The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green – Book Review

Book Title: The Anthropocene Reviewed

Author: John Green

Genre/Themes: Non-Fiction, Essay Collection, The Human Experience

Blurb from Goodreads

A deeply moving and mind-expanding collection of personal essays in the first ever work of non-fiction from #1 internationally bestselling author John Green

The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his ground-breaking, critically acclaimed podcast, John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet – from the QWERTY keyboard and Halley’s Comet to Penguins of Madagascar – on a five-star scale.

Complex and rich with detail, the Anthropocene’s reviews have been praised as ‘observations that double as exercises in memoiristic empathy’, with over 10 million lifetime downloads. John Green’s gift for storytelling shines throughout this artfully curated collection about the shared human experience; it includes beloved essays along with six all-new pieces exclusive to the book.

My Review

Reviewing a book about reviews… oh the irony. John Green is so right with the thought process and his main thematic point. That of how much of life we distill down to this arbitrary five point rating system being utterly absurd. 

I started reviewing books back in 2015 on Goodreads. I followed that up with becoming an ARC reviewer for NetGalley and others. And somehow have ended up with a blog whereby I review all of the books I read. 

And when I started this journey I was so rigid with my ratings. Five stars were something I practically refused to give out because perfection was such an intangible concept … but is it though?

Reviewing is all about a personal experience and surely it’s as simple as did I like it or did I not, and would I recommend this experience to another person. So I’ve just stopped overthinking and have gone with my heart rather than my head. Therefore as the years have rolled by I’ve abandoned the star system on my blog and on sites such as Goodreads that confine me to this arbitrary rating system I am much more flathúlach with my five stars. 

As for this collection of essays by John Green. 
I loved them. 
Some more than others cos I gotta admit some essays …. 
I don’t want to say triggered my anxiety because I’m okay and the book didn’t upset me. But for sure his beautiful brain works differently to mine because I think John deals with his anxiety in a very different style than I do with mine. And therefore sometimes his honesty with how he wrote about his depression and OCD was a little gulp inducing for me. 
But that honesty and authenticity also made me feel hugely connected to him as a reader. I very much Polo’d to his Marco!

I simply love John Green’s writing voice. I’ve adored his fiction and have always found nuggets of wisdom, empathy, and compassion in those books, and it was no different here. The topics he reviewed are wide and varied. But each one is somehow made personable. 

This book was a warm hug in a time when warm hugs are in short supply due to this seemingly unending pandemic. 

And I give warm hugs five stars.

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