30 Day Book Challenge // 30

Book you couldn’t put down.

Ready Player One | Ernst Cline I bought Ready Player One from the Waterstones in Bath as it was part of a buy one get one half price offer.

I then went to get a train from Bath back to Edinburgh and literally sat for 6 hours on the train reading this book. I was then super grumpy when we got to Edinburgh as I had about 50 pages left in the book and had to wait till I got home before I finished the story.

I think its appropriate that I’m finishing this challenge with one of the best books I have ever read. It’s the perfect mix of sci-fi, fantasy, adventure, and 80’s nostalgia. And if you like any of those things you have to check it out.

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30 Day Book Challenge // 29

A book you hated.

Among Others | Jo WaltonAmong Others by Jo Walton.

This book is about a fifteen year old girl who gets sent to a boarding school after the death of her twin. It was advertised as being a sci-fi/ fantasy novel, and while it did have some elements of magic in it. It was basically the story of a young girl reading science fiction books then going to a book club and talking about them.

I didn’t exactly hate this book, but I was massively disappointed with it. I love science fiction/ fantasy and many people have said how great this book is. It even won this years Nebula and Hugo award. But I thought there would be more to this book.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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