just not quite mind-blowing I guess. Although, I’m saying that from the perspective of someone who’s read a TON of teen-aimed portal fantasy, so… perhaps I’m just being a little bit curmudgeonly?

The concept is awesome and the writing is decently engaging, but the actual plot was a tiny bit predictable and the relationships were bordering on nonsensical.

Concept: Bookish girl is delighted to learn that she actually has the power to “jump” into stories. Mysterious things start happening in said stories + in the real world, so bookish girl teams up with bookish boy to figure it all out. Totally fun!

Writing: First person narrative, which I know is something that a lot of readers don’t really care for, but I didn’t find it too grating in this case.

Plot: Pretty easy to figure out what’s going on, which means it can be kinda frustrating to watch the characters flounder around until they get it, too. I was a little bit surprised about one revelation, though.

Relationships: WHY. The primary romance, which has the potential to be shippy material, feels like a trite, cliché page-filler. There’s another romance in this book that is simultaneously more genuine and yet slightly icky to think about, too. Just… the characters in general are kinda cheesey/boring, so the crazy plot has to do a lot of the work of keeping the reader’s attention… and when it’s a little too predictable, that’s not the most awesome possible combo, y’know?

Overall I think this is a fine book for a fantasy-hungry teen or YA reader, with the caveat that it’s just not going to be 2017’s earth-shattering breakout book.


Publication information: Gläser, Mechthild. The Book Jumper. New York: Feiwel & Friends, 2017. EPUB.
Source: ARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss.
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Wildlife of the Concho Valley
by Terry Maxwell

December 16, 2016 Book Reviews, Books 2

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Wildlife of the Concho Valley by Terry C. Maxwell | January 2013 | Texas A&M University Press | Hardcover $30

The Concho Valley, named from the abundant mussel shells found in its principal river by seventeenth-century Spanish explorers, occupies a transitional position between the Chihuahuan Desert to the west and the Balcones Canyonlands to the east. As veteran field biologist and educator Terry C. Maxwell notes, the region has experienced wide-ranging changes in the makeup of its vertebrate populations, especially in the decades since farming and ranching began here in earnest, in the mid- to late 1800s.

This is a rather niche subject and I would otherwise not review such an interest-specific book here, but I started reading this one for Nonfiction November and I just want credit for that, dangit.

Full disclosure: I am acquainted with the author of this book. To be specific, he was one of my professors in college (one of the better ones for sure)… and my mother taught at that same school when I was growing up, so actually we’ve been acquainted since I was a little kid. This book wasn’t a freebie, though — we bought it, proudly and enthusiastically, and it was well worth the money.

Dr. Maxwell’s classes were certainly interesting. He was a good lecturer and an even better field trip guide, and his depth of knowledge combined with his talent for teaching shines through in this book. What’s more, several of the chalkboards in the biology department were decorated with his detailed, lifelike drawings of native animals — and, again, his talent for this particular art is evident in this book as well.

I hesitate to recommend Wildlife of the Concho Valley to just anyone… it is, after all, focused on a very local and subject-specific topic. But I do think that if you have any interest at all in the animal life of Central/West Texas, you’ll find it engaging, informative, and generally a pleasure to read.


Publication information: Maxwell, Terry Wildlife of the Concho Valley. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press, 2013. Print.
Source: Owned.
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