The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Goodreads page My rating: 5 out of 5 My review: This might have been one of the best non-fiction books I’ve read in a while. Going from ancient Egypt all the way to custom generically matched treatment for cancer. This book covers it all. It reads like a mystery novel where the killer is a disease leaving clues left and right for the right investigator. I specifically remember being surprised at the handling of smoking and lunch cancer in the past and all the denials that came with it. …

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Wired by Douglas E. Richards

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 My review: A very enjoyable action-packed read. What more is there to tell? If you like a combination of smart moves, surprise turns of events and people being chased from one place to another while improvising solutions… this is the book for you.

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The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin

Goodreads page My rating: 5 out of 5 My review: Start of the Three Body Problem was quite unexpected - Chinese cultural revolution certainly did not seem like a likely start of a sci-fi novel to me. Bit by bit however, Liu Cixin built a world very much like ours, but with quite a different future. There’s the whole section dedicated to the Three-Body game within the book itself and I actually found it quite fun as well. …

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War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence by Ronan Farrow

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 My review: I don’t read political literature, and sort of just stumbled upon this in the library. And what a great stumble it was. I am finding accounts of various pieces of diplomatic processes, quotes and recollections fascinating. It gave me a new perspective on what it means to be a diplomat. To bring to the negotiating table warring foreign sides, while fighting politics back home. …

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Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn

Goodreads page My rating: 5 out of 5 My review: One of the more interesting reads lately. I have a nagging feeling I was lied to - yet I cannot figure out whether it was the book or the world all these years. If nothing else, it certainly got me thinking and that in itself is a great feeling. The fact we are destroying the world is not lost on me. …

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Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Goodreads page My rating: 5 out of 5 My review: This really was an EPIC adventure. What would humanity do when faced with impossible odds of annihilation? According to Stephenson we’d see the best and the worst of humanity over the course of thousands of years while the survivors figured out a way to keep going. I like that Seveneves addresses some of the basics - what would we eat in space? …

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The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

Goodreads page My rating: 3 out of 5 My review: A nice way to know more about the world and history of Middle Earth. Especially nice to know how old some of the characters are and how some fables in Lord of The Rings are actually part of true history of that world.

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The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Senseless Bureaucracy by Philip K. Howard

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 My review: Book with an interesting idea - not just for US but for any government too bogged down in bureaucracy. What would happen if we let officials decide things based on very broad principles set by law, without laying out detailed plans in huge rulebooks nobody reads. This idea of returning responsibility for decisions to the people “on the ground” is mentioned right from the start. …

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Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 My review: Witches are always fun. And stories are too as long as someone keeps an eye on them.

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