Book Club: Cassandra Speaks by Elizabeth Lesser

It was so wonderful to chat to business leader, mental health advocate and women’s empowerment activist Jenny Ramirez from She Alpha Co. on the eighth How To Be…IG Live Book Club, where we discussed the book Cassandra Speaks by Elizabeth Lesser. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of five, described as a great starting point if you want to learn moreContinue reading “Book Club: Cassandra Speaks by Elizabeth Lesser”

The hues of Holi: books on colour for your imagination

Holi is a popular ancient Hindu festival, also known as the Festival of Spring, the Festival of Colours or the Festival of Love. With magenta, cyan and turquoise in mind, here are some books to tickle your senses: 📚 The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair The Secret Lives of Colour is aContinue reading “The hues of Holi: books on colour for your imagination”

Incredible reads from Irish authors for Saint Patrick’s Day

From James Joyce to Tara French, we have been blessed with incredible writers from Ireland. And as it is Saint Patrick’s Day, which is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17, it seems only fitting to celebrate these wordsmiths: 📚 Time Pieces by John Banville From the internationally acclaimed and Man Booker Prize-winningContinue reading “Incredible reads from Irish authors for Saint Patrick’s Day”

Book Talk on The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir for International Women’s Day

Thanks to everyone who joined me discussing the seminal work by existentialist French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, which is considered one of the most important books of feminist philosophy. Have you read it? Listen to episode 48: Strong – Focusing on women’s physical strength with award-winning journalist, powerlifter and Stronger author PoornaContinue reading “Book Talk on The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir for International Women’s Day”

#BreaktheBias books on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is on March 8 and it is a time to celebrate the achievements of amazing women and work towards creating a gender equal world. This year’s theme is Break the Bias, a movement to empower people to take responsibility for their thoughts and actions and speak up against bias in our communities,Continue reading “#BreaktheBias books on International Women’s Day”

“You Are a Reader” theme picked for World Book Day 2022 to get more kids reading

It’s the 25th anniversary of World Book Day in the United Kingdom and Ireland, which was celebrated in the US yesterday. What began as a UNESCO-sponsored day on April 23, 1995, has expanded to more than 100 countries worldwide, a global celebration of reading for pleasure. For the March celebration, it’s an occasion to appreciateContinue reading ““You Are a Reader” theme picked for World Book Day 2022 to get more kids reading”

Book Club: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

I had a great time hosting the seventh How To Be…IG Live Book Club with Alex O’Connor, host of podcast The Lit Journal, where we discussed Meditations by Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 out of five, described as an important read during the pandemic, as a vehicle in “arming yourself with tools”. PS. IContinue reading “Book Club: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius”

Rebirth of Ukrainian literature: Top authors from Ukraine

We live in harrowing times. As the country faces horrific conflict, we remember the incredible people living in the region or have a connection to the area. The following writers emerged following the Soviet Union, showcasing truths and highlighting the importance of arts and creativity in helping us understand the situation better. 📚 Moscoviad –Continue reading “Rebirth of Ukrainian literature: Top authors from Ukraine”

Top reads from experts for Black History Month

“We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society”. Angela Davis February is Black History Month, so I turn to some of the formidable organisations and personalities who know these works of fiction and nonfiction best. The daughter of a librarian, Janet Webster Jones began Source Booksellers in Detroit, Michigan, and isContinue reading “Top reads from experts for Black History Month”

Book Club: The State of Affairs by Esther Perel

Fantastic hosting the sixth How To Be…IG Live Book Club with life coach Jessica Elizabeth, where we discussed psychotherapist Esther Perel’s controversial book The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of five, described as “challenging, and grounded in experience as well as science”. PS. I do not receive commission for reviewing books and talks.