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  • My First Book Of Italian Words

    While reading ‘ My First Book Of Italian Words’ I noticed that on page eight, the word mutande is not the correct term for pants. The correct word for pants is ‘pantaloni’ The term ‘mutande refers to the English term, ‘underwear’ It is funny and a little embarrassing at the same time.!

  • Excellent read!

    "Obsession.....you will always be mine" was a very addictive, entertaining and enjoyable read that had me hooked from the very first page. There's only a couple of characters to the story which enables you to become embroiled in the tale immediately and form a connection to them. I liked Aaron, what you saw was what you got, a young rock star enjoying the fans and celebrity status he found himself surrounded in. Kelly was a unique character which at times you didn't know whether to have sympathy for or to hate, however towards the end it soon becomes clear how you should feel! It was interesting to see how her mental health declines so rapidly once she realises her dream wasn't to be - very scary too. With twists and turns "Obsession" is a story that is very much believable in the first part, obsessive fan following a celebrity's every move and I loved following Aaron's and Kelly's thoughts throughout.

    This is a very well written story by debut author Paul Phillips that I thoroughly enjoyed and I'd happily recommend to psychological thriller readers young and old alike.

    4 stars

  • Engaging and insightful

    Ailsa Rae's coming of age has been delayed by illness; her heart condition means that she is still living with her fiercely supportive mother at the age of 28. When she gets the heart transplant that saves her life Ailsa discovers that living "normally" requires more courage than coping with a failing heart ever did.

    I loved the portrayal of the relationship between Ailsa and her mother, and the difficulties they had in negotiating their changed circumstances. The romantic element felt a little less realistic but was enjoyable nevertheless, as were the many touches of humour.

    Stephanie Butland deals with some challenging topics, including organ donation and body image, clearly and sensitively, without the tone ever becoming worthy or preachy in this obviously well-researched story.

  • Mall man on fire

    I m very disappointed after I opened my new cook book. Giving book na On Fire I was excited I m getting great recipes to cook on the fire. However..... Opposite is true. Even they wrote in the book that recipes are adjusted for cooking on the stove I would classify this as average cookbook. I expected more from Grandfather of cooking on fire.....

  • Innovation! Innovation! Innovation!

    'innovation, innovation, innovation'! Those are the new sacred ideals of those smarty pants educated elites from Boston University,New York and Silicon Valley. The innovators of the future, the entrepreneurs, bankers, economists, financiers, scholars and many other credited and educated professional classes, non escape Thomas Frank's critical exposure of them.

    Inequality is rife, designed and conditioned into our socio-economic positions. Thomas Frank, astutely argues in his work that a new age professional, 'innovative', entrepreneurial elite have the monopoly on our political and economic policies. Frank goes on to establish this is due to the new reasoning of the Democratic party. A 'natural' progression that must move with the times. Apparently, this means abandoning their once principled beliefs of representing the poor working classes.

    The Clinton and Obama administrative years as Frank emphasises, created policies that widened inequality for the working class. NAFTA, globalism, apps, hipster coffee shops, gig economies can all, according to Frank, be traced and embedded into this new Democratic party, captivated in awe of the blue elites. The working class as the book goes on, are mere remanents of nostalgia which does not move with the times and perpetually mourns for better days. I guess they should have done better at school, if they did they wouldn't be in such circumstances, says the professional. As Frank sarcastically critics, perhaps ' the poor and uneducated working class deserve Republicans'?

    An essential reading for those seeking how current affairs have taken shape, including the 2016 election and it's conclusion. Listen Liberal leaves an impression that stays with the reader in how one might think or rethink the future of politics, especially concerning the maddening inequality that is becoming far too evident in our lives.

  • RECOMMEND READING YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE MISSING OUT ON

    Just finished Death by Kindness, and wow....It's incredible. The story is well thought out and characters beautifully developed. Plenty of twists and turns throughout to keep everyone engaged and on the edge of their seats. Can't wait for second book, and could not believe this was a first time author. Huge recommend buying and reading!!!!!

  • A Graphic Novel With a Very Own Style

    Sometimes I like to browse the read now section on Netgalley. I like to give graphic novels a try and the cover of The Lost Path stood out with its intricate cover and own art style.

    The art starts off very well with a clear own style and beautiful colored pages. But after a few pages this was turned to black and white with a sketched feeling with on occasion some color thrown in here and there. At first I thought that this was because it wasn’t finished but the book is out already and it became clear quickly that it was done at certain scenes where the author wanted to make an impact. And the full color pages were stunning and eye catching. But I did see quite some wonky lines in those as well so not as clean as it could be either. The sketchiness of the rest was a bit jarring compared to the colored bits.

    The idea of the wood and our group of boys going in is interesting but in the end the story doesn’t really wrap itself up. There is talk of a battle but our boys get taken out of the woods before that happens and I felt like I was just dumped out of a story with now way to return to it to know the ending. It was not a good feeling.

    While we don’t know the name of the boys until the very end they did grown on me. There is a clear bond between them and their sarcastic and childlike interactions were endearing at moments. I wouldn’t mind seeing them return to the woods again.

    Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • The filter of all life filters

    'The ultimate BS filter'. Who is at risk? Who's neck is on the line and who has got what to win, lose or both? Critical wit, indepth reflections and consis deliverance of thought and conclusion throughout, are but a few of many other acclaims that rightfully Taleb deserves for this work.

    The reader is consistently gripped, on how the concept of 'skin in the game', determines the upside and or is detrimental to our everyday lives. Dentists, the car salesman, Donald Trump, journalists, IYI, corporate shills,religion, politics Taleb unapologetically gives all each and every categorised persons a precise case on how and when whether 'skin in the game' can be applied.

    By calculated design, unconscious probability or randomness, Taleb dissects in each chapter the design of 'skin in the game's' dynamics, through assymetry, the minority and renormalization group, and the notion that actually living in the real life is risk through ones own skin in the game.

    In this, the reader through this literary rarity can deduce, life as an idea through skin in the game extending ( or not in some cases), to form complex problems, solutions and ambiguities, foreseen and not. A highly recommended read and a powerful idea which will leave a long lasting impression on how one understands the realism both actual and speculative, of being alive in a highly risky and complex world.

  • Is love worth more than a penny?

    4.5*

    I think The Electrical Venus will be an underrated gem for the few who read it. I’d not heard of the book before and stumbled upon it, quite by chance, on the Readers First website. I’m so pleased I did!

    The story takes place in Georgian England, following a travelling circus. Mim, a mixed-raced girl, begins life there as a somewhat third-rate act. Until the mysterious Sebastian Theodore Fox arrives and presents an opportunity for both the circus and for Mim...

    There were three very distinctive perspectives. First, the narrator’s (who gives a lyrical overview). Second, Mim’s. And third, Alex’s. I enjoyed all three and found the writing to be strangely unique.

    Never was I bored by this book and, for anybody who likes the setting of a circus, I couldn’t recommend it enough. A quick read, with a wonderful dose of love and electrickery!

  • My grandson was given this book and loves it! He cried when Seal was lost!

    It's really well written and the pictures are super.