Sarah Millican – How to be Champion

Sarah Millican has been one of my role models for a long time. Unashamedly proud of who she is, I look up to her for so many reasons. I would whole-heartedly recommend you go and buy this book now while it’s still 99p on Kindle, it was a fantastic read. Part autobiography, part advice, I found it so hard to put this book down. I loved the style it was written in, short chapters and lots of bullet points and lists made it so easy to read...

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Eliyahu M. Goldratt – The Goal

I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages after reading The Phoenix Project last year, and I finally got around to it after spotting it on the shelf at my local library (sidenote: libraries are awesome). I think the thing I appreciated the most about this book was that it felt so easy to read. The fact that it’s written like a story really helps the facts sink in without it feeling dry or boring. I also love the fact that you come...

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Kent Beck – Test Driven Development By Example

As my first real dive into test driven development, this book was a great introduction into the practices and the habits that are involved. The one thing that I wish I had done when I started reading is actually trying to implement the examples that are in the book, as I think the practical side would have helped the examples sink in a little bit more. Saying that, I learn really well from books, and I had no trouble following the code examples...

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Claire Harman: Jane’s Fame

I want to start this review by saying that although I was slightly disappointed with this book, that’s more due to me thinking it was going to be something different based on the blurb I read on Goodreads, so don’t necessarily be swayed by the fact that I only gave the book 3 out of 5 stars. If you’re looking for a detailed biography of Jane Austen and how her books came to be published and then well known, this book would be...

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Nick Page – A Nearly Infallible History of the Reformation

I started reading two books about the reformation at a similar time, and they are very very different books. The other (which I’m still reading) is very dry and serious and hard to get into, but Nick Page manages to take a topic (like Church history) which could be quite boring or unexciting and make it a joy to read. Filled with amusing little sketches and footnotes which frequently made me laugh out loud and interrupt my...

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Adrian Plass – Blind Spots in the Bible

Please don’t judge this book by how long it took me to read it! It lends itself really well to being read in small chunks so I’ve been reading it a small part at a time while waiting for the shower to get hot, which means it’s take a long time, but it’s also prolonged the enjoyment and given me time to mull over each snippet I’ve read. The book takes what are mostly familiar passages from the Bible and points out...

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Timothy Keller – The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism

“The Church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints” I was persuaded into buying this book when someone posted it on Facebook as it’s currently only 99p on Kindle. A couple of days before, I’d had a really awkward 30 minute train journey sat next to an ardent (and argumentative) atheist who spent the entire journey trying to pick holes in my faith. All I can say is I really wish I’d read this book before...

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Robert C. Martin – The Clean Coder

A book about how to be a ‘professional programmer’. I was a bit worried that this book would be a bit ‘dry’ like other techy books I’ve read, but it was written in a way that kept me really engaged. The author added lots of personal anecdotes in his writing which made it easy to relate to, and I’m really glad I was lent/recommended it by my colleagues. I felt like I learnt quite a lot from this book –...

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Nick Page - A Nearly Infallible History of Christianity

Nick Page – A Nearly Infallible History of Christianity

So if you look at the Goodreads data on when I started and finished this book, you’ll see it has taken me a ridiculously long time to finish reading it. I’d like to point out that this definitely isn’t a reflection of the book, it’s just that I started off only reading the book when I was in the bath, and I don’t get to spend much time in there! However, over the past week I’ve finished the last half of the...

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Andrea Gonzales & Sophie House – Girl Code

I stumbled across this book when looking for any coding books on my library app – turns out there aren’t that many.  But actually, I’m really glad I ran across it as I found it such a relateable story. Sophie and Andy were two teenage girls who found themselves at a coding camp together and through that camp, they built a game called ‘Tampon Run’ which was intended to challenge the taboo of talking about...

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Antoine Leiris – You Will Not Have My Hate

Do you remember reading about the terror attack on the Bataclan in 2015? I remember seeing it unfold on Twitter and being horrified at what was happening, but also feeling a sense of disconnect because it was happening so far away. Imagine if you saw what was happening and realised that your wife was there? That was the reality for Antoine Leiris, and the heartbreaking story in this brilliantly written book. Inspired by an open letter that the...

