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November 2021 Featured Books

A Beautiful Nightmare

A Beautiful Nightmare

Author: Christine McGuinness Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/11/2021

We all know the fairy-tale. An everyday girl meets her Prince Charming, they get married, have children and ride off into the sunset. Sadly, this isn't always the case and Christine McGuinness is keen to change the stereotype that marriage, fame and fortune brings an easy and blissful life... This is Christine's first book, where she tells the world her life story for the very first time. As well as outlining the difficulties and joys of being a mother to three autistic children, the autobiography delves into her anorexia battle, fertility troubles, her marriage, modelling career and tough childhood, subjects which are sensitive and many of which she hasn't spoken about before. She is a mum of three to eight-year-old twins Leo and Penelope and four-year-old Felicity, all of whom have been diagnosed with autism. In this frank and candid read, Christine reveals the struggles she's overcome in her life and still battles with today, but at the heart of it, she's on a mission to learn more about autism and to educate others and change the stigma around the condition. Christine wants to campaign to improve rights for those with invisible disabilities. She wants her children to be able to get a job, have relationships and live independent lives. Alongside writing her book, Christine and her husband Paddy are filming a BBC documentary about autism. It will air this Autumn. In the book, Christine will give readers a detailed insight into what being a full-time mum with three autistic children is like.

Will

Will

Author: Will Smith, Mark Manson Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/11/2021

One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully about his life, in a brave and inspiring book that traces his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. Along the way, Will tells the story in full of one of the most amazing rides through the worlds of music and film that anyone has ever had. Will Smith's transformation from a fearful child in a tense West Philadelphia home to one of the biggest rap stars of his era and then one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood history, with a string of box office successes that will likely never be broken, is an epic tale of inner transformation and outer triumph, and Will tells it astonishingly well. But it's only half the story. Will Smith thought, with good reason, that he had won at life: not only was his own success unparalleled, his whole family was at the pinnacle of the entertainment world. Only they didn't see it that way: they felt more like star performers in his circus, a seven-days-a-week job they hadn't signed up for. It turned out Will Smith's education wasn't nearly over. This memoir is the product of a profound journey of self-knowledge, a reckoning with all that your will can get you and all that it can leave behind. Written with the help of Mark Manson, author of the multi-million-copy bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Will is the story of how one exceptional man mastered his own emotions, written in a way that can help everyone else do the same. Few of us will know the pressure of performing on the world's biggest stages for the highest of stakes, but we can all understand that the fuel that works for one stage of our journey might have to be changed if we want to make it all the way home. The combination of genuine wisdom of universal value and a life story that is preposterously entertaining, even astonishing, puts Will the book, like its author, in a category by itself.

The Ruin of All Witches

The Ruin of All Witches

Author: Malcolm Gaskill Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/11/2021

Oh my, The Ruin of All Witches is absolutely fascinating! Detailing the witch-hunting that took place in a frontier town in Massachusetts during 1651, this is a darkly enthralling read. The author describes it as a historical reconstruction rather than a novel. Written using historical documentation including court records, sermons, letters, diaries, deeds, and wills, this dual sense of story and history ensures a deeper awareness. It begins almost as a fairytale would, the style of writing placed me in time and location. I was able to look around and soak up the atmosphere. I felt a connection to the place and people, could reach a level of appreciation for thoughts and feelings. Examining small details, looking behind fears, beyond survival, makes this an accessible and thought-provoking read. The maps help plant the location, the Sources and Methods detailed at the back confirm the thought process behind this book. Malcolm Gaskill is a leading expert in the history of witchcraft and his knowledge and research shows. The Ruin of All Witches is a vivid, captivating and intriguing walk into the past and I’ve chosen it as a Liz Robinson Pick of the Month.

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Peeing is Relieving

Peeing is Relieving

Author: Robert Eddison Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2021

Followers of Robert Eddison on social media (Twitter - @roberteddison1) will know that he is the undisputed master of the contemporary, pithy, one liner, with over 29,000 original aperçus on 150 different subjects to his name and tens of thousands of followers across his various platforms. In Peeing is Relieving he reveals a huge talent and endearing fascination for the quirks and power of language and also displays a playful, light hearted, world view that, while it occasionally toes the line of decency, never actually steps over it. There are chuckles aplenty  - and some rather lovely illustrations - in this compact volume, which will leave you pondering the more profound insights of some of the entries as you revel in the simple absurdity of others. In the introduction, by the Times’ diary editor, Patrick Kidd makes the point that “it takes real craft to express home truths in just a handful of words, especially when they are so funny,” and he is absolutely right. Rennison joins an illustrious band of writers and thinkers throughout history who have managed to marshal a love of language and wordplay and crystallise a skewed look at life in all its ridiculous glory. As Rennison says “The English language is not so rich that it has the mot juste for everything,” but as he ably demonstrates, in the hands of a master, it comes pretty darn close. He also says that “For most of us, the straight and narrow needs widening,” and Peeing is Relieving will certainly broaden your outlook.

