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Weekly Book recommendation thread: Jan 3rd, 2019 - Young Adult - Science/History : Welcome to Week 14 of Book recommendations Happy New Year to you guys. In addition to the usual lies you tell yourselves about resolutions regarding working out, eating healthier, learning new skills, you guys also made a resolution to read more this year. A good starting point is a book every two weeks. Just read for an hour every other day. Not so hard, is it? This week I'll recommend one of my childhood favorites that I just re-read and a much acclaimed book on Human evolutionary history Hatchet by Gary Paulsen I first read this book as a teenager. It's the story of a young boy stranded in the remote Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing and a Hatchet for survival. Now he is truly desolate and alone. Exhausted, terrified, and hungry, Brian must find a new kind of awareness and patience as he meets each day's challenges. Is the water safe to drink? Are the berries he finds poisonous? Slowly, Brian learns to turn adversity to his advantage. Most of all, Brian leaves behind the self-pity he has felt about his predicament as he summons the courage to stay alive. This is a story of survival and of transformation, a riveting book which sparked many a reader's interest in venturing into the wild. Now that I re-read this as an adult, I realize that the seeds of wilderness adventure, hiking and camping was planted into me early by this book. I personally highly recommend this book, for the story and the transformative effect it had on me as a child. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari A highly recommended book, I have been putting off reading this for 3 years. This past weekend I picked it up. The very first page was just killer and I was hooked. 100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth simultaneously. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come? From the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions, Sapiens explores the whole of human history. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behavior from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come? Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power ... and our future ​ Please keep discussions healthy and on topic if you have read/as you read the books, or other books. Post pics of your books, reading space, cats or cats with books. And suggest themes/genres for next week. Hope you guys had great holidays. ​ - Full Article

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