The News: A User’s Manual, By Alain de Botton.

Book Review by Cari Mayhew.  Rating 7/10

I believe this book has the wrong title.  Let me explain.

Despite having the title “The News: A User’s Manual”, the book reads like a wish-list of how de Botton wants news journalists and media editors to present and publish the news.  Continue reading The News: A User’s Manual, By Alain de Botton.

Short History of the World by H.G.Wells.

Book Review by Cari Mayhew.  Rating 7/10.

Best known for his classic fiction, HG Wells also wrote a non-fiction book summarising the history of the world, going from the history of the solar system, right up to the date the book was published in 1922. Continue reading Short History of the World by H.G.Wells.

When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost his Brain by Giles Milton.

Book Review by Cari Mayhew.

If only all events in history could be taught this way! This is his hands down one of the most entertaining history books you’ll ever read!  The book is composed of 50 chapters depicting from lesser known points in history.  The stories are dramatic, compelling, and often shocking.  There are tales of heroism, injustice, conspiracy, and cannibalism. Continue reading When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost his Brain by Giles Milton.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production – by J.K.Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne.

Book Review by Cari Mayhew.

Until now I’d never read any of the Harry Potter books, but I’m glad I read this one!  There’s magic, mayhem, time travel, alternate realities, and some seriously dangerous close calls.  Don’t worry there are no big spoilers here! Continue reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production – by J.K.Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne.

The Law of Attraction by N M Silber.

Book Review by Cari Mayhew.

I listened to this as an audiobook, and I feel this added to the feel of the story and improved my experience of the book.  The narrator spoke in a stunning female American accent, but would change voices for the male dialogue parts. Continue reading The Law of Attraction by N M Silber.

2 Books Not to Read

Hi folks. I’m running a little behind on my book reviews as 2 of the books I have been reading, I decided not to finish.

I had started reading A Game of Thrones, being a big fan of the TV series.  They often say that there’s more depth to a book than a series or film – but I found that wasn’t the case in this instance.  Also the first book is incredibly long, and it felt futile to spend so much time on a book when I already knew the plot.

The other book I was reading was 100 Mistakes That Changed History.  Although I was impressed with the scope of the book, and liked how well each mistake was summarized, much of what I read was occurred too long ago and far away to have any real effect on my perception of how the mistakes led  to our current world being as it is.  Also there was too much focus on battle strategies, which held no interest for me whatsoever.

The good news is I have some much more promising titles lined up to review soon.  Chow for now, Cari.