Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • nothing other than library books!

1 thing this week:

  • I don’t even know where this year has gone, but somehow it’s Christmas next week. The last week has been a blur of gift-buying and gift-giving.

Weekly playlist:

I’ve shared this playlist before, but it’s almost Christmas and that deserves Christmas music!


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Book Review: Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
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Links: Amazon โ€ข TBDย โ€ขย Goodreads
Publication Date: May 21, 2018
Source: Borrowed

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end in the face of pressure and threats from the CEO and her lawyers.

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.

For years, Holmes had been misleading investors, FDA officials, and her own employees. When Carreyrou, working atย The Wall Street Journal,ย got a tip from a former Theranos employee and started asking questions, both Carreyrou and theย Journalย were threatened with lawsuits. Undaunted, the newspaper ran the first of dozens of Theranos articles in late 2015. By early 2017, the company’s value was zero and Holmes faced potential legal action from the government and her investors. Here is the riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a disturbing cautionary tale set amid the bold promises and gold-rush frenzy of Silicon Valley.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the Theranos story, here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Elizabeth Holmes had an idea to create a small machine that could run several blood tests using a single drop of blood.
  • She convinced investors to contribute nine billion dollars to the company under the pretense that she already had a functional device.
  • She provided false data in demonstrations because the machine rarely worked.
  • Despite mounting evidence that the machine gave dangerously bad results (imagine getting a false positive in a blood test for prostate cancer or a false negative on an HIV test), she somehow finagled contracts to put her machines in Walgreens and Safeway.
  • As the company began to fall apart, Holmes and other Theranos higher-ups did everything in their power to hold on to their fraudulent device, including threatening their employees with lawsuits and attempting to convince the United States government that their laboratory didn’t need to meet standard requirements.

Bad Blood chronicles the incredible story of what happens when someone is willing to do just about anything to gain fame and fortune. I’d like to say that the sheer entitlement of the major players at Theranos came as a surprise, but it didn’t.

After working in the medical field for most of my adult life, I’ve met more than one person that I could see going down a path like this if they were given enough money. I’ve met more than one person who thought that government regulations shouldn’t apply to them because of one nonsensical reason or another. The amount of times I had to say, “NO, WE CAN’T DO THAT, THAT IS LITERALLY THE DEFINITION OF FRAUD” during seven years in a private practice means that I’ve lost most of my faith in any kind of for-profit healthcare institution. All of that is to say that while this is an absolutely mind-boggling story, I can also kind of see how it would happen.

I’m very happy that Theranos has been shut down and I’m looking forward to the results of the fraud trial. I don’t know if John Carreyrou plans to write any more books like this, but if he does, I’ll be first in line to read them.


Have you read Bad Blood? What’s the last really good nonfiction book you read?
Let’s talk in the comments!

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Monthly Favorites: November 2019

Better late (in the day) than never, here are the best books I read in November!

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
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Goodreads | my review will be posted soon!

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
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Goodreads | my review will be posted soon!

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
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Goodreads | my review will be posted soon!


Have you read any of these books? What was the best book you read in November? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • nothing other than library books!

1 thing this week:

  • It’s been a long time coming, but I finally updated my about me and my all reviews pages! Next up is the favorites page and my 2020 reading challenges!

Blog hopping:

  • I loved Amy’s list of anticipated LGBTQ+ 2020 books! We Used to Be Friends sounds amazing, and I didn’t even know that David Levithan had a new book coming out! Two new books to add to my TBR. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Jess’s list of things that make bookworms roll their eyes was spot-on. I think my favorite is the age-old, “Oh I don’t have time to read, I’m so busy.” We’re all busy, we just have different priorities.
  • Mandy’s Can’t Wait Wednesday post informed me that Shaun David Hutchinson has another book coming out, and I am super excited to read it!

Song of the week:

I was listening to my old Fall Out Boy CDs while driving this week and I just feel like I’m fifteen years old again.


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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WWW Wednesday

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday post! WWW Wednesday is hosted over at Taking on a World of Words and just involves answering the 3 Ws!


What are you currently reading?

  • The Kitchen by Ollie Masters
    • This really feels more like a collection of plot points than an actual story, but it’s a graphic novel so at least it’s quick.
    • reading challenge: a book becoming a movie in 2019 (popsugar)
  • Roommates by M.E. Parker
    • I can’t really say that I’m enjoying this one, but at least it’s almost done.
    • reading challenge: firestation (romanceopoly)

What did you recently finish reading?

  • Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
    • This was so good! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.
  • To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
    • This probably wasn’t the best choice for my first Becky Chambers book. I wish I would have started with one of her novels.
  • The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson
    • Once again, SDH gets me to accept, without a second thought, a completely outlandish premise in a YA contemporary.
  • Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
    • I’d expected a memoir and this was more like a collection of funny thoughts, but it was still a lot of fun!
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
    • Given how much hype I’d seen about this book, I expected more than a racist, biphobic celebration of the manic pixie dream girl.
  • Snug by Catana Chetwynd
    • I love Catana’s comics and I loved this collection!
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
    • I didn’t expect to enjoy a classic so much, but this was a lot of fun.
  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
    • I’ve had this one on my TBR for a very long time and was very relieved to love it.
  • A Warning by Anonymous
    • I wasn’t going to read this one this week, but then it was automatically checked out to me and within about an hour, five more people put a hold on it. It was incredible.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis
    • Since I recently moved to the south, I figured I should learn how to behave.
  • Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen
    • I’m just praying that this will be good.
    • reading challenge: uptown (romanceopoly)

Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR? Did you do your own WWW Wednesday post today? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

  • nothing other than library books!

1 thing this week:

  • I went to a magic show last Sunday and it was so much fun! I would highly recommend that you go see An R-Rated Magic Show if you get the chance!

Song of the week:

I found a playlist of mine from high school and this song was on there. I forgot how much I used to love this song!


How was your week? What’s the best thing you read or listened to? Anything interesting happening in your life? Let’s talk in the comments!

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WWW Wednesday

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday post! WWW Wednesday is hosted over at Taking on a World of Words and just involves answering the 3 Ws!


What are you currently reading?

  • Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
    • I’m about halfway done and this is crazy! This book has been recommended to me so many times and I don’t know why I waited so long!
  • Roommates by M.E. Parker
    • I’ve had this one on my Kindle forever and it’s been a very long time since I read straight-up erotica, so here we go…
    • reading challenge: firestation (romanceopoly)

What did you recently finish reading?

It’s been a very good reading week, and I’ve actually finished six books since my last WWW Wednesday!

  • Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner
    • I really enjoyed this! I haven’t decided yet whether it’s four or five stars, which probably means four… but we’ll see.
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
    • I also really enjoyed this! I did not expect to like it since I tried three separate times to read American Gods and failed each time, but it was really good!
  • Trinkets by Kirsten Smith
    • This, on the other hand, was not so good.
  • Jealous Revenge by Octavia Singleton
    • Five stars for entertainment, one star for literary merit. A very long review is coming, but in short, this one was a ton of fun.
  • We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss
    • I DNFed this earlier this year and decided to give it another chance. It’s not really my kind of story, but I can still recognize that it was well-written.
  • Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch
    • I LOVED THIS. I want to read every linguistics book ever now. I have missed having linguistics in my life.

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
    • I have had this ARC forever and I need to just do it! I saw the hardcover in B&N over the weekend and felt really bad.
  • To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
    • I think the worst review I’ve ever seen of a Becky Chambers book has been like… four stars. It’s time to finally read one, and this one is super short.

Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR? Did you do your own WWW Wednesday post today? Let’s talk in the comments!

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