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Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman – Lives of the Stoics | Review

Title: Lives of the Stoics

Author: Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count: 334

Rating: 5/5

I picked this book up after hearing about it on BookTube, which was a happy little coincidence because I’d already been getting into stoicism after being introduced to it by my girlfriend. I just wish I could remember whose channel I saw the video on.

What we have here is essentially a cracking little introduction to the key figures of stoicism in ancient Rome and Greece, and it’s written by a well-known figure in contemporary stoic circles. In fact, at the same time that I ordered this book, I also subscribed to a bunch of Stoic YouTube channels, and it turns out that the host of one of them is one of the authors of this book.

I found it to be super accessible, with the story told slowly but surely through short chapters on some of the key figures of the Stoic movement. After a while, it gets a little difficult to remember who was who, but that doesn’t really matter. The important thing here is the lessons that are on offer, and the interesting thing about the figures that are profiled is that as well as writing about and teaching their beliefs, they also lived them.

All in all, it’s a pretty accessible read whether you’re new to stoicism or not, and if you’ve been looking to learn more about the philosophy then this is a pretty good place to look. I enjoyed reading it, and I also ended up tabbing out half of the pages for my video review, which meant that I had a lot to say about it. It’s definitely food for thought.

Now that I’ve read this, I’m keen to learn more about stoicism, and I’m also looking forward to watching some more of the author’s videos. You should give it a Google and check out both the book and the YouTube channel.

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Terry Deary – Awesome Egyptians | Review

Title: Awesome Egyptians

Author: Terry Deary

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 144

Rating: 3.5/5


Terry Deary - Awesome Egyptians

Terry Deary – Awesome Egyptians


The Ancient Egyptians are one of my favourite historical civilisations and so perhaps it’s no surprise that I enjoyed reading this one. Deary has a knack for writing about history in a way that’s engaging for both children and adults, and while I don’t think I necessarily learned anything new, I’ve already read a lot of books on the subject. For a kid, it’d be a great little introduction into who the Egyptians were and how their culture worked.

The only reason I can’t give it 4* is that I was getting annoyed by the quizzes again. They’re designed to make the book more fun for kids, but as an adult I just wanted to be able to read the information. But I got over it.


Terry Deary

Terry Deary


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