The Russia Trap

The Russia Trap

The Russia Trap: How Our Shadow War with Russia Could Spiral Into Nuclear CatastropheThe Russia Trap: How Our Shadow War with Russia Could Spiral Into Nuclear Catastrophe by George Beebe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The Russia Trap” is a great book that combines a political and economic history of Russia. This book is direct, short and up to the point guide for anyone who is not familiar with the history of Russia after the Cold War. Not only the author introduces the reader to the history of one of the largest countries in the world, but he also explains the relationship between US and Russia, or in other words – “the war behind the scene”.

This book would be a perfect present for any political or eastern European enthusiast. Thank you, NetGalley and Thomas Dunne Books publisher for a free and advanced copy of the book.

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Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda FitzgeraldDear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald by F. Scott Fitzgerald

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald” book combine survived Fitzgeralds’ letters that Scott and Zelda have exchanged from the time they have met and thru Scott’s death.

For me, as a newbie to Scott and Zelda’s love story, this book was a phenomenal information source that explained very thoroughly Fitzgeralds’ relationship and reasons that drove Scott to alcoholism and Zelda to insanity.

One thing that fascinated me the most was their dedication to each other. Even in the period of Zelda’s first breakdown, Fitzgeralds were able to sustain their alliance despite the fact they have blamed each other for their failures. It was an interesting fact to see that while apart – Fitzgeralds’ lead calmer lives, but once together – their worlds would collapse with rapid speed.

While reading Fitzgeralds’ letters – I often caught myself thinking: how different their lives would become if they would never be married, or separated once their marriage problems have begun. Would Zelda lose her sanity? Would Scott’s alcoholism be prevented?

In the end, I find Fitzgeralds’ story love story passionate and romantic. Two highly intelligent people hopelessly in love, whose remarkable personalities clash once together, but remained devoted to each other thru their best times and worst. Their story is inspirational but tragique at the same time.

Thank you, NetGalley for an advanced free copy of the book.

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The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook

The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook

The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival HandbookThe Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook was given to me by a friend, and at first when I looked thru the pages of this book it looked like it is a collection of hilarious responses of how to get away from the amusing situation: How to not get eaten by a lion, How to avoid annoying coworker, How to survive a boring class… etc. However as I continue to read the guide, I surprisingly realized that it contains many valuable advices and can certainly be used in real life situations. It also includes multiple entertaining topics that can be discussed in a group, on a date, etc.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. This is a perfect gift for anyone, book lover or not.

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Me, Myself & Ideas

Me, Myself & Ideas

Me, Myself & Ideas: The Ultimate Guide to Brainstorming SoloMe, Myself & Ideas: The Ultimate Guide to Brainstorming Solo by Carrie Anton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Me, Myself & Ideas is a good guide on how to brainstorm when you work by yourself. This book contains tips, advices, suggests solo activities that simply helps the reader to generate their thoughts and ideas. I was already familiar with many points and advices presented in the book by reading countless articles online and discussing similar subjects with others, however, this is a great handbook that keeps the collection of all the ideas in one place.

It is also very informative and easy to read. Perfect gift idea. The author did a great job gathering all the information and combining it with great exercises that made the book entertaining. Thank you NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for an advanced free copy of his book.

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Art Lover’s Guide to Paris

Art Lover’s Guide to Paris

Art Lover's Guide to ParisArt Lover’s Guide to Paris by Ruby Boukabou

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Paris. Every time I step my foot in this magnificent city, I’m fascinated by its history and culture. Paris is not just a city, it’s a world. Coming upon “Art Lover’s Guide to Paris” book on NetGalley was a pleasant surprise. This is a very simple, short guide to all must-see museums, galleries, artist’s houses, and studios, restaurants, hotels, brasseries. It even includes chateaus that are locating a short distance away from Paris. The guide includes a short description of every place, including a little history and its addresses, which is incredibly helpful. Having been to Paris multiple times, I’ve visited probably 1/3 of the sites from the guide, and now I have a new list of places I will visit the next time I’m in the city of lights.

Thank you NetGalley and White Owl Publishers for an advanced copy of the book and Ruby Boukabou for creating a phenomenal guide of Paris’ most magnificent places.

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Brilliant Burnout

Brilliant Burnout

Brilliant BurnoutBrilliant Burnout by Nisha Jackson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When I first saw the title of the book and read the synopsis I thought – here is it, my guide to survival. Unfortunately, this is not quite what I expected it to be.

This book is great in explaining and bringing to the attention reason why we are physically and mentally burned out. It is not one or two specific reasons, it’s a combination of stress, hormone imbalance, incorrect diet and exercise, and simple scheduling. An author takes time to explain each symptom and gives advice on how to deal with it.

After reading the book, I was convinced that the mind and body should be playing together as a team. It’s important to listen and evaluate both, and once it is working together we reach the harmony we all so eager to have.

Good and easy read, many valuable points. Thank you, NetGalley and River Grove Books publisher for a free and advanced copy of the book.

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Random Acts Of Kindness

Random Acts Of Kindness

Random Acts of KindnessRandom Acts of Kindness by Dete Meserve

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I usually give my reading preference to fiction, but I decided that this year I should give non-fiction books another try, and I am very happy to start with “Randon Acts of Kindness”.

This book combines multiple stories from across the US that unites people of different age, ethnicity, and status. And the only factor that unites them is a desire to help others. Each person described in the book has different reasons that pushed them towards their act of kindness. Each story is unique, heartwarming and inspiring.

Every individual act of kindness described in the book reminds the reader that there are good people left in this world who do countless selfless good deeds and motivate us to continue the goodwill.

Thank you NetGalley and Melrose Hill Publisher for a free and advanced copy of this book, and another huge thank you to the authors Dete Meserve and Rachel Grego for sharing these wonderful stories and restoring our faith in humanity.

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