I had been spotting this in bookshops for over a year before I read it. Obviously, the word geography caught my eye every time (I have a BSc in Geography) and I was so so tempted but for some reason I never bought it. In the end, one of my friends off of my Geology masters had the book and allowed me to borrow it. I then hoarded it for a bit until Non-Fiction November came around, and now I had no excuse for putting it off anymore.
This book covers how the physical geography of our planet has influenced the political lines that are present today. How waterways can increase trade capabilities, how the US was so easily made into one large country (at the expense of the natives already living there) and why Africa isn’t as developed as other areas in the world as well as much more.
It goes into the impact that geography has had historically on politics, as well as what is happening in the present (Russia anyone?) and how the future is likely to progress, still being restricted by the world around us. An incredibly interesting read and one I’m glad I finally got around to! 4.5/5*
Now, this isn’t exactly a hyped read on the bookternet, but hear me out as to why you might want to think about picking it up. We don’t tend to talk much about non-fiction reads, and especially not those on the more educational side. However, I think these can be really great reads to improve our knowledge and can be a good break in between long and intense fiction reads, such as fantasy books.
This is a really lovely little book which covers all the basics of Geography, based on the UK curriculum for 14 to 16 year olds. Obviously, this is a simple explanation of the topics, however, with my knowledge (from a geography degree) the information seems succinct, correct and it’s written in a way which keeps you engaged and interested. It isn’t written like a textbook, instead, it’s more like a conversation with someone who is talking to you about geography. This is definitely a part that I think will appeal to many.
This book would be great for two branches of people, those who never chose Geography as a subject in school and wish to learn the basics, and those who have been out of school for… a few years, and want to refresh their knowledge and reminisce about their teacher with the slipper teaching them about the Bradshaw model! You’re given a lot of information in a simple to understand format, and it’s a good way to learn this data.
I gave this book 4/5* after reading it in the BookTubeAThon and definitely recommend it.
Hey guys! I thought I’d explain why I didn’t post for a little while, and that reason is that I graduated from University with a degree in Geography! In the main image I’m in the front row, see if you can spot me!
I had a very busy few days around it, with traveling down to my old uni, my boyfriend coming over and staying at my parent’s house for a few days and more. Therefore I didn’t have time for anything other than sleep! I barely even read which was horrible!
I should be getting back to posting again, but it’ll be a gradual process and might not be too scheduled. I just want to get back into reviewing, making videos and getting back into the bookternet! Slow and steady wins the race.
I originally did this TBR as a video (if you couldn’t tell by the thumbnail-esque picture) so if you’d like to watch that then click here!
This will be my first foray into BookTubeAThon, which is spanning the 30th July till the 5th August this year, and I am really excited to take part in as many of the YouTube and Instagram challenges as possible! It’ll be a bit of a test for me as my editing skills are still in development but I’m looking forward to the challenge!
There are 7 reading challenges every year, so I’ll go through each challenge and explain my book choices.
- Coin toss – this challenge is for my book to be decided by the flip of a coin (which I am horrendous at!). I decided it would be picking between 2 geography books that I own, one from the modern day and one a textbook from the late 1940s. I’d love to read both of them, especially now that I’ve finished my geography degree, so either one is fine by me! I ended up flipping and getting the modern day book so that is the first book on my tbr.
- A book about something you want to do – so for me the book for challenge one is doubling up for this challenge. I really would love to have a job within the field of geography and so this fits in perfectly for me!
- Book & Adaptation – challenge 3 is to read a book and then also watch its adaptation within the BookTubeAThon. I decided on Anne of Green Gables, which I have never read before and have been meaning to get around to for a while. I’ve also never seen an adaptation for it so I’m looking forward to this story.
- Green – the fourth challenge is to read a book with green on the cover. The first two books I have already chosen also fit into this category as my copies both have green covers. However, I decided to pick some other books to also fit within this. I chose two books for this challenge, book #1 is Runaway by Meg Cabot (3rd book in the Airhead trilogy) and book #2 is Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett (6th book in the Discworld). I have been really enjoying reading both of these series and felt that their covers being green was a sign that I should read them soon!
- A hat? – This challenge is to wear a hat the whole time while reading a book. Not going to lie I’m not keen on this challenge, I dislike hats for multiple reasons (I also get migraines and just… no thank you) so for me I am going to wear a hat reading Runaway as I always blitz through Meg Cabot’s books and I won’t have to have it on for long! It also means I won’t have to wear the hat outside, which is good as the only one I can find is a woolly hat and it’s July (and I live in the northern hemisphere) so I’d look like a crazy woman!
- Beautiful spine – challenge #6 is to read a book which has a very pretty spine, specifically the spine rather than the cover as a whole. I picked a book called Unrivalled by Alyson Noël, which I picked up for no reason other than its spine! What else could fit this challenge so perfectly?
- 7 books – the very last challenge is to simply read seven books over the course of the readathon. As I only have 5 books so far on my tbr I have just chosen random books which I would really like to get to for the last two. Book 6 is The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank by Willy Lindwer, which I have owned for almost a decade now! I bought this on a school trip to the Netherlands in year 8 (12 to 13-year-olds) when we visited the Anne Frank Museum, and I was 13 at the time. I didn’t read it then as truth be told, I was kind of scared of the topic. It was stories about a dead girl which I knew were going to make me upset. I don’t think I was quite mature enough to read this book at that stage. Now I’m nearing the end of 21 years and I feel like I can pick up this book and really get out of it what the author intended. This will have a very different feel to all the other books on my tbr, however, I am happy to finally be getting around to this book. Book 7 is Alice by Christina Henry, the first book in a duology (I think) with the second book being Red Queen. My friend bought me these two books a couple of years ago for Christmas, and I was unable to get around to them as I had so many other books on my tbr! This seems to be a dystopian retelling of Alice in Wonderland and I am excited to dive into this darker version of the world.
That is my whole tbr explained and disected, so for ease of reference I’ll list all the books below:
- I Used To Know That Geography – Will Williams (Coin toss and something I want to do)
- Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery (Read a book and watch its adaptation)
- Runaway – Meg Cabot (Read a green book)
- Wyrd Sisters – Terry Pratchett (Read a green book)
- Unrivalled – Alyson Noël (A beautiful spine)
- The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank – Willy Lindwer (Additional)
- Alice – Christina Henry (Additional)
Please let me know if you’re going to be doing the ReadAThon too, I’d love to interact and see how you guys interpret the challenges! I’ll be posting updates and responses to the challenges on my YouTube channel and my Innstagram (and lets be real probably Twitter too) so if you’d like to keep up with my progress then you can find me there! Links below (they’ll open in a new tab).
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