Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (Book Review)

TW: suicide The subtitle of Jenny Lawson's book Furiously Happy is: A Funny Book About Horrible Things. Nothing I can say in this review will match that perfect, succinct description. I don't tend to read memoirs, nor do I gravitate towards humorous books. I heard about Lawson's Furiously Happy on another blog, though, and was sufficiently intrigued.…

A Bookstore Tour of Barcelona

It's no secret that many bookstores have struggled in recent years. Online retailers like Amazon offer cheap books, while eBooks are convenient substitutes for bulky hardbacks. Still, it's not all doom and gloom for brick and mortar bookstores. Numerous studies have shown that many people still prefer physical books. Barcelona is a great destination for…

The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla (Book Review)

I always have a book list several pages long. The Good Immigrant, which is a collection of essays on what it means to be 'other' in the UK today, had been on my list for some time before I finally read it. In the end, I read it quickly. Too quickly, in fact. I wanted…

Short Nature Walks Around Barcelona

Barcelona has a privileged position. Wedged between the sea and the mountains, it is an ideal base for walks and hikes in nature. Here are some of my favourite walks in and around this dynamic city. Collserola National Park The sprawling, 8,000 hectare Parc de Collserola is the largest metropolitan park in the world. It's…

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor (Book Review)

I came across Nnedi Okorafor a few months ago when I was browsing TedTalks. In a talk at the TEDGlobal Conference in August 2017, she discussed Afrofuturism and read out some excerpts from her Binti novella trilogy and from Lagoon. In the talk, she said: "Science fiction is one of the greatest and most effective…

The Assault on Reason by Al Gore (Book Review)

I have a lot of time for Al Gore. He may be best known nowadays for his climate change activism, but it is his vast political experience that shines through in his book, The Assault on Reason. His years of experience in Congress and later as vice president during the Clinton administration have given him…

Some Thoughts on the Seasons

The clocks have gone forward and the March equinox has passed, apparently heralding the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. That and a recent post on the wonderful blog, The Snow Melts Somewhere, have got me thinking about the changing seasons. I've been fortunate enough to spend a lot of the past 18 months…