Medusa

Medusa

Author: Jessie Burton Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2021

Jessie Burton’s fiery feminist re-telling of the Greek myth of Medusa blazes with intrigue and beauty courtesy of author’s elegant style and Olivia Lomenech Gill’s fabulously evocative colour illustrations. It’s an incredible feat of intellect and imagination that takes down toxic masculinity and victim-blaming culture through an ingenious reframing, reclaiming of Medusa. The gods have exiled Medusa to a remote island, with no one for company but the snakes she has for hair. That is, until impossibly beautiful Perseus arrives and transfixes her: “I know a lot about beauty. Too much in fact. But I’d never seen anything like him…I wanted to eat him up like honey cake.” Desires awoken, Medusa won’t reveal her name, or let him see her: “I was just going to sit on the other side of this entrance rock and pretend that boys like him washed up on desert islands all the time.” This excerpt encapsulates one of the many marvellous things about this book. The writing - cleverly, and compellingly - feels both timeless and modern. Medusa’s narrative, and the dialogue, is laced with wit, and infused with tremendous detail. But betrayal swoops in the wake of desire, and all-too familiar mechanisms of patriarchy come into play with ferocity. Ultimately, though, and with a magnificent sense of sisterhood, Medusa comes to a new state of being: “Self-awareness is a great banisher of loneliness. And my sisters, the immortals, are with me.” This is terrifically inspiring and empowering in the ways of timeless myths, but also in ways that are very, very real - “you will find me when you need me, when the wind hears a woman’s cry and fills my sails forward. And I will whisper on the water that one must never fear the raised shield, the reflection caught in an office window, or the mirror in a bathroom.”

This is the Canon

This is the Canon

Author: Joan Anim-Addo, Deirdre Osborne Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2021

Highlighting reads that encourage you to explore new beliefs, ideas, and opinions, this was an eye-opening read for me. Recommending a collection of 50 novellas and novels from around the world, with voices from all backgrounds and races, the reader is encouraged to rethink the novels that are considered the classics of literature. It is explained as: “an intervention that offers opportunities for readers to explore a broader reach of works than those that are perennially taught and examined, or promoted”. Prior to reading this I believed that I read far and wide, across genres, continents, and authors, and yet and yet, I’ve only read books by four of these authors. It really brought me up short and has made me rethink my reading lists. I know that some of my LoveReading reviewing colleagues have already read many of these books, but for me, the majority will be new. Joan Anim-Addo, Deidre Osborne, and Kadija Sesay are well respected and explain their thoughts, reasoning, and hold their arms wide in welcoming you to This is the Canon. Each of the 50 books is introduced and includes details of publishing, the author, and other recommended books. The Afterword encourages you, as a reader, to make a difference in the literary world, to make your voice heard. Sitting as a LoveReading Star Book and Liz Pick of the Month, This is the Canon offers a huge opportunity to the reader, and one that I will be taking up.

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Mrs Hinch: Life in Lists

Mrs Hinch: Life in Lists

Author: Mrs Hinch Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2021

Filled with brand new lists to get you organised well beyond your cleaning cupboard, as well as all your favourite Hinch lists! Hi guys and welcome to my brand-new notebook of actual dreams: Life in Lists! I am so overwhelmed by the amount of love I receive about The Little Book of Lists. I get messages every day about how useful you find it! So now, I want to give you even more . . . In Life in Lists, you'll find brand new self-care lists to provide the ultimate you-time, including. . . - Gratitude Lists - Make Your Dreams Come True pages - Me Time Lists Not only that, Life in Lists also has all of your favourite Hinch Lists, Tadaas and Fresh'n Up Fridays, along with new Monthly and Seasonal Hinch Lists, making it the ultimate notebook for a more mindful, organised life! There is also a whole section of blank lists to help you organise your days your own way - whether that's shopping lists, meal planning, birthdays or important dates to remember, these pages are for you to use however you like. Whether you're in need of some relaxation or simply planning for the week ahead, these lists will allow to you to do a little bit of self-care, reflect back on all the amazing things in life and focus on your goals for the future. I really hope you guys enjoy Life in Lists as much as I've loved putting it together for you! Lots of Love Always, Soph xx 

Manifesto

Manifesto

Author: Bernardine Evaristo Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/2021

When Bernardine Evaristo won the Booker prize in 2019, aged 60, for her eighth novel Girl, Woman, Other, she made history. After 40 years in creative industries, everything changed as she became the first black woman to win the prize in the fifty years since its inception. This memoir is a page-turning, intimate and brave account of her life. Convinced that fame and success would come, this autobiographical story of her unstoppable journey towards her many accolades is an inspiration as she shares her life stages from her birth in Eltham in 1959 through her upbringing and cultural background, her influences and inspirations. One of 8 children of a fearsome Nigerian father and white English mother, we learn about her bi-racial childhood, early experiences of racism and the challenges of growing up as a mixed race woman which ultimately set Evaristo on the path of rebellion and freedom.   The chapters take us through her heritage as an independent middle child in an inter-racial family in a predominantly white area. Through her years as a nomadic Londoner living out of bin bags. Through the men and women who came and went, all culminating in her finding her soulmate. We see her creative journey from theatre-maker, writer of poetry to fiction and her becoming the award-winning writer she is today. The book concludes with her Manifesto. We see the potential, the possibilities, the rewards if you are brave enough, her refusal to conform and her passion for fighting for what she believes in. Although in her conclusion she concedes that these days instead of throwing stones at the fortress she sits inside its chambers having polite, persuasive persistent conversations about how best to transform outmoded infrastructures. She is formidable in every sense and I warmed to her and am inspired by her. She tells us of her addiction to the adventure of storytelling and I am in awe of that storytelling. Manifesto is about life, love, courage, community, creativity, activism and optimism. And I for one could not get enough of it. I’ll be pressing this book into the hands of people for years and imploring them to read it and everything she writes. We need more Evaristos in this world, that’s for sure. It’s a powerful manifesto from a trailblazer and a reminder that there is a manifesto in all of us.

