Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less – Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

My end-of-year reading was quite heavy on non-fiction. This is yet another example. The title of the book is a pretty good indication of what it is about. IT explores the connection between rest and work, rejecting the dichotomy and advocating instead a deep dependency between the two. The book's thesis is that deliberate rest …

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The Right Amount of Panic: How Women Trade Freedom for Safety – F. Vera-Gray

Small interruptions, ordinary intrusions. Shocking only because they happened too early, or because we see the consequence; the way they change our behaviour. At the time these play out as so trivial, so common, we learn to forget them. Nothing really happened. Like Claire, like Delilah, we make change ourselves, to what we wear, to where …

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The Right Amount of Panic: How Women Trade Freedom for Safety – F. Vera-Gray

I suppose it’s conflicting messages, isn’t it? It’s take care of yourself but then if you imagine that someone is maybe a danger you’re being a silly woman. You have to do just the right amount of panicking, don’t you? I liked this book a lot, but it’s taken me forever to review it because …

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Bezsenność w Czasie Karnawału – Janusz Głowacki

Let's start, as always, with the English translation of the title: Sleepless during Carnival. This is the last book by Głowacki, unfortunately, he died while writing it, so the text was edited by his wife Olena Leonenko-Głowacka. Głowacki was an amazing raconteur, my favorite of his books were autobiographical, full of anecdotes either about communism …

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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore – Matthew Sullivan

I bought this book at the Tattered Cover bookstore, during my visit to Denver, which is very fitting as its author worked there for w while. While I was there, I tried to buy books by local authors and clearly, I succeeded. It is partially a book about a bookstore, which is what caught my eye, …

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