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Sly Stone, c1969 … his rise to fame in chronicled in Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin). Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Takeuchi H, et al. (2015). The impact of television viewing on brain structures: Cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses. DOI:

Samantha Harvey is a beautiful stylist; in Orbital (Cape, Nov) a group of astronauts look down on our fragile Earth. It’s a slim, profound study of intimate human fears set against epic vistas of swirling weather patterns and rolling continents. A sprawling survey of the evolution of women’s bodies over 200m years, Cat Bohannon’s deeply researched book covers everything, as the author herself puts it, “from tits to toes”. Partly, it’s a bid to correct the “male norm” – the fact that scientists default to male bodies, be they mouse or human, when studying things in the lab. That means that models of normal functioning and disease all skew male, as do the treatments that are then developed. But this isn’t just a book for women: Bohannon invites you to “think of yourself: to think about where your body comes from, how the evolution of biological sex shapes it – whether you identify as a man, a woman, or another gender”. Slaughterhouse-Five is arguably one of the greatest anti-war books ever written. This rich and amusing tale follows the life of Billy Pilgrim as he experiences World War IIfrom a peculiar perspective. 6. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis If you want to learn how to invest, add this to your list of must-read books. Author Benjamin Graham is considered one of the greatest investment advisors of the twentieth century. In The Intelligent Investor , you’ll learn about Graham’s philosophy of ‘value investing’ and how to develop long-term strategies that are used by the most successful investors in the world. 23. Principles: Life and Work by Ray DalioParents of children using Read Write Inc. Phonics may be interested in our home learning kits and flashcards: Read Write Inc. Phonics kits > Uchida S, et al. (2008). Reading and solving arithmetic problems improves cognitive functions of normal aged people: A randomized controlled study.DOI:

There have been plenty of books written about Britney Spears, including Heart to Heart, which the singer co-wrote with her mother in 2000. But her autobiography The Woman in Me (Gallery, Oct) promises a new level of candour as it covers not just her childhood and early years of fame but the controversial conservatorship that placed her father in control of her medical and financial affairs in 2008, and which was terminated after a sensational court hearing two years ago. Our Read with Oxford range of levelled readers help children develop reading confidence at home: Read with Oxford books > Charlotte’s Web is a great reminder to be kind to all living creatures. This magical story takes place on a farm where a little girl tries to save her piglet from slaughter. Fern, the little girl, enlists the help of her farm friends to execute her clever plan. 16. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Holliday Grainger as Robin Ellacott and Tom Burke as Cormoran Strike in the TV adaptation of JK Rowling’s series. Photograph: Steffan Hill/McAinsh/PAThis is a reading list for people who don’t have time for unimportant books. I only list the best books to read in each category. You can be sure that each one is fantastic and will be worth your time. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism is one of the top must-read books on technology. The author gives us a look at how personal data has become a new form of capital. 32. Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener In Julia (Granta, Oct), Sandra Newman opens out the world of Nineteen Eighty-Four by looking at that novel’s events from a female point of view. From Julia’s life in a women’s dormitory through her affair with Winston Smith and torture by the Thought Police, on to a meeting with Big Brother himself, it’s a fascinating reflection on totalitarianism as refracted through Orwell’s times and our own. Prophet Song (Oneworld), Paul Lynch’s horribly convincing portrait of Ireland falling under fascist control, has already been longlisted for the Booker; while The Power author Naomi Alderman takes a very different approach in November with The Future (4th Estate, Nov), an explosive tech-thriller about love and survival at the end of the world. Wilson RS, et al. (2013). Life-span cognitive activity, neuropathologic burden, and cognitive aging.DOI: As New Year’s Eve approaches, many people are thinking about their goals and resolutions for 2020. Reading more books is one of the most common resolutions. Maybe you didn’t read as many books as you wanted to this year. Maybe your TBR is getting out of control. Or maybe you read a lot this year, but want to do even better next year. Regardless, these tips to read more books will help you meet your reading goals in 2020.

Help your child build their vocabulary and develop spelling skills with age-appropriate dictionaries from Oxford children's dictionaries. Children's fiction Accountability partners are often recommended for keeping your New Year’s Resolutions, and reading is no different. It’s helpful to have someone on your side, and even better if you can read some books together. Discussing what you’re reading with a friend can give you encouragement to read through to the end. And based on your discussion, your bookish buddy may have more recommendations for books you’d enjoy. It’s a win-win! 12. Create a Reading Nook Samur D, et al. (2018). Does a single session of reading literary fiction prime enhanced mentalising performance? Four replication experiments of Kidd and Castano. DOI: If you’re interested in the truth behind controversial social issues, this book should be on your must-read book list. The authors reveal the facts behind issues, such as crime, shopping, and drugs. 31. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana ZuboffOur Read with Oxford series features the much-loved characters who have been helping children learn to read for over 30 years. The epistolary novel Yours from the Tower by Sally Nicholls (Andersen, Sept) explores the hopes, struggles and first loves of three friends at the end of the 19th century, who have left boarding school for very different lives. Do you find dinosaurs fascinating? If so, this is one of the must-read books on the subject. Steve Brusatte reveals the different dinosaurs that roamed the planet – and the different worlds in which they lived. 40. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma – something that virtually everyone experiences to some degree. The Body Keeps the Score unravels the science behind emotional and psychological trauma and offers new paths to recovery. Science and Technology Books You Must-Read 29. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Bob Mortimer wins 2023 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction with The Satsuma Complex Margaret Atwood recently described Mona Awad as her “literary heir apparent”. (Of Awad’s BookTok sensation Bunny, Atwood remarked: “You think, ‘She’s not going to go there … yes, she is.’”) Rouge (Scribner, Sept) plays with horror and humour in a surreal, gothic tale about a mother-daughter relationship that is also a biting satire on the beauty industry. Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution (Hutchinson Heinemann, Oct) by Cat Bohannon

Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is said to be the quintessential novel of the Jazz Age. Set in 1922 amongst unfathomable indulgence and decadence, the novel highlights a man’s struggle to earn the love of the woman he’s obsessed with. Business and Money Must-Read Books 20. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill Follow your child’s natural interest and look up information on the internet. They won’t notice that they are practising their reading. They will also be practising vital retrieval and research skills Singer LM, et al. (2016). Reading across mediums: Effects of reading digital and print texts on comprehension and calibration. DOI: In Letters and Sounds, there are ‘sets’ within the Phases – so your child might not know all the sounds in every book within their Phase. Take a Look at Our Summary of November Highlights, Whether You're Looking for the Latest Releases or Gift Inspiration



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