Happy Ever After by Paul Dolan

Happy Ever After by Paul Dolan

I was eager to read Happy Ever After by Paul Dolan – Escaping The Myth of The Perfect Life. Even before finishing his first book, Happiness by Design, I stopped and reserved this one at the library. It was a disappointment though. I gave it…

Peaceful Conquest by Sidney Pollard

Peaceful Conquest by Sidney Pollard

Peaceful Conquest by Sidney Pollard – The Industrialization of Europe 1760-1970 might not be on our wish list for Christmas, but it is surely a very good book for students reading history. I’ve read it quite fast and I like the amount of data included…

Instant History by Sandra Lawrence

Instant History by Sandra Lawrence

Instant History by Sandra Lawrence* is a small but informative book from the Instant series. I have three more books from this series to review, including one that I’m reading at the moment, on Engineering. The book is divided into four periods: Early modern period;…

Saving Buddy by Nicola Owst

Saving Buddy by Nicola Owst

I discovered Saving Buddy by Nicola Owst – The heartwarming story of a very special rescue when I saw Crufts this year. I’m a big fan of Crufts, I went there once a few years ago, see here the story about that, and the last…

Brunel by Steven Brindle

Brunel by Steven Brindle

I bought Brunel by Steven Brindle – The Man Who Built the World – with an introduction by Dan Cruickshank from Brunel museum in London. Isambard Kingdom Brunel was one of the greatest minds of the 19th century. This short book tells his story, starting…

Formula One 2020 by Bruce Jones

Formula One 2020 by Bruce Jones

I thought today will be different, as I wanted to share my review for Formula One 2020 by Bruce Jones* on the same day as the new F1 season starts. When I started reading this book, I did not imagine the first few races will…

Happiness by Design by Paul Dolan

Happiness by Design by Paul Dolan

Happiness by Design by Paul Dolan – Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life – is a short book about happiness, from a psychological perspective. Dolar is a Professor of Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics and his approach is clear and scientific,…

Europe’s Uncertain Path 1814-1914 by R.S. Alexander

Europe’s Uncertain Path 1814-1914 by R.S. Alexander

Europe’s Uncertain Path 1814-1914 by R.S. Alexander – State Formation and Civil Society – is one of the books I was recommended for European History at University. It is well written and I’ve enjoyed reading it. As the subject is not exactly easy, I don’t…

Concise History of Romania by Keith Hitchins

Concise History of Romania by Keith Hitchins

I got Concise History of Romania by Keith Hitchins from Bodleian as I was curious to find out how much of Romanian history I still remember from school. Also, I wanted to read a non-biased view, by an American professor. The book was so interesting…

Europe Under Napoleon by Michael Broers

Europe Under Napoleon by Michael Broers

I read Europe Under Napoleon by Michael Broers for an essay. It is a very interesting book, written nicely, not dry at all. Of course, the subject, Napoleon, is fascinating too. I got another book of his, about Napoleon, for the essay and that one…

Story of Israel by Martin Gilbert and Giveaway

Story of Israel by Martin Gilbert and Giveaway

I read quite a few books on the Holocaust, but I did not know a lot about Israel. So, I was very curious to learn about the formation of the state, from the Story of Israel by Martin Gilbert*. I did not know much about…

Secrets of a Highland Warrior by Nicole Locke

Secrets of a Highland Warrior by Nicole Locke

Secrets of a Highland Warrior by Nicole Locke was the last book in the Lochmore Legacy Series, the forth one. After reading the third one, by an author I like, I said I should read the rest. The first one was ok, but the second…

The Revolutions in Europe by Robert Evans

The Revolutions in Europe by Robert Evans

The Revolutions in Europe by Robert Evans and Hartmut Pogge von Strandmann is a collection of essays about the 1848 revolutions in Europe. As it happens with this kind of books, some chapters are more intriguing that others, both due to the subject and to…

Surely you’re joking, Mr Feynman! By Richard Feynman

Surely you’re joking, Mr Feynman! By Richard Feynman

I don’t write reviews for books I did not read. But I need to make an exception with Surely you’re joking, Mr Feynman! By Richard Feynman – Adventures of a curious character. My husband read it and I pestered him to read passages from the…

The Tudors by Linda Collins, Siobhan Clarke

The Tudors by Linda Collins, Siobhan Clarke

I was asked if I want to review The Tudors by Linda Collins, Siobhan Clarke – The Crown, the Dynasty, the Golden Age*. Of course I said yes, especially as I’m studying the period. I like to mix up serious books (as in those kinds…

Josephine by Kate Williams

Josephine by Kate Williams

Josephine by Kate Williams – desire, ambition, Napoleon is a good book, very easy and pleasant to read, just like a novel. The only thing that annoyed me, so much that I took a star out of the rating was the amount of assumptions she…