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thevagabondlawyer

thevagabondlawyer

Joined May 2020

Lawyer from the 🇵🇭 I love books and I write too 😊 my Instagram @thevagabondlawyer 🙏 my blog: thevagabondlawyer.wordpress.com
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How is it that as early as January I may have read one of the best non-fiction books this year! Outstanding! BETWEEN TWO KINGDOMS by Suleika Jaouad is one of those books that will stay with me for quiet a long time. Poignant, beautifully written, and a searing narrative, Suleika is born a storyteller. She has this unbelievable command of words. Whe she strikes, she meant it, her words and thoughts so propulsive I can't help but be wowed. 👇

thevagabondlawyer At 22, her life turned upside down when she was diagnosed of acute myeloid leukemia. From then on, her journey began in the kingdom of unwell. How she dealt and crossed it to the other side, you have to read this book, now! A superb story about the horrifying truth of illness both physically and emotionally and the triumph of the human body. All is well Suleika and say hi to Oscar! 🙌👊 3h
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"We're always striving for more: growing a business, getting that promotion, making the big bucks, finishing the project. On this never-ending pursuit of more, when do we ever stop and smell the flowers?" ?? Happy New Year fellow Readers ???

Areader2 Beautiful scenery I love dahlias,and so true less is more ! 2w
AmyG Happy New Year to you! 2w
Leftcoastzen Beautiful! Happy New Year!🎊 2w
wanderinglynn Great photo! 2w
Reggie Happy New Year! 2w
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All the Young Men | RUTH COKER. BURKS
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😲 This book is so moving, I am of out of breath, really! What a woman you are, Ruth Coker Burks! You are unbelievable. A heroic story of selflessness, compassion, altruism and unconditional love, All The Young Men breaks my heart but it also gives me hope that people like Ruth is out there, helping people living with AIDS in getting the dignity they deserve while equally grappling how to live the remaining days of their lives. 👇

thevagabondlawyer This book is about the AIDS crisis in the 80s and a look of of how far we have come but also how nothing has quite changed. This book also sends a message that we can become an instrument of hope to people whose only currency left is hope. This book is proof that love wins and that nobody can take that away from both of you, not even AIDS. I cannot ask for a better read to kick-off the year 2022. Thank you Ms Burks for your story. 🙏📚👏 2w
TrishB It‘s a wonderful read and I agree, she‘s an amazing woman. 2w
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I read 30 books in 2021. Short of my goal of 50 and way behind of what I accomplished last year (47) but still full of remarkable discoveries: new authors, books I would not have picked on my own, themes I found out I fascinated the most a.k.a. astronomy, and genre I am quite fond of this year - narrative non-fiction. There were so many ups and downs this year that halted my daily readings but I got up and persevered and reminded myself 👇

thevagabondlawyer why I love to read: not only to be transported but to learn, to feel, to live, to commisirate, to laugh, to cry, to love. 👏😊

Here's my 10 best books read this year. These books were fascinating and very diverse. I hope you'll check them out. 🙏

Cheers to more meaningful books and readings in 2022. 🍻
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AmyG Nice to see Crossroads as it‘s on my TBR. 3w
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Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
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It took me more than a month to finish reading this massive book (580 pages) and Mr. Franzen delivers his story magnanimously. Like his previous novel, The Corrections, which I have loved, Crossroads is an exploration of fractured family dynamics, spiritual and religious tensions, infidelity, jealousy, 👇

thevagabondlawyer addiction and so much more. Franzen is known for his acuity and prolificacy. He is a wordsmith through and through. This novel is quite an immersive journey. Sometimes bumpy, sometimes perplexing, but in the end, a rich and fulfilling reading experience. 👏👊 1mo
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Hello, my name is Oreo. I am a Chihuahua 😊

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Areader2 Oh little sweetie! Lost a chi back in may they have such big personality! 3mo
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Done reading this massive book, 576 pages long, and I thought The Lincoln Highway is brilliant in every sense of the word. A family affair, a travelogue, a coming-of-age saga, a grand adventure both real and mythological and lastly a really affecting look at the interplay of lives both young and old, the innocent and the guilty, the events we can and 👇

thevagabondlawyer we cannot control and the things that matters most. Amor Towles has created characters to root for with tender humor and incredible wit. His prose is classy, sophisticated and just mesmerizing. The Lincoln Highway brims with surprises, audacity, and empathy - plus it's super fun to read. One of the very best I read this year! 👌🙌 3mo
Aims42 “Mesmerizing” is the perfect adjective for his writing!!! It‘s slightly hypotonizing (in a good way!) 3mo
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Opening salvo is just breathtaking 🙏 🙌