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Annabel Karmel's Fun, Fast and Easy Children's Cookbook

Annabel Karmel's Fun, Fast and Easy Children's Cookbook

Author: Annabel Karmel Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2021

Young chefs get an excellent introduction to culinary skills with Annabel Karmel's Fun, Fast & Easy Cookbook. The recipes have been designed for children and grown-ups to cook together and are divided into Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks & Treats,  with easy-to-follow steps, tempting photos and cooking tips. The recipes are a lovely mix of both healthy dishes, with fresh fruit and vegetables added in creative and appealing ways, and twists on old favourites such as sunshine paella, vroom vroom bolognese and pesto pizzas. Amongst the recipes there are informative double-spreads on essential food groups and nutrition plus useful rules to keep kids safe in the kitchen. There are also ideas for cooking for those with food allergies and dietary requirements, with suggestions of simple ingredient-swaps to turn the recipe into a vegetarian or vegan meal. This sturdy, colourful hardback makes a great gift, giving hours of entertainment and teaching an essential skill in a fun way. 

Daily Affirmations for a Happier You

Daily Affirmations for a Happier You

Author: Michelle Lee Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/09/2021

‘Daily Affirmations for a Happier You’ by Michelle Lee is a direct and practical guide to incorporating positive  affirmations into your daily life. The author manages to collate her own personal story, the ways in which positive affirmations and positive thinking can have an impact on your life, how to incorporate affirmations into your day-to-day routine and lists of examples that can be tailored to suit the individual all in less than 100 pages. I would say this book is a concentrated shot of positivity and I think that everyone would be able to take something from it. This book is a reminder that everything you say to yourself, about yourself, has an impact and it’s important to be kind to ourselves. The author also touches on how having a more positive mental attitude can also lead to greater chances of success, as demonstrated through her affirmation journey. ‘Daily Affirmations for a Happier You’ is accessible and a great place to start if you’re looking for simple ways to incorporate more positivity into your life.

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Life Lessons From the Amazon

Life Lessons From the Amazon

Author: Pip Stewart Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/09/2021

Pip Stewart’s Life Lessons from the Amazon is two books in one. Firstly, it’s a graphic account of an expedition down Guyana’s perilous Essequibo River - a source to sea adventure brimming with danger and beauty in equal measure. Secondly it’s a thoughtful reflection on that journey that provides insights and learnings which might be usefully applied to 'normal life'. As the team makes its way down the river each chapter highlights a different emotion, behaviour or human attribute which is then given the jungle treatment as Pip recounts an occasion from her Amazonian experience where it surfaced. Appreciation, Growth, Conflict, Connection.. and many more such themes enjoy an adventurer's analysis leading to the very last chapter, ambitiously titled Death and Life … in which a flesh-eating parasite nibbles its way into the story. For Pip Stewart, this extraordinary adventure was life-changing and some of the hard-earned wisdom she shares within Life Lessons from the Amazon might just change the lives of others.

We Should All Be Millionaires

We Should All Be Millionaires

Author: Rachel Rodgers Format: Audiobook Release Date: 04/05/2021

Are you ready to fill your life with more peace, power, and joy? We Should All Be Millionaires details a realistic, achievable, step-by-step path to creating the support, confidence, and plan you need to own your success and become the millionaire the world needs you to be. Only 10 percent of the world’s millionaires are women, making it difficult for women to wield the economic power that will create lasting equality. Whatever is stopping you from having seven figures in the bank—whether it’s shaky confidence, knowledge gaps when it comes to wealth building tactics, imposter syndrome, a janky mindset about money (it’s okay, we’ve all been there!), or simply not knowing where to begin—this book shows you how to clear every obstacle in your way, show up, and glow up. We Should All Be Millionaires will forever change the way you think about money and your ability to earn it. In this book, Rachel Rodgers— a Black woman, mother of four, attorney, business owner, and self-made millionaire— shares the lessons she’s learned both in her own journey to wealth and in coaching hundreds of women through their own journeys to seven figures. Inside, you’ll learn: - Why earning more money is not “selfish” or “greedy” but in fact, a revolutionary act that brings the economy into balance and creates a better world for all. - Why most of the financial advice you’ve heard in the past (like “skip your daily latte to save money”) is absolute, patriarchal nonsense. - An eye-opening history lesson on how women and people of color have been shut out of the ability to build wealth for centuries—and how we can fix this. - How to stop making broke-ass decisions that leave you feeling emotionally and financially depleted and start making million-dollar decisions instead. - Why aiming to earn $100K per year is not enough, and why you need to be setting your goals much higher. - Strategies to bring more money in the door and fatten your bank account immediately. (Including Rodgers’$10K in 10 Days Challenge which hundreds of women have completed—with incredible results.) It’s time to construct an entirely new attitude about money, claim your power, and build the financial security that you need and deserve — so you can stop just surviving, and start thriving. Let’s begin.

