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review 2017-07-23 10:43
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth - Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield isn‘t just THAT astronaut guy who sung David Bowie‘s Space Oddity in zero gravity in that famous youtube video that vent viral within minutes of its release. You will also see while reading this book, his autobiography, that he‘s also quite humble and charming human being who cares deeply about his family. 

 

In this book which is gold in my humble opinion he doesn‘t just describe his humble beginnings at Nasa in full detail, but he also describes the work he has to do, and everything he had to go through in life before he got chosen and before he was allowed to work at Nasa and before he was allowed to become an astronaut.

 

He talks about the tuffest medical exams you have to take, hundreds of hours and years of practice you must do, pysch evaluations, etcetera, before you are actually put into process, chosen or allowed to go up there. It‘s far from very easy to become an astronaut, but once you do, according to him, it‘s worth it, because you get to see in the end of all the suffering you had to undertake, what you‘ve been working for. Which of course is Space.

 

It‘s quite a touching story or an autobiography of a very humble man who dreamt about becoming an astronaut ever since he was a little kid, and about how that little kid who dreamt about becoming an astronaut grew up into a man of integrity and made his dreams come true, by working hard, by taking big risks, and by taking sacrifice in life. Which is something we should all be doing and be striving for, don‘t you agree? This book truly is An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-07-22 22:09
Witty and fun
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

What the title said

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review 2017-07-22 21:00
British and Zanny in Space
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

I would call this sci-fi on mushrooms. Funny, but very weird.

On a side note: I've never been afraid of rats, but I might reconsider.

 

 

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text 2017-07-22 05:41
24 in 48: Expectations and Intro Survey
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Gunslinger - Stephen King

 

This is the first time I join in a readathon! This 24 in 48 suits me.

 

I'm no a speed reader, so I reckon I'll finish my BLopoly Roll's at most, but we'll see. They are not that long.

 

Now, the survey:

 

1. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend? Argentina
2. Have you done the 24in48 readathon before? Nope, I'm a first timer.
3. Where did you hear about the readathon, if it is your first? Debbie posted about it, and I got curious.
4. What book are you most excited about reading this weekend? Since we are on the home-stretch of the BLopoly game, I'll go with my two picks for my double roll: HHGttG and "The Gunslinger". Both have been in my tbr for years, this game is really helping me with the clean up :D
5. Tell us something about yourself: Ermm... I'm a strange mix between a burrowing introvert and the dog from UP. That means that I tend to read while listening to music and drinking infusions, or hear audiobooks while cooking, cleaning and exercising. I can't do ONE thing at a time, which is why most people plain bore me, and I socialize best while dancing, or over board games. Not eating, though, unless you are very close to my heart, because I'm a huge and messy eater, and people's surprise annoys me into lectures about stupid expectations of dainty ladies, and feminist soapboxing that scares everyone... right.

 

*buckles down*

 

Starting the clock now.

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review 2017-07-08 18:59
Feel a bit uneasy about the book.
Matcha: A Lifestyle Guide - Anna Kavaliu... Matcha: A Lifestyle Guide - Anna Kavaliunas,Jessica Flint

On a whim I decided to check out this book since I saw my library had it on display. I had not heard of the book before seeing it on display but I do like matcha. 

 

The book is a lovely looking coffee-table book about...matcha. What it is, the history of it, how to prepare it, its place in tea history, how to identify good matcha, some matcha recipes, etc. Clearly it's a book meant to take advantage of the huge hype that's going on with matcha becoming a new trend that's going on. 

 

Unfortunately there are a few things going on in the book just make me hesitate quite a bit. For example, within the first chapter the authors talk about buying matcha from anywhere but Japan. "Purchasing tea from anywhere but Japan is like buying a counterfeit Goyard handbag..." (pg 9). They don't discuss that matcha is originally from China. And as matcha is *A* tea, it's unclear if the authors specifically meant purchasing matcha or tea in general. It's either bad editing/writing or a lack of understanding of tea. 

 

In a later chapter they discuss matcha bars (these exist??) and how to find good ones and bad ones. Good ones include playing David Bowie or Fleetwood Mac, dates from Tinder happening there or Gweneth Paltrow being in line. A bad sign is a presence of a man bun. To be fair they have other qualities about the matcha itself (good and bad) to serve as guidelines but the book attempts to be too "cute" and current.

 

According to the author bios, they have written articles and what not in topics including food, beverages, travel and health/wellness. Apparently one of them spent 15 days in Japan learning about tea ceremony, tea, etc. The book does reference to experts and people with experience with tea but as far as I can tell this is just a hobby for the authors. It's fine if they love it and wanted to share their love of matcha with others but I would look elsewhere if I wanted to purchase a coffee book table on matcha or keep as a resource. It's pretty to look at, though.

 

Library borrow if it's all you've got available to start with but the internet can point you to better sources.  

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