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Aug 28

How to Write a Book Review

I love writing book reviews. If reading a book is like going on a vacation, writing a book review is like showing the photos and souvenirs and telling my friends about the trip. Book reviews can turn the solitary pleasure of reading into something shared with a community of like-minded readers. It also helps other …

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Dec 10

Book Review: Bullshit Jobs: A Theory

Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber Is there anyone who has never had or at least heard of someone who had a bullshit job? How can you not want to read a book about this phenomenon, based on the 2013 article by the author which went viral? I heard about it from a podcast …

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Dec 05

Book Review: Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven McRaven sounds like he’s a pretty badass action hero, a good commander, and an all-American hero. He’s not a good speaker. His voice is almost painful to listen to, with no inflection, as if every word were an …

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Dec 03

Book Review: Born a Crime

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah This is one of the most interesting memoirs I have ever listened to. I’m glad I listened to it instead of reading it, because Noah says a few things in other languages that I wouldn’t have been able to pronounce in my head. …

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Dec 03

Book Review: Blood of Tyrants

Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik I listened to or read all the rest of these books and somehow skipped over this one, so I was glad to see what happened in the interim. I didn’t know who Junichiro was, for example, and missed how Temeraire and Izkierka came to have an egg and why …

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Nov 19

Book Review: Braving the Wilderness

Braving the Wilderness: The quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone by Bren√© Brown I think I’ve read all of Brene Brown’s books by now, and while they all start to run together, I think of them in aggregate as a “how to be a better human” required reading list. Or, listening, …

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