My Summer reads – 2016

As a teenager and young adult, I used to read a huge amount but as I had children I got into bad habits of reading my phone as I went to bed. Of course, this has resulted in terrible sleep patterns and sending my brain to mush. So in a bid to re-invigorate my brain I have started reading again.

My summer reads

This summer we spent a month on the road. Although our days were filled with travel, I was finding that by the time I went to bed my brain was rushing  around and I couldn’t settle.  Reading, really helped this problem and set me on my way to a good night’s sleep. Not to mention nourish my brain…

Buying books from charity

When we were living in France, buying books from new and having them shipped was expensive so once a month Rich would go back to the UK (with business) and scour the charity shops for interesting books to bring me back.

He brought me an eclectic mix, that’s for sure!

Summer reads

Summer reads

Peter kay – saturday night fever

This is Peter’s second book and, written by him in his spoken voice, he hilariously charts how he passed his driving test, prepared his act on the stages of Bolton’s pubs and clubs.  Every week delivered a new venue, a new story and more laughs.  I found myself crying and howling with laughter as I tried to read paragraphs out to Rich (husband).

jon ronson – so you’ve been publicly shamed

Jon Ronson examines the subject of public, online shaming after people have made jokes/gaffs that have been taken out of context.  This is a great book that considers the role joe-public plays in humiliating others often at the expense of their jobs/lives.

Quite a funny but challenging book which might make you question your online behaviour.

dom joly – the dark tourist

Another funny book where Dom Joly visits all the places most people daren’t venture.  Possibly due to his unusual childhood growing up in Lebanon (which was being bombed), Dom sets out to explore weird places of the world that have been tarnished by war or death.

This is a great book and Dom has inspired us to travel a little further afield, shall we say.

parmy olson – we are ANONYMOUS

Examining the creation of LulzSec, Anonymous and the internet underworld this is a heavy book that takes some want and concentration to read. If you can stick with it, it is a fascinating insight into a new kind of freedom fighter (one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter).

There are increasing parallels between the matters in this book and recent political developments in America (Trump) and England (Brexit).

mark thomas – as used on the famous nelson mandela

This is a hilariously scary book from a comedian on just how easy it is to buy, sell, import and export arms.  He writes about his global travels, how he trains Indonesian army chiefs to mislead the press and his travels take us to Ireland, where school children are able to buy torture devices.

It also examines the UK government’s role in the success of BA systems and how the UK is complicit in the export of arms to be used in wars on innocent civilians.

noam chomsky – HEGEMONY or survival

America’s quest for global dominance is examined by Noam who ponders why America is so hell bent on jeopardising the future of the natural planet.  This is another heavy book that pursues the idea that America’s global control is threatening our existence.

pamela druckerman – French children don’t throw food

A Yank, married to a Brit, living in Paris, raising tri-culture kids writes this interesting and semi-psychological consideration of why AngloSaxon children are so different to French children.  To be taken with a pinch of salt when she lumps all AngloSaxons (anyone speaking English) in together however it is a whitty and true analysis of how French children are generally raised.

Summer reads

Summer reads

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