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The End of Everything

The End of Everything – Astrophysically Speaking (2020) by Katie Mack  Genre: Nonfiction – Science  Pages: 226 Summary: Sometimes when I’m half awake in bed or when I’m zoning out driving, I start to ponder the universe. The thought process usually starts with the question, how did the Earth come to be? The Big Bang…

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Greenlights (2020) by Matthew McConaughey  Genre: Memoir   Pages: 304 Summary: There has always been something so cool about Matthew McConaughey. It is in the way he talks and presents himself in interviews, it’s an aurora about him that I have always found attractive – a persona of confidence that never seems forced.  In his memoir,…

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Writers & Lovers

Writers & Lovers (2020) by Lily King – Fiction  Rating: 4/5  Writers & Lovers captures the feeling that any writer, or aspiring writer or creator, has felt when attempting to put pen to paper or brush to canvas, or note to musical staff. It is fear. The reason that we procrastinate is not because we…

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Midnight in Chernobyl

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham (2019) – Nonfiction  Rating: 4.5/5 The disaster at Chernobyl is a historical event that I have always been obsessed with. It fascinates me. The aftermath has been widely documented and the deserted city of Pripyat that was built around the…

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The Devil All the Time

The Devil All the Time (2011) by Donald Ray Pollock – Fiction  This post contains affiliate links. Rating: 3.5/5 Brutal. That’s the adjective that comes to mind when I set down to write about this book. It’s about brutal and hard characters. The majority of the innocent ones get hurt, and while the majority of…

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