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Hello World by Hannah Fry

Published March 2, 2019

Hello World by Hannah Fry

I listened to the audiobook of this, read by Hannah Fry herself, and I’m glad I chose to do it this way because I feel like it needed the calm explanatory voice of Dr Fry, with her enviable ability to get across quite complex things in a simple and efficient manner. The crux of the book is exploring how the many algorithms that affect our daily lives are flawed and what we might need to consider going about our day to day business as we use them.

Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee

Published January 12, 2019

Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee

I think this is a book that we read in school, but if that is the case, I don’t remember very much about it. I had a vague feeling it was a difficult read but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I loved the way it started with just a small boy being dumped in some long grass, and gradually his world expanded more and more until you get to the end where there’s a whole adult life still to be explored.

Happy by Fearne Cotton

Published December 19, 2018

Happy by Fearne Cotton

A good book, this one, a guide to living life in a calm and happy fashion - acknowledging that there are bad times as well but they can be dealt with. Fearne leads us through various topics, like being kind to your body, meditations, recipes, good friends, work/life balance, with a scattering of activities to be that bit more interactive.

Unqualified by Anna Faris

Published November 28, 2018

Unqualified by Anna Faris

I used to listen to Anna’s podcast but not so much anymore - not because it isn’t good, but because, to be honest, I wasn’t so interested in the problem solving part of it. I liked the chat with the guests and the probing segments, and Anna was always so brilliant at getting people to open up whilst being honest about herself, but in the end I paused listening.

Yes, My Accent is Real by Kunal Nayyar

Published November 23, 2018

Yes, My Accent is Real by Kunal Nayyar

I love The Big Bang Theory so was interested to read the story behind one of its stars - particularly one who has brought his own heritage and culture to a very American show. I really enjoyed this memoir, it was never dull even though it did relate some childhood stories here and there. But it was mostly about a person who sometimes fits in and sometimes doesn’t, sometimes is surrounded by thousands of friends and family, and sometimes is sitting alone in a dorm room wondering what to do with his life.