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    No god, But God by Reza Aslan and Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
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  1. Anna Begins 2017

    Endurance by US Astronaut Scott Kelly (400 pages) I can't say enough about this book! I found out about this book a few days before it's October 17th release and it didn't't take me long to get to it, nor to finish it. BTW- if you didn't know, astronauts are extremely brave and supremely intelligent (sarcasm). I am in awe of Scott Kelly. His words inspire a lot of heart stopping moments- and they are not particularly dangerous moments (some, I would not be first in line for, however!). In fact, that is yet another reason to admire Kelly- he has no emergencies. He is trained in every variable. It all comes naturally for Kelly, who struggles with the books but not the piloting. Scott Kelly, and his twin astronaut brother Mark, took part in a NASA experiment which took Scott into space for a year. While at the International Space Station, he would compare vitals with his brother on Earth. All to some day, send humans to Mars. This is the story of Scott's year in space aboard the International Space Station and everything it took to get there. This is also not Scott's first venture into space, so you get to experience some of his past space adventures as well. In the run up to the release of this book, I deliberately avoided interviews and reviews- I didn't want any surprises or experiences spoiled. It's a really good book- I did manage to read a cool part of the book in a headline though. While waiting and reading, I've come across everything from a Google news story about astronauts in the Space Station using figet spinners to an actual PBS documentary about the Scott Kelly flight that starts this month. I came away with a deep appreciation of peace, actually. This book contains Scott Kelly's story and his amazing career in space. But I think even he would agree- as seems the message of the book, that all are equal in space, dependent on each other, helping each other in one of man's greatest accomplishments. 5/5 Definitely.
  2. Looking for some YA titles

    Good one! Brandon Sanderson has The Reckoners trilogy too with Steelheart. The Maze Runner I would suggest also.
  3. Athena's Reading List 2017

    It's so refreshing to read a woman author in that genre. You always read such a variety of authors and genres
  4. Little Pixie`s Bookshelf 2017

    Happy reading vibes to you
  5. Athena's Reading List 2017

    I always assumed A.S. King was a man I'm glad it was good, I know you waited for it
  6. What's for Dinner?

    Have you ever had a salmon ceaser salad?
  7. What's for Dinner?

    Do you make your own crust? YUM! Petrole Sole, in bread crumbs and blue cheese mashed potatoes. I'm trying a new dish tonight- garlic broccolini. We also have a herbed focaccia.
  8. Your Book Activity - October 2017

    I've never read Agatha Christie just because I'm afraid of being disappointed. My mom and I MUST see the movie though- Johnny Depp looks fine lol I started Endurance, the recent release of astronaut Scott Kelly. Like, it just came out Tuesday. It's great, I can see why I like it and mountain climbing books, they are... similar. It's interesting. Scott Kelly is a great storyteller, which was everything I had read about the book before I started it. It's nice to have a book live up to expectations! I also just finished my, at least 3rd, re read of World War Z, appropriate for Halloween! Joe Hill's new release is already bought and on the TBR
  9. Christmas planning and chat

    I always listen to the Tim Curry audio version of A Christmas Carol while wrapping presents I am almost finished with gifts for my daughter, except for some stocking stuffers. This might be the last "Santa" Christmas, which is just fine by me, although a little sad. It will be nice not to have to put on a big holiday. There might be a few more too, though, thats ok too One of her stocking stuffers is a soap and when the soap wears down, there is a ring revealed- she will love it. Actually, she appreciates everything, so I'm sure it will be a good Christmas I try to not have a big expense in December, so I buy all my presents before December- I like to have a nice New Year's, which is at the end of the month, usually tight!
  10. Little Pixie`s Bookshelf 2017

    Getting properly back into reading! You read a TON
  11. Anna Begins 2017

    Yes! It is! A great trick by Palahniuk
  12. Little Pixie`s Bookshelf 2017

    Let me know how you like Unlimited, but Amazon takes too much of my $$ as it is
  13. Anna Begins 2017

    I'm lucky that most of my reads this year have been good ones It's nice to be reading again
  14. Anna Begins 2017

    Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan (354 pages) Equally as interesting as No God, But God, (his biography of Muhammad) Reza Aslan gives his views on just who Jesus was. Using historical references and his own translations of original Greek texts, Aslan paints a different Jesus than the Christian Jesus. The Jesus Aslan portraits upset a Christian minister so much, he published a 95 page (!) rebuttal. The minister brags about his "4.0" from Lee University (private, religious college) and the rebuttal is laughable. In my knowledge and debating with my mother who knows way more than me, Reza Aslan's work is convincing. The notes at the end of the book count for about 100 pages, but I learned more from them, than the opinion of Aslan, as he justifies his research and views. I can't wait for his God: A Human History in November. 5/5 Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum ( 496 pages) I've been interested in the history of Ukraine for at least 10 years, especially in the years of Stalin's genocidal famine of this country in the 30's. The Holodomor is one of the saddest chapters in modern times. Red Famine is filled with the stunning impact of starvation- cannibalism, psychosis, hallucinations, murders- unbelievable terror. Applebaum gives a great account of the history of politics and government policies leading up to the Holodomor, an explanation of the background of the word itself, and why it isn't called a genocide by many Russians- in fact, few view it as a famine at all. Anne Applebaum is a Pulitzer Prize winning Polish journalist, known for her excellent book Gulag and also Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944- 1956. Both were good, Imo, Gulag is her masterpiece so far- but I expect lots more from Applebaum! All three are highly recommended, this one gets a 4/5 Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk (304 pages) Tender Branson is the last survivor of a cult that committed mass suicide. This is his story, as told to the black box recorder of Flight 2039, just before it crashes into Australia's outback. Just like always, I read Palahniuk with a smile of glee on my face. This was a great book. 4/5 2BR02B by Kurt Vonnegut (12 pages) 2BR02B (To Be Or Naught To Be) is an interesting little story, I love Kurt Vonnegut and enjoyed this one- as all so far! 2BR02B refers to to the telephone number future citizens dial to schedule assisted suicide with the Federal Bureau of Termination, which keeps the population in check. 5/5
  15. Anna Begins 2017

    Don't know how I missed these two posts! The Reza Aslan is great, I just finished his book about Jesus, review below That sounds interesting , I'll check it out.