Audiobooks of the Month
HAUNTED

HAUNTED

Author: Tony Marturano Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/11/2020

The second book in the series ‘Haunted’ by Tony Marturano continues the story of Marco Battista who, after the events of the first book, heads to the small village of Porthcoe with his wife to recuperate and renovate his late father’s holiday home. It is encouraged before and as you start reading that you begin the ‘Haunted’ series with book number one: Psychosis, and it is something I would also recommend as the events of that first book are referred to a lot. This is a tense thriller filled with ghosts, secrets and questions. I liked the style of narration, for the duration of this book we the reader are a constant confidant to Marco as he tells us of the strange occurrences within the house, even seeking confirmation at times which sent me scooting back up the page to double check. I felt like this added to the creepiness and at least in a bookish sense had me double checking every corner and looking over my shoulder as I read. Also, the references to the events in the previous book, even for those that haven’t read it, suggests that Marco may be an unreliable narrator which is something I liked for adding tension and uncertainty to the story.  Tension, strange dreams, a couple that enjoy jumpscaring each other and the jumpscares built into the plot all amount to a brilliant horror story, ideal for the darker winter months. The scene with the moth still sends shivers up my spine even after I’ve finished reading, eugh! With the addition of character developments and a storyline that you can get invested in (this book is most certainly not all about the scare), I think that this is a brilliantly thrilling, page-turning horror.

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Win at Losing

Win at Losing

Author: Sam Weinman Format: Audiobook Release Date: 01/01/2017

An engaging, inspiring exploration of the surprising value of setbacks-and how we can use them to succeed As an award-winning sports journalist, Sam Weinman has long studied the ripple effects of losing. But as a father of two competitive boys, he struggled to convince them that failing-whether losing a hockey game or bombing a math test-can actually be a critical part of success. So he sought out the perspectives of men and women who have turned significant setbacks into meaningful comebacks-and sometimes even new careers-to illustrate how we can not only overcome defeat but grow stronger from the experience. Blending firsthand interviews and advice from professional athletes, business executives, politicians, and Hollywood stars with expert analysis from leading psychologists and coaches, Win at Losing reveals how renowned figures-from Emmy Award-winning actress Susan Lucci to golfer Greg Norman and politician Michael Dukakis-have prevailed and even triumphed in the aftermath of loss, humiliation, and rejection. In showcasing the ways our most difficult moments can be turned into powerful growth opportunities, this lively and moving guide asks readers to redefine what constitutes success and failure, and offers an essential blueprint for harnessing the power of setbacks to achieve what we want in life.

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October 2021 Featured Books

Relentless

Relentless

Author: Eddie Hearn Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2021

WINNER AT THE TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2021 HEALTH AND FITNESS What does it take to succeed? What is the mindset required to be the best? How do you stay at the top of your field? How do you come back from failure? Eddie Hearn knows what it takes. In his remarkable career, Hearn has worked alongside some of the biggest names in sports entertainment and has seen first-hand the grit and relentless determination that it takes to succeed. Structured around the key skills that Eddie Hearn values the most, this book looks at his business, life, and the drive to succeed. Covering subjects such as discipline, passion, preparation, motivation and failure, this book shows you what it takes to get the most in your life and career. In this insightful and revealing book, Eddie talks about the highs and lows of his career - from negotiating a billion dollar boxing deal to selling out Wembley for the Joshua Klitschko fight - and draws the valuable lessons that we can learn from boxing's toughest performers. The perfect book for when life deals a knockout blow, an invaluable guide about making the most from life, drawn from the hard-won lessons of one of the most successful boxing promoters in the world.

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

Author: Dean Marlo Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/10/2021

‘Behind Closed Doors’ by Dean Marlo is an extensive and detailed family memoir taking us almost day by day through several years of emotional abuse and frustrations in the family court system. Written almost as diary entries, from letters and notes saved at the time, the reader feels as though they are enduring the trauma and court hearings with Dean and his three children. At almost 1000 pages this is a deep dive into the issues and problems experienced by a family as they seek to overcome family separation, domestic abuse and mental health problems and as it states at the end, this is only part 1. I admire Dean’s resilience throughout this memoir. To be able to continue to fight for his family and then, after all that, to share his story in order to give people insight and perhaps help others and make a difference is commendable. This is a real family's life, with real challenges and trauma faced within it which I would not want to make light of in any way. As a reader the memoir is intensively immersive due to the present tense writing, and compelling as you wonder what the resolution will be for this family.  Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

