Here are some lists of books

Top 10 Books About Council Housing.  List compiled by John Boughton and published in The Guardian (25/04/18)

8 Best Books on Innovation published in 2017/18, by Nesta – an innovation charity based in the UK. (28/02/18)

25 Must-read Classics for Women, from the Modern Mrs Darcy blog.  (01/02/18)

46 Books By Women of Color to Read in 2018, by R. O. Kwon, published on the Electric Literature website. (26/12/17)

6 Books Every Boss Babe Should Read, from Zanita Studio. (20/11/16)

These are the 20 best selling books of 2016 so far, published in The Independent.  (09/07/16)

20 books that changed James Altucher’s life (the list is in the comments). (31/01/16)

The 25 Greatest British Novels BBC Culture contributor Jane Ciabattari polled 82 book critics from outside the UK, to pick Britain’s best novels ever – this is what some had to say about the top choices. (09/12/15)

100 Good Books to Read by James Clear, includes a full reading list of more than 100 great books to read, organized by category.  (31/03/15)

30 Inspiring Books You Have to Read.  A Lifehack post by Jacob Cashman.

50 ‘must read’ social psychology books, a list by Gregory Ciotti  from Sparring Mind.

70+ book recommendations from TED speakers: Rashida Jones, Elizabeth Gilbert, Bill and Melinda Gates and many more share their book recommendations.

77 Books That Changed My Life and 3 Recommendations to Help You Read More.  A Lifehack article by Allyson Lewis.

8 books that might change your life from The Becomer.  These are all about money.

15 books that changed women’s lives.  A serious list from Elle Magazine.

A list from Lifehack of 35 short books anyone can find time to read.



Must Make

It makes sense to me now that I have learned that the making is an essential component of me not losing my shit. It’s more important than sleep or a sensible conversation when my temperature is rising, more helpful than strategy, more fundamental than insight. It’s the bit that comes before, during and after a crisis that makes sure I don’t get lost, it’s trails of breadcrumbs that mark my path.

Read the whole post on Sooz’s Big Adventure

The perfect chocolate chip muffins

This recipe was originally from the Channel 4 site and I was going to post a link to it but the recipe is no longer there.

So, for the benefit of all mankind, I am reproducing it here.  I have made 3 batches of these and they’ve all turned out really well.  I think this is the perfect chocolate chip muffin recipe.


  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 75g plain chocolate chips
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250ml milk
  • 90ml vegetable oil


  1. Preheat oven to 190 deg C, fan oven 170 deg C, Gas Mark 5.  Grease 10 holes of a non-stick muffin pan, or line with 10 paper muffin cases.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cocoa powder and salt into a large bowl.  Stir in the sugar and chocolate chips.
  3. Beat together the egg, vanilla extra and milk.  Add the oil, stirring to mix.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.  Do not beat or over-mix – the batter will still be a little bit lumpy.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the muffin pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy!! 🙂


Donors will go out of their way to save cats. People? It’s complicated.

In Chris Arnade’s article in The Guardian on 27th May 2014, he ponders how easy people find it to donate to support animal charities because animals are ‘blameless’ but become more conflicted about donating to humans.

“It is uncomfortable for many people to contemplate that perhaps homeless addicts are just as smart and just as ethical as anyone else. It requires us to come to realize that maybe “success” (as society defines it) has to do with luck, with being born in the right place and at the right time, and with being subject to laws and law enforcement that are designed to help instead of hurt you.” – Chris Arnade