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cover“[I]nteresting and provocative…It gives you a sense of perspective on how briefly we’ve been on this earth, how short things like agriculture and science have been around, and why it makes sense for us to not take them for granted.” (President Barack Obama)

“I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun, engaging look at early human history…you’ll have a hard time putting it down.” (Bill Gates)

“Yuval Noah Harari’s celebrated Sapiens does for human evolution what Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time did for physics.… He does a superb job of outlining our slow emergence and eventual domination of the planet.” (Forbes)

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A Year in Books

Happy New Year, fellow book nerds and stray literati! May it bring you subtle meanings, clever turns of phrase and a rainbow of exhilarating character arcs! One of my favourite things to do on the 1st of January (after strolling around a silent hangover-battling city and listening to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra New Year’s Concert …

About Me

Status: writer, blogger, designer, reader, connoisseur of sorts
Here to: talk books, talk writing, start a book club

I read, write, design and obsess over movies and TV shows.

I am passionate about stories, because they are about people – about the way people interact with each other, with the world, with what they do and do not comprehend. People matter and voices matter.

Above all I value authenticity and self-expression. I am moved when I see basic instincts crushed by compassion and fake sophistication crushed by true nature.

The length of my to-read list is a growing frustration and my reading speed is laughable. I got a soft spot for good historical fiction and zero tolerance for poor writing.

I love to talk books –  not sure my friends like me much for it, but they are being tolerant. I get a lot of tolerant discussions on books and book-related stuff, but what I need is less tolerant and more passionate.

In other words, pleased to welcome you in my online reading space!

For starters, this is what Pretty Doesome is about – a lifestyle with books, words and storytelling at its core.