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An Elegant Defense by Matt Richtel Book Review

An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System

Intricately crafted and deeply informative, “An Elegant Defense” by Pulitzer Prize Winner and New York Times Best-Selling Author Matt Richtel, is a must-read.

Bacteria and viruses have been regarded as villains throughout history. Among these so-called villains are E.coli, salmonella, HIV, and Ebola. These deadly bacteria and viruses have claimed the lives of millions of people.

But in his book “An Elegant Defense,” Matt Richtel talks about bacteria and viruses and how some of these “villains” are actually crucial for our survival. According to him, only a mere 1% is likely to cause illness.

The miraculous recovery of his dear friend from cancer with the help of a drug that utilizes the powers of the immune system has inspired Matt Richtel to write about our built-in defense system, the immune system.

In “An Elegant Defense,” you will come to learn what viruses are crucial to survival, what T-cells and B-cells are, and how they fight off intruders to the human body.

Matt Richtel delves into the immune system. He describes the immune system as an “elegant defense” against these deadly diseases which is where he got the title of his book from.

“If the immune system is not aggressive enough, it leaves us vulnerable to malignant pathogens. If it’s too aggressive, it can kill us.”

He touches on the history of the discovery of immunology and how, with the help of a starfish larvae, a white-blooded dog, and a chicken’s purse has given rise to immunology.

Matt Richtel explains scientific terminologies and the processes very simply that after reading “An Elegant Defense,” you’ll come to know your body more and will make you feel like an expert in immunology.

A must-read for those seeking to understand their own bodies and the wonders that happen within, for those who are curious about the history of the discovery of immunology, and for people who are interested in immunology but don’t want to read those boring scientific books.

Overall, “An Elegant Defense” by Matt Richtel is an enjoyable and informative, and a sad yet hopeful read.

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Smart Moves by Sam Deep & Lyle Sussman

“Smart Moves” is a compilation of checklists to bring out the best out of an individual. I wish I’d met this book earlier, but it’s never too late to improve oneself. To become a better version of yourself and be proud of who you are.

Smart Moves by Sam Deep and Lyle Sussman is a real gem. First published in 1990 with editions after, the lessons in this book are timeless.

Communication is vital for survival. Infants cry when they are hungry or hurt. They laugh when happy and smile when they see something pleasant. Crying is how infants communicate before they learn how to weave words together and create intelligible sentences.

We’ve been communicating since early childhood. Yet, way into adulthood, we still haven’t mastered this skill. This skill of communication.

It can be frustrating sometimes when we mean something and the listener takes a different meaning. This happens because of our lack of communication skills.

That’s when Sam Deep and Lyle Sussman’s book, “Smart Moves” comes to the rescue.

From learning more about yourself as a communicator to delivering powerful presentations, this book teaches how to communicate effectively.

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You Deserve Happiness, We All Do

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Everyone has different ways of dealing with depression. I wrote this book to let those who are dealing with similar problems, know that you are not alone.

People around you who have not gone through what you’re going through may not understand, as is usually the case with depression, but I want you to know that I understand.

I have brought back happiness into my life, though with occasional low of lows, but it has become more tolerable and I have become more in control of my life.

I want you to know that I believe in you.

These are what I do to deal with depression. I hope that at least one or two of the tips in this book will guide you in your journey towards getting back the happiness you deserve.

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Here are reviews from readers of You Deserve Happiness, We All Do.

Light, easy and enjoyable.”

-Cosinlovewithbooks

Even to people without depression, it’s really helpful. It also gave me some tips to help me stay motivated everyday.” -Bea

I like the way that it is written; jotted down the steps of how depression was coped because experience is a concrete advice one can share.” -Baewannaread

Great tips on how to deal with depression – ranging from the physical and basic to more emotional and individualized ways to cope. I especially love the recommendation of books and YouTubers as it gives a personal insight to into your personal battle with depression.” -Annie

Love the writing style and enjoyed reading it. Light but not so sad way. The tips are something I can do when feeling down and they are easy to do as well.” -FanFiction

“It started off with a message from the author herself which was very heartwarming because it really showed that it was her intention and passion to help those who experienced, and experiences still, what she had gone through before. It ended with a poem which I really liked because not all authors end their book in a very soothing and heartwarming way.” -Aelintiya

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Book Review: For Who The Bell Tolls by David Marsh

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“Drawing on a diverse range of sources from Shakespeare to The Simpsons, from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Yoda, David Marsh explains how grammar need not be difficult and can be fun. There’s advice on how to improve sloppy syntax, choose the right word and avoid wobbly spelling.” 📖💕
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My Thoughts

Most grammar books just state the rules and then give some examples but this book is different. It showcases newspaper headlines, songs, and quotes from books that, despite the many hands and eyes they’ve been screened through, have found their way into the world with grammatical errors. David Marsh points out the errors and corrects them in an understandable, fun an humorous way. 😊📚

Highly recommend this to those who love grammar and those who need to learn about grammar in a fun and enjoyable way. 🤗

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What Book Should I Give as a Gift this Christmas?

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Haven’t decided yet what book to give this Christmas to your book-loving friend? Or a gift for yourself?

Then you’ve come to the right place. These are my personal favorites and I hope you’ll like them too!

1. My True Love Gave to Me by 12 authors edited by Stephanie Perkins


If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with “My True Love Gave to Me” Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers (Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de La Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Tayler and Kiersten White), edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.”

2. What Light by Jay Asher

“Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon. It’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other. By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. But as disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra can’t help but wonder if love really is enough to overcome every obstacle…”

Book Review here.



3. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle


Let It Snow is a compilation novel comprising of three separate stories that intertwine with one another. A trio of bestselling authors – John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle – brings all the magic of the holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away. The stories include The Jubilee Express by Maureen Johnson, A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle by John Green, and The Patron Saint of Pigs by Lauren Myracle.

Book review here.



4. Christmas Legends to Remember by Helen Haidle


Three tales of true Christmas spirit come alive in the hands of award-winning children’s author Helen Haidle. Legend of the Candy Cane opens with the lonely candy maker seeking the truth in the Christmas season. As he finds warmth in the laughter and bustle of the village children, a thought occurs: What can he give to show love for those in need? Unexpected inspiration leads to a sweet and meaningful answer.



5. Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella


Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) thought motherhood would be a breeze and that having a daughter was a dream come true a shopping friend for life! But it s trickier than she thought two-year-old Minnie has a quite different approach to shopping.

She can create havoc everywhere from Harrods to Harvey Nicks to her own christening. She hires taxis at random, her favourite word is Mine , and she s even started bidding for designer bags on ebay.

On top of everything else, there s a big financial crisis. People are having to Cut Back including all of Becky s personal shopping clients and she and Luke are still living with Becky s Mum and Dad. To cheer everyone up, Becky decides to throw a surprise birthday party on a budget but then things become really complicated.

Who will end up on the naughty step, who will get a gold star and will Becky s secret wishes come true?



6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney


Greg Heffley is in big trouble. School property has been damaged, and Greg is the prime suspect. But the crazy thing is, he’s innocent. Or at least sort of.The authorities are closing in, but when a surprise blizzard hits, the Heffley family is trapped indoors. Greg knows that when the snow melts he’s going to have to face the music, but could any punishment be worse than being stuck inside with your family for the holidays?

Happy Holidays and cheers to more books! 😄🎄🎁📚❤
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