The Lost Art of Doing Nothing by Maartje Willems, Lona Aalders | Book Review

Our lives are so crammed that it leaves little-to-no time for rest. When we do set aside time, we invariably get caught up in thinking of the next item on our to-do list or organising a drawer full of pens. Work, chats, chores, meeting friends - all of these demand time and attention and #FOMO keeps us from stepping back or cancelling plans to simple relax. But what if you could replace #FOMO with #JOMO a.k.a the joy of missing out? Welcome to the world of Niksen - the Dutch art of doing nothing.

The Art of Papercraft by Helen Hiebert | Book Review

Whether you're a crafting beginner, artist or designer, this book with 40 unique projects ideas, all made with a single sheet of paper, offers a rich variety of papercraft techniques. With step by step illustrations, this is a great way to explore the diversity of paper as a medium and learn how to make stunning projects.

Of This Our Country: An Anthology | Book Review

Personal essays from acclaimed and upcoming Nigerian writers detail the realities and contradictions of patriotism, examine the role of class and privilege in Nigerian society, juxtapose inherited tradition with the diasporic experience and explore the power of storytelling and its intrinsic link to Nigeria’s history. Within these pages, the writers share memories and experiences of Nigeria that can be found nowhere else, bringing to the fore a country whose influence can be found everywhere.

Audrey Hepburn by Robert Matzen | Book Review

Twenty-eight years after her passing, Audrey Hepburn remains the most beloved of all Hollywood stars, known as much for her role as UNICEF ambassador as for films like Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Several biographies have chronicled her stardom, but none has covered her intense experiences through five years of Nazi occupation in the Netherlands or her humanitarian work with UNICEF.

Dutch Girl and Warrior remove the glossy Hollywood filter and show the woman behind the camera and arc lights.

The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa | Book Review

After the death of his grandfather, Rintaro is devastated and alone. It seems he will have to close their tiny second-hand bookshop crammed full of wonderful books.
Then, a talking tabby cat appears and asks Rintaro for help. The cat needs a book lover to join him on a mission. This odd couple will go on three magical adventures to save books from people who have imprisoned, mistreated and betrayed them before there is one last rescue that Rintaro must attempt alone…

Freckles by Cecelia Ahern | Book Review

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
When a stranger utters these words to Allegra Bird, nicknamed Freckles, it turns her highly ordered life upside down, leading her to ask the question she’s been avoiding for so long: who are the people who made her the way she is? And who are the five people who can shape and determine her future?
Just as she once joined the freckles on her skin to mirror the constellations in the night sky, she must once again look for connections.

Eight Perfect Hours by Lia Louis | Book Review

Noelle Butterby's evening is nothing short of disastrous. Returning from a reunion which didn't go as expected, she is now stranded on a snowy, traffic-jammed motorway with a dead phone, a broken heater and a shattered heart. In a desperate moment she decides to take up the American's offer to let her charge her phone in his car. Eight perfect hours later, she can't bear to leave his company. But the motorway has opened up and Sam is on his way to the airport to fly home.

Digital Body Language by Erica Dhawan | Book Review

Humans rely on body language to connect and build trust, but with most of our communication happening from behind a screen, traditional body language signals are no longer visible. Digital Body Language will turn your daily misunderstandings into a set of collectively understood laws that foster connection, no matter the distance. Dhawan investigates a wide array of exchanges and offers insights and solutions to build trust and clarity to anyone in our ever changing world.

You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry | Book Review

Poppy and Alex met 12 summers ago on orientation day at university and did not hit it off. Next summer, they ended up sharing a car ride home and made a pact - to spend one vacation together every year. Two summers ago, it all went wrong. This summer, Poppy has asked Alex to join her on one last trip. Two friends. Ten summer trips. Their last chance to fall in love?

Why is My Hair Curly? by Lakshmi Iyer | Book Review

Ten-year-old Avantika is at a loss when it comes to managing her thick curls but she's not ready to cut them either, as her mother suggests. If only she had smooth straight hair like her amma, appa, and little brother, Avnish. Adopted as a little girl, Avantika wonders if her birth mother had the same curly hair. Maybe she would know how to manage it. A cheery story that explores adoption and genetics and gives young readers the courage to embrace their uniqueness.

Pretty as a Picture by Elizabeth Little | Book Review

Film editor Marissa jumps at the chance to travel to a small island to work with the legendary – and legendarily demanding – director, Tony Rees. Soon she discovers there are rumours of accidents and indiscretions, of burgeoning scandals and perilous schemes on set. In the midst of this chaos, Marissa is herself drawn into an amateur investigation of the real-life murder that is the movie’s central subject. The only problem is the killer may still be on the loose. And he might not be done.

Yours Cheerfully by A J Pearce | Book Review

London, Nov. 1941. Following the departure of Henrietta Bird from Woman’s Friend magazine, things are looking up for Emmy Lake. When the Ministry of Information calls on Britain’s women’s magazines to help recruit desperately needed female workers to the war effort, Emmy meets a young woman who shows them the very real challenges they face. Now, Emmy must tackle a life-changing dilemma between doing her duty and standing by her friends. This is the delightfully uplifting sequel to Dear Mrs. Bird you cannot afford to miss.

The Lies We Tell by Jane Corry | Book Review

Sarah always thought of herself and her husband, Tom, as good people. But that was before their son Freddy came home saying he'd done something terrible, begging them not to tell the police. Soon Sarah and Tom must find out just how far they are willing to push themselves, and their marriage, to protect their only child. As the lies build up and Sarah is presented with the perfect opportunity to get Freddy off the hook, she is faced with a terrifying decision: Save her son... or save herself?

The Startup Wife by Tahmima Anam | Book Review

Meet Asha Ray. Brilliant coder and possessor of a Pi tattoo, Asha is poised to revolutionize artificial intelligence when she is reunited with her high school crush, Cyrus Jones. Cyrus inspires Asha to write a new algorithm and before she knows it, they've exchanged vows, she's abandoned her PhD program, and gone to work at an exclusive tech incubator called Utopia. The platform creates a sensation, with millions of users seeking personalized rituals every day. Will Cyrus and Asha's marriage survive the pressures of sudden fame, or will she become overshadowed by the man everyone is calling the new messiah?