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Max Lucado – You’ll Get Through This

I feel like God really needed me to read this book. At Church at the moment we’ve been talking about Joseph, and with our youth group as well, plus my Bible in One Year app went through the story of Joseph at exactly the same time, and then I open up this book and find that it’s entirely about Joseph too. Too much of a coincidence to not be intended. And right now the story of Joseph was just what I needed to read. The amount of...

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Lauren Graham – Talking As Fast As I Can

I was a late-comer to the world of Gilmore Girls, I’d heard of it of course, but only started to watch it when it came to Netflix last year. And what’s not to like, a program about an independent woman and her equally independent daughter, who just so happens to love books… I binge watched the whole thing on Netflix in a matter of weeks, so when I read that Lauren Graham had written an autobiography that obviously covered her...

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Jenna Lucado Bishop - Love Is...

Jenna Lucado Bishop – Love Is…

Now that I’ve finished this book, I have mixed thoughts. It was supposed to be read as a six week bible study, but I read it as a more intense read in just two days, so it may be partly my fault, but I do think that there wouldn’t have been enough content to keep me interested for six whole weeks. I did, however, love the premise of the book. Aimed at teenagers, it’s a redefinition of what we think of the word...

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Mayim Bialik - Girling Up

Mayim Bialik – Girling Up

I wasn’t sure what this book really was about when I asked for it for Christmas, but I like reading books by strong independent women, and Mayim Bialik is one of those to me. Not afraid to speak her mind and to practice her religion (she’s Jewish) without fear of being judged. I just wanted to read what she’d written to see what it’s all about. As it turns out, this book was a book about puberty and growing up as a girl...

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Gene Kim, Kevin Behr & George Spafford - The Phoenix Project

Gene Kim, Kevin Behr & George Spafford – The Phoenix Project

So I hadn’t really thought about adding ‘tech-books’ on Goodreads or on here, but I realised that I’m letting myself miss out on books towards my reading target of 52 books this year, so why not! I actually read this one in July after being lent it by my colleagues in the London office when I was visiting. I was told that everyone else in the office had read it and that I should read it too, so I cracked it open on the...

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Ken Costa – Know Your Why

I don’t really know how to go about reviewing this book. As I was reading, I started making a list of my favourite quotes so that I could use them in my review, but I quickly realised that I was writing down a significant portion of the book, so I had to give that up. Each chapter focuses on different areas of your calling, for example focus, and patience and courage etc, and everything that Ken says is backed up with biblical facts...

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C.S. Lewis – The Problem of Pain

For centuries people have been tormented by one question above all: If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain? This is the question that C.S. Lewis is attempting to answer in this book, The Problem of Pain. And if you’ve ever read a C.S. Lewis book before, you’ll know that he is very good about writing the book he wants to write (unlike the last book I read). Splitting the book up into small...

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Jonathan Falwell – 1000 Days: The Ministry of Christ

I’m in two minds on this book. On one hand, I feel like when I was reading it, I did find myself nodding in agreement with things that were said. But on the other hand, I started reading this book in July last year and have only just finished it. Usually if I really get into a book, I read it pretty quickly, especially one like this that wasn’t very long. The book professes to take us on a journey through the roughly 1000 days of...

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Sue Perkins – Spectacles

I didn’t really know much about Sue Perkins apart from the things I’ve seen her in on TV, but this book was being advertised on Kindle at 99p, and as I had really enjoyed the things I’d seen her in, I thought it would be an interesting read. And I wasn’t disappointed. My reading of this book was a bit disjointed, reading it on the bus when it was busy and I couldn’t get my book out, or in the time waiting for the...

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Paul Williams & Barry Cooper – If You Could Ask God One Question

I’ve had this book on my Amazon wishlist for ages, and my lovely sister bought it for me for Christmas. It’s something that I’ve been asked a few times this year on the various courses I’ve done at Church – If you could ask God one question, what would it be? I always struggle with this to find a question that doesn’t sound stupid, but a lot of the questions I think of are included in this book. The questions...

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