A Country Too Far, co-edited by Rosie Scott and Tom Keneally, is a timely attempt to set the record straight about asylum seekers in Australia, to counter the negative media propaganda and to protest at the government's treatment of them.
From a series of constantly updated photographs with anecdotes beneath them, posted across his Tumblr and Facebook pages, as well as his official website, HumansOfNewYork - photographer Brandon Stanton is now as familiar to the visual landscape of the place they call "The Big Apple".
Mindfulness For Health by Vidymala Burch (and Danny Penman) is written in a really helpful and engaging format with easy-to-follow sections too. The language is straight-forward, human and gobbledygook free.
In what can only be described as adding insult to injury, the Ham & High reported a badly injured cyclist being taken to St Mary's Hospital, "where the Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth". The bizarrely inappropriate royal reference has since been removed from the article.
Action-thriller Boy Nobody is the first in a trilogy of young adult novels by Allen Zadoff about a teen assassin, brainwashed by The Program to be a perfect, emotionless killing machine - imperceptible by the authorities because he's just a kid.
As the earth slows, our protagonist, a teenage girl, falls in love for the first time. Set against the backdrop of a dying world, the story is a time capsule, the reader's reaction heightened because we know that inevitable doom awaits.
Math On Trial is a study of several criminal cases where flaws in mathematical and statistical calculations and their analysis led to incorrect verdicts of guilt or innocence. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book!
Gordon E. Moore's famous computing law - which sees processing power roughly doubling every two years - has pervaded every area of our lives. Nothing worthwhile is worth waiting for, which is a dreadful shame.
Birmingham quickly establishes his high-concept premise - and then goes precisely nowhere with it. Lots of questions are raised but never fully explored nor answered. Indeed, Without Warning feels very much like a six-hundred page set-up for the other two books in the trilogy.
As well as all this damn usefulness Perry's journalism background shines through. She drafts in Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry to slog over the 'art versus craft debate', and the book has an overall clarity consistent with a good communicator and wordsmith.
What if the Lord of the Rings was never made into a trilogy? What if the Harry Potter series never saw a screen audience? If you are one of the many who consider these movies milestones in filmmaking, then you might also agree that these were great books too.
Famed for painting her office at Vogue red (her fav colour), she once remarked, "All my life I've pursued the perfect red. I can never get painters to mix it for me. It's exactly as if I'd said, 'I want Rococo with a spot of Gothic in it and a bit of Buddhist temple".
The Hunger is upon us! You can't go anywhere these days without hearing talk of The Hunger Games premiere, and all the raving about how amazing the books and movie are. Only a few valiant souls still resist the madness, but us who've already caved know that it's only a matter of time. Right?