Book Review: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

A snail-paced story of everyday magic in Victorian England with footnotes aplenty. *Contains no spoilers Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Bloomsbury Publishing 2017 Reading this book was like wading through knee deep mud. I got to page 300 out of 1000 or so and I had to stop. This is a bestselling fantasy novel and a global sensationContinue reading “Book Review: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke”

Book Review: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

A thought-provoking and powerful story of race in modern America Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Bloomsbury Publishing 2019 Although I am not American, I delved deeply into this book and gained a new understanding of the subtleties of race relations in this country. There is surprising layers of depth to this book, not only about race but alsoContinue reading “Book Review: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid”

Book Review: Six Thinking Hats by Edward De Bono

Genre: Non-fiction, business, psychology. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company. Rating: ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒŸ If you have ever attended a team building event, a motivational psychology course or some kind of HR mandated business workshop then you will have encountered the ideas of Six Thinking Hats. This is a classic book that came out inContinue reading “Book Review: Six Thinking Hats by Edward De Bono”

My All Time Favourite Top-Ten Non-Fiction History Books

Here’s a collection of some of the non-fiction I have reviewed in the past, ranked as a top ten. The subject matter and time periods vary, but I really like the history of medicine, psychology, symbolism, medieval history, animals and more. 1. The Book of Symbols by the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS)Continue reading “My All Time Favourite Top-Ten Non-Fiction History Books”

Book Review: The Pregnancy Diaries Vol. 1 by Googie McCabe

Infused with the vast and never-ending love of a mum for her unborn daughter, The Pregnancy Diaries Volume 1 is an absolutely hilarious, witty and enjoyable romp through pregnancy from conception to birth. Any woman who has given birth (or any supportive man who has gone along for the journey) will be able to relateContinue reading “Book Review: The Pregnancy Diaries Vol. 1 by Googie McCabe”

Seven suspenseful and unforgettable historical novels

Great historical novels are fully immersed in time, place and have a tangible effect of bringing you into a time period that you may otherwise never know. This is whatโ€™s truly exhilerating about the historical novel. The setting and surroundings become like a fully formed character in the novel. Whether weโ€™re talking about a BritishContinue reading “Seven suspenseful and unforgettable historical novels”

Ten Quirky and Mind Expanding History Books

Hereโ€™s a collection of the best and treasured history books that I donโ€™t think I could ever part with. They are quirky and delve into a little known aspect of history making them delightful lazy weekend reading. I hope you can get a hold of them, if you do…please let me know what you thinkContinue reading “Ten Quirky and Mind Expanding History Books”