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I am quite struggling what to make of this book. I do not particularly like the writing style where narrations and conversations are lumped into one whole paragraph that readers may not be so keen enough to follow who is speaking what. But I sort of understand where this novel is coming from. This is as much about adulting: how we maintain and nurture friendship, how we draw the line 👇

thevagabondlawyer between staying friends or becoming lovers, how we oftentimes delude ourselves into believing we know too well when we really don't know a thing, how we are so hard with ourselves, and how we adapt to the changing times. Also, this book has its own share of fierceness and wit and rage. This is one of those books that demands to be read more than once to really capture its nuances and depth. 📚👏 3mo
Crazeedi An excellent review and sounds very thought provoking. I dont care for paragraphs and conversation constructed like you say either!! 3mo
BarbaraBB I recognize what you mean. Great review. 3mo
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Wrapping up my August reads with this movingly written book, The Rise and Fall of Osama Bin Laden by Peter Bergen. This is a great follow up to Jean Sasson‘s opus Growing Up Bin Laden. Mr. Bergen has produced a narrative that is both deftly constructed and meticulously researched. With the recent withdrawal of US forces in Afghanistan, the war on terror narrative is 👇

thevagabondlawyer never complete without Osama Bin Laden and any offshoot jihadists movement around the world can well be traced back to him and Al-Qaeda. Here, Mr. Bergen recounts the rise of the man who perpetrated unimaginable damage and his eventual downfall. From Saudi Arabia, to Sudan, to Afghanistan and Pakistan, this book is gut-wrenching but also genuinely riveting. 😊👏 5mo
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Guapa | Saleem Haddad
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At once funny, cleverly honest, and achingly sad, this fierce and thought-provoking debut deserves to be read widely, if only to discover an amazing writer brimming with imagination and vision. Guapa by Saleem Haddad illuminates so precisely, so humanely, about being different in a world full of beliefs, judgments and prejudices. I loved this book! The tone reminds me of The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. That witty, wistful and 👇

thevagabondlawyer brave tone that captures both the head and the heart. We readers deserve to encounter this kind of book in our reading lifetime. I'm a fan Saleem! 👏😊 5mo
TrishB I loved this one too 👍🏻 5mo
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Breaking my reading slump with this book: Growing Up Bin Laden by Jean Sasson. Gripping and heartbreaking, Ms. Sasson takes us to the domestic world of the infamous Osama Bin Laden through the eyes of his first wife Najwa Bin Laden and their fourth son Omar Bin Laden. What life was like for the first and most important wife of Osama? What kind of father and husband had Osama been? Had he love his wives (5) and children (24)? 👇

thevagabondlawyer How could he perpetrated such reprehensible acts without considering its effects to his innocent children? Questions like these and more are answered in this fascinating story of with a strong sense of family, extremism, religion, and ideology. 👏👊 5mo
BarbaraBB Sounds fascinating 5mo
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And the Mountains Echoed | Khaled Hosseini
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Glad to have read this book, And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, that had been on my radar for quite some time after reading his two remarkable and succesful novels, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Although, I loved those two books, And The Mountains Echoed was my least favorite. It was a little disorienting and there was a feeling of inadequacy right towards the end. 👇

thevagabondlawyer The story had not come full circle as I thought it would be. There were plot lines and characters that I thought were not necessary or did not really matter. The concept of this book was really good but the execution was not what I expected or at least what I hoped to be at par with his other acclaimed books. I hope to read Khaled's future novels. Please write again Mr. Hosseini. 😊👏 6mo
MsMelissa I completely agree with this. 6mo
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Hello, my name is Jokoy 😊 I think I'm cute 😄

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3 hits and 1 miss - my #JuneWrapUp

The whole month of June I had an opportunity to armchair-travel to Nigeria, South Sudan, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Haiti, Angola and Afghanistan. These books were all over the world yet profoundly brilliant, observant, and an unputdownable tale of survival, belonging, altruism, identity, violence, social and economic injustice across culture and tradition, across all facets of life. 😊👊

