Conspiracy Theories by Will Bryan

This book covers well-known subjects like the JFK assassination, Big Foot and Area 51 as well as some subjects that were new to me, like the Cardiff Giant and the Fee Jee Mermaid.

Conspiracy Theories is well structured and filled with wonderful photos. Reading about the topics I hadn’t heard of before was interesting but overall I felt misled by this book.

This book doesn’t actually delve into the conspiracy theories themselves just the events that have spawned them. I found that the way this book was handled was a little insulting. Most people who buy books about conspiracy theories are genuinely interested in the topic. Yet while reading this book I felt the author was making fun of the reader for questioning the status quo.

Apart from the photography this book is really disappointing.


A Day On The Farm by Allison Romney

In this book author Allison Romney details the true story of her life on a sheep and alpaca farm. Allison is a retired stock broker who never dreamed she would be running a farm. The events that led to this life change, as well as the people that enter her world makes it really easy to connect emotionally to her writing. 

Allison’s story is well written and easily understood. Although this was a long journey for Allison, the book is a quick read. With facts and stories about her lambs and llamas accompanied by photos, Allison takes the reader on a journey.

Filled with hope and love during some painful and stressful experiences, this book is a reminder that God works in mysterious ways. 

Allison’s ability to draw a reader in leaves a substantial impact once you reach the end of this story. 

A day on the farm is a book that will have you smiling to yourself one minute and crying the next.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two part play set nineteen years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. After years of peace darkness is threatening to rise again. The role that anger, resentment and loneliness can have in fuelling hatred is definitely something the readers can relate to in the world today. 

The Cursed Child incorporates much loved moments from J.K. Rowlings original Harry Potter series, such as The Triwizard Tournament, the use of Polyjuice Potion and visits to both The Ministry of Magic and Godric’s Hollow. With many twists and turns this book is non stop suspense. There is also the added bonus of new insights into characters like Harry, Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort. 

With the story taking place during Harry’s son Albus’s time at Hogwarts there are many new characters mixed in with old favourites. The charming bond between Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy is beautifully explored. With both boys dealing with daddy issues and finding themselves outcasts as Hogwarts a wonderful friendship is forged. 

The similarities between teenage Harry and Albus are strikingly well written and become more pronounced as the story unfolds. 

With time travel playing a major role in the story it is not surprising to see many much loved characters making appearances.

With all the endearment of the original Harry Potter stories Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a stay up all night to read it book.