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The Wheel

The Wheel

Author: Jennifer Lane Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/10/2021

This fascinating and engaging read will satisfy the reading curiosity of anyone who has an interest in witchcraft, pagan paths, or those who miss nature in their stressful daily lives. Nature journalist Jennifer Lane charts a year in her life after realising that she needed to step outside of the anxiety of her office based environment. I travelled with Jennifer as she looked back to her past and began to reconnect with her love for nature and witchcraft. I joined her in festivals and rituals, various courses including Shamanism and Astrology, and on her walks in our natural environment. This is a gentle and thoughtful introduction to Witchcraft and Paganism, a group of contemporary religions based around a reverence for nature. Jennifer describes her beliefs as: “balance, harmony, and living seasonally”. In the 2011 census, over 56 thousand people identified as pagan, however it is likely that numbers are far higher, as due to other people’s misunderstanding or falsification of the religion, it can remain a hidden part of their lives. The Wheel is a thought-provoking and interesting glimpse into Jennifer’s love for nature and witchcraft. 

Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month
Resilience

Resilience

Author: Elise Christie Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2021

Unflinchingly frank, Elise Christie’s autobiography recounts her experiences as an elite athlete - the immense pressures, the ups, the downs, the triumphs and the trials - alongside sharing her struggles with self-harm, low self-esteem and PTSD. While getting the inside story of what it’s like to compete at such an elite level is compelling and revelatory (as Triple World Champion, ten-time European Champion and former world record holding short track speed skater Christie sure knows what that’s like), Resilience is a sports autobiography that transcends the genre.  Christie’s voice is incredibly engaging - the book’s style is conversational, chatty, witty, and strong. Here she tells it like it is no matter what her subject - relationship break-ups, corrupt doping practices, dubious penalty and disqualification decisions, the abuse she endured (including death threats) in the aftermath of an incident at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Then there’s her struggles with self-harm, which she explains provided “a good couple of hours of relief” while acknowledging that she “absolutely hated myself for doing it, I thought it was so fucking weak.” Powerful stuff, and always shot-through with an inspirational steely determination that will see Christie compete in the 2022 Beijing Olympics - “Whatever happens going forward, I’ll be fine. And that includes the Olympics in 2022.”

Soulwork

Soulwork

Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/09/2021

A personal account of the learning, healing and working your way to a more meaningful life, ‘Soulwork’ by Elizabeth Radcliffe contemplates how personal development, whether that’s connected to a faith or religion or not, can help you to get the most out of life. The book is well-written and broken up into clear and easy to digest sections with exercises and other tools that offer real-world applications to help with your learning. As it mentions in the synopsis, this book allows those who prefer to focus more on the scientific or rational and those who have faith or religion close to their hearts, to learn more about themselves and what they have to offer. Whether you see it as connection with your soul, or perhaps just developing a greater understanding of yourself in order to feel more comfortable in your own skin, this book has plenty to offer. I liked the personal account of the author’s own Soulwork and development. I found this perspective was an easy way to explore all the teachings of this book without being daunted by them. The writing has a very approachable style and I felt her enthusiasm as I read. A great introduction to meditation, spiritual and personal development. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

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100 Ways in 100 Days to Teach Your Baby Maths Support All Areas of Your Baby's Development by Nurtur

100 Ways in 100 Days to Teach Your Baby Maths Support All Areas of Your Baby's Development by Nurtur

Author: Emma Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/09/2021

A practical and easy to navigate resource to help provide your baby with the foundations of a bright mathematical future. ‘100 Ways in 100 Days to Teach Your Baby Maths’ by Emma Smith does exactly what it says on the tin. Broken down into 100 Days the author takes us through why a positive early experience and introduction to maths is important as well as a variety of activities that can help to boost a child’s mathematical development even before they can talk. As I learned in this book, babies are born with an innate number sense and the ability to categorise and quantify early on. This, as well as their bonding and connection with the parent, can help to shape their preschool mathematical abilities. Using activities that most definitely don’t feel like maths homework and with tips on how to incorporate number talk into everyday life, this book is very well-structured and offers achievable ways to incorporate maths into a busy family life. ‘100 Ways in 100 Days to Teach Your Baby Maths’ Creates an enjoyable environment for both parent and child. This book not only helps to develop a baby’s maths ability in a way that will help them to progress throughout their education as a whole but also allows for dedicated quality bonding time for parent and child. This really is one to read for new and soon-to-be parents.  Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

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How to Raise a Global Citizen

How to Raise a Global Citizen

Author: Anna Davidson, Marvyn Harrison, Dr Annabelle Humanes, Dr Melernie Meheux Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/09/2021

For those of us at parenting age, with children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, we have a responsibility to guide and encourage them towards a future that is inspired and informed by values of fairness, inclusion, respect for all our fellow human beings and, of course, for the planet we call home.   How to Raise a Global Citizen is written by and for parents and carers of children of all ages.  In an exclusive LoveReading LitFest event, we are delighted that author Anna Davidson was joined by two of the seven contributors to the book; mother of three daughters and blogger Fariba Soetan, and father of two and founder of Dope Black CIC and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultancy BELOVD, Marvyn Harrison. For parents, grandparents or carers of the children who will go on to save the world, this is the book and the event for you. https://www.lovereadinglitfest.com/previews/how-to-raise-a-global-citizen-event-preview

