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Throw Back Thursday

I received these books from the publisher in the hope of an honest review. This post will be an update on what I have been reading.     I DNF’d We are the Weather Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer, Penguin Books (UK) and Deeplight  by Frances Harding, Pan Macmillan, Macmillan Children’s Books.    Neither of these books managed to keep my attention. Deeplight is a fantasy novel.  It is set In a world in which the Gods have destroyed themselves. The novel follows the attempts of a group of humans to survive in this new world. The novel was interesting.  However, I couldn’t connect with either; the setting or the characters.  So, I lost interest and couldn’t gain the motivation to keep reading.

We are Weather seeks to argue that we have become disconnected to the issue of climate change.  The author argues that we need to be given clear guidelines concerning, both; what we can do as individuals, and what we can do as a collective. However, ironically, the opening arguments of We are Weather felt disjointed and muddled, making the reader disconnected from the text and its important arguments. In addition, there’s a lot of stuff about the author here.   We hear endlessly about how guilty HE feels about global warming and how great he is at being vegetarian.  It would have been nice to hear about those people already suffering the effects of climate change.  Therefore, I soon became disconnected to the text and stopped reading.

The Nuremberg Trials: Volume I, Bringing the Leaders of Nazi Germany to Justice by Terry Burrows.  Following the Second World war, prominent Nazi officers were put on trial for war crimes. This book follows; the lead up to the trials, the decisions made, and the characters who made those decisions. The text makes a detailed analysis of the primary documents surrounding these trials. It is an interesting read. However, its detailed nature may prove off putting to some readers.

I hope that you enjoyed this post. What are you currently reading?

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Throwback Thursday

We are back in the realm of semi-forgotten arcs. (Please be aware that I received these books from the publisher in the hope of an honest review I will begin with the book that I didn’t finish. Messengers Who We Listen    To, Who We Don’t, And Why by Stephen Martin; Joseph Marks.  The title tells you what it is about. It’s about those people who get listened to and those who don’t, looking at the characteristics of both groups of individuals. There’s nothing ground-breaking about this book. If you’ve lived in the world, then you know many of these arguments.

Semicolon How a misunderstood punctuation mark can improve your writing, enrich your reading and even change your life by Cecelia Watson. I scan read this book.  The title makes you think that it’s about semicolons.  But, it’s more than that. It’s a history of grammar and a historic explanation of how people have understood grammar.  It outlines how the grammar rules, we have today, were born. The author continues to argue that the current rules of grammar are too rigid and confusing, concluding that these rules need to be redrawn and relaxed. The book is highly detailed and extremely interesting. However, the amount of detail stopped me from being fully engrossed in the book.

I really liked Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett.  Simone has recently left her old school after being forced to come out as HIV Positive. When we meet her, she is comfortable at her knew school. She has made friends and is directing a high school production of Rent. She has even met a cute boy and is considering a sexual relationship.  Then she begins to get letters and messages threatening to disclose her HIV status.  This book has a diverse group of characters. It explores issues that confront teens who are living with a HIV status. In addition, it shows a teenager coming of age in a complex world: confronting prejudice and finding allies. It is an engaging and fun read that deals with serious issues in a fun way.

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Throwback Thursday

The year 1999 felt like a good year. I was happily ensconced at University.  I had made a great group of friends.  The Labour Party was in power.  They were making some great changes.   The Scottish Parliament was born.  Everything felt new and fresh.  I can’t believe twenty years have passed since that happy year.  But, here we are and the Scottish Parliament is celebrating its twentieth anniversary.   To celebrate,  the Parliament has released two books; – The Scottish Parliament in its Own Words An Oral History by Thomas A.W. Stewart Luath Press and The Scottish Parliament At Twenty by Jim Johnston and James Mitchell Luath Press.  The first is a series of essays.  These essays, penned by various individuals, speak of the; past, present and future of the Parliament.  They discuss issues,  such as; how the Scottish Parliament differs from its London counterpart,  It’s relationship with the UK Parliament, its attempts to increase local participation,  its relationship with local councils, the inclusion/exclusion of marginalized groups, the way that the Parliament is funded, and the way that the institution utilizes its budget. The second book explores the memories of people involved in its history.  I really enjoyed these two books

The other two books were less impressive.  I DNF’d the one and scanned read the second.   I DNF’d  We Need New Stories Challenging the Toxic Myths Behind Our Age of Discontent by Nesrine Malik, Orion Publishing Group,  W&N… It argues that the stories we tell are toxic and that we need to create new ones.  I don’t know why I couldn’t finish this book.  I may have been in the wrong mood for this work. 

David Bowie was a reader and he was asked to share a list of his favorite books.  This is an annotated version of this list. It looks at the books on the list as individual items, before exploring the role they played within Bowie’s life and art.  If you dip in and out, reading a section, and then putting the book down, then you will enjoy this book. But, it gets boring if you try and read straight through.

These books didn’t warrant a full review.  But, I wanted to tell you what I have read.  I hope you found this to be a worthwhile read. What are you reading?