Spare by Prince Harry

Spare by Prince Harry was one of the most sought after books in early 2023, and rightly so, given his status as a UK royal, and the centre of much recent royal controversy.

His biography is very revealing, and there’s just as much to be said about what he did say, as what he didn’t say.

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Price We Pay For Google By Peter Olsthoorn

Google is the Silver Back of all search engines. Its efficiency and the query results provided surpassed those of all the other search engines around at the time when it came into the fore. And 20 years later it is still THE go-to search engine for the large majority of web users..

So I saw this as quite the provocative book title. I use Google every single day, and I use it quite heavily for my work, as do countless others across the globe. But is there a cost to this free service that we’ve simply ignored?

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Not To Be Missed In 2023!

The picture displays the following books:
The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu,
Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker
(Bridgerton) The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
The Perils Of Perception by Bobby Duffy
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
What Do You Think You Are by Brian Clegg
One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M McManus
God's Crime Scene by J Warner Wallace
Raven's Reckoning by Charlie Nottingham

Hey everybody! The above collage is a quick glimpse at the book reviews coming up in 2023. Spoiler-free for the fiction, but details provided in the non-fiction titles.

But that’s not all – we’ve also got some interesting and handy informational articles coming up next year, too. They are as follows:

  1. Why I switched to eBooks
  2. Top 10 eBook sites, apps, and mailing lists
  3. Catchiest book titles
  4. Books Worth Ditching Netflix Box Sets For
  5. How To Read Books For Free
  6. Why You Don’t Have To Wait Forever For Your Favourite Author’s Next Boo

These articles will be interspersed between the book reviews.

Once these articles and book reviews are online, there will then be a Readathon, where I will read as many free samples of ebooks as I can within the space of 2 weeks, and then I will announce winners and runners up.

At some point there will also be a poll, where blog followers get to choose which book reviews they want to see on the blog, out of a selection that I’m already putting together in my head.

So, there’s plenty coming up in 2023 to stay tuned for (even if it is just the article on free books, haha!).

See you next time!

Anthrovision: How Anthropology Can Explain Business And Life by Gillian Tett

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Many people see anthropology as relatively unimportant. I mean who really cares about marriage rituals in some far flung place that you’re never going to get to. However, in her book Anthrovision, Tett explains how the lateral thinking practiced in anthropology can shed light on such vital topics as the world economy, the digital landscape, the sustainability movement, choosing a school, and dealing with a pandemic. (Contains spoilers.)

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Book Reviews Coming Soon!

Hey folks, we’ve got a great mix of genres coming up! Do you ever wonder why misogyny still exists in 2022? That’s why I’m reading Sieghart’s book The Authority Gap. This is followed by a psychological thriller where the main character has multiple personality disorder. And then there’s the one “If Voldermort run Hogwarts you’d get the Zodiac Academy” which is also an over 18 dark romance! Stay tuned!

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.

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I would prefer to be saying this book is a beautiful love story, but above all else, this book is a horror story, depicting one person’s actual experience as a prisoner and worker in Auschwitz.  It is important that books like this are written so that similar tales need never be told again – it is a warning. Continue reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.

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.

Book App/Site of the Fortnight – Blinkist.

If your anything like me, you may be interested in non-fiction but struggle to find the time.  If so, Blinkist is a fab little app for you.  It summarises thousands of non-fiction works, which can either be read or listened to within 15 minutes.  It’s available on Android and iPhone.  The mere 15 minutes means you can fit them in around your day with ease, and you can read/listen offline which can be really handy. Continue reading Book App/Site of the Fortnight – Blinkist.