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Posted 1/19/17
There's this book called Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. The author talks about her own life story in the novel, about her uncompromising mother and encouraging father, her love for science and everything scientific, and of her relationship with her lab partner and best friend, Bill. Just started the book, seems pretty interesting.

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Posted 1/26/17
The book I'm reading now is about a girl called Alice and she's in an accident and ends up in a coma, then her family has to decide whether to keep her alive or not and alongside you get to follow Alice in what led up to the accident. It's pretty good actually.
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Posted 1/29/17
I just finished "Welcome to Night Vale" - it's based on a series of podcasts about a town called Night Vale, where strange is normal and you shouldn't touch the flamingos. Defs a great read; you can find the podcasts on YouTube too.

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I'm reading Atlas Shrugged right now. It's plot is complicated...There's a woman who is vice-president of a rail-road company and she's obsessed with her work. But, her brother, the government, and public opinion make it hard for her to do her job. Then, important businessmen, her clients and colleges, start to mysteriously disappear, leaving her on her own. But there is another businessman, who provides her with the metal for her rails, and he and her hit it off...but he's married and people hate him too. It's not complicated, it just has a lot of components to the story, making it really long (the original book had 1999 pages). I didn't do it justice.

It is a good book, but it was written to promote the author's, Ayn Rand, philosophical ideology of Objectivism which isn't popular with philosophers, or most people for that matter. Objectivism, roughly, is basically capitalism but in it's moral form. I linked a better description: https://atlassociety.org/objectivism/atlas-university/what-is-objectivism/objectivism-101-blog/3366-what-is-objectivism

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Posted 2/3/17
Zen Spaces & Neon Places: Reflections on Japanese Architecture and Urbanism

It's a collection of essays about various aspects of Japanese architecture and urban design.
Way outside of my knowledge area, but I picked it up while browsing in a bookstore and have been enjoying it so far.



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Posted 2/3/17 , edited 2/3/17
I'm rereading "Shikisai o motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to, kare no junrei no toshi". (English t/n: "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage") by my favorite Japanese author, Haruki Murakami. I've previously read it in Japanese, now I'm reading the English translation version.

It's a story of a man who wanted to find out why his life was derailed 16 years ago, when 4 of his best friends since high school abruptly cut ties with him in college, which caused him to feel suicidal as an empty person lacking in color and identity (hence the title). So he took a pilgrimage back to his hometown in Nagoya to seek his former friends to mend the relationships and find out why they rejected him.



PS: I can't wait to read Murakami's latest book "Kishidancho Goroshi" to be released in Japan Feb 24, 2017.
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Posted 5/28/17
small great things by jodi picoult



Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy's counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other's trust, and come to see that what they've been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn't offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.
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I'm almost finished reading "Those Words I Dread" by Tess Barnett, which is book one of a series I believe is called "Tales of the Tuath Dé". . .

It's a yaoi novel about a boy named Trent who is a self-induced loner, whom one day finds an injured man in his apartment. Tho the man is not a man at all, but instead he is an Irish fairy named Ciaran who is on the run from a hunter.
With a hunter of all things dangerous and supernatural on his tail, he makes himself a hideout in Trent's posh apartment despite the other man's misgiving. The two get along like a pair of bad-tempered cats, and neither of them are interested in romance. Despite being on the run and having a bad history of being used, Ciaran can't seem to help noticing his relucant host, and Trent finding it more and more difficult to keep his desires closeted.

It's absolutely adorble in my opinion ^-^


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I'm reading Stephen King's IT right now. I was planning on finishing it before the movie came out, which I usually avoid since after reading the book the movie adaptions are usually a huge disappointment, but this movie is supposed to go right with the book, unlike the made-for-tv movie version that came out a long time ago.
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Posted 7/27/17
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Posted 7/27/17
The Saké Handbook. I'm trying to get into saké tastings and wanted to learn more about the brewing process and history.
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Posted 7/28/17
Social Media Marketing
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Posted 9/1/17
A Thousand Splendid Suns

I'm surprised how much I'm enjoying this book.

"It is split into four parts that focus on individual stories:
Part one is about Mariam,
part two is on Laila,
part three is on the relationship between the two women,
and Laila's life with Tariq is in part four."


- Wikipedia
(Because I haven't read enough to tell you more!)

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Posted 9/1/17
England's Medieval Navy 1066-1509: Ships, Men & Warfare. Its about England's medieval navy from 1066 to 1509, including but not limited to ships, men, and warfare.

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Posted 10/3/17


Dark Matter by Blake Crouch


I don't want to get into the details too much because the discovery is half the fun, but this book is perfection. Jason Dessen has a loving wife, son, and a job as a college science professor that he enjoys. One night, on his way back from a drink with an old friend, he's abducted by a dude in a geisha mask. Yeah, not scary AT ALL. When he wakes up, he's in a lab on a gurney, and the doctor - who Jason has never seen before - says, "Welcome back, my friend." Thrust into a world that isn't his, Jason tries to unravel the mystery of who he is and, more importantly, how to get back to his family.
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