Literary Treasures: A Year in Books and Beyond


This is for all book enthusiasts! And if you know me, I love reading and / or listening to audiobooks. As the year comes to the end, I look back my personal literary journey, unearthing gems that have added vibrant hues to my reading adventures. If you’re curious about the latest discoveries, look no further than the books i have shared throughout this year on this site. But, hold on – the...

Book: “What you are looking for is in the library” by Michiko Aoyama


Rating:★★★★ ★ “What you are looking for is in the library” by Michiko Aoyama is an absolute gem of a book that will warm your heart and leave you with a sense of optimism about life. The series of interlocking vignettes set in Tokyo, all centered around the Hatori Community House library and its enchanting librarian, Sayuri Komachi, create a tapestry of interconnected lives that you...

Book: Tom Lake by Ann Patchett


I recently acquired a relatively new book by Ann Patchett called “Tom Lake,” and what makes it truly exceptional is the fact that Meryl Streep narrates the audiobook version. It’s an absolute delight to listen to; today I initially intended to dedicate only an hour to it, but I’m already halfway through! About the book: In the spring of 2020, Lara’s three daughters...

Book: The Internet Con: How To Seize the Means of Computation by Cory Doctorow


It looks like Cory Doctorow has a new book coming out on September 5th, 2023! It sounds very interesting so I have just pre-ordered it on my Kindle. Book description from Amazon: When the tech platforms promised a future of “connection,” they were lying. They said their “walled gardens” would keep us safe, but those were prison walls.The platforms locked us into their...

A Psalm for the Wild-Built: Exploring Meaning and Purpose in a World of Plenty


I read the book over the weekend and it was good, I would say just good enough. In her novel, “A Psalm for the Wild-Built,” author Becky Chambers takes us on a thought-provoking journey into a world where robots once gained self-awareness, ventured into the wilderness, and vanished into myth. This intriguing tale revolves around a tea monk whose life takes an unexpected turn when a robot...

Books: Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


This just dropped into my Kindle as it was released today. Since I love her books I am reading: Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia now. Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s latest novel, combines horror, mystery, and historical Mexican settings. Set in 1990s Mexico City’s decaying film industry, the story follows Montserrat, a reclusive sound editor caring for her cancer-stricken sister, her...

Book: The Cosmic Puppets


Reading “The Cosmic Puppets” Philip K. Dick. I am in my summer mood nowadays so very little Internet or blogging until later maybe in September. But occasionally there will be a post or two about what I am up-to or what I am reading… “The Cosmic Puppets” is a mind-bending novel by renowned science fiction author Philip K. Dick. Set in a small town called Millgate, the...

Book: The End of the Regime


The author of the book “The End of the Regime: How Three European Dictatorships Ended” has been surprised by its success in Russia, where it has become a best seller and a topic of discussion among opposition groups, the ruling elite, and the general public. Discussion centers around how right-wing dictatorships end and whether Russia can become a democracy. The author notes that the...

Books: The Reality Dysfunction (Night’s Dawn #1) by Peter F. Hamilton


Picked up a new for me, but an old for many audiobook today: The Reality Dysfunction (Night’s Dawn #1) by Peter F. Hamilton. It’s a 41-hour space opera which I am looking forward to immerse myself in this week. It’s a book one of 3! About the books: In AD 2600 the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a...

ChatGPT As Author on Kindle Store


ChatGPT is an AI-generated author on Amazon’s Kindle Store, with at least 200 books listed under its name. It is the latest example of AI-generated writing and content flooding the market, with books ranging from children’s stories to poetry collections to sci-fi epics. Brett Schickler, a self-published author, has earned less than $100 from his AI-created children’s book. There...

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