The Everyday Life Project

The Everyday Life Project

Author: Marc Tuitt Format: Ebook Release Date: 19/08/2021

If you want a handy book of positivity and advice on leading a happier life ‘The Everyday Life Project’ by Marc Tuitt may be for you. A compiled list of ‘words of wisdom’ that applies to a variety of different situations and with anecdotal evidence to show how this piece of advice is a small step that can lead to positive life changes. Conversational and light in tone, I would say this book is widely accessible. ‘The Everyday Life Project’ gives common sense reminders about relationships, work and taking care of yourself that, like the story connected to the advice to ‘get more sleep’, may be so obvious you’d never have thought about it. The book is short and sweet and easy to flick through, read cover to cover, or return to when you’re looking for some comfort or perspective. There also seems to be numbered pages for notes after each piece of advice which could offer space in a physical copy of the book for you to write your thoughts, maybe rephrase and adapt each idea to something that would fit in to your life.  Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

Author: Laura Vanderkam Format: Audiobook Release Date: 07/06/2010

There are 168 hours in a week. This book is about where the time really goes, and how we can all use it better. It's an unquestioned truth of modern life: we are starved for time. With the rise of two-income families, extreme jobs, and 24/7 connectivity, life is so frenzied we can barely find time to breathe. We tell ourselves we'd like to read more, get to the gym regularly, try new hobbies, and accomplish all kinds of goals. But then we give up because there just aren't enough hours to do it all. Or else, if we don't make excuses, we make sacrifices. To get ahead at work we spend less time with our spouses. To carve out more family time, we put off getting in shape. To train for a marathon, we cut back on sleep. There has to be a better way-and Laura Vanderkam has found one. After interviewing dozens of successful, happy people, she realized that they allocate their time differently than most of us. Instead of letting the daily grind crowd out the important stuff, they start by making sure there's time for the important stuff. They focus on what they do best and what only they can do. When plans go wrong and they run out of time, only their lesser priorities suffer. It's not always easy, but the payoff is enormous. Vanderkam shows that it really is possible to sleep eight hours a night, exercise five days a week, take piano lessons, and write a novel without giving up quality time for work, family, and other things that really matter. The key is to start with a blank slate and to fill up your 168 hours only with things that deserve your time. Of course, you probably won't read to your children at 2:00 am, or skip a Wednesday morning meeting to go hiking, but you can cut back on how much you watch TV, do laundry, or spend time on other less fulfilling activities. Vanderkam shares creative ways to rearrange your schedule to make room for the things that matter most. 168 Hours is a fun, inspiring, practical guide that will help men and women of any age, lifestyle, or career get the most out of their time and their lives.

Audiobooks of the Month

September 2021 Featured Books

An Innocent Baby

An Innocent Baby

Author: Cathy Glass Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/09/2021

When foster carer, Cathy Glass, is asked to foster Darcy-May, a two-day old baby, she is very concerned. The baby is coming to her straight from hospital and will have no contact with her teenage mother, Haylea. Even more worrying, she will be brought to Cathy with a police escort as it's vital her extended family don't know where she is. Abandoned at birth, Cathy and her family quickly bond with little Darcy-May although they have to accept she will eventually leave them to be adopted. But fostering is rarely straight forward, and when Haylea asks to see her baby a different story begins to emerge. It's so alarming that even Cathy, a highly experienced foster carer, struggles.

Family Comforts

Family Comforts

Author: Rebecca Wilson Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/09/2021

Family Comforts is the much-anticipated new cookbook from Rebecca Wilson, the bestselling author, Instagram sensation and mum behind the phenomenally popular family food account @rebeccawilsonfood. With over 100 brand new, flavour-filled recipes, Rebecca shows you how to cook nutritious meals the whole family will love. From quick suppers that can be prepared in a matter of minutes to slow cooker heroes that deliver big flavours with minimal effort, joyful weekend feasts, brilliant bakes and warming desserts, Rebecca's ingenious, easy-to-follow recipes are suitable for young children from six months, and irresistible for older siblings and adults too. Parents and carers can wean their babies and introduce them to a variety of new foods, whilst sharing the same meals alongside them. An essential for every family's bookshelf, let Rebecca Wilson show you how to cook just once for the entire family, giving you more time together around the table to enjoy comforting meals through autumn, winter, and beyond.

