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Read the World

Read the World

I started a Taste the World challenge on my food blog and I love it. It made me try recipes I haven’t heard about. So, I’ve decided to do a Read the World challenge too. I will read at least a book from every part…

Secret Casualties of World War Two by Simon Webb

Secret Casualties of World War Two by Simon Webb

Secret Casualties of World War Two by Simon Webb* – Uncovering the Civilian Deaths from Friendly Fire is a fascinating book, so worth reading. Webb gives quotes from primary sources, including some newspapers articles. He examines bomb-shelters and the Anti-Aircraft guns used at the time.…

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Reading A Promised Land by Barack Obama reminded me of something Yuval Harari said, that any politicians who would say the whole truth would not get elected. I’m not saying this because I think Obama lied, but because the book showcases the political intrigues during…

Mischief by Amanda Quick

Mischief by Amanda Quick

Mischief by Amanda Quick is another one of those books I read as a teenager and I wanted to read again. It was not as good as her other books, hence the 3 stars I gave it. With fiction books, and this is a regency…

Suffragette Fascists by Simon Webb

Suffragette Fascists by Simon Webb

When it comes to controversial topics, Suffragette Fascists by Simon Webb* surely is talking about one of them. The subtitle is Emmeline Pankhurst and Her Right-Wing Followers. As I was not born or raised in UK, I think I can engage with this topic more…

Historical Controversies and Historians by William Lamont

Historical Controversies and Historians by William Lamont

I started Historical Controversies and Historians by William Lamont a month ago, I stopped reading it during the holidays, but finished it on the first day I “went back” to university, as in, a week before the actual start of the term, when I also…

My 2020 in Books

My 2020 in Books

My 2020 in Books. I picked up three books which were lovely, but I already mentioned them in the best posts of this year, on my lifestyle blog. Those books are: The French Revolution by Stephen Clarke, The Domestic Revolution by Ruth Goodman, and Forgotten…

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

I don’t read thrillers, but I read about Dear Child by Romy Hausmann on Yvonne’s blog and on Kelly’s. I’m so glad I read it because I couldn’t put it down. Although reading this after watching The Fall, a fantastic series about a serial killer…

The Christmas Party by Karen Swan

The Christmas Party by Karen Swan

I picked up a copy of The Christmas Party by Karen Swan from the library. I went to get a reserved book for next year and the librarians had a small Christmas related display. Unusually for me, I got three books, thinking that if I…

Difficult Women by Helen Lewis

Difficult Women by Helen Lewis

Difficult Women by Helen Lewis – A History of Feminism in 11 Fights. The chapters are: Divorce, the Vote, Sex, Play, Work, Safety, Love, Education, Time, Abortion, and The Right to be difficult. This is not a history book, despite its subtitle. It is a…

Life in Miniature by Nicola Lisle

Life in Miniature by Nicola Lisle

I don’t think I can recommend enough Life in Miniature by Nicola Lisle* – A History of Dolls’ Houses. I loved it! It was such a fascinating book. I had no idea, before reading the book, how widespread the doll houses were before the Victorian…

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

This book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff – The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, was recommended by Harari at the Athens Democracy Forum earlier this year. I bought this book, alongside the second one which he…

A History of British Baking by Emma Kay

A History of British Baking by Emma Kay

A History of British Baking by Emma Kay* – From Blood Bread to Bake-Off is just the book I wanted to read now, after my last Bake Off bake along. I baked along each year for the last few years, at least one challenge, from…

Post-War Childhood by Simon Webb

Post-War Childhood by Simon Webb

I was curious to read Post-War Childhood by Simon Webb – Growing Up in the Not-So-Friendly ‘Baby Boomer’ Years* because I can’t say I know a lot abut life in post-war Britain and next year it’s something I’m going to study. Some of the things…

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende was published this year and it was picked for the Goodreads Choice Awards. Seeing that it’s connected with the Spanish Civil War, I was curious about it. Luckily (or not) I could find it at the…

The Analogue Revolution by Simon Webb

The Analogue Revolution by Simon Webb

The Analogue Revolution by Simon Webb – Communication Technology 1901–1914* – is the second book I read by this author and it is just as good as the first one. The focus of the book is on the start of the 20th century, but, of…