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Superb! Narrative and investigative non-fiction of the very highest order. No Good Men Among the Living by Anand Gopal is wholly absorbing. Mr. Gopal's storytelling is imbued with a sense of understanding and moral seriousness of the broad landscape of Afghanistan's war through the lives of ordinary people all trying to survive. His close observations and delicate renderings of the war on terror is sad but true that, ultimately, the war 👇

thevagabondlawyer has become a business for the opportunists, jockeying for patronage, warlords and strongmen perpetuating for power in their own turfs, creating a massive avenue for corruption, thus, regenerating the war. This book offers another perspective on this war, not from the officials or leaders but from the frontliners, brokers, civilians who most profited, suffered and endured. 👊👏 7mo
Leftcoastzen Great review! 7mo
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Damien Brown, an Australian doctor, suceeds in depicting the day-to-day experience of a doctor working for the MSF (Doctors without borders) in places where poverty, conflict, tragedy are prevalent and a fact of life. He worked in Mavinga in Angola, dubbed as the "edge of the world" and in South Sudan where tribal or clan wars were the norms. He navigated cultural differences both in health care and personal upbringing. ?

thevagabondlawyer He also was caught in local conflict during his stay in South Sudan that experiencing it first hand, his life at stake, was both surreal and frightening. A beautiful, touching but also disturbing and heartbreaking story, Band-Aid for a Broken Leg is not to be missed. 👊👏 7mo
Ruthiella Sounds like an intense read! 7mo
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Hello, its me 😊 I'm reading on my Onyx Boox Nova 3 Color 😊

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thevagabondlawyer @CaffeineAndCandy Happy Reading 😊 7mo
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A compelling narrative, Chasing Chaos had me from first page to last. Reading this book is likely to make the would-be aid worker feel both awed and a little frightened. I have always been fascinated by humanitarian workers and I thought: "They have the best job in the world." They get to travel everywhere and help alleviate people's unimaginable suffering. Here, Jessica Alexander recalled ?

thevagabondlawyer her decade in and out in humanitarian aid from war torn countries like Rwanda, Sudan, Sierra Leone to the nature's cruelest disaster in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Haiti. She had seen the worst but also witness unbelievable resilience and strength. She made perilous decisions vacillating between "chasing chaos" or staying put and build a stable life. But what's really striking was her take ? 7mo
thevagabondlawyer on the value or impact of humanitarian aid from the perspective of an insider. She emphasized that it's not a big cuddling, smiling, hugging, let-me-be-your-savior world as other perceived it but like any other industry, it could also be driven with personal interest, cutthroat competition and self-aggrandizement. 👊 7mo
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Half of a Yellow Sun | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Recording the history of her country, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie created a civil war story packed with gory details, intricate characters, unsavory circumstances, malnourised refugees, complicated romance. In short, Half of a Yellow Sun was a portraiture of human emotions as a cost of war. While it started really engaging and promising, I felt detached towards 👇

thevagabondlawyer the middle up to end. I thought this book could have been shorter and less dense. I didn't care enough for the characters. They became tedious and dull to follow through. But I was glad to know that part of history of Nigeria and Biafra, if only to have a better understanding of where these people were coming from with their struggles and actions. 👏📚 7mo
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#MayWrapUp Five books I devoured in May! Beautifully written yet also compellingly page-turner, these books remind me why I fell in love with reading. 😊👏📚

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Utterly heartbreaking and impossibly beautiful work of narrative non-fiction, TheLemonTree by SandyTolan is an extraordinary, harrowing account as seen through the eyes of a Jew and an Arab in perhaps the most unstable and fragile place in the world today. To read this book is to understand, if not total but at least quiet enough, Palestine and Israel as they exist today. It stunned me how myriad of events that unfolded from 1948 up to 👇

