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Winter Book Haul

 

Hi Bookworms, I haven’t done a book haul in a long time! I have actually been quite good and not bought too many books lately as I have way to many unread books on my shelves. So this is my Winter Book Haul…again it’s a YouTube clip. I am really grateful for all the support everyone has given me whilst plucking up the courage to make videos. Let me know if you have read any of these and which ones I should read first. Also,if you want to keep up to date then just hit that subscribe button as it would be greatly appreciated :).

 

 

 

 

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I have only gone and done it!!!

Ok, so I have been umming and aaahhhing over wether or not to create a BookTube channel and I have just uploaded my first video.

Admittedly it’s going to be as cringy as hell and I am doing it on my phone but hey ho. I am not expecting anyone to watch but it would be great if you do and maybe subscribe 😊.

Anyway I will link the video, let me know what you think.

November TBR

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October Wrap Up 2018

Here we are with another wrap up! October has flown by, I have been so busy. I started a Business Administration apprenticeship through work and have had a first assignment to complete. So with all that I have only read 3 books which is really poor for me. I think this is the worst reading month I have had in a very long time. But I am currently 74% through ‘IT’ by Stephen King and that’s like 3 books in 1. I am currently 3 books behind schedule and sitting at 60/75.

So here is what I read in October:

Passenger (Passenger, #1)

This is the first book that I have really read that involves time travel and whilst the concept of time travel is intriguing, I didn’t really like this book.It started off really slowly and then gained a helluva lot of speed towards the end. The world building to me wasn’t that great and the romance was just not romancy enough. I felt the time travel got a bit confusing at times and why she was actually traveling to said places. Though it did leave on a bit of a cliff hanger and I am intrigued to read the next installment but I don’t now when I will get to it. This was one of my reads for #Beatthebacklist. I rated this 2/5 stars.

 

Truly Madly Guilty

I have finally read this bloody book, it has only taken 2 years from when I said I wanted to read it. It has been on so many TBR lists I have lost count. This is the second Moriarty book that I have read and I liked it but didn’t think it was anything special and I actually started to get frustrated as it was taking ages to get to the point. I found it a bit predictable but I did like all the different characters that she used.  I rated this 3/5 stars.

 

The Little Stranger

This also the second book that I have read by Sarah Waters, I was in the mood for some spooky reads and I thought this was a great start. This is a very slow, atmospheric novel based in the 1950’s Leamington. A once wealthy family are living in the crumbling remains of a mansion and living off the last of their money. Dr Faraday is called out and his life becomes entwined with the Ayres family. Strange things start happening in the house, which the doctor tries to explain away as deliriousness. This book was OK but I was expecting more of a shock factor. It is dark and a gothic read. I rated 3/5 stars.

 

So there is the 3 books that I read in October, not many but hopefully I will do better in November.

What did you read in October? Any the same as me,let’s chat.

Thanks for Reading

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Medical Memoirs

So here are 2 medical memoirs that I have recently read and wanted to let you know my feelings about them. Both these books were supplied by Netgalley and the publishers in exchange for honest reviews.

When Breath Becomes Air:

This memoir is very popular and won the Goodreads 2016 Choice Awards for Memoir & Autobiography. I am sure you have heard about it but you really need to read it to appreciate it.  This is the memoir written by Paul Kalanithi, a trainee Nuero surgeon and to be the best in his field. He was very near the end of his training when at 36 years of age he diagnosed with Lung Cancer! The type of lung cancer Paul had been inoperable and the only way to prolong his life would be chemotherapy. This is his story of the man who saves people’s lives,the man who has to appear confident and strong for his patients and then his world is flipped to where he is now the patient and he needs to try to remove his doctors head and let someone else take control. After being diagnosed he starts to write this memoir searching for the meaning of life, this book was written in the last year of Paul’s life and was finished by his wife due to the quick progression of his cancer. This was an extremely well written book, hard-hitting and raw. It has such insight into the way he is feeling physically and mentally all the way through until his final words. I thought this book was amazing but also triggered some anxiety for me, the feeling of being close to death was described, the finality of life was shown and it’s scary but it needed to be told and for that I am grateful.

 

The Language of Kindness by Christie Watson:

The language of Kindness is based on Christie’s 20 years of working for the NHS, she now no longer works asa nurse as she has become a full-time writer. This book will ring true with anyone that as either been a patient, carer or worker in a health care sector. It explores the hardships of being a nurse, in over crowded A&E departments to training to become someone who is compassionate and delivers high standard of care, to heartbreaking situations that will always stay with you.

