The Ladybird Book of The Hangover


This is a must for all readers who remember learning to read using Ladybird series(which I do myself). From bestselling authors Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris – a nugget (or not!) of wisdom in the phenomenal Ladybirds for Grown Ups series.

This delightful book is the latest in the series of Ladybird books which have been specially planned to help grown-ups with the world about them. The large clear script, the careful choice of words, the frequent repetition and the thoughtful matching of text with pictures all enable grown-ups to think they have taught themselves to cope. The subject of the book will greatly appeal to grown-ups.

You will literally laugh your socks off and immediately want to pick up the next one. Best enjoyed on your own…in case people nearby think you’re nuts!


You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

5 New Relationship Books to Watch Out For

Dating Again with Courage and Confidence: The Five-Step Plan to Revitalize Your Love Life after Heartbreak, Breakup, or Divorce by Fran Greene (6 Jul 2017)dating again.jpg
We all know that dating can be scary, frustrating, and at times overwhelming. It’s no wonder women need to take a break sometimes, but what do you do when you’re ready to begin dating again? Here, renowned relationship expert and author of the Flirting Bible, Fran Greene, gives you the advice and encouragement you need to embrace dating with enthusiasm, playfulness, and self-confidence.

Fran Greene’s five-step program will guide you from single life, recent breakup, or divorce to your happily ever after. You will be empowered with the essential tools to tackle dating head-on. You’ll learn to:
– DECLUTTER by removing obstacles, including the distractions of old flames and failed relationships on your path to finding love
– FIND JOY again in a fresh approach to dating that will inspire and motivate you for the adventure ahead
– FLAUNT your best traits and learn to become a fabulous flirt with proven tips and strategies
– MASTER the tools at your disposal, from dating sites and apps to social media, and learn the “dos and don’ts” of texting
– EMBRACE YOUR FUTURE and adjust your attitude with a 60-day dating action-plan

With this book in hand, you’ll have the expert advice and proven strategies you need to date smarter and live a happy and fulfilling future.

Life, Love & Internet Dating by Douglas Alan Weiss (15 Jul 2017)
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How do we find that one person we are destined to love and be loved by for the rest of our lives? Can the Internet really help? Answers to these and many other questions you may have asked yourself at one time or another are the subject of Douglas Alan Weiss’, Life, Love & Internet Dating. Loosely modeled on Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Life, Love & Internet Dating explores truths about human relationships, those we have with ourselves, with others and with that higher being we sometimes refer to as God, through the lens of Internet dating. It is at once a personal journey and a deeply nuanced investigation of life and the conditions of happiness and fulfillment men and women seek as they move though their lives.

52 Questions for a Better Family by Travis Hellstrom (27 Jul 2017)
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The Trans Partner Handbook: A Guide for When Your Partner Transitions by Jo Green (21 Aug 2017)
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Individuals who transition from one gender to another are often in some degree of a relationship, and over 55% of these relationships endure through the transition process.

While more resources are emerging for trans people themselves, there is very little information available for their partners. Through first-hand accounts and vignettes of successful partnerships, this book presents detailed descriptions of everything involved in the transition process, with specific guidance for those supporting a partner in transition. Topics include disclosure, mental health, coming out, loss and grief, sex and sexuality and the legal, medical and social practicalities of transitioning. In this essential guide, people whose partners are across the transgender spectrum speak out on their own experiences with personal advice and support for others.

The BFF Girl Friends Guide by Carmen Renee Berry and Tamara Traeder (1 Sep 2017)
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Based on a New York Times bestseller that sold more than one million copies, as well its companion volumes, this book examines the unique bonds of female friendships.
The Girlfriends Guide is a compilation from real-life girlfriends Carmen Renee Berry and Tamara Traeder that explores the depths and complexities of women’s relationships and the joy, sustenance, and power they bring. Almost any woman will tell you that her friendships with other women are among the most rewarding relationships she has. In this remarkable book, readers will find that their relationships with fellow women are like no other. The ideal gift for special friends, this book celebrates the steadfast, wonderful women in our lives.




The Now Habit by Neil Fiores

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As one who is prone to procrastination, just ask the co-ordinator of these book reviews by library staff, I felt the need to tackle this annoying habit of mine. Of course, I had the book at home for a fortnight before I settled down to read it. So, for all of you fellow sufferers out there , who always put off until tomorrow what you can do today, don’t worry, help is at hand.

