The Hate U Give

"Pac said Thug Life stood for The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody." I raise my eyebrows. "What?" "Listen! The Hate U ― the letter U ― Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody. T-H-U-G L-I-F-E. Meaning what society give us as youth, it bites them in the ass when we wild out. Get it?" ― Angie Thomas, The Hate U... Continue Reading →

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Leadership in Dangerous Situations: A Handbook for the Armed Forces, Emergency Services, and First Responders 

Leadership in Dangerous Situations: A Handbook for the Armed Forces, Emergency Services, and First Responders is a handbook by several contributors that has been edited by Patrick J. Sweeney, Michael D. Matthews and Paul B. Lester. This work was first published in 2011. You might be wondering why am I reviewing something that clearly has not... Continue Reading →

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No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai

No Longer Human is a Japanese novel by Osamu Dazai, first published in 1948. It's a very curious read. When I first picked up the book, I half expected a nonfiction piece on how we are turning into robots. Well, this is fiction and no one is turning into robots and in some way it's... Continue Reading →

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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. Every chapter title already gives a huge portion of wisdom. We begin with: What Would... Continue Reading →

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman

“In a world where you can’t open your eyes, isn’t a blindfold all you could ever hope for?” ― Josh Malerman, Bird Box Bird Box is a debut novel of Josh Malerman, first published back in 2014. My colleague mentioned this and of course I am reading whatever accidentally or non-accidentally gets mentioned. Bird Box is a... Continue Reading →

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West Cork

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered two before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. West Cork is an Audible Original, ,13-part podcast narrated by Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde.... Continue Reading →

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21 Lessons for the 21 Century

"Humans think in stories rather than in facts, numbers, or equations, and the simpler the story, the better." — Yuval Noah Harari, 21 Lessons for the 21 Century 21 Lessons for the 21 Century is the newest work of best-selling author Yuval Noah Harari, first published just few weeks ago. We learned about the past... Continue Reading →

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Nolite te bastardes carborundorum

Better never means better for everyone... It always means worse, for some. / Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. It was first published in 1985. It's a terrifying, truly dystopian book. The United States of America no longer exists. It has been replaced by... Continue Reading →

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The 33 Strategies of War

“Do not fight them. Instead think of them the way you think of children, or pets, not important enough to affect your mental balance” ― Robert Greene, The 33 Strategies of War The 33 Strategies of War is a 2006 book written by American author Robert Greene It is a book that describes war tactics... in... Continue Reading →

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Build Your Own Shakespearean Insult

You mewling pox-marked pumpion! You beslubbered hell-hated measle! Graph via: ebookfriendly.com & originally released by Invaluable, the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art and antique books. Fun, isn't it?

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Mao: The Unknown Story

"We the Chinese nation have the spirit to fight the enemy to the last drop of our blood, the determination to recover our lost territory by our own efforts, and the ability to stand on our own feet in the family of nations." /Mao Zedong Mao: The Unknown Story is a 2005 biography of Chinese Communist... Continue Reading →

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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

“They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they took it.” ― Dee Brown, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West... Continue Reading →

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A Wrinkle in Time

“Qui plussait, plus se tait. French, you know. The more a man knows, the less he talks.” ― Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time A Wrinkle in Time is a science fantasy novel written by American writer Madeleine L'Engle, first published in 1962. It is also a first book of a Time Quintet. Book follows... Continue Reading →

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Necronomicón: The Book of Hell (2018)

Movie review "El peor de los miedos, es el miedo a lo desconocido" - H.P. Lovecraft H.P. Lovecraft's extensive life work has inspired filmmakers for decades. New 2018 movie Necrónomicon dives deep into this world and delivers artistic and true Lovecraftian movie. Movie focuses on the most important book in Cthulhu Mythos. As you might... Continue Reading →

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The 48 Laws of Power

“Be wary of friends—they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy. They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If... Continue Reading →

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

“What you don't want is always going to be with you What you want is never going to be with you Where you don't want to go, you have to go And the moment you think you're going to live more, you're going to die” ― Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and... Continue Reading →

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The Vegeterian

“Why, is it such a bad thing to die?” ― Han Kang, The Vegetarian   The Vegetarian is a South Korean novella written by Han Kang and first published in 2007. It's quite  a fascinating book: Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband live an ordinary life. Then Yeong-hye  becomes haunted by splintering, blood-soaked images and... Continue Reading →

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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

“We are biology. We are reminded of this at the beginning and the end, at birth and at death. In between we do what we can to forget.” ― Mary Roach, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach is non-fiction work first published in 2003. It details... Continue Reading →

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From Fiction to Nonfiction

I recently stumbled upon a great nonfiction blog called What's Nonfiction? In 'About' section, author of the blog writes: "Back then, I read almost exclusively fiction (an easier section to pinpoint). But in recent years, I found the opposite was becoming true, and I preferred nonfiction, in its many very different categories, to anything fictional. But when... Continue Reading →

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Night by Elie Wiesel

“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.” ― Elie Wiesel Night, first published in 1960s is a work by Elie Wiesel about his experience with his father in... Continue Reading →

