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Sapiens
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind | Yuval Noah Harari
One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come? In Sapiens, Professor Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radicaland sometimes devastatingbreakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, and incorporating full-color illustrations throughout the text, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behavior from the legacy of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come? Bold, wide-ranging, and provocative, Sapiens integrates history and science to challenge everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our heritage...and our future.
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Kimberlone
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My February #BookspinBingo results. Didn‘t get any bingos, sadly, as my reading ended up veering off from my original choices. I did at least read one book from my Kindle #TBR. And I finished both my #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin for the month!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fantastic month!! 3mo
Saknicole Cute! 3mo
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Kimberlone
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Mehso-so

Surprisingly, I think I would have preferred this in its original book form. While some of the concepts translated well to the graphic novel format, overall I don‘t think it was very easy to read such text heavy panels with the complex ideas being presented. The artwork was also lackluster. I feel bad giving this a so-so, since I definitely still learned quite a bit, I just didn‘t enjoy the visual reading experience.

Kimberlone Also, more of a comment on the Kindle edition, but I couldn‘t zoom in on any of the pages which made it even harder to read the small text lettering. It seems strange to me that the comic reader on Hoopla would be more user compatible than the Kindle app. 3mo
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Job132001
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6/10

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BookNAround
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This is the only book I brought on vacation to force me to work on it. This quote tickled me. And it explains a lot.

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Sammiixxx

Is there anything more dangerous than dissatisfied and irresponsible gods who don't know what they want?

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Kimberlone
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A few days late with my February #BookspinBingo board. I had a chaotic January, so I never got to make one last month. Lots of romance options for #Swoonathon. Most of these options are books off of my Kindle, plus a few library borrows I need to start/finish this month.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!!! 4mo
tokorowilliamwallace O.o let's get some reviews of the romances! Do you put longer reviews up anywhere else? 4mo
Kimberlone @tokorowilliamwallace Litsy is really the only place I do written reviews, but I do keep track of my reading on Goodreads and Storygraph if you want to befriend me either of those places, but I only do number ratings on those sites. I go through phases of being really good/bad about posting reviews on Litsy, but I will try to be better this month! 4mo
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tokorowilliamwallace @Kimberlone Just started following you on Storygraph, but I'd love to connect on Goodreads. Why don't you review on Goodreads? It gives the reviewer a lot of space and freedom to articulate their thoughts and impressions without length restrictions. I do not Amazon reviews, though, for its insistence upon rating when wanting to leave a review. I've wanted to just put a few thoughts and impressions down after I watch a film or series on Prime Video 4mo
Kimberlone @tokorowilliamwallace My username is the same on GR. I suppose I could just copy/paste my Litsy reviews to Goodreads, but GR reviews all tend to be quite long which the Litsy format (I prefer the short and sweet format) doesn‘t really match. Probably more than that I am just too lazy to actually take that extra step….:/ 4mo
tokorowilliamwallace @Kimberlone I don't think you should call yourself lazy because of your preference; but I do think you'd write some interesting, informative full reviews, and I'd love to see what your full depth of thought looks like! Your profile photo across platforms might inspire me to change mine! 4mo
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jasna
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4.5/5

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Shemac77
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Night shift reading

TheBee I heard good things about this! 4mo
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spon10eous
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Highly opinionated! If opinions of author are removed the book would be reduced to half of the pages it has. Even the opinions are flawed and contradicting each other at some instances, some opinions are based on now rejected theories. Not recommended if you want to read it to seriously know about history. It is a series of op-ed more than a history book, consisting chiefly of author's rant.
#History #Sapiens #Mankind

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Ms_Ashley
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What you‘re telling me is that modern man, in all our infinite superiority, was NOT the only humanoid to walk the earth at an singular time in history. You mean the ever popular t-shirts showing man climbing from the primordial ooze and slowly developing a spinal column to traverse this land as a biped are NOT true? There were other compatriots who had scientifically proven higher functioning brains and desirable physicality!! 😉…

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Ms_Ashley

Finally got my hands on this one and I‘m surprised by how casually is written. I have also begun highlighted the interested moments I‘ve found. Let‘s see what all the hype is about shall we?