The book promises to be a “strategic programme for overcoming procrastination and enjoying guilt-free play. I have to admit the idea of “guilt- free play” was the most attractive bit of that statement. As any procrastinator knows, the amount of time spent feeling guilty about not doing something, far exceeds the time it would take to complete the dreaded task. Fiore takes a very cognitive approach to the subject, looking at the origins of the problem, moving on to what are the benefits we enjoy from this seemingly unproductive behaviour. He then brings you through the steps necessary to change your outlook, behaviour, thinking and outcomes. All this is presented in a very engaging, supportive manner and the chapters are short and focused enough not to be off-putting to those with short attention spans. This is a book to be worked through over time, rather than digested in one sitting. I would recommend it highly. I am now a recovering procrastinator, hey, I’ve even managed to produce this book review in time for my latest deadline. So, stop thinking about it, get the book- now!


You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Brilliant Book Titles #125

You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.


‘The most brilliant and fascinating book I have read in my entire life’ Dan Snow

‘Blitzed is making me rethink everything I’ve ever seen and read about WWII… terrific!’ Douglas Coupland

‘A huge contribution… remarkable’ Antony Beevor, BBC RADIO 4

‘Extremely interesting … a serious piece of scholarship, very well researched’ Ian Kershaw

The sensational German bestseller on the overwhelming role of drug-taking in the Third Reich, from Hitler to housewives.

The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler’s gripping bestseller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops’ resilience – even partly explaining German victory in 1940.

The promiscuous use of drugs at the very highest levels also impaired and confused decision-making, with Hitler and his entourage taking refuge in potentially lethal cocktails of stimulants administered by the physician Dr Morell as the war turned against Germany. While drugs cannot on their own explain the events of the Second World War or its outcome, Ohler shows, they change our understanding of it. Blitzed forms a crucial missing piece of the story.

Brilliant Book Titles #124

tell me how this ends well
You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

In 2022, American Jews face an increasingly unsafe and anti-Semitic landscape at home. Against this backdrop, the Jacobson family gathers for Passover in Los Angeles. But their immediate problems are more personal than political, with the three adult children, Mo, Edith and Jacob, in various states of crisis; the result, each claims, of a lifetime of mistreatment by their father, Julian.

The siblings have begun to suspect that Julian is hastening their mother Roz’s demise, and years of resentment boil over as they debate whether to go through with the real reason for their reunion: an ill-considered plot to end their father’s iron rule forever. That is, if they can put their bickering, grudges, festering relationships and distrust of one another aside long enough to act. And God help them if their mother finds out . . .

Tell Me How This Ends Well presents a blistering vision of near-future America, turning the exploits of one very funny, very troubled family into a rare and compelling exploration of the state of America itself.


#girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

If you are in the mood for a book that will give you the self-belief that you can start a business, this is the book for you! The author, Sophia Amoruso gives an honest, behind the scenes look at how she set up her online clothing empire ‘Nasty Gal’. Sophia is not your typical entrepreneur. She didn’t create business plans and never got seed money to start her company. She literally built ‘Nasty Gal’ from her bedroom with just her laptop.

The book goes through how she set up a vintage fashion shop on eBay and eventually was able to grow this into an online store. She’s very honest about the trials and tribulations of being a business woman and the struggle when you have no prior business knowledge. But with a will to work you can overcome these obstacles.
If you have recently been bingeing on the new Netflix series ‘Girlboss’ you will already be familiar with Sophia. That series is loosely based on this book. Loosely being the operative word. The book gives a far more rounded view of Sophia. So if you have written off Sophia as an annoying millennial in the TV show, give her a chance with the book.
It’s an easy read and very approachable business book for those that don’t have a business background. It’s funny and in your face, but has a charm. If you want to light the match of entrepreneurship within, this is a good start.
This book will really appeal to those finishing up with their Leaving Cert or in college and are wondering ‘what next?’ This might just be the book that helps open their eyes to what is possible and maybe become their own Girlboss.


You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

5 New Fitness Books to Watch Out For

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Eat Sweat Play: How Sport Can Change Our Lives (13 Jul 2017)
‘I’d go as far to say that this book was a life changer for my health and fitness.’
Estee Lalonde

Sport’s for everyone… isn’t it?

Society has led us to believe that women and sport don’t mix. But why? What happens to the young girls who dare to climb trees and cartwheel across playgrounds?

