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#12BooksOf2021 My twelve favorite books of 2021.


Being Better: Stoicism for a World Worth Living in | Kai Whiting, Leonidas Konstantakos
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I finally gave up on this and put it in the mail back to @Riveted_Reader_Melissa . I don‘t know if it was the move or what, but every time I sat down to read this I got very cranky, and not in a fun intellectual discourse way.

Thanks for a great nonfiction summer! Looking forward to next year :) @tjwill @BarbaraTheBibliophage

BarbaraTheBibliophage It‘s definitely not a sunny book. Totally understand. Hope the move went well! 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I completely understand that… it‘s an odd little book. And I just finished my last from our summer round and returned it to tjwill , I went through a bit of a book slump too, I can‘t imagine moving on top of that. 2mo
daniwithtea Thanks! It was bumpier than expected, but we‘re so happy to be here! 2mo
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Moller follows classical works by Euclid, Ptolomy, and Galen as they are lost with the fall of the Roman Empire. Various scholars from Baghdad to Venice recover, translate, and disseminate these works throughout the Dark Ages. It‘s an interesting read, but it helps to be familiar with medieval history. I‘m grateful that I had previously read books about the Crusades, classical antiquity, and the Normans. 📜

Crazeedi I NEED to add this one!!! Thanks for posting 3mo
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Nichols covers a lot of ground here, but is also clear and relatable. Okay, he‘s also an academic and a curmudgeon. But if you get frustrated at conversations with self-proclaimed and Google-based experts, this might be the book for you. Nichols discusses how this alarming trend happened and how it impacts our daily lives. It‘s a slow read, but worth the effort.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com #nfornonfiction

BarbaraTheBibliophage @daniwithtea Book should be in your hands by Friday! 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes… he‘s not wrong, but he‘s definitely opinionated and curmudgeon is a great word. 😂 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa He was basically spot on. I‘d be curious for your take on my longer review. Lately I‘ve been struggling to write, but this one just popped off the keys. 5mo
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Hooked_on_books This is part of the reason I left my job in healthcare. How can you help or educate a patient when they believe they know as much as you do? It‘s not possible and I definitely saw it ratcheting up over the years of my practice. 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Hooked_on_books Yes, he specifically talks about this as it relates to medicine. So frustrating! 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Hooked_on_books Yes… no matter what you‘ve been educated on and have years of schooling and experience in, there always seems to be a random man-on-the-street who know better. And sadly it‘s driving people with expertise out of their fields. 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘ll check it out, I‘ve been very bad about reading the longer reviews lately. Sorry about that. I can‘t wait to see everyone‘s comments in this one too. 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It finally quieted down enough here to allow for some undisturbed reading. I really liked your longer review. I think you covered his style and insights both equally well, it gave a good feel for what to expect from the book, which I know I had a hard time putting into words myself. 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Side-note here…I was having a different discussion the other day regarding all these vaccine deniers and about what‘s changed since smallpox or polio. And we came up with 2 huge changes…1 the media showed tons of images of people and children with crutches in iron lungs, etc that really brought home how bad it could be, this time because of HIPPA they couldn‘t show much of patients in beds. The 2nd was that ⤵️ 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ↪️ there has been a huge corporate campaign to discredit science. From Big Tobacco to Big Oil to Climate Change companies have spent decades and millions hiring their own “scientists” to create their own “studies” showing their product is good and discrediting actual science. And the public has absorbed that message. The whole discussion made me think about this book again. 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks for reading my longer review. I appreciate your perspective since you‘ve actually read the book already. I also love reading everyone else‘s comments. But next time we should switch our reading order around. I never get to see much of Dani‘s thought! (That is assuming we have a next time. 🤪) 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I think your comments on why the vaccine / virus deniers are so prevalent are right on target. I would also add that we no longer treat MDs like gods. And we‘ve seen a huge rise in a “natural health” industry that resists anything “unnatural” in our bodies. 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage True! We should right a paper or something. 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage And YES! I think we should plan one for next summer! Just start planning now and make it our summer reading group….maybe as new releases come out set one aside for our summer group read. And yes, changing it up would be fine by me, because yes, you‘d get different insights. That‘s the only bad thing about this format, the only book you see everybody‘s comments on, is the one that comes back to you. @daniwithtea @tjwill 5mo
daniwithtea I am definitely on board for changing up next summer‘s order! 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @daniwithtea @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m already excited. As we‘ve all learned, the world changes on a dime. But definitely love the idea of another round. I want to see more from Dani and I‘m sure you guys know whose comments you don‘t usually see. We should just reverse alpha next time. 👏🏻👏🏻💕💕 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage Fine by me! I always send to @tjwill , so I rarely see her comments. So @tjwill to @Riveted_Reader_Melissa to @daniwithtea to @BarbaraTheBibliophage , right? #Summer2022 (edited) 5mo
daniwithtea That sounds perfect! I will need to remember to send along my new address before we start next year - we‘re moving in October :) 5mo
tjwill @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @daniwithtea @BarbaraTheBibliophage Reversing next summer sounds good to me! 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @daniwithtea Wishing you a smooth move! I know those can be stressful. 5mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @tjwill sounds good to me too 5mo
daniwithtea @Riveted_Reader_Melissa thanks! We just bought a house, so it‘s chaos all around :) 5mo
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#bookandcoffee #sophiesworld #philosophy #buddyread #rivermetaphor #MiddleAges #knowledge #wisdom #20in24 #readathon #porchlife

