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reviewed Unfuck your habitat

5 star

Unfuck your habitat by

A practical, no-nonsense guide to a system of clutter control based on the 20/10 system: 20 minutes of cleaning followed by a 10-minute break. Not everyone will have a showcase of a home, but you deserve one that brings you happiness, not stress.

reviewed The Upward Spiral

Review of 'The Upward Spiral' on 'GoodReads'

5 star

This book was incredibly helpful, with simple, straightforward tips to slowly but surely start forming positive habits (e.g. going for a daily walk, even if it's just to the end of the street), with a solid scientific backing, including citations to many supportive studies.I highly recommend this book to anyone who's struggling, even just a little, with their mental health.

reviewed The Barefoot Investor

Review of 'The Barefoot Investor' on 'GoodReads'

3 star

This is a somewhat prescriptive book targeted at fairly traditional family structures. It's great to have some clearly defined steps for how to manage your finances, rather than more general wishy-washy advice, assuming you're within the target demographic for whom this advice makes sense.I perceived some of the prose as somewhat arrogant, but maybe some people need that sort of …

reviewed Border Crossing

2 star

Border Crossing (Electronic resource, 2010, Penguin Group UK)

2 star

Border Crossing by

When Tom Seymour, a child psychologist, plunges into a river to save a young man from drowning, he unwittingly reopens a chapter from his past he'd hoped to forget. For Tom already knows Danny Miller - when Danny was ten Tom helped imprison him for the killing of an old woman. Now out of prison with a new identity, Danny …

reviewed The Perks of Being a Wallflower

4 star

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Paperback, 2009, Pocket Books)

4 star

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by

"I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they're here. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It's like looking at all the students and wondering who's had their heart broken that day...or wondering who did the heart breaking and wondering why."

Charlie is a freshman. And …

reviewed Password

3 star

Password (Paperback, 2016, Bloomsbury Academic)

3 star

Password by

Where does a password end and an identity begin? A person might be more than his chosen ten-character combination, but does a bank know that? Or an email provider? What's an 'identity theft' in the digital age if not the unauthorized use of a password? In untangling the histories, cultural contexts and philosophies of the password, Martin Paul Eve explores …

reviewed Midnighters #1

4 star

Midnighters #1 (Paperback, 2005, Eos)

4 star

Midnighters #1 by

A few nights after Jessica Day arrives in Bixby, Oklahoma, she wakes up at midnight to find the entire world frozen, except for her and a few others who call themselves 'midnighters'. Dark things haunt this midnight hour – dark things with a mysterious interest in Jessica. The question is why;The Secret Hour is a compelling tale of dark secrets, …

reviewed Homeland

5 star

Homeland (Hardcover, 2013, Tor Books)

5 star

Homeland by

In Cory Doctorow's wildly successful Little Brother, young Marcus Yallow was arbitrarily detained and brutalized by the government in the wake of a terrorist attack on San Francisco—an experience that led him to become a leader of the whole movement of technologically clued-in teenagers, fighting back against the tyrannical security state.

A few years later, California's economy collapses, but Marcus's …

reviewed 1984

4 star

1984 (Paperback, 2003, Pearson Education)

4.5 stars

1984 by

Winston Smith lives in a society where the government controls people every second of the day. He fights this world with love. But it's dangerous: love for another person can be punished by death - and Big Brother is always watching.

Orwell's classic story shows that there is no freedom unless ideas and beliefs can be questioned. This is as …