I'm torn. Here's the deal. I'm in the process of submitting work to a job I don't know if I want. Because the position is remote, they have me doing multiple writing prompts to make sure I am going to work for what they need, which is an online content writer. I should mention that … Continue reading Status and Work Anxiety: What is living the “good” life anyway?
I don't even feel bad saying that this book is terribly, terribly written and presents itself as a scientific exploration into the "hidden lives of trees" without thorough or reasonable research. Wohlleben argues that trees can feel and personifies them throughout the book WITHOUT ANY RESEARCH. He gives some sparse research for how they function in networks, and then makes the claim that they are intentionally communicating. he explains how fungus and trees can work symbiotically, and then says, "There's no research into whether this is painful or not, but as it is something the tree WANTS, I IMAGINE it gives rise to positive FEELINGS" (emphasis my own). First of all, what a crock to personify trees, giving them feelings and emotions all based on conjuecture and his own feelings about it, then to couple it with scientific evidence as if to say his feelings and the evidence should be weighed the same. Lastly, the style is elementary in an inunintentional way. The sentences are stilted, primary simple sentences, making me feel like I was reading another freshman's essay. granted, many of them understood the importance of varying sentence structure, so that statement may be an injustice to them more than anything else. I could go on. But I won't. Suffice it to say that I wanted to learn something from this book, but if it is meant to be a fairytale, he should be explicit and not frame the text like a presentation of reality with science to back it up. It's not. Instead, he sprinkles science in to justify his, albeit fun, delusions. We can still cherish and wonder at creatures without sentience, like trees, without making brash claims about their abilities or what they are. 0 out of 5 stars. #bookstagram #book #booksofinstagram #bookchallenge #hiddenlifeoftrees #peterwohlleben #shittybooks
#icontainmultitudes was #awesome! It is everything an accessible nonfiction book should be: it contextualizes the historical and current issues, it is clear but deep in its portrayal of the content, and the author is both likable and obviously present without coming off as a psychotic egolomaniac (ahem #angeladuckworth and #grit). If you are interested in what science has to say about the microbes in the world, both inside and outside of us humans, check it out. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ of 5 stars #bookaday #book #bookstagram #bookchallenge #booksofinstagram #librarybook
I picked this up after having heard so many good things about Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk from Vietnam. While I found the book helpful in a couple ways, much of what he discussed are topics that Sam Harris and other philosophers discuss outside the realm of religion. As a somewhat spiritual but scientific individual, I am less interested in the abstract and belief-based values and reasoning. Hanh doesn't go too far with religion, but he does mention "energies" multiple times, which I find off-putting for their new-age, unproven, seemingly innacurate connotations and denotations. Overall, it was okay. He writes as you might imagine a monk would, in short, simple and clear sentences. He uses metaphors often, especially ones connected to nature. And he touches on some important topics like non-attachment that I think are valuable, but I also think others have covered the same topics in a better way. ⭐⭐⭐ of 5 stars #book #bookstagram #theartofliving #bookchallenge #bookaday
I was surprised that I liked Water for Elephants. I vaguely remember the movie, and the impression I got from it is very different than my experience with the book. The frame story is touching and real, the primary narrative is action-packed but not overdone. The elephant is freaking awesome. Once again, not a literary book, but its themes and progression make it hard not to enjoy and smile by the end. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ of 5 stars #book #bookstagram #bookchallenge #bookaday #waterforelephants
This book was a mixed bag for me. I really enjoyed some of the essays, particularly the ones that wove in historical, social, and quantifiable data to paint a complete picture of a period of an idea. However, as in the chapter when she waxes poetic about her love for Virginia Woolf, it seemed overdone and to lack purpose. The book did make me want to read the Feminine Mystique and maybe some other feminist writers to make sure I completely understand the movement and how it has changed over time though. ⭐⭐⭐ of 5 stars #bookstagram #book #bookchallenge #rebeccasolnit #menexplainthingstome
What a fun book! For anyone who has worked in a bookstore or loves books, this one is sure to be a fast and pleasant read. Not deep or terribly prosaic, but sweet and touching. It is a popular book at the bookstore I worked at too, which is why I picked it up in the first place. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ of 5 stars. #bookchallenge #bookstagram #book #storiedlifeofajfikry