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book of july: genome

Matt Ridley has written a book entitled Genome: The Autobiograpy of a Species in 23 Chapters. The premise of the book is quite interesting – take 23 chapters to disucss 23 chromosomes, picking one (or a few) thing(s) that are of particular interest (to many readers) from each of the chromosomes.

To begin I would like to mention that Ridley has written a refreshing and self-aware preface. You I never know with these kinds of books if the author really knows their stuff well enough to be penning such *mainstream* works. Ridley is quite clear from the beginning about just what he is and isn’t doing. So, right off the bat he gets my vote.

Though at times very mainstream, and a little out there from a purely scientific perspective, I did very much enjoy Ridley’s work. It was an entertaining read to be sure, add this one to your to-read list!

Genome has actually been on my to-read list for quite some time now. I think I may have bought this book when originally published…seeing as it’s a hardcover and it says “FIRST U.S. EDITION” in there. All the signs seem to be pointing to the purchase occurring around 20 years ago. That being said, I am quite happy to finally have read it. Per my 30 before 30 list I get to check a book off my to-read list!

Happy reading!

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book of may: tripwire

Jack Reacher is at it again, Lee Child I suppose is actually the one at it – but Reacher is the star of the show. It was March of 2015 that I read my first Child book – and thus started a grand love story.

Okay, I suppose I just enjoy reading the Reacher books a normal amount – and I’m here today to say, you should too! After reading Persuader I was hooked, and inclined to start at the beginning of the Reacher novels. As they say, the beginning is a very good place to start. Tripwire is now the fourth Reacher book I’ve read, and third in cronological order.

When I say cronological order I mean order in which the books were written. You, dear reader, really don’t need to read the books in any particular order – which is nice. Though I do think I will continue my Reacher journey in order of publication. Have you, dear reader, not yet started your own Reacher journey, I behove you to begin.

Happy reading!


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book of march: death du jour

I read Kathy Reich’s first book, Deja Dead, after seeing the television show Bones‘ series finale. You see I hadn’t had enough, so what’s a girl to do? Read the entirety of Reichs written work, of course! Though to be entirely honest I don’t think I’ll be reading her scientific papers. I will keep you, dear readers, in the loop if it turns out I do.

Death du Jour was equally as enthralling as Reichs’ first novel, so it comes with equally as vehement recommendations. It’s a quick read, likely due to how captivating the story line is, so it’s perfect reading for a long weekend like this one. I definitely recommend Reichs, I hope you enjoy her as much as I do!


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book of february: all the light we cannot see

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My Mum recommended I read this book, and I’m so glad she did. To be honest I started reading it this summer. Don’t take my somewhat extended reading time to mean that the book isn’t captivating – oh it is! The real truth (in stark contrast to the fake truth) is that I borrowed the book from the library to my tablet, didn’t realize it had been automatically downloaded, and then only had a few days left to read a 500+ page book. Which evidently was not enough time. Also the hold line for the book is a constant 100+ people.

Finally in February I once again got my mitts on a copy of this somewhat elusive book and finished it off. It is wonderful. I’m not at all surprised it’s won a Pulitzer Prize. Anthony Doerr’s story telling is something worth experiencing. Plus you get to ingest such lovely words as “extirpation” and phrases like “amphitheater of noise”. (Don’t worry, that doesn’t give anything away.)

A story revolving around the second world war and set in France and Germany where the two main characters lives are wonderfully detailed by Doerr. Read this book. Even if it takes you half a year to get your act together enough to finish it. Worth it.

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book of january: the life-changing magic of tidying up

My dearest bought this book recently. She was so inspired by the book that she shared it with me and I’ve also spent the time to gather some knowledge from it. Marie Kondo is superlatively enthusiastic about tidying up. Which of course is a good thing if you’re going to write a book about it.

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As the reader I was struck multiple times by Kondo’s attention to detail. Which, again, shouldn’t be all that surprising. None the less, I found myself surprised. I learned a lot from Kondo’s book. Like “it isn’t desireable to stay in a stat of excitement forever”. True dat.

I really like the book, and it’s gotten me excited about the forthcoming 6 months where our home project will be to handle all of our possessions to find out if they bring us joy. Read the book and you’ll know what I’m talking about. And know I’m (probably) not a total kook.

The big take home is to tidy in the right order:

Step 1: Discard

Step 2: Decide where to put things

Yeah that’s it. But you gotta do it all in one fell swoop, Kondo says 6 months is an appropriate amount of time (so, yeah I didn’t get that from nowhere). Though I did find the book a little heteronormative at times, I generally really liked it. Plus, I’m super pumped to get at the tidying!

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book of october: the stand 


They all say Stephen King is quite the author. I’d never read any of his work before now. Why now? Well it is October, and I wanted to plan for Halloween the whole month.

Halloween isn’t as big here in Sweden, but I still try to celebrate in my own way every year. Some years we bake Halloween treats and invite friends over, sometimes I try to watch a scary movie. The thing is I don’t like watching scary movies alone, and I can’t seem to get anyone here at home to watch with me. So this year I tried something new. What I didn’t realize is that horror books are also quite the scare fest. Definitely worth it though. Pick up a copy near you if you haven’t already read this one!


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book of july: déjà dead

I loved this book. I expected to, but not this much. I’m not sure if it’s purely due to my recent lack of reading adult fiction, but reading this book reminded me what it means to read for fun. Something about reading only for the enjoyment of it is hugely different than reading for my classes. That combined with the fact that Kathy Reichs’ is a brilliantly entertaining mind lead to this being so hugely enjoyable for me. 

These books inspired the TV series Bones, which I loved. Thus my expecting to love this book. And, as is so often the case, the book is just so much better than the on screen depiction. It was particularly fun to try to pick out which of the book characters represented which of the television depictions (aside from the obvious). Though in my mind Temperance doesn’t really look like Emily Deschanel (actress in the series). Another interesting aspect was to see which changes were made. One of the big ones, not so spoilery, was the relocation from Quebec (book) to Washington D.C. (television).

This month I’m recommending a twofer. If you haven’t read this book and only seen the show. Read it now. If you have read it and not seen the show, get on it, the show is a lot of fun. If you’ve done neither then you’re in for hours and hours of fun! I’m excited to continuing to read the Temperence Brennan novels, and I’ll be sure to post here when I do.