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book review | You will get through this night by Daniel Howell

you will get through this night daniel howell book review dan is so cool likeAuthor: Daniel Howell
Title: You Will Get Through This Night
Series: –
Genre: Nonfiction; Self-Help
Pages: 320
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I used to watch Daniel Howell on YouTube way back when, but then, for some reason, stopped. Still, I kept up with the majors, like his coming out video that I will post below. And now I’ve also read his wonderful book, called “You Will Get Through This Night“.

About the Book: This book is pretty much all you need for your mental health first aid kid. From cheating and playing your own system, to being better to yourself. From self care at its core, so self grounding when that overthinking thought-thought train derails.

My Opinion: This is like the best parts of all the self-help books I’ve ever read. On top of that, author assures he did his consultation and research, but encourages to seek help if it seems like it’s not enough. There’s little exercises you can totally skip if it gets overwhelming, and very relatable examples from Dan’s life.

I recommend this very much. A 5 out of 5.

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book review | The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins the Magic of Reality book reviewAuthor: Richard Dawkins
Title: The Magic of Reality
Series: –
Genre: Science; Philosophy
Pages: 271
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

The Magic of Reality” by Richard Dawkins is an amazing book. Just what I needed for the weekend.

About the Book: With great passion author tells us how magical our reality is. And how unfair it is to call things we don’t understand – supernatural. That sort of implies it cannot be explained and creates a dead end for progress. Instead, he tells us myths that explained earthquakes and rainbows and what they really are. Tells us how we know there are planets out there, and how we found out that Earth isn’t, in fact, flat or at the center of the universe. Author tells us, in short, that the very fact we are here, made out of stardust, is magic itself, even if we know the science behind it.

My Opinion: A very interesting and very engaging book. Went from cover to cover in one sitting and regret nothing. There’s some science, not too much, with author very willingly admitting to the things he doesn’t know, understand, and therefor – cannot explain to us. The rest is just beautiful bunch of pointing in awe, look at this, look at that, do you know what ancient people called this? The only con I have got downgraded at the end. Author seemed to be very condescending towards people with different beliefs. But by the end of the book I realized that it is because he feels like it devalues otherwise a priceless phenomena.

Even though I believe some things can be said with a little more manners, I’ll give this book a 5 out of 5 nonetheless.

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book review | Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Carlo RovelliAuthor: Carlo Rovelli
Title: Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Series: –
Genre: Physics; Science
Pages: 81
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Never thought I’ll describe a book on physics lovely, but… “Seven Brief Lessons on Physics” by Carlo Rovelli was a lovely read.

About the Book: The book describes the birth of seven discoveries in physics. From general relativity and what else it triggered, to black holes, dark matter, and the beauty of our universe. Our part within it, and the future we might witness.

My Opinion: It’s very well written for someone like me, who isn’t versed in physics. Author’s love for the subject (or the whole seven of them) shines out of every page. A pleasure to read.

Time well spent. 5 out of 5.

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book blog | Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells | The Murderbot Diaries 6

martha wells fugitive telemetry book review murderbot diariesAuthor: Martha Wells
Title: Fugitive Telemetry
Series: The Murderbot Diaries 6
Genre: Sci-Fi; Space Opera
Pages: 176
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells is one of my all time most favorite sci-fi series. So, of course, I was very excited when I spotted 6th one, “Fugitive Telemetry” is out.

About the Book: A dead human dumped in the mall, no traces, no evidence, no leads, other than the fact there’s no leads itself, meaning someone took care to clean it all up. Incompetent, infuriatingly slow humans, insisting there are no security breaches, as if there was no dead body on the floor. And all the damned social hoops for Murderbot to jump just to, once again, protect the humans. Salt to proverbial wound – most likely from themselves too.

My Opinion: I’m not sure if I forgot something or if there’s a gap between 5th and 6th books. This one sort of just starts, disregarding possible ending of the previous book. But then, I might be mistaken. What I do know is that this is a great book. A slow-paced but not boring detective, leading towards a lot of great banter and impressive action.

Easy to read, short, interesting. What more could one want? A 5 out of 5.

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book review | The Adventures of a Curious Cat by Curious Zelda, Matt Taghioff

adventures of curious cat book reviewAuthor: Curious Zelda, Matt Taghioff
Title: The Adventures of a Curious Cat
Series: –
Genre: Humor; Fiction
Pages: 192
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Curious Zelda is an amazing poet cat whom so many of us fell in love with for her witty little four-liners. And she, apparently, wrote a biographical book, with a little help from Matt Taghioff, called “The Adventures of a Curious Cat“, and it is amazing.

About the Book: This is a tale of a life of a cat, the hardships and the joys. From witty poetry on house appliances, to prose on training your staff, and positive reinforcement shown via gifts. From helping other cats and staff in need of help, to maintaining healthy life, aka how to utilize your home to keep in shape.

My Opinion: This is a very cozy and humorous read, all written from Zelda’s perspective in prose, poetry, letters, and chat messages. It was interesting, heartwarming and very funny at times. Definitely a wonderful read to just rest with.

Go find Curious Zelda on twitter or IG, and when you get to love her as much as I do, you’ll get this book too. A 5 out of 5.

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book review | Mythology: Aztec, Inca, Inuit, and Polynesian myths by Kelly Mass

mythology actec inca inuit polynesian kelly mass book review coverAuthor: Kelly Mass
Title: Mythology: Aztec, Inca, Inuit, and Polynesian myths
Series: –
Genre: Mythology; History
Pages: 128
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

There we go, a truly captivating book. Finished “Mythology: Aztec, Inca, Inuit, and Polynesian myths” by Kelly Mass in one sitting, and then skimmed it for notes again.

