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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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The Summer I Turned Pretty Quotes

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Book Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty

Author: Jenny Han

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“Telling Steven anything would only give him ammunition to make fun of me.”

“He smiled at me, and that smile – he just gets in. His smile did it every time.”

“He seemed nervous, which made me feel less nervous.”

“She had braces, but on her they looked interesting, like teeth jewelry and not like orthodontics.”

“I knew it was futile to resist, but I always tried.”

“It was a summer, I’d never, ever forget. It was the summer everything began. It was the summer I turned pretty. Because for the first time, I felt it. Pretty, I mean. Every summer up to this one, I believed it’d be different. Life would be different. And that summer, it finally was. I was.”

“Over his shoulder Conrad said, ‘Good night, Belly.’ And that was it. I was in love.”

“He had that amused, condescending Conrad look on his face, the one that drove me crazy.”

“I love a challenge. Didn’t I win class president last year? And class secretary the year before that?”

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Wired Tokyo 1999 Book Cafe

LOCATION: 7F QFRONT, 21-6 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

A bookstore a flight of stairs away from the cafe, you can choose any book of your liking to read while sipping your cup of coffee.

You can also browse magazines which can be found within the cafe.

A wide and relaxing atmosphere, friendly staff and good food, it’s the perfect place to meet up with friends or meet with clients.

You can choose counter seats if you’re alone or tables if you’re with someone.

Drinks range from:

¥500~¥700 COFFEE

¥580~¥750 TEA

¥600~¥700 JUICE

¥650 SODA

¥500~¥1,100 BEER

¥680~¥1,000 COCKTAILS

Wine List

I had a matcha latte which tasted divine. I’m not exaggerating when I say this is the best matcha latte I have ever tasted. The matcha and milk blend perfectly with just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness.

I paired it with this book by Shinsuke Yoshitake.

Brunch Menu ranges from ¥1,000~¥¥1,200 with an additional ¥200 for set drinks.

Desserts range from ¥550~¥750 with an additional of ¥200 for a set drink.

Wired Tokyo also serves LIMITED EDITION parfait for SUMMER 2019


A Not-So-Secret Secret Cafe in Shibuya

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Emma Lounge, A Not-So-Secret Secret Cafe in Shibuya

LOCATION: Social Building, 1-14-9, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Relaxing atmosphere + gentle music + great coffee + palatable dessert, these are the ingredients for a perfect afternoon of reading.

Just a 4-minute walk from Shibuya station, Emma Lounge is a relaxing cafe great for reading a book, chatting with friends, writing a blogpost (which is what I’m doing right now), playing chess, or spending “alone time” to unwind after a long day.

Despite its location at the heart of the bustling city (ward) of Shibuya, once you step into the magical portal of Emma Lounge with a classic interior and gentle music playing, you’re brought into a world where time seems to be moving at a pace of its own.

Affordable and delicious, prices for drinks range from ¥300~¥600, main dish at ¥900~¥1400, and desserts at ¥450~¥690.

I had a gateau au chocolat (simply chocolate cake in English) and a cafe latte. The chocolate cake was rich-flavored and it paired well with the vanilla ice cream and frozen strawberries that came with it. The coffee was divine.

Whether you’re a traveler looking for a quiet afternoon after all that sight seeing or living in Tokyo with a hectic work schedule, Emma Lounge is worth a visit to slow your racing thoughts and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.


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Let’s Go to the Bookstore! 

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Also, I’m conducting a giveaway of Origin by Dan Brown so if you want to win and I know you do, here’s the link for the instructions on how to enter.
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