Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens: A Brief History of HumankindSapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was fascinating and gave me a lot to think about. Do I agree with all the conclusions about Sapiens and humanity? I don’t know yet. But did I enjoy considering all of them and reconsidering who I am and why I am who I am? Absolutely.

I originally rated this as 4 stars, because sometimes this is overwhelming. Upon looking back, it’s probably my fault that I was overwhelmed, not the book’s fault, so I’ve upped my score to 5 stars.

Also, I think it deserves the 5th star, because it’s kind of amazing how it really does deliver on the title, in a way that is pretty cohesive. I definitely learned a lot, most of which I will probably forget again, but it was worth it to understand the journey of how we got from there to here.

It was also worth it to have some of my ideas about humanity be challenged, and to take a hard look at what the truth is behind human behaviors and actions. I’ve reached a point where it’s rare for me to hear so many new or unexpected things in one book, and it reminds me that there is so much I just assume rather than actually know. I liked having to stop and questioning things that I’ve never questioned before. 5 stars for stretching (or attempting to stretch) my brain.

Book 14 read in 2019

Pages: 443

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Repeat by Kylie Scott

RepeatRepeat by Kylie Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a delightful second chance romance where girl gets amnesia. Then girl meets boy (again). Boy tries to help, despite his previous heartbreak and serious reservations, and girl falls head over heels in love with his charming dog, Gordon (again).

Girl + Dog = Perfection

Book 18 read in 2018

Pages: 336

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

A Curse So Dark and LonelyA Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! This was the BEST retelling of Beauty and the Beast that I’ve read to date. Now, I know you’re thinking, how many could she have possibly read? Well, I can think of 6 other YA retellings of Beauty and the Beast that I have read in the past few years, some of which were also very good, but none that topped this one.

I’m now going to look up everything Kemmerer has ever written and give it a try, as this was pure magic. It was just spot on from start to finish. It took me through the full range of emotions. The world building was superb. The character development was excellent. The plot was fast paced and exciting. I loved the blending of the two different dimensions. There was just so much to love with this one.

The MC has cerebral palsy, and she was so kickass. She just tackled things with so much courage and conviction, and she didn’t take shit from anyone. She also didn’t tell herself she couldn’t do things, just because she had a limp. I absolutely adored her. She was so strong but also always true to herself and her own feelings and ideas.

I will definitely reread this one, probably many times. In fast, I think I’m headed over to Audible to see if I can pre-order a copy right now.

PS: I read an advanced copy of this novel through Netgalley, and release day for this novel is January 29, 2019. Go pre-order a copy now, because this one will not disappoint.

Book 19 read in 2019

Pages: 496

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Kissing in America by Margo Rabb

Kissing in AmericaKissing in America by Margo Rabb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I confess that when I started this, I expected it to be kind of average, and even after I had read for a bit, I wasn’t convinced this book was even going to be for me. But it took me by surprise and had unexpected layers and depth.

Honestly, the title and the cover don’t really go with the feel of the book for me at all, which I think is what led me astray. There’s some surprising messages and takeaways from this one that have to do with friendships, grief, and love, though not the romantic kind.

I’m really happy I finally read this one, as it was an interesting journey with complex characters.

Book 17 read in 2018

Pages: 400

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