Review: Flow­ers for Alger­non

Flowers for Algernon
Flow­ers for Alger­non by Daniel Keyes
My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

Flow­ers for Alger­non is the first book that I have read for a book club, and what a great book to start this tra­di­tion with. As this is a book of fic­tion, which I usu­al­ly don’t read, I found this book to be real­ly res­onat­ing with me in mul­ti­ple lev­els and I am impressed by the author’s abil­i­ty to por­tray the tran­si­tion so vivid­ly. Hats off to the nar­ra­tor for mak­ing the changes in char­ac­ter even more pro­nounced! In the end, this books shows once more than being all-round­ed and bal­anced is the thing that will get you along the fur­thest. Ini­tial­ly, I got to know about the book through the episode ‘Flow­ers for Char­lie’, from the It’s Always Sun­ny in Philadel­phia TV-show, which is one of my favourites.

The audio­book ver­sion was bet­ter I believe, but you can’t go wrong with either of the two.

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Review: De Bul­let Jour­nal meth­ode

De Bullet Journal methode
De Bul­let Jour­nal meth­ode by Ryder Car­roll
My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

After know­ing of its exis­tence for a cou­ple of years, I knew I would have to read a book to get invest­ed in the way of life that is bul­letjour­nal­ing. I do think it fits my needs and I had to be in the right place to be tuned to hear its mes­sage. There are some good exer­cis­es men­tioned in the book. Per­son­al­ly, I did­n’t like part IV as much (nor the back­cov­er of the book), but over­all a great syn­the­sis on cur­rent pro­duc­tive jour­nal­ing. Def­i­nite­ly going to try it this spring and see how it evolves through­out the year! This com­ing March, I start incor­po­rat­ing this into my life and fine tune it, until I am ready to go full-time.

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Review: Gulp: Adven­tures on the Ali­men­ta­ry Canal

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
Gulp: Adven­tures on the Ali­men­ta­ry Canal by Mary Roach
My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

The book start­ed off the real­ly strong, but I found that halfway it lost some steam. Still plen­ty of good triv­ia and taboo top­ics about the human body that are wor­thy of fur­ther pur­suit. This was my first book of the author and I look for­ward to read­ing the oth­ers! I mean, the con­cept is great, it just depends on the sto­ries that have hap­pened in the past and how they unfold­ed, that deter­mine if the book is inter­est­ing. This book shines at the moment the book touch­es on top­ics peo­ple are not like­ly to dis­cuss in their day-to-day life due to shame and fear.

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Review: The Fat Switch

The Fat Switch
The Fat Switch by Richard J. John­son
My rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars

An insight­ful book about the var­i­ous ways fruc­tose wreak hav­oc on the human body. You could almost see it as an anti-nutri­ent, if sup­plied in a high con­cen­tra­tion. Like all sub­stances, the dose makes the poi­son. After hear­ing about the con­cepts in the pod­cast of Peter Attia, I want­ed to learn more about the research that Prof. Richard John­son and his col­leagues had done to sup­port his claims. Sur­pris­ing to me were the rela­tion­ship with yeast and uma­mi foods to uric acid and its fur­ther effects on blood pres­sure. I will def­i­nite­ly reread parts of this book in the future.

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Review: S‑Town and the Art of Pod­cast Music

S-Town and the Art of Podcast Music
S‑Town and the Art of Pod­cast Music by Roby
My rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars

Even though most peo­ple would­n’t clas­si­fy this as an audio­book, I think it does. I mean, it does­n’t mat­ter, I just want­ed to write a quick review about this great and grip­ping sto­ry, not all that unsim­i­lar to the stranger in the woods by Michael Finkel. The main char­ac­ter was fas­ci­nat­ing and res­onat­ed with me strong­ly. The lit­tle facts about clock­mak­ing and the ref­er­ence to oth­er lit­er­a­ture were nice details that added to the expe­ri­ence. The audio record­ings just made it super vivid and I wish more non-fic­tion books were done this way, although I under­stand it is very dif­fi­cult to pull off. One of a kind!