Big Panda and Tiny Dragon

Big Panda and Tiny Dragon

Author: James Norbury Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/09/2021

A guiding light in the darker months, Big Panda and Tiny Dragon is the beautifully illustrated and mindful journey of two friends through the seasons, inspired by Buddhist philosophy Lost in the swirling mists they fall asleep under glittering stars. It is spring by the time they emerge and while they sit watching a warm sunrise, it dawns on them that another magnificent adventure awaits . . .  'Which is more important,' asked Big Panda, 'the journey or the destination?' 'The company,' said Tiny Dragon. Friends Big Panda and Tiny Dragon journey through the seasons of the year together, day and night, in rain and in sun. Travelling through nature, they find hope and inspiration in the world around them, realising that even in the darkest of days, Spring will always return. Feel the calming influence of Big Panda, who reminds us of the bigger picture while appreciating the simplicity of small moments. Explore your surroundings with the inquisitive eye of Tiny Dragon, our friend who is big in heart if not in stature. And on their journey through the ever-changing seasons, join these two friends as they learn how to live in the moment, be at peace with uncertainty, and find the strength to overcome life's obstacles, together. Inspired by Buddhist philosophy and spirituality, James Norbury has captured in these whimsical characters the ideas that have helped him through his most difficult times.

Saltwater in the Blood Surfing, Natural Cycles and the Sea's Power to Heal

Saltwater in the Blood Surfing, Natural Cycles and the Sea's Power to Heal

Author: Easkey Britton Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/09/2021

In Saltwater in the Blood, lifelong surfer, marine social scientist, writer, artist and menstruality mentor Dr Easkey Britton has created a book that’s as all-encompassing as the ocean she so loves. At once intimate and sweeping, it’s a rousing exploration of the vital role the sea plays in personal and planetary well-being. Underpinned by a sense of mindfulness, Britton frames her book through sharing how she was personally shaped by the sea as a result of being from a family of surfing sea-lovers, and within the context of humankind’s longstanding connection to the ocean:  “Western science is just beginning to realize what indigenous cultures have always known, what our ancestors knew – water has the power to heal. Engagement with healthy ocean environments can support, enhance and restore our health and wellbeing, especially mental health”. Of particular note is Britton’s female approach to surfing - rather than viewing it as a means of having mastery over the waves, she surfs to connect with it more closely, as physical cycles are attuned to the phases of the moon and sea. Within this, the author also addresses the climate crisis to create a compelling holistic account of the beauty and power of the sea.

Just One More Drive

Just One More Drive

Author: Robert James O’Brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2021

Personal memoirs are complex to write and often hard to read.  Some fall at the first hurdle by coming across as self obsessed, the author expecting readers to buy into a sort of self-therapy in print. Others can be too revelatory, when the author has failed to exercise any sense of self-editing and allows the urge to confess all, or explain minutiae, to get in the way of the wider story. They can, at worst, be self-indulgent tracts, of interest only to the writer. Robert James’ O’Brien’s wonderful Just One More Drive is none of those. It is a searingly honest, wonderfully written story of O’Brien’s metamorphosis from stuttering adolescent and confused pubescent in Ireland to becoming the man he hoped he could and always wanted to be. What makes this a really special account of one man’s discovery of his true self, is O’Brien’s ability to tell his story with admirable sensitivity to the people he lives with, works with and knows, but also to himself. He depicts his strong early sense of himself and his potential, and describes the frustration and self awareness of not being that person with such clarity that, from the very first chapter, you will be willing him to succeed, urging him to leap the hurdles that life has put in his path. And then there are the cars. From the Mini he owned on passing his driving test to the growling BMW beast he tames as he takes control of himself and his life, they appear throughout as avatars of his self-perceived status and mark the yardsticks of success on his path to self-discovery and self-assuredness. At its core this is a touching testimony of one man’s triumphs in his struggles, both of himself and for himself. It is, to use that much over used term, a “journey” on many levels and as you get to know him and how he thinks it will have you cheering him on, with every heart-warming page.

Return to the Light Within: How I Woke up, Rediscovered Who I Am, and Found Happiness

Return to the Light Within: How I Woke up, Rediscovered Who I Am, and Found Happiness

Author: Dmitria Burby Format: Ebook Release Date: 09/09/2021

A spiritual memoir ‘Return to the light within’ by Dmitria Burby tells readers of the author's journey from corporate executive to rediscovering herself. Written to share her story of self-enlightenment in the hopes it will resonate and help others on their own journey. This book is succinct and well constructed, broken down into easy to digest chapters and sections that works through the author’s initial questioning of ‘who am I?’ to reconnection with her spirit and finding her purpose as a spiritual guide and healer. I liked the conversational and open tone used to write this book, it felt as though I was listening to someone’s journey without feeling directly instructed. I think that this would be an interesting book for someone looking for their own spiritual advancement, or perhaps those caught at a crossroads and looking for a more spiritual alternative to a more traditional self-help book. Regardless of personal beliefs there are plenty of lessons that can be taken away from ‘Return To The Light Within’. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

Pinch of Nom Food Planner: Quick & Easy

Pinch of Nom Food Planner: Quick & Easy

Author: Kay Featherstone, Kate Allinson, Laura Davis Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2021

