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There are books that stay with you forever, books you learn things from and books you couldn’t wait to finish. Here are my thoughts about the ones I’ve read.

Book of the year

This is exactly what happens when you are misunderstood, when all your genius and talent are shoved under the carpet by the society.
I wept and not because I knew how this was going to end(I have the 6th sense) , but because of the unfairness of it all. How everything in this society is so f*cked up? The lack of knowledge and sense seems to be praised meanwhile the geniuses and raw talents are considered oddities.

Chris Wind is a fabulous writer. Her insights and ideas, captivate you in a way you want to discuss them with the people around you. That is, if you have people who can perceive and have valid opinions on the topic. As objective as I can be, I find the writing style very appealing: the quotations, the poetry and the subject combine beautifully, creating a masterpiece. An interesting mix of a memoir and biography,  a philosophical novel, together with some amazing poetry. It is a meditative reading, that will make you ask yourself questions, take notes and be more introspective.

That was the objective part, now comes the subjective one. This is what happens won’t only be the book of the year for me, but it ranks high, top 5 on the best books ever read. Kris, is like a best friend you could talk to about stuff, knowing she will get you. Reading this book was like a 2 am talk whilst admiring the stars and the Milky Way. It’s like knowing I am not alone, there are other people like me, with same ideas as mine. It was both refreshing and painful to go through everything with her and feeling her every move, every rejection, every hardship. I’ve been through many situations similar to hers and I asked myself the same questions. I would have loved to have a sister like Kris, she is my kind.

It took me a while to finish this book and not because it was a difficult read, but because I wanted to absorb everything, to acknowledge my ideas are not that crazy, that there are other people who think like me. It’s funny how sometimes, life brings you the right people/books at the right time.

I truly recommend This is what happens to everyone, though I know many won’t get it, many will find it depressing (flash news! Life is depressing if you analyze it objectively) and many will simply not understand it. But, I absolutely love it and give it 5stars+

This is what happens by Chris Wind

What was the last book you read?

What was the last book you read?

For me, it was Plague of Corruption:Restoring Faith in the Promise of Science by Dr Judy Mikovits and Kent Heckenlively. After watching the short interview that has been removed from YouTube, Plandemic, I decided to read the book to see the whole picture.

Yes, I know at times this book is hard to follow, as the narrative goes back and forth and you can’t establish the right time frame, but let me tell you something, this book needs to be read as it has so many important facts and is based on years of research. We all should know by now, that pharmaceutical industry doesn’t care about people, it cares about gains and money and healthy people don’t bring that. Read in these times, it is, or at least should be an eye opener to everyone. And we should question everything. And on top of that, every interview Dr Mikovits has, it’s silenced or removed afterwards. Why is that, if money weren’t involved in the process?

Sometimes, you have to read books that go against the main narrative, just to see the other side of the story. At least I do that..

What about you? What was the last book you read?

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Impact By Peg Tittle- a book with an impact

After reading It Wasn’t enough by Peg Tittle, when I got Impact I had a bit of an idea of the writing style, but the subject was far more tragic, far more gruesome. So after finishing it, I had two days to think about this review. How do you start reviewing a book that deals with rape and assault?  Is there a way to start to talk about characters or maybe not about them, but about their actions?

Impact is not a typical fiction book, but more of an observation. It deals with a confrontation between a female character and her aggressors. She visits them in the prison to get her answers, to understand the reasoning behind their actions. And it is hard work, maybe impossible in some ways. Our character is a brave and courageous fighter for facing her aggressors and demanding answers. In real life, I don’t know if anyone would do that, it would be too difficult, too raw, too psychologically traumatising to do it. It takes a lot of effort, determination and a bit of craziness to do so. On another note, she is very clever, well documented and read, so can answer in an intelligent manner to all the presumptions and remarks her attackers might have. Last two chapters were a page turner and, must admit, I wasn’t expecting the end. But, to be honest, I didn’t even know what to expect. I just read, hoping for the best and expecting anything.

The book is mostly a victim’s monologue and contemplation, an overview on the programming and wrong mindsets some people grow up with. It is not an easy book to read, and there are times when you just have to close the book and breathe. The descriptive scenes are too much at times, so this book is not for the faint-hearted. I don’t agree that all men are thinking in the way it is narrated in the book, but I know most do. Unfortunately, some of the women do as well. And it is both frightening and disappointing. Because the whole essence of humanity is slowly slipping away from some humans.

As a recommendation, I don’t know. I would recommend it as a manual in prisons, for all the sexual assault convicts, although I’m not sure if they would get it. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to reflect on the nature of assaults happening against women.

Have you read anything similar on this subject? Would you read this type of book?

My rating: 4 out of 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

It Wasn’t enough -a book worth considering

Do you like books that make you analyse and question things? I truly do and for that reasonI want to thank Peg Tittle for giving me the opportunity to read and review her latest release It Wasn’t enough, a powerful and introspective dystopia, that depicts a kind of apocalyptic world without women. 

First of all, I’d like you to imagine how the world would be like if  one day all the women disappeared from the face of the earth. And because that thought was so intriguing I got hooked to this book from the first two sentences and it didn’t disappoint me. .

We meet many male characters along the chapters, who all react differently to the new situation. We learn about their sad or tragic stories and their coping mechanism. Andrew starts to understand and maybe learn some new things along the way. But for me, the character who really stood out was Marcus. He raised so many questions and tried to understand the situation through a sociological point of view, a view that is so introspective, blunt and true, in many ways.

