#EmptyShelf2016 #60-62: The Gender Game @AShadeofVampire; The Last Girl @AuthorJoeHart

Although I already have PLENTY of books waiting to be read on my Kindle (and my physical bookshelves), I wasn’t feeling too well over Christmas, and an email came from Amazon offering The Gender Game and The Last Girl for 99p each – so I downloaded them … sold as ‘if you liked the Hunger Games, you’ll probably like these’, which is probably a fair analysis! Bella Forrest (who appears to be better known for Vampire novels Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf2016 #59: Why Diets Make Us Fat: the unintended consequences of our obsession with weight loss @sandra_aamodt

So, over the last few days I’ve been reading Why Diets Make Us Fat by Sandra Aamodt – in bits and pieces as it’s not really a ‘read straight through’ book, although there’s plenty to think about. The blurb says: In the UK, almost two-thirds of adults are overweight. We think we know the answer: cut calories; eat less. We conclude that being fat is a failure of willpower, perhaps supplemented by a quirk of genetics. Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf2016 #57-58: The Black Moth/The Lady in the Van

The other day, I enjoyed reading The Black Moth, another Georgette Heyer jolly, and then Christmas Day, having watched the film the day before, my mum lent me The Lady in the Van – a really short book on which the film is based … an enjoyable slice of social history which only took about an hour to read! I used to use The History Boys in lectures in the past – and it seems pretty much all Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf2016 #54-56: Emily of New Moon (trilogy)

Over the last few evenings I’ve been sending myself to sleep with this trilogy … now need something else to get me through to the end of term! Current read … A photo posted by Bex Lewis (@drbexl) on Dec 4, 2016 at 5:41am PST If you’ve read and enjoyed Anne of Green Gables, these are a later trilogy of novels from L.M.Montgomery, with another orphan (although she’s not at the start), starting with Emily of New Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf2016 #55: God’s Daughters by @hannah_fytche

I was sent this book to read, and one evening I wanted something that didn’t look too long to read (and it’s designed for a younger audience than I am, so thought it would make for a good read) – and it was a quick read – but designed to take longer if you go back through for the exercises. The book tackles the topic of school, image, friends, family, church and personal relationships with Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf2016 #54: Sharing Faith Using Social Media by @Vahva

Over the past couple of years, in any training that I’m running for churches/dioceses, I have referenced the ‘unpublished work of one of my dissertation students’… No need to worry about that any more – it’s now published in the Grove Books series on evangelism (individual link). It was a pleasure to supervise Bryony’s dissertation – and to have discussed some of these issues in the past, the present, and I anticipate in the future! My Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf2016 #53: Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries

If you haven’t seen Bridget Jones’s Baby in the cinema, and you’re looking for some light-hearted entertainment – I recommend it! Four of us sat in a row – we’d all seen the previous films – and we proper LOL’d much of the way through – unlike many ‘third films’, this one seemed to wait until it was funny enough to be good on its own! Having enjoyed the film so much, I decided to Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #52: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

So, I resisted for ages – I wasn’t sure I’d want to read a screenplay, although I’d love to watch this as some point, but also – having not got into Harry Potter until at least book 4 was published (possibly book 5) – anyway – it was the first film that got me into it – I have now re-read the books several times, and enjoy all kinds of random extra insights – including Continue Reading →