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 [...]

Kim Kardashian

She continues to lark about as cameraman starts to walk away. "Excuse me, are you leaving?" I'm Kim Kardashian. I'm the dopest of the ropest person in this class. I'm dope on a rope. When someone off camera interrupts, define "dope", Kim, she answers "Dope is Kim". / Kim Kardashian, 5th grade Sean Smith's biography [...]

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 It has been replaced by [...]

A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness

"Was Hitler mad?" "Corollary questions are: Were Nazi leaders mentally ill? Was the German nation, as a whole, deranged?" ― S. Nassir Ghaemi, A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness At  First- Rate Madness is a book by  Dr. Nassir Ghaemi. It was first published in 2011 and as the title suggests, the book [...]

How Much Would It Cost to Own These Famous Pop Culture Cars in Real Life? ~ Infographic

So...  Batman pays over $60,000 a year JUST in car insurance! Insane, right? Graph via The Zebra

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Finnish Nightmares 2: an even more different kind of social guide to Finland

"This is Matti. If you didn't know him already. Matti is just a regular Finn. He does things the way a regular Finn would do: in silence and trying his best not to stand out or bother anyone." - Finnish Nightmares, Karoliina Korhonen. Finnish Nightmares 2 - An Even More Different Kind of Social Guide [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

Why do we do things we do? Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst is a book by American author Robert Maurice Sapolsky. It was first published in May, 2017. This is  one miracle of a book. I don't know where to start... “Someone does something lousy and selfish to you in a [...]

No fairy godmother. No magic pumpkin. Just one grumpy girl and a glass slipper.

If the shoe fits, wear it.If it doesn’t, make it. Happily is a fairy-tale retelling by author Chauncey Rogers. This fantasy retelling will be published April 3, 2018. I received advance reader copy of the book in exchange for honest review. This is not your typical happily ever after kind of story. It does not [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Countdown: Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

“Whether we accept it or not, this will likely be the century that determines what the optimal human population is for our planet. It will come about in one of two ways: Either we decide to manage our own numbers, to avoid a collision of every line on civilization's graph - or nature will do [...]

2017 in Books

2017 was crazy and magical. I was in Night Court with High Fae, I tried to rule Amber, I was in Underland with giant rats, beetles and bats, I founds answers in Weep and met Lazlo Strange, I participated in international Warcross Championships, I did quite a lot of travelling: I was on Mars, Erilea & Moon...also I [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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               [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

“Death is the fairest thing in the world. No one's ever gotten out of it. The earth takes everyone - the kind, the cruel, the sinners. Aside from that, there's no fairness on earth.” ― Svetlana Alexievich, Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster On April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear reactor accident in [...]

The Long Room – The Library of Trinity College Dublin

Greetings from Dublin & Library of Trinity College Dublin. I visited Dublin during the weekend... visit to Trinity College is a dream come true for every bookworm :) How are you doing?

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Sunday Post #6: That’s The Way The Road Dogs Do It

So now we're properly in August. How's your week been? I fell in love with this song and have been listening to it non-stop. I read two books this week. Empire of Cotton: A New History of Global Capitalism by Sven Beckert. I liked the book, it had many strong points on how at the same time [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Sunday Post #4: I Now Walk Into The Wild

So another week has passed! How's your week been? I finally got some reading done. This week I read 5 books:  Finders Keepers (Bill Hodges Trilogy #2) by Stephen King: Slow at first and then everything happened at once. Stephen King does not let you down. I'm looking forward to reading the third part of Bill Hodges trilogy. Into the Wild [...]

How-To Walk The Yellow Brick Road

“There is no place like home.” ― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children's novel written by author L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow. It was first published in 1900. Book consists of twenty-four chapters that tell the story of Dorothy’s arrival in Oz and her adventures in that magical [...]

The Sunday Post #3: I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure

“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.” ― Marilyn Monroe Okay. So I have a feeling that my blog consists of these [...]

The National Library of Finland

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” ― Mark Twain Yesterday I visited Kansalliskirjasto, The Nationa Library of Finland for the first time in my life. There I sat for many hours absorbing the wisdom [...]

The Sunday Post #2: Je te pardonne

SO it's been an exciting week! And how is it July already?? Time flies! Beginning of the week slowed me down a bit as I was sick but I caught up with the reading. Books I've read this week: The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg. Giving birth to a girl in Afghanistan is often [...]

The Sunday Post 15: Work, Illuminae and Nonfiction

Hey folks, how are you? I haven't been blogging in a while again because well my computer broke ☹️ and writing on phone is odd. This week I discovered a beautiful new book shop called Chapters. So big that I really need to go there again: I bought six books: 21 Lessons for the 21 [...]