Is It Wasn’t enough a bit dark? Yes, but dark is also the reality we live in. It is dystopian analysis that digs deeply into the core of humankind. We are led to understand why we act/don’t act in certain ways and to see many faults our society has. I do hope there will be a sequel. 

It is a book I truly recommend for a book club as the discussions could be endless. It wasn’t enough is short, concise but very moving. I would also like to know a man’s take on this book. 

My rating is 5/5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

American Dirt- a story worth reading

I know that half of the world right now is in complete confusion,anxiety and fear. And we are in need for happy stories, but let me tell you this, American Dirt by Jeanne Cummins is a book that will change you.

I read American Dirt at the beginning of lockdown, when fear was at its peak. And I realised that there are so many things we should be grateful for everyday, basic things, that we forget to acknowledge. Everyone was complaining about staying home, even though we had running water, electricity and food to eat. We forgot that many people don’t have that and are struggling everyday. We were not being chased by a drug cartel, having to ride on top of a train and having to hide constantly with no food to eat, nor water to drink as we pleased. Thank you, Jeanne Cummins for opening my eyes!

It is a difficult book to digest, but worth reading 100%. Some reviewers said the book was not depicting the truth from the perspective of migrant, but you know what? I didn’t feel that. I felt pain and u derstanding, I felt struggle and hope. Because at the end of the day, it’s not always about facts. Feelings are more important and if this book made you see the world through a different light, then the mission is accomplished.

I give the book 5 stars and totally recommend it.

Contemptus mundi

Contemptus mundi

When your own life is at stake

It’s ignorant bliss.

Word of the day is contemptus mundi: n. Disregard of or disdain for wordly or temporal concerns.

Another good book on a great topic

We live in a society that celebrates freedom of speech, though when you express your opinions you are blamed, criticized, you are the elephant in the room. But you know what? Instead of being quiet and silently dissaproving things that happen around you, why not address them. Therefore, let’s talk about subjects people don’t like to talk.

First that comes to my mind it’s gender inequality. And after reading Men explain things to me (audio version) by Rebecca Solnit, I had to address it. I’ve seen it and felt it in my work previous work place, so I know what the author means.

I mean, why are men believed to be better than women and why are women silently accepting it? After everything Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragettes have endured, after Rossa Parks, women are still silent and obedient, like lambs. And men, why do you consider yourselves better leaders, better scientists, better athletes? It’s not like women haven’t proved you wrong already.

Even when both men and women are incompetent and can’t do their jobs properly, women are being sacked whilst men get a second, third or even forth chance. See Theresa May Vs Boris Johnson.

How is this possible in a world that praises humans rights and equality? How can this still be happening in a society that considers itself modern? Why are we hanging on so tight to ancient customs and perceptions?

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A good thriller for winter days

I haven’t done a book review for a long time and it’s not because I haven’t read anything this year (I have, 36 books to be more exact) but because I didn’t feel the need to review them. Up until the last one, up until The Family Upstairs.

A couple of days ago, I got a email from Goodreads, inviting me to vote for the book of the year. First stop, in genre search, was mysteries and thrillers. I had to vote for The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides and I truly hope it wins ( will do a review about it soon), but whilst there another book caught my eye.

The family upstairs by Lisa Jewell had a very appealing front cover and after reading the blurb I went on searching for it. I had no idea I had had it downloaded on my Kindle a couple of months ago. So I started reading..

And I couldn’t stop. Apart for Lisa Jewell being a great writer, that keeps you on your toes the whole time, I was mostly intrigued by the ideas in this book. How can a charismatic person control so many people and how come most of them are unaware of this manipulation. This was what sticked me, apart from the great narrative, from the point of the view of three different characters, from the plot that was very clever constructed.

I truly recommend this book, for anyone who enjoys a good thriller. It easily gets 5 stars.

Three books I’ve read recently

I know it’s been a while since I last made a book review, but this summer was in a half asleep mode, not really able to concentrate on anything and not in the mood of reading any novel fiction or non-fiction. On the other hand I read many books about photography and all, but about 3 weeks ago I started craving for a good book. The kind of book you can’t put down even though it’s past midnight and you have to wake up early in the morning.

First choice was Big Little Lies by  Liane Moriarty and must say I couldn’t stop reading it. Was so intrigued by all the characters and couldn’t wait to see what really happened on Trivia Night. I liked the fact that everything evolved around a group of school parents and the drama that surrounds Private schools and the rich and beautiful. I mostly liked the writing style and the way it kept you in suspense all of the time. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Right after I finished Big Little Lies, I moved on to We Were Liars by E. Lockhart which was on my to-read list for almost an year. Apart for being a short read, it was a book I couldn’t put down. I wanted to know what happened to everyone, why Cadence was left out. In the end I was left speechless and shocked. It is a book that will stay with you for a while. 5 out of 5

The third one on the list, and most recent finished is All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven because it won best book of 2015 in young adult fiction on Goodreads and because  it has a 4.20 stars rating on the same site. Plus I really enjoy a YA from time to time. Must admit this was by far one of the greatest YA novel read so far. People compare it to The Fault in Our Stars and I see why, but for me All the Bright Places went much further, touching subjects people are still not comfortable with. It is a bit dark and all, but at the end of the day it’s that darkness that people are turning their back to and this is a book about all that. If you manage to read it all, please read Jennifer Niven’s notes in the end and her reasons for writing this book. It definitely gets 5 stars from me.

Happy reading, everyone!

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