Sleeping a lot more as we get towards the end of chemotherapy … according to GoodReads, I’m still ‘currently reading’ 49 books, but here’s the four I finished in February:
This is one of those books that I’ve turned down quite a few pages at the corners to return back to. It’s clear, even in the writers own words, that he is seeking some ‘shock tactics’ to get this content out into the public domain, fighting the tide of celebrity bloggers with limited credentials who are flogging ‘clean eating’ and other unhelpful plans that feed into disordered eating behaviours. Underneath the humour and occasional strong language there’s evidence of a decent amount of research, repackaged for a general audience.
On occasion it feels like he’s having too much of a bash at G Paltrow, but much of the rest is an interesting collection of insights into a range of diets – highlighting why many of them SEEM to make sense, then demonstrating how they don’t. There’s a constant emphasis that correlation and causation are not necessarily the same thing, and that the plural of anecdote is not evidence.
I’ve never read a Terry Pratchett novel, and I know people love them. I found it a combination of slightly bonkers and gently enjoyable – as I tried to work out what was real and what was a dream world! I found it fascinating some of the ‘real world’ kind of explanations for people’s superstitions.
Free book I downloaded onto Kindle. I like some regency stuff, And I was fascinated by the idea of an AI being built to be like Mr Darcey, though to be honest I don’t know Pride & Prejudice inside out. Some interesting questions about AI, morals, feelings, etc from an author who knows her context – in amongst the somewhat Mr D/Lizzie storyline of the main characters.
I debated about whether 4/5 stars, because I think this book puts together well a range of simple things that people can try to shape a better life for themselves. There’s a few things I disagree on (tech detox anyone, though worth looking at habits), but more that I think is helpful, simply put and ties in with a lot that Beyond Chocolate has given me over the past few years.
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.