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I'd missed Usborne's plan to turn its 1980s computing and coding books into free PDFs but the fruits of that project are now available on their website. I suspect they might offer up a nice jolt of nostalgia for this Monday morning (or you could actually build the games and play them)!
As it goes, I don't actually remember these from the first time around but I suspect that's because I only knew the Usborne books that were stocked by my local library. My life was less about creating The Mystery of Silver Mountain and more about reading Time Train To Ancient Rome. But now I'm looking through these old books and the explanations of how the program works feel lovely and simple. Programming is something I have absolutely no affinity for and no wish to learn but these make sense to me. Also I learn better when monsters and friendly ghosts are explaining things to me.
Finally, we need some books set in the UK. Two of my absolute faves are Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, and Heartstopper by Alice Oseman. I think Tracer would also like the soft boys love story of Heartstopper.
We also have to add The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama, and probably Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, because I feel like they would be necessary books for any guru, wandering or otherwise.
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