thevagabondlawyer the present tragedies created deep divide for these people. I had no idea what the root cause of these struggles after struggles until after reading this book. Yet for all the horrors, despair and vengeance, The Lemon Tree always offers the glimmering thread of hope and what truly lies beneath the rubble: an openhearted, generous, gregarious people who aspire for peace and prosperity. If you read only one book this semester, make it this one. 8mo
violabrain I read this book several years ago and it‘s always stuck with me. It really helped me understand the history and the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians. 8mo
thevagabondlawyer @violabrain I could not agree more. There are so many layers to it. I am still processing it. It's not easy. 8mo
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Texreader Thanks for bringing this to our attention. 8mo
thevagabondlawyer @Texreader You're welcome! Happy Reading 👏 8mo
SamAnne I read this one a few years ago and it really stayed with me. 8mo
thevagabondlawyer @SamAnne so true, one of those books that sticks with you 👏 8mo
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This book is deeply unsettling on every level as it is thrumming with suffering, violence, and injustice. But this is a story of resilience and survival, and, ultimately, love. I really admire the unrelenting bravery of this book. Susan Abulhawa writes passionalety and lyrically about the ugly realities of war as well as the beauty of family, friendship and community. 👇

thevagabondlawyer She writes her characters with unwavering hopefulness in a way that is challenging and inspiring. She does not shy way from the horror and brutality, nor does she forget her true function as a storyteller: to give voice to the voiceless, to remember what has been forgotten, even if it means breaking our hearts. Published in 2006, this book resonates so much today with moral urgency and sense of humanity. 🙏👊 8mo
Cathythoughts An excellent book ❤️ 8mo
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My current reads: Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa and The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan. These could not have been more timely and, yes, heartbreaking! 🙏

SamAnne Loved The Lemon Tree. 8mo
thevagabondlawyer @SamAnne I am reading it now,so far so good. I am interested. 😊 8mo
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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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My 3rd book this month: This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel. Ever heard of Gender Dysphoria? This book is about it and how it plays in the lives of an ordinary family living in an unforgiving, sometimes ignorant, and terrifying world where being different, being non-binary, being queer is not tolerated. Gender Dysphoria, simply put, is that strong desire to be of another gender. You are born a boy 👇

thevagabondlawyer but you feel in your very bones that you are a girl, or vice versa. There is a mismatched between gender identity and the sex assigned at birth. This phenomenon exist. It is real and it is not easy. It is how it always is. I hope parents 👇 8mo
thevagabondlawyer going through some distress may find comfort in this book knowing that they are not alone and that they can do better in protecting their children and instilling in them that they can be who they want to be regardless of what's inside their pants, and to me that's what matters the most. 🙏👊 8mo
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My 2nd #audiobook this year: #EatPrayLove by #ElizabethGilbert, read by the author herself and it was fantastic! I first read this book on paperback in Bali, in Ubud, circa 2017, and I enjoyed it so much. Rereading this after 4 years, it resonates well from where I was to where I am now. Not that I sufferred what Liz experienced, but that journey of trying to become a person of maturity, evenhandedness, curiosity and 👇

thevagabondlawyer recognizing one's vulnerability. This book is a tell-all tale, very personal, very intimate. Some people find it too good to be true or too selfish, too vulgar. But I find it real, an intimate or sometimes harsh allegory of truth. This is an open declaration, a declamation, a monologue, addressed to no one but the self. 😊🙏 8mo
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Before Night Falls | Reinaldo Arenas
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Done reading Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas and I thought it was sad, grisly, unsettling but ultimately moving memoir in the midst of repression and fear. Told in chronological account of his life, Reinaldo Arenas was quite a character; a larger than life persona, who endured dictatorships from Batista to Castro in Cuba. As a gay writer, he was particularly pursued by the government and tagged as counterrevolutionary. 👇

thevagabondlawyer He was silenced and threatened but he persisted and ended in the most grueling of fate almost too difficult to bear. I have not read any of his books before reading this one - the summation of his personal life from cradle to grave. This book started really promising, the prose was simple yet beautiful, with occasional wry humor, but the twists and turns were quite daunting with seemingly flyaway strands that were not easily pulled together. 👊📚 8mo
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thevagabondlawyer @Leftcoastzen Thank you 😊 8mo
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The Henna Artist | Alka Joshi
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Finished reading this book tonight and I enjoyed it! A pretty common premise: a woman from a small village who went to the city and endured so much, the highs and lows, the ups and downs, in life. But what fascinated me was the strong Indian culture, tradition, and gastronomy, depicted in this book from henna-making to 👇

thevagabondlawyer the ubiquity of the caste system and to such cravings of rabri (a creamy, rich and wholesome dessert), and batti ball (an authentic Rajastani meal) of the pink city of Jaipur. I would love to visit India someday! 👏 9mo
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Wow! This is one of the most profound and impactful books and I read much of it through tears. Filled with remarkable people and reads like a legal thriller, this book is about the application of the law to suit the tides of time so as not to trample the fundamental rights of every person enshrined under the Constitution - the right to marry, that right whom to marry, that right to choose whom to love and have a committed relationship with. 🙏😊

