#EmptyShelf18: November Reads

#EmptyShelf18: November Reads

Confessions of a TinderellaConfessions of a Tinderella by Rosy Edwards
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was looking for some lightweight chick lit, and to learn a bit about Tinder! Definitely got some insights into that as a platform, methinks, and the main character was written in a way that feel like want to get behind her and push her on. It’s not a book I’m going to read over and over but I enjoyed it!

SEO 2017 & Beyond: A Complete SEO Strategy - Dominate the Search Engines!SEO 2017 & Beyond: A Complete SEO Strategy – Dominate the Search Engines! by Andy Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Recommended read for some of our courses, so I dipped my head in. Information clearly set out, some repetition (but that helps the ideas stick), got to about page 75 before I started to really learn some new stuff (made me happy as means my knowledge is good!), and learnt quite a few tips that I’d like to carry out – and reading on kindle meant it was easy to follow links. Have downloaded a couple of his other books.

On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight BackOn the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back by Stacey Dooley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve enjoyed Stacey’s documentaries in the past – they are not traditional documentaries, but that is a plus so far as I’m concerned. From this book, it seems that she does her research before going on a trip. I can hear her voice, plus the voices of the other women who she is seeking to highlight, within this book.

Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I saw the trailer for this film (upcoming with Jennifer Anniston) … trying to decide if I want to give it a 3 or a 4 – hidden within quite a fluffy book, was some decent thoughts about body positivity – and the fact that many people struggle with being truly body positive (and the internal monologue still looks at those around you, which is not necessarily nice)… Taken on face value, an enjoyable read, with a much deeper message in there.

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I also read a pre-publication version of the new book coming from Vicky Walker Relatable: Exploring God, Love and Connection in the Age of Choice (you can read a bit more here). I wrote:

Vicky has dealt with a tricky topic – relationships – gently and with humour, drawing upon a wide range of Christian relationship texts, challenging some of the more damaging ones.

Vicky’s book draws together insights for all kinds of male-female relationships. For churches seeking to promote healthy relationships, including for singletons (going beyond ‘finding a partner’ which seems to be the mission of most churches).

Vicky emphasises the need to develop healthy adult relationships, emotional health, and good boundaries, in all situations, including within the digital environment. She thankfully challenges the notion that technology is the cause of all relational ills, providing guidance on how to enjoy the best, and, as with any form of communication, avoid the worst.

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