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Review: The Run­ner’s Guide to Trav­el: 101 Tips for Run­ning While You Trav­el the World

The Runner's Guide to Travel: 101 Tips for Running While You Travel the World
The Run­ner’s Guide to Trav­el: 101 Tips for Run­ning While You Trav­el the World by Andrew Turn­er
My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

This was an impulse buy on Ama­zon Kin­dle. The thing that trig­gered me was the banal­i­ty that you find in online post about run­ning tips. They are nev­er that exhaus­tive or new to me, but in this book there sure were some. Anoth­er thing that swayed me into buy­ing this book was the sec­tion about the dogs you might encounter dur­ing your runs. How­ev­er, even though they were quite use­ful, I found myself being attack and ambushed by two black rot­tweil­ers dur­ing one of my night­ly runs. After a ten-minute fight, I was glad to have sur­vived it with but a few scratch­es and sin­gle bite in my left leg. The book helped me with the right atti­tude to recov­er and get back into run­ning soon after. Over­all, it made me look for­ward to trav­el and explore!

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Review: North: Find­ing My Way While Run­ning the Appalachi­an Trail

North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail
North: Find­ing My Way While Run­ning the Appalachi­an Trail by Scott Jurek
My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

Very inspir­ing jour­ney with plen­ty of set­backs along the way. Made it a lot eas­i­er to deal with my own injury and to put things in per­spec­tive! The duel per­spec­tive sto­ry telling was also unique, how­ev­er I real­ly did­n’t like the voice of the female author. Not that she can do any­thing about it, but I remem­ber it being dif­fi­cult to get used to in the begin­ning. How­ev­er, by the end of the book I was not both­ered by it so much, so I think she grew on me, just like she grew on one of the oth­er char­ac­ters out of the book. The book ‘Eat & Run’ was bet­ter, but over­all an enjoy­able read and time well spent.

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Review: What Does­n’t Kill Us: How Freez­ing Water, Extreme Alti­tude and Envi­ron­men­tal Con­di­tion­ing Will Renew Our Lost Evo­lu­tion­ary Strength

What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength
What Does­n’t Kill Us: How Freez­ing Water, Extreme Alti­tude and Envi­ron­men­tal Con­di­tion­ing Will Renew Our Lost Evo­lu­tion­ary Strength by Scott Car­ney
My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

Enough ideas are con­tained in this book to fur­ther explore the rela­tion­ship of the human body and its direct envi­ron­ment. Vari­ety is the spice of life and expos­ing to vary­ing inputs improves the abil­i­ty of homoeosta­sis alto­geth­er. It makes the case for some rad­i­cal changes in one’s approach to the cold. Biggest les­son for me was just to trust the capa­bil­i­ties of your own body to deal with what­ev­er you throw at it, we are more resilient than we think.

Not a big fan of Wim Hof, but at least he indi­cates the direc­tion in which fur­ther improve­ments can be made.

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Review: The Stranger in the Woods: The Extra­or­di­nary Sto­ry of the Last True Her­mit

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extra­or­di­nary Sto­ry of the Last True Her­mit by Michael Finkel
My rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars

This has been my favourite book that I have read in the year 2020, and although the year has just begun, I think it will remain one of, if not the favourite at the end of the year. An insight­ful book look­ing into the soli­tude life and what it can bring. What brings a man to make a deci­sion like this and how did he get away with it for so long. These are the peo­ple that if you met them in real life, you would want to ask them so many ques­tions and try to under­stand what goes on in their mind and if you were able to do the same in such a sit­u­a­tion. Def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend this book to any­one.

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Review: Rea­sons to Stay Alive

Reasons to Stay Alive
Rea­sons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

The author clear­ly went through a dif­fi­cult time and I felt that I bare­ly could relate, since I don’t have that much anx­i­ety. I do think per­son­al­ly, that some of the symp­toms could have been pre­vent­ed through a bet­ter lifestyle, but I also under­stand that once you find your­self in a sit­u­a­tion like that, that there are no real quick fix­es and you need a lot of time and patience that get back up and run­ning. What I did love, was the strong con­vic­tion and refound moti­va­tion to have a pur­pose in his life, mak­ing him no longer afraid of the future, but to be excit­ed for it!

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