When I was younger I was a total bookworm but then adulting seemed to get in the way and now it seems I mostly read on holiday. Then I can get through two or three books. This book, Sapiens probably took me about 9 months to get through.
I take forever to read books now because I have so many distractions like we all do. Where I used to read in bed, now I watch Netflix or browse the ASOS app or read magazines. I have every good intention and I have so many good books that I haven’t even started.
I wrote a post not long after I first started this blog called ‘Really Good Books I Still Haven’t Read’ so you can see it’s been a theme for a while. I’ve read most of those now, though … phew.
I don’t have a particular genre. I’m curious about everything.
The reason I took so long to read this book is because I would think lots and very deeply about it. I would literally put it down every few pages and just wander into my thoughts.
Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari is definitely for the curious. It was given to me by my eldest boy. He’d bought it and consumed it and knew I would love it.
A brief description might help you understand the book’s premise …
“100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. US. Homo sapiens.”
It sounds like the intro to another Sky or Netflix blockbuster, doesn’t it? Yet all of this is real. Well, at least by someone’s understanding of it all. It definitely got the old grey matter working overtime for me.
At several points I kept thinking I’m not clever enough to get to grips with all of this. It’s mind-blowingly deep.
I was brought up as a Roman Catholic as was Mr B. We practised our faith all the way through to our kids going to secondary school but we constantly questioned it and had been very on and off for as long as I can remember. This book solidified everything I’d thought about religion for a long time but hadn’t ever felt able to vocalise. Yuval has certainly done that for me now.
The book is non fiction but almost reads as good as any great fictional story. Think that big blockbuster, again. It’s really hard to believe that the contents are based on historical and scientific facts.
The book is broken down into Parts detailing the Timeline of History:
Part One – The Cognitive Revolution
Part Two – The Agricultural Revolution
Part Three – The Unification Of Humankind
Part Four – The Scientific Revolution
It’s then broken down into chapters therein.
The Timeline actually starts 13.5 billion years ago.
Reading I’d excitedly say to Mr B,
“Listen to this! Let me read this to you. It all makes sense!”
So much so, he’s started reading it now. I wonder how long it will take him? I tell everyone about it. It’s a family joke that I tell everyone it will change your view of our place in the world.
I can’t wait to read Yuval’s other book, Homo Deus: A Brief History Of Tomorrow. I’m waiting for that one to come to me from my son.
Are you like me and in your head you read in the author’s voice if you know them? I’ve found I can hear Stephen Fry’s voice in my head while I’m reading Mythos ,also shown in my photo above. This is all about Greek myths but retold in Mr Fry’s very unique and special way. I’ll let you know how I get on.
I might want something a bit lighter for my holiday reading than Homo Deus. I plan on a week of laying on a sun lounger and not doing much else, cocktail in hand. What can you recommend? I’m thinking of something that will give me a good belly laugh. I’ve been checking out Kathy Lette but I can’t remember which books I’ve already read of hers. One book I did love a couple of years ago that really made me chuckle was Spectacles by Sue Perkins.
Hit me up. I’d love to know what you’ve been reading and what you recommend for holiday reading xo