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 What a beautiful, remarkable book! The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson is about fathoming the joyful and inspiring wonders of life through the lens of CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) which are the hallmark of a bacterial defense system that forms the basis for CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology. Scientific in nature, but Isaacson's approach is akin to a detective novel where 👇

thevagabondlawyer tensions and conflicts loom in a race of brilliant scientists to finally discover the secrets of genes and how to edit it for treatment of gene-related diseases. I am not a science person but I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. One thing is certain: great discoveries are not singular but collaborative in nature, across all 👇 10mo
thevagabondlawyer fields and personalities. Here, you'll meet so many people who have contributed, one way or another, to the discovery of CRISPR, and how, in this time of pandemic, this gene-editing tool will have a great impact in our lives. I highly recommend this book! 🙏👌
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Twainy I recommended this book while it was in pre-order status to my library. So my wait on the hold list wasn‘t 12 months 😂 I‘m hoping to listen to it this weekend. Looks good! 10mo
MsMelissa Nice review. I bought this one last weekend and am looking forward to reading it 😊 10mo
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#MarchWrapUp: These are the books I immersed myself with and enjoyed immensely this month. 😊

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Another Astronomy book ticked off from my never-ending reading list. The discovery of Exoplanets (planets outside our solar system) paved the way to debunk or abandon at least some of our old, chauvinistic thinking of the universe, such as Stellar Chauvinism which states that planets, at least capable of supporting life, have to be in orbit around stars, and Surface Chauvinism which provides that in so far as water is necessary for the 👇

thevagabondlawyer development of life, it need be found on the surface of a planet. But the most fascinating take away from this book is the discovery of Rogue Planets - those planets roaming in our galaxy independent of or not orbiting a star. How cool is that! One day, there will be more explorations about these planets to answer those seemingly elusive questions: 👇 10mo
thevagabondlawyer Are we alone in the universe? Are there any life forms outside our own physical and chemical understanding? The universe is a lot more complex and diverse than we imagined. 🤗 Happy Sunday 😊 10mo
MsMelissa This sounds good! 10mo
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Blown-away! I am still soaking with enormous information that I might need to take a moment to process everything. I am delighted that I decided to pick up this book. The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku is very readable and packed with fascinating information. It is an examination of the possibility of life outside our own world, the possibility of unifying the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics, 👇

thevagabondlawyer the possibility of transhumanism and multiverses. It details science with great analogies and fun, perfect for someone without a strong astronomy or science background. I am having an astrophilia lately and I just can't get enough. If you thought science is dull or too far beyond you, then please meet Michio Kaku. He is brilliant, brilliant and really engaging in a way that will fill you with astonishing wonder and possibility. 😊👌 10mo
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I am really glad to have read this book because it unveils heaps of information about the cosmos, the space, time, planets, and galaxies in relation to humanity and the laws of nature. Katie Mack has a way of making daunting concepts accessible and ultimately fascinating. Her style is superb! She provides more questions to extrapolate our understanding, or the lack thereof, of the origins of the universe. I may not have understood everything 👇

