Mini Reviews: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari + Pirate Women by Laura Sook Duncombe

I love a good nonfiction book, especially about a topic that I wouldn’t normally read about (at least over a fiction book that I’m really excited about). That’s where audiobooks come in! Before COVID sent us all home, I had only dipped my toes in nonfiction audiobooks. Working from home though proved to be a perfect setting to listen to nonfiction books while I worked.

Between the two, I would say that I much preferred Pirate Women. Titles link to Goodreads.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

This book was long. Which is to be expected considering the topic, but it also was very heavy and dense. I think I would have preferred the physical copy to read from so that I could I have drawn it out over a longer period of time. With an audiobook, I have to listen to it within a certain borrowing time.

I obviously found it generally well written and interesting; I liked that Harari presented a clear path through history on how we became who we are as a species. However, as the book progressed, I started getting bored. Again, I don’t know if that has to do with the length of the book and the inability to take my time reading. I just have mixed feelings about this one.

Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas by Laura Sook Duncombe

Pirate Women was just one of those really fun reads about a topic that I don’t really get to learn about unless I watch the History Channel all the time. I actually came across Pirate Women in a local bookstore and immediately looked it up in my library to see if they had an audiobook version that I could borrow. Luckily, they did! We all know that there are many women who have made discoveries or did something great in their lives and not be credited for it; at least not until way after they’ve died. So I enjoy learning about historical women; it’s just unfortunate that history for the most part is not only white washed but it’s also male washed (is that a term?). Duncombe not only told the stories of these women, but she also delved deeper to try and find out what motivated them to become pirates. I really enjoyed this one!


What’s a recent nonfiction that you read and enjoyed? Any thoughts on these two?

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