Book #47 The Accidental Further Adventures … By Jonas Jonasson

December 9, 2018

The title of this book is very lengthy:

“The Accidental Further Adventures of The Hundred Year Old Man”.

Jonas Jonasson returns to writing about the character in the title. The fiction is intertwined with modern politicians, including our hero meeting the leaders of the USA and North Korea.

A very amusing book, Jonasson is a clever writer.

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Book #46 Beartown by Fredrik Backnan

November 11, 2018

A moving book about a hockey town in the middle of nowhere, in a forest where there is snow most of the year.

The characters are varied and real, the town is shrinking, but there is a chance of revival…until one day a “single brutal act” splits the town. More gritty than Backman’s other books, but I found it compelling.

Book #45 Little Fires everywhere by Celeste Ng

October 31, 2018

This is a book about children and parents. Those who are affluent and those on the breadline. Centred around teenagers, but covering the challenges of surrogacy and adoption. The book is an easy read, although it certainly isn’t a happy ever after.

Book #44 The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

October 27, 2018

This is a beautiful book. Telling the story from 2 different points of view. That are actually intertwined. In the end some of the lost things are returned to where they belong.

Book #43 I am, I am, I am by Maggie O’Farrell

October 21, 2018

I recently read and enjoyed Maggie O’Farrell’s “This must be the place“, so when I spotted her book “I am, I am, I am” I was keen to read it. Like her other book at first I thought the parts disjointed, then all of a sudden I spotted the link and motored through an excellent read. In places the tale was harrowing and worrying, but always engaging.

Book #42 Ada Lovelace by Hollings, Martin and Rice

October 17, 2018

I got this book as an early birthday present.

It has the sub-title “The making of a Computer Scientist”, which is why my friends gave it to me.

The book is based on previous unpublished archive material.

Most people know that Ada is the daughter of the poet Byron and that she is credited with writing the first computer program.

This book provides much more detail of her life, from childhood through her developing interest in mathematics to her work with Babbage and others.

An excellent book, I would certainly recommend it.

Book #41 Ultimate Crochet Bible by Jane Crowfoot

October 15, 2018

I only got the Ultimate Crochet Bible yesterday and I have now read through it, I will go back to it later with yarn and crochet hook in hand. The book is beautifully presented with plenty of high quality illustrations and photos. The author has handled the differences between US and UK terminology in a clever fashion.

My only gripe is I wish the author had addressed tension/gauge in some more detail. I liked her explanation that crochet varies in a manner similar to hand writing. However like most authors she implies that if you have more rows or stitches switching to a larger hook will solve your problems.

Book #40 The Girl who takes an Eye for and Eye By David Lagercrantz

October 15, 2018

“The Girl who takes an Eye for and Eye” by David Lagercrantz, is a continuation of the late Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series.  I have read all the books in this series, and even with a change of author the stories remained engrossing. The original book “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” at the end of the year I described as “the book that I found most riveting

Some of the twists in the plot are predictable, but not all of them. The ending leaves open the opportunity for a follow on…

Book #39 Inferior… by Angela Saini

October 15, 2018

“Inferior : how science got women wrong – and the new research that’s rewriting the story” by Angela Saini, had quite a few mentions in the press recently, and so I ordered it via my library.

A lot of what the book covered I already knew, and some of it I have experienced. There is a move to get this book in to all schools and I am unsure if the book itself is engaging enough to influence many children in their early teens. I was talking to another professor about this book, and I found myself describing it as “too academic”…

Book #38 The Amazing Story … by Per J Andersson

October 15, 2018

“The Amazing Story of the Man who Cycled from India to Europe for Love” by Per J Andersson was lent to me by a friend, and it sat on my shelf for quite a while as I knew it was a real life story. But it turned out to be engaging and I really enjoyed reading about the life of PK, from his childhood as a member of the untouchable caste , through his growing up, and then the long journey, a lot of which was done on a bicycle.