Circe by Madeline Miller: Years ago I read her book about Achilles and loved it. Mrs. Miller stayed true to the period and wrote another book on a Greek demigod. The only problem is that Circe is half as interesting. Her life is long and even longer. Almost forever actually since she is a goddess. Although meeting some interesting people like Deadalus, Medea and other mythological figures, the book just drags on. I was happy when I finally finished it.

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking: The book came up on my audio list and I decided to give it another go. Years ago I had read it and didn’t understand a lot. Not much has changed in the meantime, the book is still on another level. I am sure Hawking tried his best to write the book for the broad masses. I just don’t belong with them. What I gathered though was that time came with the creation of the universe and not before. And that the universe is expanding. That’s already more than last time.

The Distant Summer by Sarah Patterson: I love this book! I read it about 30 years ago in a copy of a Reader’s Digest. The story just stayed with me and I thought about it from time to time. A book group on Facebook helped me to identify book and author and shortly after I bought a used copy online. I enjoyed it as much the second time around as the first one. Really gives you food for thoughts and what everybody is willing to sacrifice for the greater good.

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson: Wow, what a great book. A mixture of Stephen Hawking’s ‘A brief History of Time’ and Yuval Noah Harari’s ‘Sapiens’ but with an easier approach. I listened to the audio book version and thoroughly enjoyed it. There was a lot to learn and it was so much easier to understand than the Stephen Hawking book. I really like the writing of Bill Bryson and will definitely give one of his other books a go in the near future.

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