Primates of Park Avenue By Wednesday Martin

Book review by Cari Mayhew.  Rating 4/10

Part biography, part anthropological commentary, in her book Martin describes her life in the most wealthy and affluent part of New York – Upper East Side Manhattan.  Although she grew up in Manhattan herself, Martin finds herself thrust into a new way of life and with a new series of woes. Continue reading Primates of Park Avenue By Wednesday Martin

The Naked Future – by Patrick Tucker

Book Review by Cari Mayhew.  Rating 7.5/10

This is a book about how the digital footprint we leave behind us can be used to make predictions about our future in all aspects of our lives.  But are we seeing the coming to being of a dystopian science fiction, or are we tapping into a new superpower? Continue reading The Naked Future – by Patrick Tucker

Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Rubber.

Book Review by Cari Mayhew.  Rating 5/10

This book was not at all what I was expecting!

From the title of the book I expected this book to be about economics, but perhaps concentrating on consumer behaviour.  But there is no mention of prominent economic topics such as GDP, market conditions, inflation, unemployment or even the production of goods and services in general. Continue reading Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Rubber.

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.

Book App/Site of the Fortnight – Smashbomb

Folks, if you’re looking for reviews on movies and box sets as well as books, look no further than Smashbomb.com!

Smashbomb is a social platform that lets you research and discover new things through recommendations from your friends, experts, and influencers.  It’s a great little site, despite still being in its early (beta) stage.  It has reviews on all the latest entertainment from books to games to tech to movies to TV series.

Anyone can join in, signing up is free.  You can say your piece on products already on there, search for reviews on things you’re interested in, receive recommendations, see what’s trending.  Item pages are well set out, with ratings out of 10 and scores displayed much like reviews on Amazon.  You can make your reviews as brief or as long as you want.

You can now follow Book Blog by Cari on Smashbomb, just hop along to their site smashbomb.com, sign up, and search for BookBlogbyCari.

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.

I Heart My Kindle.

I was into e-books before Kindle was a thing, and the ultimate reason for buying my first tablet was for use as an e-book reader.  I loved that the Kindle app was free and that I could buy e-books at a fraction of the price I would pay for a paperback.

The thing was, whenever I read on my traditional tablet, either in daylight or in artificial light, I would be met with screen glare/reflection, and I’d often struggle to make out words.  I often gave up on trying, making my 1-hour commute on the train something of a drag.

That was until I invested in a Kindle – its light enough to carry anywhere, and I can enjoy clear reading whatever the lighting!  I always have a good book on me, for whatever genre takes my fancy or matches my mood.

The Kindle has loads of great features, which make it a lot more than a mere reading app.  It shows you recommendations based on what books you’ve purchased previously, which is particularly good if you want to expand your knowledge in a narrow field; or if you’re interested in a particular genre.

With my Kindle Paperwhite I can make minute adjustments to the brightness of the screen, adjust the typeface, and see how long I have left in a chapter.  Also, the battery for a Kindle lasts way longer than a traditional tablet.

If you’re considering switching to e-books I don’t blame you!  And you could do a lot worse than investing in a Kindle – highly recommended!