I’ve enjoyed getting to use Goodreads a little more this year, combining it with building up selection of short (much shorter than in the past) #EmptyShelf reads on this blog. We’ll see if I still blog about reads, but I completed my challenge of 50 book reads this year: … and here’s my final review for this year:
I loved Jackie’s Tea and Chemo, so was looking forward to reading the first novel. It wasn’t quite what I expected (I don’t know what I did expect), but I enjoyed following the characters developing and interacting, the moral maze as Tori deals with coming round from a coma to a realisation that she’s blamed for killing whilst texting. I do wonder if people are really that hideous to people text-driving, as for so many it’s a case of ‘there but for the grace of God go I’, although I think some realise that – and the ending almost leaves me wondering if there’s a sequel coming for another driver! Still a few loose ends I wonder if I missed a solution to, but plenty to chew on, think about – certainly not light and fluffy reading!
Apparently I’m still currently reading about 40 books, so – erm, yeah, polymath at play!
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.