A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death by Adrien Owen

MY RATING: / 5 

Anyone knowing me would know how much I’m passionate about my field of study, neurosciences, and this book perfectly describes the fundamental aspects as well as the psychological ones that I rarely see people do.

19578552_10155689574812780_842442280_o.jpg19648277_10155689574727780_1262742911_o.jpgHe describes his experience and work with his patients dealing with neurological disease over 29 years. When I read non-fiction, I’m always afraid that I get bored by all the formal aspects, but he managed to mix a god amount of science and story that keeps us on edge

Reading this book makes me appreciate all the efforts that we all went through, all the knowledge we acquired. The mistakes we made lead us to all the information we have now and more mysteries to uncover. It makes me realize how one tiny device that we use was well-thought, and how all the science generations before us have helped us come to this point of life.

The big theme of the book is consciousness, more importantly, the scientists in the novel are trying to find a way of understanding the vegetative state in neurological disease patients and how their consciousness work during this state. Some even have found away to communicate with them, which helps a lot.

I also want to give a huge shoutout to my co-blogger Lashaan, who’s been on fire lately !! I couldn’t write any posts before because of my constant traveling and I caught a cold ahah on my way back from Phu Quoc. Here’s me in The Love Garden sending you guys a lot of love!! 😀 

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How To Be A Bawse by Lilly Singh (ARC)

MY RATING : ★★/5

Lily Singh a.k.a Superwoman a.k.a. The Bad-Ass Female on Earth a.k.a. Our Canadian Proud a.k.a… Okay I should stop. But I’ve loved Lilly’s comedy videos since the beginning and when I learned she was releasing a book…

After this little fangirling moment, you will probably wonder: “GOD THIS REVIEW IS BIASED BY HER ADORATION FOR LIlLY”. Alright. Don’t get me wrong but even if it’s my favourite celebrity on Earth, I wouldn’t be dishonest and lie about a book if it’s mediocre (#bookidote oath).

BUT THIS BOOK IS GOLD. Just when I needed it the most, reading this book is like having Lilly near you as a friend and a supporter to reassure you and guide you through your life. I believe we all learn best from our own experience and this memoir a personal coach speaking from her own experience and the result is amazing.

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ARC Review: Traveling with Ghosts by Shannon Leone Fowler

MY RATING : 

Published date : February 21,2017

I16776882_10155256521982780_1992900389_omagine your doctorate thesis is about biology, marine biology to be specific. And your lover’s cause of death is a jelly fish sting. Ironic, right? I would be so frustrated with the world if that happened and that was exactly the case for Shannon Fowler. In this novel, she offers a thoughtful view of death and how she copes with it. One thing that is sure is that we all have different manners to cope with it. From page to page, you can feel all the emotions she’s been through: rage, frustration, confusion, betrayal, the sadness that I can’t even imagine. This book was so provokingly human, it makes me want to live even more.

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The Spider and the Fly by Claudia Rowe

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“Well, well, Claudia. Can I call you Claudia? I’ll have to give it to you, when confronted at least you’re honest, as honest as any reporter… You want to go into the depths of my mind and into my past. I want a peek into yours. It is only fair, isn’t it?”

— Kendall Francois

    The Spider and the Fly is a blend of memoir and true crime. You can’t help but wonder how it could be possible. Maybe the writer is the criminal? That would definitely would be interesting, but this book has something just as bewitching. This piece of literature is journalist Claudia Rowe’s first book in which she chronicles her connection with serial killer Kendall Francois. Working for the New York Times in Poughkeepsie, New York, Claudia Rowe’s fascination for the mystery behind the discovery of a serial killer who is arrested for the murder of eight prostitutes stashed in the attic and the basement of his home has brought her to embark on an ambitious and dangerous adventure. In fact, her curiosity brings her to maintain a four year mail correspondence with a serial killer behind bars. While her decision to decipher a serial killer’s motive to take lives also brings ruin to her own life, The Spider and the Fly discloses a journalist’s road to self-discovery and her attempt to understanding her deepest pains and passions.
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Cracking The Quebec Code by Jean-Marc Léger

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    Thanks to over 30 years of data collected by the Leger survey firm, a mission to paint a portrait of Quebec was commenced. Four major surveys, thirty complementary interviews with Quebec leaders and an interesting semiometry analysis later, Jean-Marc Léger and his colleagues Jacques Nantel and Pierre Duhamel have published a book that unveils the subtleties that characterizes Quebecers. It’s no secret that Quebec has a lot of particularities and remains one of most fascinating places to discover in the world. Its history is rich and its culture has evolved over centuries. To this date, a lot of those two elements transpires through its landscape and its people. Cracking The Quebec Code is an attempt to pinpoint traits that distinguishes Quebecers from the rest of Canada (ROC) and Americans. It’s only after discovering that 71 percent of the attitudes and behaviors they’ve analyzed where similar between Quebecers and the ROC that the focus was turned towards the precious 29 percent. It’s within those percentages that the authors have concluded having discovered what makes Quebecers different from the rest of the population.
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The Devil in the White City : Murder, Magic, And Madness At The Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson

4ssI was born with the devil in me,’ [Holmes] wrote. ‘I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing.’”

— Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City

      How often can you go through a non-fiction without constantly crossing over between reality and dreams? It’s pretty hard to keep your eyes open as the author unveils historical moments in their most subtle details. It doesn’t mean that the events you’re reading about are boring, but that the author needs to do a great deal of editing to deliver a compelling and eye-opening story. Erik Larson is one of those rare authors that has the skill to transform the unreadable into a thrilling and exquisite story. Blessed with a masterful talent with words, he turns the non-fiction that The Devil in the White City is into a captivating and magnificent story that reads like a novel shelved among the top works of fiction. This novel follows the adventures of a ambitious architect and a hair-raising serial killer. As Chicago hosts the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893, a nifty team of brilliant heads gather together to realize one of the most memorable fairs the world has ever seen. Filled with sorrowful moments, destruction and misery, the even still manages to rise from the shadows and shine bright in history. But thing’s wouldn’t be dark enough if there wasn’t a killer in the premises who contemplates his own adventures and makes a name for himself in the most barbarous way possible.

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