About the Book: A very interesting book on Aztec, Inca, Inuit and Polynesian myths and beliefs. Plenty, but not overbearing, explanations and an outline on falsehoods. Short but solid.

My Opinion: I didn’t know even the quarter of the things in this book. It was very, very interesting and informative. Though I would recommend picking up a text book (paper or ebook) right away, since I only did so half-way through. It’s impossible to take notes from audio, as was proved by google not getting what I’m searching for the first two times.

Time very well spent. Solid 5 out of 5.

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book review | Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky

Roadside Picnic Arkady Strugatsky book cover reviewAuthor: Arkady Strugatsky
Title: Roadside Picnic
Series: –
Genre: Sci-fi; Dystopia
Pages: 213
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Reading “Roadside Picnic” by Arkady Strugatsky I remembered vividly all the best bits from Metro 2033 series. Everyone who loves the genre should read this book.

About the Book: No one expected an alien visit like this one. With absolute chaos left behind, alien trash that makes no sense to anyone, yet might just propel humanity into the future. But it’s a very risky job, so scientists working on it are slow and few, for often, too often, they have to rely on almost mythological type of people known as Stalkers. Stalkers go into the zone, permit or no permit, and bring back whatever they can or whatever you’re willing to pay the most for. If they return alive – they’re forever changed, and even their children often no longer resemble humans. Is this in itself a form of invasion?…

My Opinion: The book is just too short. It’s very good, perfectly balancing sci-fi and philosophy, its most humbling and most baffling questions of what our part is in the Universe. And the fantastical part of it is like a fever dream. From terms like “rattling napkins” or “full empty”, to goo that dissolves bones but not soft tissues, invisible death that just happens, and dead who return.

It’s brilliant. 5 out of 5.

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book review | “Atomic Habits” by James Clear

atomic habits james clear book cover reviewAuthor: James Clear
Title: Atomic Habits
Series: –
Genre: Self-Help; Productivity
Pages: 319
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

A friend just recently recommended me a book she got as a gift and loved. “Atomic Habits” by James Clear, a nice and short book about habit forming and productivity.

About the Book: It’s not that we don’t want to be productive, healthy. It’s not even that those who are – have endless well of motivation, or never slip. It’s about consciously making the decision to be more productive, better to yourself, seeing a better version of self tomorrow, a year later. We’re creatures of habit who crave rewards, satisfaction. And, knowing that, we can do something about it.

My Opinion: It’s a good, easy to follow book that explains well enough how habits are formed, why they’re formed, and why it’s the worst that are the hardest to abandon. And while author does believe that it’s all in our hands to take and mold, he does remind the reader that we’re all different, with different needs, and what fits that guy, might not fit this guy, so we need to find what suits us best, what works for us, how can we play with our strengths and improve our weaknesses.

It’s a good book, a 5 out of 5. But remember one thing: nothing will change, unless you do.

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book review | Troy by Stephen Fry

troy stephen fry book reviewAuthor: Stephen Fry
Title: Troy
Series: Stephen Fry’s Great Mythology 3
Genre: Mythology; Retellings
Pages: 496
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I’m not a big fan of Greek mythology, just because I got oversaturated with it in the past. But “Troy” is a retelling by Stephen Fry, so there wasn’t even a question of whether I’ll read it.

About the Book: As the title implies – book tells us the story of Troy, its rise and eventual fall under the rule of men and gods, equally fickle and vengeful. Heroes rose up for war with only their names to return home, and even the gods likely felt shame and sorrow of what they have done when they looked upon smoldering ashes and blooded streets of Troy that fateful final day. It’s a well told story with no romanticizing of a brutality that is war.

My Opinion: Stephen Fry has a talent to retell very complex stories so that they’re more palatable for people like me. I admire the no-sugarcoating approach too, with the thoughts and notes in between to explain the events.

It’s a very well spent time, this book. Go grab a cup of tea or coffee and have at it. 5 out of 5.

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book review | Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul by Leila Taylor

darkly black history and americas gothic soul leila taylor book cover reviewAuthor: Leila Taylor
Title: Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul
Series: –
Genre: History; Memoir
Pages: 207
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Finally, a truly good book! “Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul” by Leila Taylor is a beautiful memoir that encompasses black history and it’s great part, contribution and fit with the gothic subculture.

About the Book: When people already look upon you as “other” due to sheer ignorance or lack of representation, such vile ideas as “goth is so white” only serve to deepen the rift between “them” and “us“. In short, but with plenty of details, this book weaves together America’s history, specifically the black history that is too often hushed and overlooked, and that of gothic subculture.

My Opinion: First of all, let me just gloat in the fact someone put it so well what a goth is and what it might entail, without any ridiculous elitism that many “elder goths” shun like they don’t do it with “it’s the music scene, you must at least enjoy the music” as if those dusty records matter any more than fanciful relics of a culture no one bothers to research deeper. This way some jackass eventually comes up with that saying above, and other morons repeat it, thinking it “trendy” or “cool” (you know whom I pointing at). And second of all, this is a damn good book. Author speaks in short, but there’s enough details to follow and remain interested from cover to cover, with witty, heartwarming, and scary, heartbreaking stories to emphasize the point. Truly, I cannot recommend it enough.

A very good book. 5 out of 5.

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