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I Like Books.

Not much beats relishing in a great book. What makes a great book, you ask?

Something Interesting To Learn

I love to learn new things, and what better way to do it than in an engaging story. Whether it's the history of a single person or that of a whole civilization...an occupation or way of life I haven't experienced...or a way of thinking that I completely disagree with, if I can take away some new knowledge or viewpoints from a book I think it's time well spent.

Great Story

Mark Twain once said, "I like a good story well told. That is the reason I am sometimes forced to tell them myself." Well since I don't often write myself, bring on the page turners!

Beautiful Language

Sometimes it's not what's been written but how it's been written. The kind of books where you read and re-read each sentence just to take in everything that it is. Even if it's something as mediocre as walking down the street, if it's written well, I'll savour the words.

We should be remembered for the things we do. The things we do are the most important things of all. They are more important than what we say or what we look like. The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honor heroes after they've died. They're like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the pharaohs. Only instead of being made of stone, they're made out of the memories people have of you. That's why your deeds are like your monuments. Built with memories instead of with stone. Wonder Wonder R.J. Palacio
Both success and failure are largely the results of habit! Think And Grow Rich Think And Grow Rich Napoleon Hill
To gaze into another person’s face is to do two things: to recognize their humanity, and to assert your own. The Book of Negroes Someone Knows My Name Lawrence Hill
There was a hunger in her, and girls were not supposed to be hungry. They were supposed to nibble sparingly when at the table, and their minds were supposed to be satisfied with a slim diet too. A few stale lessons from tired governesses, dull walks, unthinking pastimes. But it was not enough. All knowledge - any knowledge - called to Faith, and there was a delicious, poisonous pleasure in stealing it unseen. The Lie Tree The Lie Tree Frances Hardinge
Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to. Year of Yes Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person Shonda Rhimes
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What I'm Reading Now

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Nia has read 18 books toward her goal of 30 books.
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2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Nia has read 32 books toward her goal of 45 books.
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What I'm Reading Now


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Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence you have not already tested. Life After Life Life After Life Kate Atkinson
The history that happens underneath our noses ought to be the clearest, and yet it’s the most deliquescent. We live in time, it bounds us and defines us, and time is supposed to measure history, isn’t it? But if we can’t understand time, can’t grasp its mysteries of pace and progress, what chance do we have with history—even our own small, personal, largely undocumented piece of it? The Sense of an Ending The Sense of An Ending Julian Barnes
Feeling ready to do something doesn’t mean feeling certain you’ll succeed, though of course that’s what you’re hoping to do. Truly being ready means understanding what could go wrong—and having a plan to deal with it. An Austronaut's Guide to Life on Earth An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth Chris Hadfield
So many problems, however infinitely varied they appear, turn out to be matters of money. I can't tell you how much this offends me. image description We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Karen Joy Fowler
I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives. Wonder Wonder R.J. Palacio
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Most Recent Reads

Most Recently Read

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book but the ending was a disappointment, very anticlimactic. Up until the last ten pages I would have said 4 stars but the ending prompts a 2! So settling in the middle at three.
The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing
really liked it
This book is a great reference for both investment strategy and general financial planning, including saving for college, withdrawing during retirement, and end-of-life planning. The main ethos of the book lies in a DIY investment strate...
My Spiritual Journey
really liked it
This is a collection of reflections, essays, and speeches given by the Dalai Lama over a number of years which cover everything from his selection as the 14th Dalai Lama and his childhood to Buddhist views on the environment and humanity...
Red Queen
liked it
Reading this book I turned the pages with genuine interest just as often as I rolled my eyes at the obvious girl bait that's in all of these YA books ('three boys I love in different ways, what's a girl to do!'). Some parts of the stor...
Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment
really liked it
This book seems great, but it's not suited to Kindle reading. Maybe I will pick it up again if I buy a physical copy. UPDATE...Kept reading and glad I did! Still worth getting a physical copy to do the exercises, bookmark, etc but this ...
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
liked it
I don't know where I thought this book might go based on the synopsis I read. Definitely didn't see an exploration of religion and ancient peoples coming. So that part wasn't my favorite, but I did like Ferris' writing, entering the mind...
Universal Principles of Design: 100 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach Through Design
liked it
Good reference book, somehow both outdated and timeless at the same time. Didn't really learn much new but it's nice to have all of these principles in one handy reference. I would say a physical version of this book might be more useful...
Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change
it was amazing
This book presents very well-developed and digestible ways of thinking about human impact on our environment, and offers plausible actions and attitudes which can be adopted not only to help reduce bad effects but also to change the disc...

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