Book Reviews Coming Next

Picture shows collage of 3 books, namely Planned Obsolescence by Lorin Brandon, The Price We Pay For Google by Peter Olsthoorn, and The Marriage Act by John Marrs

Hey everybody, here are the next few books to be reviewed on the blog…

There’s Planned Obsolescence, where a para-archeologist examines a strange artifact with serious implications.

Then there’s some non-fiction where journalist Peter Olsthoorn examines how Google’s ‘free’ services are being paid for with information on our browsing behaviour.

And thirdly, we’ve got a dystopia by best selling author John Marrs, set in the near future, where couples are encouraged to upgrade to smart-marriages, and what this can mean for society

You may have noticed that this is a departure from what was previously scheduled. This is because I have accepted several advance reader copies to read and review and I need to get as many done before their deadlines as possible.

If you were looking forward to any of the reviews or articles that I said will be coming in 2023, please bear with me, I do intend to get to them.

For the rest of this month, book reviews will be every Saturday.

10 Of The Catchiest Book Titles Out There!

Here are my top 10 catchiest book titles. Several of them are a play on words from other famous book titles!

  1. How To Lose Friends And Alienate People

This is a play on the well known book title: How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie. The original book is a self-help classic and focuses on how to deal with people to best effect..

The How To Lose Friends And Alienate People book by Irving Tressler is a bare-faced satire on this bestseller.  It is one of the few books that has ever been written to help people dissolve their relationships in favour of having a better life.

There is also a film by the same name, and a book tie in to the film, by a different author. 

  1. The Man Who Mistook His Job For His Life

This is a play on the well known book title: The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, by Oliver Sacks.

Oliver Sacks is a renowned neurologist with several books to his name where he recounts the stories of patients struggling to adapt to often bizarre worlds of neurological disorder.

The Man Who Mistook His Job For His Life by Naomi Shragai on the other hand, is a book about how to thrive at work by leaving your emotional baggage behind, where the author asserts that  we unconsciously re-enact our personal past in our professional present – even when it holds us back.

  1. Death, Interrupted

This is a play on the well known book title: Girl, Interrupted, by Susanna Kaysen.

The story of Girl, Interrupted was made famous when a film was made by the same title, starring Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Whoopi Goldberg and others. It tells of the time a girl spent a stint in a psychiatric hospital.

Death, Interrupted by Dr Blair Bigham, on the other hand, is a non-fiction book about how modern medicine is complicating the way we die, and discusses the widening grey zone between life and death.

  1. Jesus, Interrupted

Again, this is a play on the well known book title: Girl, Interrupted, by Susanna Kaysen, as  discussed earlier.

Jesus, Interrupted by  Bart D. Ehrman is a different sort of book again. This book reveals how books in the Bible were actually forged by later authors, and that the New Testament is riddled with contradictory claims about Jesus. Information that scholars know, but the general public does not.

  1. The Happiness Of Pursuit

This is a play on the well known book title: The Pursuit Of Happiness, by Douglas Kennedy.

The Pursuit Of Happiness is  critically acclaimed bestseller, and tells the story of a couple who get together in post-war America. It’s a tragic love story, featuring divided loyalties, decisive moral choices, and the random workings of destiny, as they discover finding love isn’t the same as finding happiness.

The Happiness Of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau on the other hand is a self-book about finding the quest that will bring purpose to your life.

  1. Sex, Bombs And Burgers

This time, not a play on words, but simply a dramatic, odd and engaging title. This book is about how war, porn and fast food created technology as we know it today.

  1. The Growth Delusion

This is a play on the well known book title: The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.

In The God Delusion, Dawkins presents a strong argument that belief in an all powerful God is simply a collective delusion.

The Growth Delusion by David Pilling, on the other hand, is about the wealth and well-being of nations, and that this steadfast loyalty to economic growth is informing misguided government policies.

  1. God’s Crime Scene

In God’s Crime Scene, by J. Warner Wallace, A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe. This book will be reviewed on this blog later this year.

  1. Through The Language Glass

This is a play on the well known book title: Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.

Through The Looking Glass is the sequel to the well known classic tale, Alice In Wonderland, and is very much in the same vein as the first book in the series.

Through The Language Glass by Guy Deutscher on the other hand is a non-fiction title, which as the title suggests, looks into why the world looks different in other languages. 

  1. Ancient Aliens In The Bible

As if the Bible couldn’t be strange enough to some, here’s a book that argues the Bible tells tales of Ancient Aliens, much like the well known documentary series.

If you would like to see any of the books mentioned here reviewed in this blog in the future, please let me know in the comments!

Raven’s Reckoning by Charlie Nottingham

Picture shows book cover for Raven’s Reckoning by Charlie Nottingham.

This is hands-down my favourite paranormal romance series of all time – and that’s after having read the Fallen series, the Mortal Instruments / Shadowhunter series and spin-offs, the Twilight series, some of the Vampire Diaries, some of the Zodiac Academy series, and some of the Dark Fae series.

To see my review on the first book of the series, please click on Raven’s Cry by Charlie Nottingham, and for my review on the second book in the series, please click on Raven’s Song By Charlie Nottingham

I recommend that you don’t read the rest of this review until you have read the previous two books in the series.

Continue reading Raven’s Reckoning by Charlie Nottingham