In her exploration of major taboos, from sex to the gender pay gap, Anna Kessel discovers how sport and exercise should play an integral role in every sphere of our modern lives.

Covering a fascinating range of women, from Sporty Spice to mums who box and breastfeed, Eat Sweat Play reveals how women are finally reclaiming sport, and by extension their own bodies, for themselves – and how you can too.

‘Anna Kessel’s book should inspire a whole generation of women. It ought to be on the school curriculum.’
Hadley Freeman

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The No Meat Athlete Cookbook by Matt Frazier  and Stepfanie Romine (13 Jul 2017)
A fast-growing global movement, No Meat Athlete (NMA) is inspiring everyone from weekend joggers to world-class competitors to be healthier and fitter and perform better on whole plant foods. Written by NMA founder Matt Frazier and longtime health coach, yoga teacher, and nutrition writer Stepfanie Romine, The No Meat Athlete Cookbook features 150 whole food, vegan recipes that are affordable and quick to get on the table, even on busy nights. Flere are: Breakfasts to power you up (Almond Butter-Banana Pancakes), mains that aid recovery (Beet Bourguignon), and natural sports drinks, portables, energy bites, and bars (V9, Umeboshi Electrolyte Drink, Calorie Bomb Cookies) to take you further and help you get the most from every workout Minimal gluten, soy, and sweeteners, plus oil-free options throughout (ideal for followers of the Forks Over Knives diet) Meal-planning guidelines, nutritional info, adaptable “blueprint” recipes–and more!

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How Not to Get Hit: The Art of Fighting Without Fighting by Nathaniel Cooke (15 Jul 2017)
The average person isn’t looking to be in a situation where fists are going to fly, but many of us have found ourselves there anyway. At that moment, it’s probably too late to do anything about it. But how do we change circumstances so those situations don’t happen? How Not to Get Hit is a book on personal safety for people who don’t want to learn to fight, but do want to learn how to avoid those situations where a fight is likely to develop. Told in a lighthearted, irreverent style, How Not to Get Hit takes you on a journey through the funny side of violence, its roots in our evolutionary past and where it fits in to modern society. Self defense isn’t a series of techniques or moves, it’s an attitude, a strategy and a life skill. This martial arts philosophy book will give you an understanding of why people want to use violence, how they will use it and using this knowledge to manage situations and create a better outcome.

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Yoga for Backache by Carrmine Ireene (28 Jul 2017)
Holistic solution to day to day living. Easy to follow steps of instructions for practice in the privacy of ones own home. Exercises for spinal problemsDiet, nutrition, minerals and vitamins as useful tips. Suitable for Therapists, Gym instructors, Sports enthusiasts, Physical Trainers

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Stretch to Win by Ann and Chris Frederick (10 Aug 2017)
Are you looking for the key to optimal performance? Increased speed, power, and agility? What you need is a complete flexibility training system–one designed for today’s athlete and made up of dynamic stretches that mirror sport-specific movement. And you should also have the skills to assess exactly what your body needs at any time. That complete program is found in Stretch to Win.

In its first edition, Stretch to Win raised the bar for flexibility training. The first edition quickly became a best-selling stretching resource for consumers and professionals alike. From amateur to professional athletes, weekend warriors to Olympians, the benefits were clear: increased mobility, improved range of motion, faster recovery, and more. Now it’s time to raise the bar further.

This is Stretch to Win, Second Edition. Inside, Ann and Chris Frederick build on their system with the latest research, specific ways to assess yourself, and more stretching options. New illustrations of the body’s fascia will help you assess and identify your imbalances. Then the text will guide you to eliminate these imbalances with corrective stretch movements that quickly improve mobility.

You’ll learn the most effective techniques for your sport, your position, or your event; then you’ll put these techniques into action.

Using the new Stretch to Win fascia mobility assessment (FMA) protocol, you’ll determine range of motion deficits and identify your performance inhibitors. Then, with the stretching matrix, you’ll personalize a program developed for your needs and your goals. You can incorporate the matrix into your existing workout as well as into rest days, when stretching can aid in recovery and bring your body back in balance.

It’s all here–all the tools, all the stretches, and all the instruction to create an effective flexibility program for any sport or activity. If it’s time to increase mobility, power, speed, agility, range of motion, and overall performance, it’s time for Stretch to Win!



