30 Day Book Challenge // 28

Favourite quote from a book.

Flowers for Algernon is a science fiction story by Daniel Keyes. The story is told through a series of journal entries written by the story’s protagonist Charlie Gordon; a man with a low IQ who works a menial job as a janitor in a bakery.

Charlie is selected to undergo an experimental surgical technique to increase his intelligence. This technique had already been successfully tested on Algernon, a laboratory mouse. As the experimental procedure takes effect Charlie’s intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment seems to be a scientific breakthrough until Algernon unexpectedly begins to deteriorate.

P.S. please tel prof Nemur not to be such a grouch when pepul laff at him and he would have more frends. Its easy to have frends if you let pepul laff at you. Im going to have lots of frends where I go.

These words constitute Charlie’s second-to-last postscript in his final progress report. Having decided to cut himself off from all the people he has known. Charlie writes his farewells, but saves a special word of advice for Nemur.

Throughout the novel, Nemur is portrayed as a humorless and intensely career-focused man lacking in human compassion. At the height of his genius, Charlie’s own intellectual self-absorption threatens to turn him into a similarly cold individual.

Charlie comes to learn that intellectual superiority is not the most important goal of a human life. In this report, written after he has fully reverted to his original state, even though he is no longer capable of articulately expressing his emotional discoveries, Charlie tries to pass on some of what he has learned to Nemur.

P.S. please if you get a chanse put some flowrs on Algernons grave in the bak yard.

Thanks for reading.
Find me on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads.

30 Day Book Challenge // 27

Book that has been on your “to read” list the longest.

Bad Pharma | Ben GoldacreThis book was recommended to me by a friend.  I keep meaning to buy it but refuse to pay full price for it. Maybe I will get lucky and come across it in a charity shop.

Bad Pharma explores the pharmaceutical industry, its relationship with the medical profession, and the extent to which it controls academic research into its own products. Goldacre argues in the book that “the whole edifice of medicine is broken,” because the evidence on which it is based is systematically distorted by the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. Goldacre shows that the true scale of this disaster fully reveals itself only when the details are untangled. He believes we should all be able to understand precisely how data manipulation works and how research misconduct on a global scale affects us. In his own words, “the tricks and distortions documented in these pages are beautiful, intricate, and fascinating in their details.”

Thanks for reading.
Find me on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads.

30 Day Book Challenge // 26

Book that makes you laugh out loud.

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie BroshI was given this book for Christmas last year. However 3 weeks before that I had had major abdominal surgery. I’m not sure if you’ve ever had a laparotomy but trust me when I say laughing is not fun if you are recovering from a surgeon cutting a hole in your stomach muscles.

Fortunately this book is very short. I finished it in about 3 hours. One problem I did have however is most of the book has been copied from the Hyperbole and a Half blog and in my opinion the extra content you get with the book does not make buying the book worthwhile.

This book is very funny. Just don’t read it if you’ve recently had surgery as you’re gonna have a bad time.

Thanks for reading.
Find me on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads.

30 Day Book Challenge // 25

The most surprising plot twist or ending.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK RowlingThe only moment I’ve found surprising in a book is in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. It was that moment where Harry and Professor Dumbledore get back from the cave and find a dark mark over Hogwarts. I think that was the only time I’ve ever put a book down and walked away in shock. I was reading this on release day too. It was torture not being able to talk to anyone about it.

Thanks for reading.
Find me on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads.

30 Day Book Challenge // 24

Book you’re most embarrassed to say you liked.

Twilight by Stephenie MeyerYes I admit, I read Twilight and enjoyed it. And I bought the movies. But I am older now and realise that the Twilight books really are not that great. However Twilight is not the worst book I have ever read. That award goes to a book I got for free on the Kindle store and was so bad I gave up after 18 pages. And no it wasn’t 50 Shades of Grey.

Thanks for reading.
Find me on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 5,159 other followers