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Old Man’s War

I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday. I visited my wife's grave. Then I joined the army. Visiting Kathy's grave was the less dramatic of the two.” ― John Scalzi, Old Man's War Old Man's War is a military science fiction / space opera novel by American writer John Scalzi, published in 2005. His debut novel was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best... Continue Reading →

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Books I Can’t Believe I Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week's topic is: Books I Can't Believe I Read...This... Continue Reading →

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The Decameron

“Essere la natura de' motti cotale, che essi come la pecora morde deono cosi mordere l'uditore, e non come 'l cane: percio che, se come cane mordesse il motto, non sarebbe motto, ma villania” - The Decameron, Boccaccio The nature of wit is such that its bite must be like that of a sheep rather than... Continue Reading →

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The Sunday Post #10: Quests, Snipers and Magick

Hi guys, how's your week been?  I read a lot of nonfiction this week and surprisingly two ARC's. My reads this week were The Twelve Faces of the Goddess: Transform Your Life with Astrology, Magick, and the Sacred Feminine by Danielle Blackwood, Lady Death by Lyudmila Pavlichenko and The Quest for Mary Magdalene by Michael Haag. Lady... Continue Reading →

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Top Ten Favorite Non-Fiction of 2017

As always, Top Ten Tuesday meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017. I'm twisting this topic a little bit to best nonfiction I read this year because I don't review enough of it...and these lists are only way to give out some recognition to these... Continue Reading →

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Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

As always, Top Ten Tuesday meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Ten Bookish Settings I'd Love to Visit 1.Scottish Highlands ( Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon)  in the year of Our Lord...1743. After Outlander, who doesn't want to go to Scotland? And just throwing in 1743 to make things... Continue Reading →

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Top Ten Scifi Books On My Winter TBR

As always, Top Ten Tuesday meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR and as we are still in SciFi month so I made this post a part it. Check it out. 1.The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff              ... Continue Reading →

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

  “Maybe there was once a human who looked like you, and somewhere along the line you killed him and took his place. And your superiors don’t know.” ― Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a science fiction novel by  Philip K. Dick, first published in 1968. The novel takes... Continue Reading →

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How-To Travel Through Time

“Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life.” ― H.G. Wells, The Time Machine The Time Machine is a science fiction novel (or a long short-story?)  by H. G. Wells, published in 1895 and it has become a classic. In the book, the narrator introduces us to inventor and scientist whom the reader... Continue Reading →

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How-To Fight Buggers

“Perhaps it's impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.” ― Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game   Ender's Game is a 1985 military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. Set in Earth's future, the novel presents an imperilled mankind after two conflicts with the alien species called "buggers". In preparation for an anticipated third... Continue Reading →

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Top Ten Unique Book Titles

As always, Top Ten Tuesday meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Unique Book Titles 1. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick Why I like it: It's creative. Androids look like human but what kind of dreams do they have? Do they dream of sheep? This is... Continue Reading →

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Ten Hidden Gems In Fantasy Series

As always, Top Ten Tuesday meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Pick a genre and share with us some books that have gone under the radar in that genre! And I'll go with fantasy as it is my favorite genre.I do not own the pictures in this post, please see... Continue Reading →

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10 Schools You’d Rather be Attending

...Or not Happy TTT!   As always, Top Ten Tuesday meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is: Back To School Freebie: anything "back to school" related like 10 favorite books I read in school, books I think should be required reading, Required Reading For All Fantasy Fans, required reading for every college freshman, Books to... Continue Reading →

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Ten Book Recommendations For Horror Junkies

I'm so happy TTT is back! As always, Top Ten Tuesday meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Ten book recommendations for ______________: (Skies the limit here...examples: for Hufflepuffs, for fans of Game of Thrones, for people who don't normally read YA, for animal lovers, for video game lovers, etc. I decided... Continue Reading →

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Eragon

“First, let no one rule your mind or body. Take special care that your thoughts remain unfettered... . Give men your ear, but not your heart. Show respect for those in power, but don't follow them blindly. Judge with logic and reason, but comment not. Consider none your superior whatever their rank or station in... Continue Reading →

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The Sunday Post #5: Lost In the Sky

July is almost over soon? This turned into 1000 word post (sorry)...Mostly because I did not read anything last week and it bothered me a lot so  I managed to finish 7 books this week. I read: #1 Kind, versprich mir, das du dich erschiesst freely translated as Child, promise me that you will kill yourself... Continue Reading →

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Audiobook Reading Challenge 2019

This challenge is hosted by  Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer for the 7th year of audiobook fun. Rules Audiobook Reading Challenge: Runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. You can join at any time.The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2019 than you did in... Continue Reading →

Back To The Classics Challenge 2019

So. This year I decided to read more audiobooks and more classics. Here we are for the classics challenge. Back to the Classics is hosted at Books and Chocolate. Rules of which are: All books must have been written at least 50 years ago to qualify; therefore, books must have been published no later than 1969 for this... Continue Reading →

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