Ten Best Non-Romantic Love Stories

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Valentine’s Day is coming up, and although I’m not really an anti-valentine, I’m not exactly it’s biggest fan either. Even GeekBoy is a bigger romantic than me, and he’s a mathematician for crying out loud! ;)

I’m linking up with The Broke and The Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday Valentine’s-themed freebie to bring you ten of my favourite non-romantic loves in books (in no particular order).

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1. Cinder and Iko from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

A girl and her android; I love their relationship and I love how they care for one another. Iko, incidentally, rivals any boy-crazy teenager on this planet! Continue reading

Sex in the Sea: This Post Is Not What You Think (Or Is It?)

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“Forget the Kama Sutra. When it comes to inventive sex acts, just look to the sea.”

Well now. If there’s one way of making sure people read something important, you might as well throw some sex into it.

Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep by Marah J. Hardt delves into just how marine life gets it on. And if you think the Cosmo is inventive, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

With a knack for dividing the mass of copulating marine organisms into relevant and understandable chapters, Hardt exposes the fetishes, the violence, the intimacies and, above all, the adaptability of marine life as they follow the overpowering instinct to survive and multiply (two things that are not, in all cases, compatible with one another). Continue reading

Review: When Breath Becomes Air

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“The fact of death is unsettling. Yet there is no other way to live.”

cover71692-mediumWhy do we do what we do – choose a career in science, in business, or in the arts? Why do we procreate, and why do we sometimes choose not to? Is it that we are avoiding the inevitability of life – death – or are we actively working to meet it with our highest expectations?

During his mid-thirties, Paul Kalanithi is faced with a life-changing cancer diagnosis.

He is a neurosurgery resident with a unique grasp on literature and the philosophy of mortality – which in part, contributed to his career choice.

So as a means of addressing his diagnosis, Kalanithi explores his journey towards becoming a neurosurgeon, and reflects deeply upon the sacrifices that were made in his endeavours. And he writes When Breath Becomes Air, a stunning memoir that can be widely read. Continue reading

I’ll Be Reading Harder This Year

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I am often asked how I manage to read so much, and I try to make some offhand comment about it, but the truth is I don’t really know. I guess it comes down to the fact that I love reading so much that I make time for it without even realizing.

But at the beginning of every year, I’m filled with dread. What if I don’t read enough? This is not a matter of what others will think; it is simply a matter that I’m afraid I won’t have a good reading-year. My second year of university was like that, in a way; then I did the Mixing It Up Challenge with Ellie the next year. It was nice.

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A Thousand Naked Strangers by Kevin Hazzard | Book Review

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25111005Medical memoirs are a dime a dozen, but I’ve never read a medic’s memoir and the title, “A Thousand Naked Strangers” is just too good to pass up.

A Thousand Naked Strangers is an Atlantan’s chronicle of the decade he worked as a paramedic in the city. I’ve never really known much about Atlanta, except for the stories my dad told of the month he worked there in 2000 – before Hazzard began his journey.

Hazzard’s narrative is genuine and unpretentious. There is no, “I always knew I’d be a great medic” kind of spiel. It is a story of a career that found him, and ran its course. Continue reading

6th Annual End of Year Bookish Survey

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Once again I’m linking up with Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner for her awesome End Of Year book survey! Where book titles are hypelinked, they link to my reviews :)

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Number Of Books You Read: 61!

Number of Re-Reads: I don’t think I re-read any books this year. I’m not so big into that.

Genre You Read The Most From: Do you guys keep painstaking record of this? Because I don’t. But just by scanning through my GoodReads I think it’s contemporary. Probably a mix of YA and adult. Closely followed by non-fiction.

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Top Ten Books I Read in 2015

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What a year! It’s interesting that as I perused the list of books I read in 2015, I realised that I couldn’t simply choose the books I gave the highest ratings to. Ratings are fallible in that way, I guess. So there are some books here that I gave four or three “stars”, while some “five star” books don’t make the list.

Here we go (In no particular order):

1. A Man of Good Hope by Jonny Steinberg

If you haven’t heard me go on about this book WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?! I recommended this book to four people this past year and they all devoured it.

Reasons to add this to your TBR: non-fiction that reads like fiction, well-researched, focuses on refugees (i.e. current), shortlisted for the Alan Paton Non-Fiction Award 2015.

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