Please stick to the subjects as presented in the post through the lens of the books reviewed. Occasional rabbit trails can be fun and interesting, but this isn’t an “issues” blog. Controversial books might induce controversial comments or conversations, but the central focus is always presented through the lens of the books.
The goal here is to inspire readers to pick up a book and be able to discuss them in an age in which technology has largely hindered our ability to engage in focused, sustained reading in lieu of parroting results of Google searches and Wikipedia as evidence of our “profound” wisdom.
That reminds me: Comments along the lines of “If you liked that book Elspeth, you’ll really like this one!” are always, always welcome.