These first three books are my top 3 reads from 2014:
A Russian literature classic, please?
Sure, because nothing beats a huge tome of “War and Piece” under the tree!
Just kidding! 😉
Here is a classic of another kind – hilarious and wise, absolutely adorable urban fantasy full of funny folklore twists and turns in 1964’s Monday Begins on Saturday. Written decades before Harry Potter, the Soviet scifi novel by the brothers Arkady and Boris Strugatzky follows a young programmer’s journey at a secret Scientific Research Institute for Sorcery & Wizardry and it’s…
…my favourite book from the Bookshelf Monthly, Edition August.
Deutsch, bitte! Or:
So an Englishman wrote a German book…
What sounds like the beginning of a joke, is in fact a lovely and opinionated memoir by none less than Sir Peter Ustinov: his 2003 essay Achtung, Vorurteile! Prejudice and kindness are discussed in short stories of fascinating encounters. Entertaining and enlightening and…
…my favourite book from the Bookshelf Monthly, Edition November.
Empowering & smart – Internet safety for non-geeks
The Smart Girl’s Guide To Privacy by Violet Blue (2014) is an excellent read for anyone concerned about online privacy. Interestingly, Violet Blue is known for books about sex, but she has caught my eye on Twitter with her clever tech articles and then, this book’s cover.
Her advice is sound, free from scare-mongering, and explained in non-techy terms that everyone will get. This excellent read that I simply can’t recommend enough is…
…my favourite book from the Bookshelf Monthly, Edition July.
For the clever fashionista:
Masters of Fashion Illustration
David Downton‘s retrospective on fashion illustration (plus a selection of his works) is a lovely escape for anyone dabbling in fashion drawings or interested in fashion, or art, or drawing.
I have really enjoyed this artistic eye candy that I found at a museum shop in Dresden.
Why is Masters of Fashion Illustration on a BEAUTYCALYPSE reading list, you might ask?
Well, because nobody ever said that the ethical journey must be aesthetically challenging.
For the green newbie:
No More Dirty Looks
The book that you must read.
Or, as my friends joke, the book you must read until there is a BEAUTYCALYPSE book 😉
That’s how much I love it. There is solid advice, no BS, no compromise.
It’s comprehensive, beautifully structured and offers enough information to get readers interested and informed without being overwhelming and the best English language book available on the topic.
Written by US journalists Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt, the book lists everything toxic in cosmetics and suggests clean – or cleaner – alternatives. I have given it as a present numerous times, and it’s proved to be a real page-turner.