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Images of the Spanish Civil War by Raymond Carr

Images of the Spanish Civil War by Raymond Carr

I had no idea that Images of the Spanish Civil War by Raymond Carr would be such an interesting book. It shows a different perspective of war through imagines. The imagines are from both sides of the war and show the horrors of fighting, but…

30-Second Fashion by Rebecca Arnold

30-Second Fashion by Rebecca Arnold

My regular readers know how much I’m enjoying this series and 30-Second Fashion by Rebecca Arnold* is another book I loved. It contains 50 key modes, garments, and designers, each explained in half a minute. I read some biographies of designers before, such as Alexander…

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

How should I classify Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell? As a memoir or a history book? I’ve decided to add it to my memoirs category because it is very much about him and his experience. It’s also an important historical document, a first hand…

A short history of the Spanish Civil War by Julian Casanova

A short history of the Spanish Civil War by Julian Casanova

A book with the title A short history of the Spanish Civil War by Julian Casanova might not be everyone’s cup of tea and that is a shame, because this one is a really great book. First of all this is an unbiased book. Just…

Epic Vegan by Dustin Harder

Epic Vegan by Dustin Harder

I am always interested in reading new recipes and Epic Vegan by Dustin Harder* sounded perfect, especially with its subtitle: Wild and Over-the-Top Plant-Based Recipes. How can I make a review of a cookbook better than trying one of the recipes to see how it…

A concise history of the Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston

A concise history of the Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston

A concise history of the Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston is the second book I read by him. The first one I read, Doves of War, was published more recently and it’s not as biased as this one. The [left-wing, if it matters] bias…

Famous Faces of the Spanish Civil War by Steve Hurst

Famous Faces of the Spanish Civil War by Steve Hurst

Famous Faces of the Spanish Civil War by Steve Hurst* is a book on, as the subtitle suggests, writers and artists in the conflict of 1936-1939. I will start with the good parts, which were many, hence the 4 stars. The book deals with the…

Growing Herbs by Holly Farrell

Growing Herbs by Holly Farrell

Growing Herbs by Holly Farrell or The Kew Gardener’s Guide to Growing Herbs: The Art and Science to Grow Your Own Herbs* is a fascinating book on how to grow your own herbs. I am a beginner when it comes to gardening and I love…

Doves of War by Paul Preston

Doves of War by Paul Preston

Doves of War by Paul Preston is a book about four women who fought in the Spanish Civil War. Even if you are not interested in the subject, reading about them might be very interesting. There are some war-related details, they are there to create…

Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer

Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer

Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer – Which Century Saw the Most Change and Why it Matters to Us – sounds like a very interesting book and it was. Each chapter dealt with the changes happening in a century, starting from the 11th. The focus…

The Spanish Civil War: 1936–1939 by Frances Lannon

The Spanish Civil War: 1936–1939 by Frances Lannon

The Spanish Civil War: 1936–1939 by Frances Lannon is a very good introductory book. At only 96 pages and with lots of maps and pictures, it offers an insight into the war. Because each chapter has only a few pages and the pictures help create…

Total Undersea War by Aaron Stephan Hamilton

Total Undersea War by Aaron Stephan Hamilton

Total Undersea War by Aaron Stephan Hamilton*, with the subtitle The Evolutionary Role of the Snorkel in Donitz’s U-Boat Fleet 1944-1945, is a book about U-boats. At ~350 pages (excluding the appendix and bibliography) this is a very detailed book on U-boats developed in the…

Spanish Civil War

Spanish Civil War

Next month I’m starting my second year at University and I picked for my optional subject the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939. I received a long list of books from my tutor and I searched for books on my own. Here is the initial list of…

Aesop’s Fables. Translation by Laura Gibbs

Aesop’s Fables. Translation by Laura Gibbs

Aesop’s Fables translated by Laura Gibbs contains 600 fables, aetiologies, paradoxes, insults, and jokes. First published in English by Caxton in 1484, Aesop is known even today and his fables are even more well known. This translation is the first to represent all the main…

Women’s Lives and Clothes in WW2 by Lucy Adlington

Women’s Lives and Clothes in WW2 by Lucy Adlington

When it comes to war, and especially WW2, I think of food shortages and mass destruction, but I did not consider how much life changed. Women’s Lives and Clothes in WW2 by Lucy Adlington* deals with a less thought-off aspect of everyday life during wartime:…

The Heat of the Moment by Sabrina Cohen-Hatton

The Heat of the Moment by Sabrina Cohen-Hatton

I loved The Heat of the Moment by Sabrina Cohen-Hatton – Life and Death Decision-Making From a Firefighter. It was a bit hard to pinpoint where this book should be included, if in the Psychology section or memoirs. In the end I’ve decided to go…