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bill4earth
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This has to be one of my favorite books of all time by one of my favorite authors. Written by an expert in the field, Harari takes the reader down a journey from our beginnings to now. You will not want to put this down.

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SarahBookInterrupted
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Absolutely loved this book, I couldn‘t put it down. Yuval Noah Harari makes history more like a story of the history of man. It‘s a big book that seemed small as you read it. He covered so many topics and the book really gets you thinking about life and the human imagination. Brilliant and I can‘t wait to read his next one! To find out more about what I thought or the other members of Book Interrupted go to https://www.bookinterrupted.com/episodes

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SimoneFroelich
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After more than a year on my TBR I finally finished this book about the history of the human species.

I absolute loved the first chapters but unfortunately it wasn‘t as fascinating all the way through. It‘s clear that it‘s been written to entertain and you have to keep in mind that this is how he views the world.
I did like his thoughts on the happiness of the human kind today, though.

3/6📚
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Ritatmcarvalho
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3/5

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anxious_bibliophile
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What can I say about a book which has already been loved by millions?! I HAD to get the illustrated version of Sapiens; it's a must read for every sapient being out there!!

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peaches424
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I loved this history book. It really took a look at anthropology and philosophy in the context of history and covered such things as religion and morality as well. I really enjoyed it.

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zezeki
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It was my birthday couple of days ago and it was probably the best one I ever had! My whole family, including my nephews threw a surprise when I got from work and I actually burst into tears! I got really amazing gifts, very bookish ones, including my first and only HP piece of clothing (even though it's not my house colours I absolutely love it)! My nephews also made me a really lovely card which, I now realize, I forgot to put into the photo. 🙈

merelybookish Happy birthday! Love that your family threw you a surprise party! 10mo
Lindy Belated happy birthday! 🤗 10mo
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IuliaC Happy belated birthday! 🎁🥳 10mo
Ruthiella Happy Birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 10mo
zezeki @IuliaC @Ruthiella Thank you! 😊 10mo
DivineDiana Wishing you a wonderful year! Fabulous gifts! 🎉🎂📚 9mo
zezeki @DivineDiana Thank you! 9mo
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SarahBookInterrupted
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Read along with Book Interrupted as we read Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. We explore this book over the next 6 weeks in our weekly podcast. To find out more go to www.bookinterrupted.com

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singhaniashares
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Before we understand what humanity can achieve in the next 1000 years, it's important to understand what humans have achieved and destroyed in the past. As I turn 25 next month, I plan to learn and understand about the history of this planet before I start reading and appreciating my country's (India) history.

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mjtwo
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16-26 Jul 2021 (audiobook)
Initially, I loved this book - I even ordered the graphic version for Polly and Luke to peruse - but it did not maintain the same interest throughout. More ruthless editing of the middle section was required - I found there was some repetition. Nevertheless there were many interesting and thought-provoking ideas. I was particularly affected by the impact on the well-being of animals for food production - it is horrific.

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literateBee

I thought this book was so informative, that I read it twice in a row.

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youneverarrived
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I‘ve read some reviews that make valid points about this being written from a biased point of view but I loved reading it and I learned so much from it that I couldn‘t give it any less than five stars. Me and my other half had a few discussions stemming from it too which were interesting. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#nonfiction2021 something about animals

Riveted_Reader_Melissa No matter how you feel when you finish it, it is an interesting read… lots to think about and discuss. 11mo
youneverarrived @Riveted_Reader_Melissa definitely got me thinking and talking! 11mo
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Kenyazero
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Today's #CuriousCovers prompt is a red and white cover! This lovely book has been on my shelf for a while, and I haven't managed to start it yet! It's one of the amazing additions my husband brought to our collection.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️📚🤍 12mo
Eggs ♥️⚪️♥️ 👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
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Lauredhel
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Library haul today : Sapiens (graphic nonfiction), and the new Heiss.

On my hook : my first time doing broomstick lace crochet! The is the yoke of a top, in a merino/silk/linen blend.

Crazeedi That is so lovely, wish I knew how to do that! 12mo
Lauredhel YouTube tutorials FTW! 12mo
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bouktique
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412 p. Loved the beginning. Author presented a different take on early humans and evolution, and up until he started talking about economics and money, it was a fascinating read. The 2nd part of the book felt more like an opinion rather than factful story and I did not enjoy it as much.