thevagabondlawyer from the Big Bang Theory to Black Hole, Dark Energy, Dark Matter, Quantum Mechanics, Heat Death, Big Rip or vacuum day but I gained enough that I am hungry for more. One thing is certain: everything must end, including our own world. When that time comes, I hope we have not only lived the life we wanted but we also have celebrated the wonders of our universe. 😊👊 10mo
Twainy I recommended the audio to my library a while ago. I‘m glad it‘s good!! 10mo
thevagabondlawyer @Twainy oh would be nice to listen via audiobook. I'll find one. Thanks 👍 10mo
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BillBlume Glad to see you loved this book, too. I can‘t wait to see what Katie Mack does next. 10mo
thevagabondlawyer @BillBlume Thanks Bill. Any book recommendations on similar theme/topic? 10mo
BillBlume @thevagabondlawyer I also enjoyed Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. Not sure if you‘ve already read that. Honestly, I could do with something new in this vein to read, as well. 10mo
thevagabondlawyer @BillBlume Great I have it on Kindle. Thanks. Now I am reading The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku. I am loving it. 10mo
BillBlume @thevagabondlawyer thanks! I‘ll check that out. 10mo
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I love my new Kindle ♥️ Light, sleek and waterproof. Perfect 🤗

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My kind of break..😊 Happy Weekend fellow readers 🤗📚

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The hype for this book is real. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune captures so much emotions that the pessimism in us will back down. This a book to melt our hearts. It also expands our understanding of how prejudice annihilates our relationship with our fellow living, breathing, feeling, loving human being. You have here magic, adventure, queerness, eccentricity, but more than that, you have friendship and love and family and 👇

thevagabondlawyer that sense of freedom to choose who you want to be in life and who you want to share your life with. Highly recommended for both kids and adults. Reading this book is like changing the minds, one reader at a time, one person at a time. And I think that has always been enough. 😊👍 11mo
Twainy I enjoyed this book. The author‘s on my watch list now. 😁 11mo
thevagabondlawyer @Twainy I heard this is wonderful on audio too 😊 10mo
Twainy @thevagabondlawyer you heard correct. Audiobook is great. 😁 10mo
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One of the best memoirs I've read in a long time, A Dutiful Boy is a must read for everyone across ages, gender, culture and beliefs. Moshin Zaidi is an epitome of a real catalyst of change starting from his own sexual identity to becoming a lawyer and advocating equality and justice for all. I admire his audacity and perserverance despite insurmountable barriers that involves his family and his own happiness. 👇

thevagabondlawyer With your story Moshin, you created a place for hope, acceptance, diversity and inclusivity, validating people for who they are and not who they should be. Thank you! 👏 11mo
rwmg Wishlisted 11mo
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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Sci-fi is not my go-to genre but I intend to read more of it this year. All Systems Red by Martha Wells is the first book in Murderbot Diaries series. I enjoyed it albeit quiet baffled by the terms, language and structure of this novella. I'll take this as a good start exploring this genre. Just over a little hundred pages, this book is compact, action-driven that you'll want to read it in one sitting. 👇

thevagabondlawyer The protagonist is convincing and engaging, and the author's hand is sure but not too heavy. I'll check out the next installment, Artificial Condition, and on the other side I am curious to read The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinitte Kowal, the first book in the Lady Astronaut series. 😊📚👊 12mo
Ruthiella Keep reading! The rest of the novellas are also fabulous! I ❤️ Murderbot. 12mo
thevagabondlawyer @Ruthiella Thanks I will, are you into sci fi? 12mo
Ruthiella @thevagabondlawyer I‘m not heavily into SciFi but I really loved the Murderbot series. 😀 12mo
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Long day, long week, but coffee is the answer and a good book 😊☕

Lauredhel Coffee is the answer to a lot of things. Mind you, I just had a strawberry gin fizz, and that‘s a fine competitor! 12mo
ElizaMarie Yes Coffee and books are ALWAYS the answer. (Also wine can be the answer too) 12mo
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The title is not showing up here. Honeytrap by Aster Glenn Gray is a big surprise for me because it is not often talked about and yet it should be given the spotlight it deserves. I am glad to have discovered this book on Goodreads. It even reminds me of Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey Mcquiston. You have two main characters: one is an American FBI agent and the other is a Soviet military spy. Two incongruous characters who must unite together 👇

thevagabondlawyer to solve a crime so enormous it will create a thermonuclear war if not solved. As they work together, they also need to confront their inner struggles on identity, loyalty, desire, lust, family and sexuality. Honeytrap proves that even the power of friendship overpowers the power of state and that love is stronger than fear. This book is steamy, sexy, thrilling, full of emotions and absolute joy to read. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
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Lovin my Kindle stand 😊 Happy Reading!