This book is teaching me- but the discussions are teaching me so much more! Been reading,taking notes, thinking, researching, approximately 2 hours now - only 21 pages! I need the slow pace.

DinoMom Beautiful reading spot. 6mo
TheBookHippie Me too!!!! All of what you said! I‘m filling my notebook! 6mo
ravenlee I‘m really getting so much out of it! The book is great and definitely food for thought, but the discussion is what really sets my gears in motion. 6mo
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GingerAntics The slow pace is absolutely necessary for this book. 6mo
BarbaraBB I read the book in the same way years ago. I learned so much. I only with I had been on that porch too instead of a rainy room 😍😃 6mo
Andrew65 Sounds great. 😊 6mo
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Using my around-the-neck book lamp in a more comfortable way. It sits up on the pillows behind my head. Or maybe the aliens landed and took over my body … 👽 💡

TrishB Cool 😁😁 6mo
rockpools That‘s amazing! And quite fun 😄 6mo
ItsAnotherJen I've never seen a light like this. Do you like it? 6mo
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Desha Where did you find this? It looks helpful! 📚👏🏻 6mo
LeahBergen 🤣 Love it! 6mo
Aims42 Love it!! Multi-purpose 🙌🏻 6mo
Tamra I like the alien explanation, more interesting & spunky. 6mo
IamIamIam 😂😂😂 This is spectacular!!!! 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ItsAnotherJen @Desha Here‘s a link to the light. No, I don‘t really link it because putting it behind my neck as intended turns out more uncomfortable than I expected. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WNRN9WQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title... 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Tamra Me too! I‘m all about spunky! 6mo
Reggie Lol you should make robot noises when you walk around with it. Or at the very least the Darth Vader breathing noise. Very cool. 6mo
Eggs Oh I have one of these too-amazing for these old eyes 👀.... 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reggie Inspiration for my next Halloween Costume! Thanks. 👻 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Eggs Yes, my eyes need better light now too. And my husband likes to turn the lights down if he has the TV on. So this balances out for me. 👓 6mo
Desha @BarbaraTheBibliophage thank you for the link! I may give it a try! 👍🏻☺️📚 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Desha You‘re welcome! 💡💕 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @daniwithtea This one is reading pretty slow and I waited too long to start it. Hoping to get it in the mail to you by Monday at the latest! 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes, for a shorter book this one took me awhile to get through too. 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I knew I wasn‘t alone. And I am nearly done! (edited) 6mo
daniwithtea @BarbaraTheBibliophage take your time - we‘re out of town until Sunday anyway. :) 6mo
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This book discusses why people dislike listening to experts, examining the problem from different angles in society. Nichols explains the ideal role of the layperson & the expert as fellow citizens. He approaches the topic through his role as a U.S. foreign policy expert & professor. He gives plenty of examples, from current events & history, which he connects seamlessly, even if he does verge on ranting a couple times.

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tjwill @BarbaraTheBibliophage It‘s in the mail! They said it should be there by Monday! 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Super! I‘ll watch for it - thanks! 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yea, he definitely had some strong opinions, but I‘ve noticed that in all our books so far this year. Maybe it‘s a theme…I‘ll let you know when I‘ve read them all. The next one definitely has a bit of snark at a few times. 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage It‘s here safe and sound! (Forgot to comment about it …) 6mo
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Just received this today—thanks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa ! I‘m finishing Nabokov‘s Favorite Word is Mauve this week, and then jumping right into this one! I love the condescending blurbs on the cover! 😁😬#NforNonfiction

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