Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees by Thor Hanson

Rating: 5/5 stars. Recommended!

Published: 10 July 2018 by Basic Books

Genre(s): Non fiction; Science; Nature

Pages: 304 (eARC)

From the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers, a natural and cultural history of the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round.
Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. In Buzz, the beloved Thor Hanson takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They’ve given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing.
As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you’ll never overlook them again.

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Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali

Rating: 5/5 stars. Highly recommended!

Genre(s): Realistic Fiction; Contemporary YA, Feminist

Published: 13 June 2017 by Listening Library

Format: Audiobook (8 hours 30minutes)

There are three kinds of people in my world:

1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I do. They’re in your face so much, you can’t see them, like how you can’t see your nose.

2. Misfits, people who don’t belong. Like me—the way I don’t fit into Dad’s brand-new family or in the leftover one composed of Mom and my older brother, Mama’s-Boy-Muhammad.

Also, there’s Jeremy and me. Misfits. Because although, alliteratively speaking, Janna and Jeremy sound good together, we don’t go together. Same planet, different worlds.

But sometimes worlds collide and beautiful things happen, right?

3. Monsters. Well, monsters wearing saint masks, like in Flannery O’Connor’s stories.

Like the monster at my mosque.

People think he’s holy, untouchable, but nobody has seen under the mask.

Except me.

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The Happy Body: The Simple Science of Nutrition, Exercise, and Relaxation by Aniela & Jerzy Gregorek

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Rating: 5/5 stars. Recommended!

Published: 11 January 2017 by Jurania Press

Genre(s): Self-help

Pages: 310 (Kindle)

Becoming lean and fit is not a matter of training for a few weeks, like Rocky, to become a world champion. That only happens in Hollywood movies that portray professional athletes exercising for hours every day until they are exhausted. Real athletes never do that. They train only to the point that they can recover for the next day s training. Their progress comes in small increments, not heroic triumphs. Unfortunately, movies have persuaded people that they can become lean and fit virtually overnight. Even the weight loss and fitness industry bought into this distortion and began pushing people to become like Rocky. When that approach failed, because people were injuring themselves or burning out or jumping from one program to another, trainers began to entertain their clients instead of finding solutions to their problems. If you want to become truly lean and fit, you must work at it like an athlete, following a structured routine and that is easier and more pleasant than you may expect. The principles that work for athletes also work for ordinary people of all ages. Athletes, of course, have coaches. The Happy Body program, on the other hand, will teach you everything you need to know to be your own coach. This innovative program establishes, for the first time, exact scientific and testable methods and goals to engineer your own weight loss and fitness within precise time periods. That empowers you to self-correct your progress at every step. The Happy Body is a total health program, not just an exercise or diet plan. It will teach you to safely lose 1.0 to 2.5 pounds every week, and keep them off, without getting stuck at plateaus. You will have full control over the process, right down to the ounce. In addition to teaching you how to lose weight, the program will also help you to restore the flexibility and posture you had as a young child, and to be leaner, stronger, and faster than you have ever been. In essence, The Happy Body program will not only make you as youthful as you were at twenty, but twenty as you would have been if you had followed the program at that age.

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In Times Like These (#1) by Nathan Van Coops

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Rating: 5/5 stars. Recommended!

Published: November 13th 2013 by Skylighter Press

Genre(s): Fiction; Science Fiction; Fantasy

Pages: 384 (Kindle)

“We broke something. How do you break time? Can something so bad happen that you fracture the world?” Benjamin Travers has been electrocuted. What’s worse, he and his friends have woken up in the past. As the friends search for a way home, they realize they’re not alone. There are other time travelers, and some of them are turning up dead. When Ben meets an enigmatic scientist and his charming, time-traveling daughter, salvation seems at hand, but escaping the dangers of the past may lead to a deadly future. If he hopes to save his friends, Ben must learn to master space and time, and survive a journey where past and future violently collide.

I’ve never read time travel novels so I have only the vaguest expectations. In Times Like These has turned out to be one of the best sci-fi/adventure novels I’ve read so far.Read More »

The Speed Reading Book by Tony Buzan

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Rating: 5/5 stars. Recommended!

Published: July 25th 2006 by BBC Active (First published 1971)

Genre(s): Non fiction; Self help; Psychology; Education; Productivity

Pages: 221 (Paperback)

Dealing with speed reading, this work enables you to apply it to various aspects of your life. It is useful for students, teachers, executives – indeed, anyone eager to improve the speed, comprehension and quality of their reading.

Do you love results? I do too, especially when I can see it with numbers. That’s all I’m expecting out of this book. And I got it.

Why am I reading this? I’m taking a leaf out of Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins and that is to model successful people. Simply put, I want to read more than what I’m currently doing right now. At my previous pace, it’s average, it’s fair. I want to be more than average. If in a month I can finish the equivalent of, let’s say, at least 2 more books, that’s 24 more per year and hundreds in a lifetime. That’s a whole lot of information and knowledge I could be missing out on. So, continuing on the journey I’ve embarked on in bettering myself – The Speed Reading Book seems like the perfect step.Read More »

Valiant High (#1-4) by Daniel Kibblesmith

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Rating: 4/5 stars

Published: September 4th by Valiant Entertainment

Genre(s): Comic; Superhero Comic; Graphic Novel; YA

Pages: 112 (eARC)

Valiant proudly presents its first ALL-AGES escapade with a pitch-perfect entry point for new fans and longtime readers alike!

Before they became legends, the world’s most formidable heroes were roaming the halls at Valiant High – a super-powered preparatory academy where Aric “X-O Manowar” Dacia is a record-setting running back, Colin “Ninjak” King is a debonair foreign exchange student, and Coach Bloodshot is way, way too into dodgeball. Now, Amanda “Livewire” McKee and her best friend, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, are taking it all in for the first time at the one high school where power trumps popularity!

From rising star Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and Eisner Award-winning artist Derek Charm (Jughead), get ready for your first day of school inside a hilarious reimagining of Valiant’s award-winning superhero universe – one where the next world-ending cataclysm will have to wait until after prom night!

In the tradition of Archie and DC Super Hero Girls, this side-splitting adventure takes place outside of Valiant’s standard continuity…and comes packed with all-new incarnations of virtually every Valiant hero and villain! You’ve never seen the heroes of the Valiant Universe quite like this before!

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The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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Rating: 5/5 stars. Highly recommended!

Published: September 18th 2018 by Sourcebooks Landmarks

Genre(s): Fiction; Mystery; Thriller

Pages: 432 (eARC – Kindle)

The Rules of Blackheath
Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m.

There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit.
We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer.
Understood? Then let’s begin…

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Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others…

The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.

I feel incredibly lucky to have been approved for this title on NetGalley. Thank you so much Sourcebooks Landmarks 😭.

Our main character gets stuffed into different hosts every day, fated to relive the same day until he runs out of hosts or solves the murder. Each has their own characteristics and personality that influences our hero’s decisions, which can be either a boon or doom for Aiden Bishop. The big question is: What if he fails? Read More »