Staying on track has never been easier. This three-month companion from the million-copy bestselling authors of Pinch of Nom - complete with twenty-six exclusive Pinch of Nom recipes - gives you everything you need to chart diet progress, cook brand-new favourites and reach your goals. With a vibrant style and a handy ring-bound format, as well as gorgeous Nom stickers and tear-out pages for shopping lists, this planner is easily adaptable to your personal slimming guidelines. The twenty-six exclusive recipes are all super easy and super quick to make - and they are all delicious, packed with flavour and designed to keep you full and satisfied. There is so much room to plan and celebrate your achievements. Beautifully designed and illustrated with line drawings and motivational tips, the diet diary-style planner doesn't have any photos of the recipes - you can find them on the Pinch of Nom website - which gives you more pages for writing up your goals and food plans. Whether you want to keep track of calories, jot down your shopping lists, record healthy treats or celebrate key achievements, this book is designed to help you stay organized and motivated. The Pinch of Nom food blog, created by Kate Allinson and Kay Featherstone, has a hugely engaged online following and has helped thousands of people to lose weight and cook incredibly delicious and varied recipes. Packed with advice for keeping to your goals and stories from community members, the Pinch of Nom Food Planner: Quick & Easy is the perfect tool for your weight-loss journey.

26.2 Miles to Happiness

26.2 Miles to Happiness

Author: Paul Tonkinson Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2021

***WINNER OF THE TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2021 - SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT BOOK OF THE YEAR*** The hilarious trials and tribulations of stand-up comedian Paul Tonkinson as he attempts to beat the much lauded 3-hour mark at the London Marathon. With a supporting cast of fellow comedians, this is a warmly written and wonderfully honest adventure-through-sport that will both entertain and inspire. Along the way, we are introduced to the characters helping Paul with his quest. Celebrity names such as Bryony Gordon, Russell Howard, Roisin Conaty and Vassos Alexander pop up with wit and wisdom, alongside an alpine adventure to the Mayr Clinic with Michael McIntyre that pushes Paul to the limit. And not forgetting the 'words of wisdom' and derision from Paul's anti-running friend, Richard.

Blue Spaces

Blue Spaces

Author: Dr Catherine Kelly Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/04/2021

Why do so many of us feel drawn to water? Researchers around the globe are increasingly intrigued by our psychological response to blue space: oceans, rivers, lakes, canals and waterfalls. Research is showing that they are good for us, inducing a positive mood and reducing negative feelings. Many people naturally gravitate towards the nearest blue space for their regular walks. There is an innate soothing quality that water brings, whether it's crashing waves, the gentle lapping beat of the water's edge or the reflections we see... Water brings on a meditative, 'blue mind' state. Dr Catherine Kelly uses the study of Blue Mind, a term coined by Dr Wallace Nichols, which explores the study of water and why it makes us happy, to explore and understand the importance of blue space (water environments) and their therapeutic benefits. Looking at the most up-to-date research and evidence that supports its importance for our wellbeing, she suggests how we can all integrate blue mind practices into our lives, providing examples and exercises that anyone can use to enhance their mental health. *** You can hear Catherine Kelly explore our emotional connection to water and the therapeutic benefits of cold water swimming at A Day at the Riverside, 18th September.

Think Big

Think Big

Author: Dr Grace Lordan Format: Audiobook Release Date: 25/03/2021

What are you doing today to make your dream future come true? We all have big ambitions for the future but those dreams only become reality if we do something towards them regularly. To achieve audacious goals, we need to take action and make small changes every day. We need to think big and act small. Drawing on cutting-edge research from behavioural science, Dr Grace Lordan offers immediate actionable solutions and tips that will help you get closer to your dream future, every day. Focusing on six key areas - your time, goal planning, self-narratives, other people, your environment, and resilience - Dr Lordan reveals practical, science-backed hacks that will help you get ahead. Each chapter introduces us to behavioural science concepts like the 'halo effect', 'confirmation bias', 'affect heuristic' and the 'ostrich effect', to help you better understand yourself and others, so that you can get the most out of your career. Whether you fantasise about changing industry, landing that big promotion, writing a screenplay or setting up your own company, Think Big creates a clear pathway to the future you want now. Some of the things you'll learn include how to: · Overcome a fear of failure and throw yourself at opportunity · Craft the optimum environment for work and give yourself ample time for tasks · Rewrite self-narratives and tackle imposter syndrome · Watch out for other people's biases and stop them from holding you back Think Big provides a practical framework to keep you moving in the right direction towards any goal. It will help you get out of your own way and propel you on the path to success, transforming you from dreamer to doer!

Audiobooks of the Month
Gene Keys

Gene Keys

Author: Richard Rudd Format: Audiobook Release Date: 24/07/2018

Is our destiny written inside our very DNA? Richard Rudd suggests that humanity is on the verge of a major shift in consciousness rooted in a new understanding of how our genes operate. He introduces this fantastic possibility, showing how the 'gene keys' are an inner language designed to transform our core beliefs about ourselves and raise us to a higher level of awareness. The book works alongside state-of-the-art online profiling software that provides instantaneous free 'Hologenetic Profiles,' based on astrological data and revealing the underlying genetic patterns governing relationships, finances, and health.

Audiobooks of the Month
It Ends With Us

It Ends With Us

Author: Colleen Hoover Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2016

SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST. Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his no dating rule, she can't help but wonder what made him that way in the first place. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan - her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened. With this bold and deeply personal novel, It Ends With Us is a heart-wrenching story and an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.