The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.
Never have the sweeping stories of the Greek Gods and heroes been so accessible and enjoyable. Told by a master story teller; Steven Fry, this mammoth book retells the history of Geek Myth in the most relatable way, highlighting the very human emotions behind each tale of magic and fantasy. Fry somehow finds an almost episodic thread to weave together an encyclopedia of iconic myths and lesser known fables. If you were that kid who loved the Greek myths in primary school, you will love this adult retelling of the lives, loves, losses and triumphs of the Gods, Goddesses, magical creatures and mortal humans who's names and deeds are still remembered to this day.
In her late 20s, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy - only keeping her from meeting her goals - she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year. The Year of Less documents Cait's life for 12 months during which she bought only consumables.
Far greater than a stuffy 'self help' book, this reads more like a diary of someone desperately trying to better themselves. We feel all the motivation & each set back, forcing us to take a look at our own spending habits as Cait struggles through her self-set challenge to find greater meaning & appreciation of what she already has. Loved this book & will be taking on the life lessons as soon as I finish this review!
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Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.
A little heavier than the usual audiobook; this philosophical look at the history of humanity touches on almost every issue & reveals some interesting truths using examples from across the globe & throughout time. It's eye-opening, unashamedly blunt & honest & surprisingly humorous in some areas. Not a light read, but well worth it. Recommend highly.
Learn how thousands of people make a living of social media marketing! There are plenty of books on this subject of social media marketing. However, only few of them are actually useful. This book was made to ensure it is full of as much useful information as possible, whether you're a beginner, advanced, or even expert on social media marketing.
Very bare minimum information that may be OK for someone who has never even set up a Facebook account, but a complete waste for any business looking to grow your income & profile using social media, (as the title suggests.) With tips like; 'add a profile picture & use hashtags,' it's pretty redundant for any business owner, millennial or anyone who hasn't lived in a cave for the past 10 years. Avoid - there are better books to spend your time & money on.
Few foreigners are lucky enough to set foot on Tibetan soil, but Alec Le Sueur spent five extraordinary years there, working in the unlikeliest Holiday Inn in the world. Against the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas unfolds a highly amusing and enlightening account of his experiences. Fly infestations at state banquets, unexpected deliveries of live snakes, a predominance of yaks and everything yak-related, the unbelievable Miss Tibet competition, insurmountable communication problems and a dead guest are just some of the entertainments to be found.
Take great British humor & observational comedy & drop it in the middle of Chinese controlled Tibet, with all it's culture shock, communism & the occasional corpse to really drive home the absurdity of Alec's new position on the roof of the world. Please read this marvellous little book! x
Inspired by the teachings of Buddha, the 42 contemporary short stories in Buddha in a Teacup will inspire and entertain modern-day readers, non-Buddhists and Buddhists alike. Each tale presents a key moment in the human comedy when people are presented with opportunities to move beyond fear and doubt into healthier and more meaningful relationships with themselves and each other.
Far from ramming the Buddhists ideologies down your throat, this collection of short stories subtlety explores themes of forgiveness, kindness & compassion through relatable, modern events & characters, allowing you to make your own conclusions after each tale ends.
Polly Letofsky left her Colorado home and headed west across four continents and over 14,000 miles - by foot - to become the first woman to walk around the world. In a spirit of adventure, along with the goal of raising global awareness for breast cancer, strangers welcomed her into their homes. The world had embraced her. But in the middle of Polly's journey, 9/11 flung us all into a crossroads in world history, and she found herself navigating a vastly changing world.
An incredible story comprised of hundreds of detailed little memories & moments that are recounted in Polly's own worlds. She chats to us like an old friend as we walk alongside her, through her epic walk around the world. You feel every step, every frustration & every small victory through her eyes, (and feet!) READ ME! x
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One of the biggest challenges we face as entrepreneurs and innovators is understanding how to make our ideas resonate. We tend to have no shortage of ideas, but we struggle to tell the story of how they are going to be useful in the world and why they will matter to people. Marketing is the way we communicate how our ideas translate to value for people in a marketplace.
This great little book reminds us what matters in business, saving you time & money.
Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, read by Sarah Jes Austell. The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn't fashion. It was a stolen book. At age 17 she was a dumpster-diving, shoplifting anarchist. By 29 she was the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, a $100 million-plus fashion empire. Filled with brazen wake-up calls ("You are not a special snowflake"), frank observations ("Failure is your invention"), and behind-the-scenes stories....
I'm a weirdo. I'm also an entrepreneur who works her butt off despite people pestering me constantly with; 'when are you gonna get a real job.' Which is why this book was SO revolutionary to me. Sophia's journey from broke-ass freegan hunting for vintage to the CEO of a million dollar company is inspiring, impressive & amazingly down-to-earth. This book reads like your best friend giving you invaluable advice & encouragement, whilst making you laugh & recognising that you're a 21 century girl with WIFI so you're not an idiot. Conclusion; you need this book in your life! 💡
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