#Harari #Sapiens

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Gstangelo

[T]he Christian belief [is that there is] a free and eternal soul that resides within each individual. Yet over the last 200 years, the life sciences have thoroughly undermined this belief. Scientists studying the inner workings of the human organism have found no soul there. [H]uman behavior is determined by hormones, genes, and synapses, rather than by free will - the same forces that determine the behavior of chimpanzees, wolves, and ants.

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Gstangelo
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Excellent insights. Reads like Gladwell. Big turn off is that the author is a devout atheist - offensively so. See quote.

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bouktique

"How do you cause people to believe in an imagined order such as Christianity, democracy or capitalism? First, you never admit that the order is imagined.”

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HPBookBug
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....and by then nobody remembered that they had ever lived differently.

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Smarkies
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Read this for #israel #readingasia2021 as Harari is Israeli. I can't purport to knowing if the book is "correct" but Harari does put his points forward in a fairly direct and digestible manner.
I did enjoy the first half of the book more than the next... And I guess my reading speed also adjusted with my level of interest for the second half which seemed a bit more tenuous in terms of basis.
General pick for the ideas that it puts forward.

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estrellagris
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"You could never convince a monkey to give you a banana by promising him limitless bananas after death in monkey heaven."

Hands down, the best book I read last year. With a narrative as enjoyable as fiction Harari's Sapiens is beyond recommendation, it is in fact of the "go read it asap" genre.

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BoredPanda
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An unbiased evolutionary view on the journey of the mankind from cavemen to the astronauts.

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Believe
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Mehso-so

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Mskt6891
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#popsugarreadingchallenge2021
Read 15/50
Prompt: a book in a different format that when you normally read

I struggled with this prompt as I read all sorts of different formats, so I decided to read something I'd already read but in a different format to my first reading (paperback initially, graphic version this time)

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Mskt6891
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SailorJohn
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Very well written. Lots to think about. Fascinating observations about our history and current times. I would encourage most everyone to read this.

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Mskt6891
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Excited to start reading this! #24in48

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Booklover2
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What an excellent, jam packed full of riveting information about human kind from the beginning to a possible future.

Such an accessible book that takes us from Neanderthal, to industrial revolution, through wars, food, human condition, discoveries, geography, inventions, religion to AI.

A review cannot do this wonderful book justice, just read it!

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Sonah
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Fantastic read!

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️ I was hyped for this graphic history, but sadly found it massively disappointing. The way the story is laid out, with the author as a character who appears on 90% of the pages, was cheesy and weird. It was like reading a boring, overzealous textbook. There‘s some good information, but this medium fell flat. Such a bummer. I wish I‘d read the original book instead.

Cinfhen Awww, that‘s disappointing ~ thanks for the heads up 1y
Cinfhen Pretty photo ♥️ 1y
Phobos_Deimos Having the author as a character in the book almost seems representative of the source material. The original book has some great info but in the latter half I felt it got really preachy and subjective. (edited) 1y
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britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thank you! 1y
britt_brooke @Phobos_Deimos Yes, that‘s exactly how it felt. 1y
mabell What a pretty mug! 1y
britt_brooke @mabell Thank you! It was a gift from my fellow Nashville Litten @Booksnchill . 💚 1y
rather_be_reading that mug 🤩 1y
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WormForWords
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I found the first part of this book fascinating as I have always been very interested in the first hominids. As the book went on I found it to drag on a bit and I started to lose interest. Overall there were some very interesting concepts though. (Completed 7th Jan 2021)

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britt_brooke
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Y‘all, it‘s 75°F on January 1. ☀️ Off to a good start, 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣1️⃣! Just went on a family walk and now we‘re all reading outside.

alisonrose Wow, usually we get the overly warm January weather, but it‘s only 54 here (northern Bay Area). Where do you live? 1y
britt_brooke @alisonrose Nashville area. This is very unusual. It was in the 20s just a few days ago. 1y
alisonrose @britt_brooke Yikes, that must be weird! 1y
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