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Deals of the Moment- August 2017

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 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.

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

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks- Rebecca Skloot

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this one, but didn’t really know much about it. It’s about a woman whose cancer cells were taken without her knowledge (for medical science) and what happened 20 years later when her family found out.

You can buy it…here (only £1.19)

Fangirl- Rainbow Rowell

My favourite Rainbow Rowell so far. Reminds me of days in the depth of Harry Potter fandom. About a fanfiction writer starting university.

You can buy it…here (only £1.19)

Water for Elephants- Sara Gruen

About an almost-vet caring for animals in a circus during the depression. A really good book. The film is decent too, but makes more of the love story

You can buy it….here (only £0.99)

The Etymologicon- Mark Forsyth

I’ve raved lots about Forsyth’s (aka Inky Fool) books about words. Easy to read and very interesting. The Etymologicon is the best, and I recommend to everyone.

Buy it…here (only £3.09)

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The Etymologicon: A Taster

I thought in honour of The Etymologicon (which I reviewed yesterday) I would post a sort of taster of the types of things contained within its pages by posting my tweets from while I was reading it.

All tweets are in my own words. Please forgive the errors, most I posted using my phone which has a slightly strange auto-correct function, and  don’t always pick up what it has done until it is to late.

Anyway, enjoy!

Here worth should say with, and loss should say lots I have yet to find a reason to use polyorchid unfortunately, although actually I can see it suggesting the opposite of someone having a lot of balls as most people would think of a delicate flower. (Have you ever tried to take care of an orchid? Very difficult flowers!)

No wonder us Brits are supposedly obsessed with the weather. We’re probably still trying to prove to the Vikings that the sky isn’t always cloudy,

Well at least we know the internet isn’t the only reason for procrastination, right?

Seeing as psychology is so often linked with emotions, and the soul is too it kind of makes sense.

Oops more typos ad, not add.

The Greeks actually believed that butterflies were the souls of the dead flying around earth. Hence the word for soul and butterfly is the same.

And again. Is, not us.

With, not worth

Correct grammar…what the hell a correct granger is I do not know

If anyone understood that sentence without an explanation you can have a cookie.

I sort of like this idea, it’s like binding your heart to another person. However I now want to know why a man’s engagement ring is wornk on his little finger, not his ring finger whilst a lady’s is.

Does this make anyone else like Starbucks more?

Excellent motivation for Harry. Don’t fear the dragon, it’s just a worm.

Find out more about The Hydrogen Bomb and Bikini Atoll.

Anyone else suddenly feel disgusted by the idea of wearing a bikini?



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The Etymologicon- Mark Forsyth

Synopsis (from Amazon)

The Etymologicon springs from Mark Forsyth’s Inky Fool blog on the strange connections between words. It’s an occasionally ribald, frequently witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language, taking in monks and monkeys, film buffs and buffaloes, and explaining precisely what the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.


I got a little bit addicted to the knowledge from this book while reading it, I miss tweeting the bits I found interesting. In fact I miss finding the interesting bits, hopefully following Forsyth’s Blog will help remedy that.

I really did enjoy this book. Anyone who follows my twitter feed can probably see I loved finding out about the words. (Soon was the Anglo-Saxon word for now, but humans are by nature procrastinators so the meaning changed. Did you know that?).

The writing was very conversational, which made it very easy to read and easy to understand.

I also loved how each chapter linked into the next by linking the words each chapter started and ended with. It did make it a little hard to put down however, which is not so good when you’re on a bus, or on your lunch break.

It also made me a little dead to the world, a number of times people started talking to me only for me not the notice.

Can’t wait to read Forsyth’s most recent offering, The Horologicon.


Buy it:

Kindle (£5.19)

Hardback (£7.40)


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