Off Base by Annabeth Albert


This was enjoyable. A solid 3-star romance, although for the first half or so of the book, I really wasn’t sure about it; sometimes I’d be liking it and others I just couldn’t get into it, but as the circumstances surrounding the characters ramped up, the book certainly picked up and led to a satisfying ending.

Zack Nelson is a Navy SEAL who is definetly definetly not gay (of course not, no way *koffkoff*). He’s been getting some homophobic abuse from a fellow officer, and as a result, he decides to move offbase. Pike Reynolds, avid gamer and adept at doing up houses, offers to move into the dump Zack has agreed to renovate in exchange for cheap off-base living. Never mind that Pike drives him wild, and that Zack won’t admit that he’s into guys. This surely isn’t a good idea, right? And especially since Pike has been with someone deep in the closet before, and that’s an unpleasant experience he doesn’t want a repeat of.

What follows is a decent romance where two roommates come together. Throw in a subplot about homophobic abuse from colleagues, and a heavy dose of gaming, and this was an enjoyable read. It didn’t set my world on fire initially, but by the end, I’d come to quite like both Pike and Zack, and their kitties.

This book, by the way, is a spin-off from Albert’s #gaymers series, of which Ryan and Josiah from book three, Connection Error, appear frequently (Ryan is the mutual friend and the reason they met). I hadn’t read Connection Error (note: you don’t have to have to read this), but I’m very tempted to now, especially since they included the first chapter of their story at the end of Off Base.

Overall, a decent military romance. And there’s another, At Attention, out now too (which I’m curious about as the lead in that, who’s a minor character here, was introduced but not with info so I’m not really sure what he’s like yet).

Brilliant Book Titles #123

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Twenty-five years after the arrival of the Internet, we are drowning in data and deadlines. Humans and machines are in fully connected overdrive – and starting to become entwined as never before. Truly, it is an Age of Overload. We can never have imagined that absorbing so much information while trying to maintain a healthy balance in our personal and professional lives could feel so complex, dissatisfying and unproductive.

Something is missing. That something, Julia Hobsbawm argues in this ground-breaking book, is Social Health, a new blueprint for modern connectedness. She begins with the premise that much of what we think about healthy ways to live have not been updated any more than have most post-war modern institutions, which are themselves also struggling in the twenty-first century. In 1946, the World Health Organization defined ‘health’ as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ What we understood by ‘social’ in the middle of the last century now desperately needs an update.

In Fully Connected Julia Hobsbawm takes us on a journey often a personal one, ‘from Telex to Twitter’ to illustrate how the answer to the Age of Overload can come from devising management-based systems which are both highly practical and yet intuitive, and which draw inspiration from the huge advances the world has made in tackling other kinds of health, specifically nutrition, exercise, and mental well-being.

Drawing on the latest thinking in health and behavioural economics, social psychology, neuroscience, management and social network analysis, this book provides a cornucopia of case studies and ideas, to educate and inspire a new generation of managers, policymakers and anyone wanting to navigate through the rough seas of overload.

Brilliant Book Titles #122

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Here are attempts at human connection, both depraved and sublime, and the grinding struggle to survive against the crushing realities of the Soviet system: in Among Friends, a doting mother commits an atrocious act against her beloved son in an attempt to secure his future; The Time: Night examines the suicide of the great Russian poetess Anna Andreevna with heartbreaking clarity; while in Chocolates with Liqueur the struggle for ownership of an apartment between a nurse and a madman turns murderous. With the satirical eye of Cindy Sherman, the psychological perceptiveness of Dostoevsky, and the bleak absurdities of Beckett, Petrushevskaya blends macabre spectacle with transformative moments of grace and shows just why she is Russia’s preeminent contemporary fiction writer.

One of Russia’s best living writers … her tales inhabit a borderline between this world and the next – The New York Times

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya was born in Moscow in 1938 and is the only indisputable canonical writer currently writing in Russian today. She is the author of more than fifteen collections of prose, among them this short novel The Time: Night, shortlisted for the Russian Booker Prize in 1992, and Svoi Krug, a modern classic about 1980s Soviet intelligentsia. Petrushevskaya is equally important as a playwright: since the 1980s her numerous plays have been staged by the best Russian theater companies. In 2002, Petrushevskaya received Russia’s most prestigious prize, The Triumph, for lifetime achievement. She lives in Moscow.