Friday, January 13, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up 1/13/17

It is Friday and I only managed to read two books this week. (I seriously should have read more considering I got snowed in. I blame Netflix.) In my defense, I am in the middle of two pretty chunky books so I definitely made progress on those two as well. I guess I should say I only completed two books this week. 

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
This is a science fiction novel following the story of Jason Dessen, a promising young scientist. When his girlfriend announces that she is pregnant, Jason must decide whether to marry her and raise the child, knowing that it will put a hold on and most likely an end to, a brilliant career. The book approaches the question of what if I had made the other choice? It deals with the concept of the multiverse (infinite parallel universes...universes? universi?...).

I loved this book! First of all, I thought the scientific, technical parts of it were extremely accessible for us non-technical people. I never felt lost or like I didn't understand what was going on. It was gripping, it drew me in from the very beginning. I read it in a day. The twist at the end was...intense... For my more sensitive readers: There is some language and two or three very short, non-explicit sex scenes.

A Woman's Guide to Fasting by Lisa E. Nelson
This non-fiction book is exactly what the title implies, an introduction to fasting specifically for women. (Side note: I don't think there is any reason this book couldn't be for men as well. There are only a couple brief references to women and their hormonal cycles.) I think this book is a great resource for those who are new to the discipline of fasting or who are looking to include it in their life on a more regular basis. I have read quite a bit on fasting over the years and for me, this book didn't bring anything new to the table. There were also a couple instances when I strongly disagreed with the author. But overall I think this is a solid introduction book if you are looking to delve into this topic. 

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