PODCAST UPDATE! Holiday Reads (…but really anytime reads)

At Christmas time last year I had a special book review segment that focused on Books for the Holidays. Basically, new books that would make great gifts. None of these books have a Christmas theme but were chosen based on a variety of genres and interests. It was a challenging review because not all of these are my kind of books but it was fun to give them a go (:

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The list included:

-‘The Riviera Set’ by Mary S. Lovell, glamour, glamour, glamour…think real life Great Gatsby. A luxury hotel on the French Rivera, owned by an actress and hosted some famous guests such as Winston Churchill and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Highly recommend

-‘The Hidden Life of Trees’ by Peter Wohlleben, not really a me book but this was incredibly popular over the Christmas period and one that I’m quite pleased to have on my bookshelf because I know I’ll refer to it again someday

-‘The Arrival’ by Ted Chiang, this was actually a short story that subsequently became the great film starring Amy Adams. This is a collection of short stories by Chiang, who is a renowned science fiction writer

-‘Tokyo Style Guide’ by Jane Lawson, I asked for this one book in preparation for my trip to Japan and found it had some great tips of Tokyo. I even was given the chance to interview Jane and found out she’s an expert on all things Japan, she also runs a tour group through Kyoto that finds hidden gems! The book is laid out like a blog and isn’t as formal as your typical Lonely Planet guide book. It has some great walks around different suburbs that I tried and tested when in Tokyo. I highly recommend and hope Jane writes more about Japan in the future

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-‘The Nakano Thrift Shop’ by Hiromi Kawakami, another Japan book (…I was very excited about my trip) This was an incredibly quirky read that almost felt like a Japanese Seinfeld. Each chapter telling the different happenings and eccentric customers that come through the thrift shop. What I’d call a ‘raw read’

-‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness, this one I did in preparation for the film that was about to be released. Poetically beautiful, this book deals with death and mourning in an incredibly delicate way. Ness finished the story that was originally started by Siobhan Dowd, who unfortunately passed away passed away in 2007. I wouldn’t call this your average young adult, it’s much more

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