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Deals of the Moment- May 2019


Every month amazon has a set of kindle monthly deals. Whenever there are deals of interest I post on here. Links are associate links but the money goes back into the blog.

So I’m going to briefly talk about the books I’ve read which are on offer, and those that I have bought myself. Why I liked them/bought them, and what they are about. End links are to the amazon page, any other links are to my reviews.

See all the books in the deals here (all 51 pages!)

Please note prices are correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.

The 8th gen. kindle is also currently on offer for £49.99


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking- Susan Cain

This book about why it’s good to be an introvert was very popular a few years ago. I enjoyed it and would recommend it simply because so many people connected with it, although I wouldn’t say I was overwhelmed.

Buy it for just £1.99



The Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold

Another one that other raved over but I thought was ok. The story of a girl what happens after a girl is murdered, told in her voice. It’s unique, although I didn’t really love that aspect.

It is on The Rory List though if you’re working your way through that!

You can buy it…here (only £0.99)



The Travelling Cat Chronicles- Hiro Arikawa

I’ve picked this book up half a dozen times in the bookshop, but never actually bought it. It’s the story of a man travelling around Japan with his cat. I don’t think I will buy it for my kindle, but because it’s a nice looking book, I’d rather own the physical version.

Buy here (only £1.99) 



Still Alice- Lisa Genova

I will forever recommend this real, sad, understanding, book about the professor who develops early-onset Alzheimers. My introduction to Lisa Genova who has fast become a favourite.

You can buy it…here (only £0.99)


Bad Science- Ben Goldacre

This is one I want to read, more so since starting my nursing degree. It’s about ‘fake’ medicine, and unscientific ‘science’.

Buy it…here (only £1.99)


The Radium Girls- Kate Moore

I have seen so many great things about this book. It’s more or less definite that I’ll buy it. It’s the story of the women who used to paint glow in the dark hands on clocks; with radium paint, and what happened to them

Buy it…here (Only £0.99)


Everywoman- Jess Phillips

We read this as one of the books for our feminist book group. We all very much enjoyed her take on feminism and politics. If only more MPs were like her.

Buy it...here (only £1.99)



Dear Ijeawele- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Great little book about raising a feminist daughter. Well worth the read

Buy it…here (only £0.99)


The War on Women- Sue Lloyd-Roberts

Another bookclub pick. This one is important, but not easy. About the thing women are put through, and those who fight against it

Buy it…here (only £0.99)


 

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The War on Women- Sue Lloyd Roberts


Synopsis

Sue Lloyd Roberts spent her life filming in hostile areas, where women were mistreated. In this book she talks about how women are treated around the world and what is (or isn’t) being done to fight their corner.

Review

This was the book for my feminist bookgroup in July, and I think I can safely say we found it pretty hopeless. I think it is an important and eye opening book to read, but it does make you despair a bit.

The full title of the book includes the line ‘The Women Who Fight Back’, and whilst these women did exist- and were very admirable for it- often their ‘fight’ actually made little real difference.

The most stark and memorable of these was the story of the female peacekeeper charged with routing out sex trafficking in war torn areas. When she found that a lot of her fellow American peacekeepers were using the services of these abused girls she tried to put things right- and was dismissed for the pleasure.

Some of these stories are ones you may know, the brutal rape of a woman on a bus in India, the frequent sexual and physical attacks during protests in Egypt, but you may not know the levels, and how things stand today.

There were also things I know were an issue, but not quite how close to home. I knew about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), but I guess I (maybe naively) presumed that even on girls in Britain it happened abroad.

I’m not going to rate this book, I think it’s important to read, but a rating is a bit too much about pleasure. I wouldn’t say it was pleasurable. In terms of readability it was good, graphic when it needed to be but without trying to drown you in emotion, and not too obviously political or ‘news-y’.

Buy it:

Kindle (£0.99)

Paperback (£5.65)

Hardback (£16.99)

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