Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes

Rating: 4.5 Stars ★★★★☆

Dr Strauss says I should rite down what I think and remembir and evrey thing that happins to me from now on.

Plot

Charlie Gordon, IQ 68, is a floor sweeper, and the gentle butt of everyone’s jokes, until an experiment in the enhancement of human intelligence turns him into a genius. But then Algernon, the mouse whose triumphal experimental transformation preceded his, fades and dies, and Charlie has to face the possibility that his salvation was only temporary.

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Modern Romance: An Investigation by Aziz Ansari

modern romance aziz ansari

Rating: 2.5 Stars ★★☆☆☆

Many of the frustrations experienced by today’s singles seem like problems unique to our time and technological setting: not hearing back on a text.

About

At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?
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Top 10 Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we look back at the first half of the year to see which books were the best. And I have to say, the first six months of this year were quite good. I got a lot of reading done, so I have a nice variety of books to choose from.

So here are my top reads of 2018 (so far):

 

Bird Box Josh Malerman

Bird Box

Set in a dystopian future, this book is amazingly creepy. People barricade their doors and windows and don’t dare to look outside, because there’s something out there and if you glimpse it, you’re dead.

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Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Carmilla Sheridan Le Fanu

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

Upon a paper attached to the narrative which follows, Doctor Hesselius has written a rather elaborate note, which he accompanies with a reference to his essay on the strange subject which the MS. elaborates.

Plot

When a mysterious carriage crashes outside their castle home in Styria, Austria, Laura and her father agree to take in its injured passenger, a young woman named Carmilla. Delighted to have some company of her own age, Laura is instantly drawn to Carmilla. But as their friendship grows, Carmilla’s countenance changes and she becomes increasingly secretive and volatile. As Carmilla’s moods shift and change, Laura starts to become ill, experiencing fiendish nightmares, her health deteriorating night after night. It is not until she and her father, increasingly concerned for Laura’s well-being, set out on a trip to discover more about the mysterious Carmilla that the terrifying truth reveals itself.

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The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells

The Island of Doctor Moreau HG Wells

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

I do not propose to add anything to what has already been written concerning the loss of the “Lady Vain”.

Plot

The story centres on the depraved Dr Moreau, who conducts unspeakable animal experiments on a remote tropical island, with hideous, humanlike results. Edward Prendick, an English-man whose misfortunes bring him to the island, is witness to the Beast Folk’s strange civilization and their eventual terrifying regression.

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A History of Britain in 21 Women by Jenni Murray

A History of Britain in 21 Women Jenni Murray

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

It was Thomas Carlyle, circa 1840, who said, ‘The history of the world is but the biography of great men’, and, as a girl growing up in the 1960s and ’60s, his philosophy was pretty much what I was taught and what I believed.

About

Boadicea battled the Romans. Nancy Astor fought in Parliament. Emmeline Pankhurst campaigned for female suffrage. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson became a pioneering physician in a man’s profession. Mary Quant revolutionised the fashion industry.

Britain has traditionally been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs. It’s high time that it was defined by its women. In this unique history, Jenni Murray tells the stories of twenty-one women who refused to succumb to the established laws of society, whose lives embodied hope and change. Famous queens, forgotten visionaries, great artists and trailblazing politicians – all pushed back boundaries and revolutionised our world. In Murray’s hands their stories are enthralling and beguiling; they have the power to inspire us once again.

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