#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 #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Over the past couple of years, in any training that I’m running for churches/dioceses, I have referenced the ‘unpublished work of one of my dissertation students’… No need to worry about that any more – it’s now published in the Grove Books series on evangelism (individual link).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 →

#EmptyShelf 2016 #46-51: Anne of Green Gables by L.M.Montgomery

I’ve kept a handful of my classic books from childhood, and the Anne of Green Gables series is one I have read for a while, so whilst on leave I started re-reading them all, and last week finished the final one. Anne of Green Gables Anne of Avonlea Anne of the Island Anne of Windy Willows Anne’s House of Dreams Anne of Ingleside Next step will be the Emily of New Moon, and I’ve been Continue Reading →