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Stationery Shop | Marjan Kamali
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THE STATIONERY SHOP by Marjan Kamali is a tale both of romantic and political tragedy, written with a strong sense of place and time. I liked the story, and how it all unfolded. There were moments I gasped, goosebumps here and there. But I did not love it as much. I felt that towards the end the twists and turns seemed flat and unconvincing. But I was glad to have read this fierce of a novel and made it my first this new year. 🌟🌟🌟

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Hello 2021 😊🎆

TrishB People have been posting lists under #20best2020- may be some on there for your tbr 😁 13mo
ShyBookOwl The Southern Bookclub's Guide to Slaying Vampires, Son of a Trickster, The Sun Down Motel, The Guest List, The Book of Negroes (that one isn't from 2020 but I loved it so in adding it here lol) 13mo
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thevagabondlawyer @TrishB Thanks for this 👏 13mo
thevagabondlawyer @ShyBookOwl Great! Thank you 👏 13mo
thevagabondlawyer @Kimberlone I love this book, one of my faves in 2020 13mo
thevagabondlawyer @Reggie never heard of this, thanks for putting it on my radar 13mo
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Not thinking backward, not thinking forward. Just being peaceful, being present. Just living in the moment, living my life. 😊 Cheers to more quality readings in the New Year 🎆📚

Leftcoastzen What a beautiful photo! Hope your new year is great and all the books are good ones! 13mo
Reggie What an awesome pic! (edited) 13mo
MsMelissa Gorgeous photo! 13mo
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CarolynM Happy New Year 🎉 13mo
thevagabondlawyer @Reggie Thank you 😊 13mo
thevagabondlawyer @CarolynM Happy New Year to You 😊 13mo
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A very strange year and yet it was also my best reading year ever! I read an unprecedented 47 Books and I was grateful beyond measure.The pandemic upended practically everything familiar and normal and reading has been the best escape, the necessary portal to keep sane and grounded. The goal was 50 but I had never been happier for the stories and authors I discovered this year, so eclectic and exquisite and remarkable in their own literary ways.👇

thevagabondlawyer Here's my top 10 reads of 2020, in no particular order, that will not soon forgotten, and that will endure, at least, in my heart and mind. 👊🤗 📚 13mo
MsMelissa Great list! Happy New Year 🎊 13mo
thevagabondlawyer @Book_Fiend_Melissa Thank You and Happy New Year Melissa 🎆✨ 13mo
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Lie With Me: A Novel | Philippe BESSON
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My last read in 2020 turned out to be one of the very best I read in years. Unbelievable! LIE WITH ME by Philippe Besson (translated by Molly Ringwald) is a touching, tragic love story that speaks so powerfully of longing, repression, identity, secrecy, lust, desire, and love in its barest, purest, precious form. This book can be read in one sitting because it's less than 200 pages but the emotional voyage is simply astounding. 👇

thevagabondlawyer It is wistful and devastating, and haunting but with a great deal of heart. Oftentimes, we are so afraid to confront who we are lest we be judged and condemned that we lost so much along the way, not living the life we ought to live, jettisoning the people we ought to be with in our lifetime. This is one of the themes evoked in this book that resonates so much on a personal level and reading this is a gift, an exceptionally beautiful gift! 👏
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Well, that was a quick read and I enjoyed this book greatly. Enjoyment is probably not the right word. Maybe, solidarity or empathy. HOW WE LIVE NOW is about the scenes from daily life during the height of Covid-19 pandemic early this year. Bill Hayes made a journal mainly to scribble what he thought, felt, heard, saw, captured during those times. 👇

thevagabondlawyer He created a portrait of what life was like in sprawling New York when everything seemed strange and scary and weird, like it never happened before. Very easy to read, intimate, accessible and timely. 👏🤗 13mo
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The gift of love, the gift of peace, the gift of happiness. May all these be yours at Christmas. 🤗♥️

Hazel2019 Same to you! 13mo
Leftcoastzen Lovely photo! 13mo
TheSpineView And the same to you!😍🎄📖📚 13mo
CarolynM Same to you🎄🤗 13mo
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"Any true expression of freedom is by definition an expression of rebellion. No matter what you do in life or what path you take, if you continue to follow your one true path, there will be those who will try to enslave you, to bring you back into the fold of doing what they think you should. Deal with it by knowing that they have no right to dictate the terms of your existence. " ??