The books start from Christie’s training, she describes everything she sees, her feelings as she goes through the different departments and what is expected of her. It is an eye-opener into how hard the staff work at the National Health Service but also how lucky we are to have it. Throughout the years Christie works on Mental Health wards, Geriatric wards, Adult and Paediatric ITU and tells us a little story that has stuck with her over time, such as a little girl who drowned in a pool and proving that nurses are not only someone who washes or administers drugs on the rounds but be a shoulder to cry on, a counsellor for families and then to go home and try to lead a normal life.

This book is a fantastic read and recommend to anybody that likes memoirs and want an insight to the NHS and what it’s like to be a nurse. I wanted a bit more from this, I wanted her delve in to more of the serious topics of how underfunded the NHS is, the strikes and the lack of nurses. I suppose I wanted it to be more political but my view might be a minority as previously been a trainee nurse I found I could relate to a lot but found the content quite basic.

Thanks for Reading

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4 #beatthebacklist mini reviews

 

This is 4 mini reviews that I am trying to catch up on – they were all read last year. 3 Young-Adult and 1 mystery/thriller. These were all part of my beat the back list reads.

 

 

Beside Myself

Author: Ann Morgan

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Published: 12th January 2016

Genre: Mystery

Source: NetGalley

Date read: 23rd October 2017

Beside Myself is a literary thriller about identical twins, Ellie and Helen, who swap places aged six. At first it is just a game, but then Ellie refuses to swap back. Forced into her new identity, Helen develops a host of behavioural problems, delinquency and chronic instability. With their lives diverging sharply, one twin headed for stardom and the other locked in a spiral of addiction and mental illness, how will the deception ever be uncovered? Exploring questions of identity, selfhood, and how other people’s expectations affect human behaviour, this novel is as gripping as it is psychologically complex.

*I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion*

I love a family drama mystery and the synopsis instantly pulled me in. Identical twins that swap places! surely the mother would realise or friends and family? Apart from the twins being identical in appearance their personalities are very different. Helen is the devious one, she has loads of friends and is confident, whereas Ellie is perhaps a bit behind for her age and has some social problems. One day Helen thinks it will be fun to play tricks on people by swapping identities and seeing whether they can tell. Only for Helen this is the biggest mistake of her life as Ellie doesn’t want to return to her former self and starts to reinvent herself and be Helen permanently. This lead Helen’s mental health to spiral out of control and becomes instantly labelled as a troublemaker by family and friends as she constantly tries to tell them that they have swapped. Years later when Helen has been cast out by her family, it’s only when a tragedy occurs that she is swept back into the drama by meeting her sister’s husband and daughter.

This book got a little confusing for me, I was having a little of a hard time of trying to keep up with who was who. At times I was skeptical towards the plot as it felt unrealistic in parts.The Mother was just an awful human being and treated her children badly.. This was difficult to read as Helen had such a tragic life and everything and one seemed to be against her. I would recommend reading if you enjoy family psychological drama.

Overall I rated this book 3/5 stars.

 

Boy 23

Author: Jim Carrington

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Published: 19th November 2015

Genre: Sci-fi, Young-Adult

Source: NetGalley

Date Read:6th November 2017

Boy 23 isn’t in My Place any more. He can’t see The Screen, he can’t hear The Voice. Boy 23 is alone.

One dark night, Boy 23 is thrown in the back of the van and driven out of My Place – the only home he has ever known. He is abandoned in a forest with a rucksack containing the bare essentials for survival. Before the van drives away, a voice tells him he must run as far as he can. His life depends on it. Boy 23 has never known another human. Boy 23 has never even been outside. So who is he? Why do people want to kill him? And more to the point, who is the voice that wants to save him?

A hugely fast-paced dystopian page-turner which by the end will leave you in a state of shock. For fans of Chaos Walking and Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I think this was one of the very first books that I requested on Netgalley and I can’t even remember why I requested it, it’s not really something that I would go for. However I requested and finally read it and now reviewing :). This is a science-fiction/dystopian Young adult book, it is hard to categorise as it felt like several genres. We follow this boy and he is known as Boy 23 and lives in ‘My Place’ he doesn’t have any human contact and has no idea of the outside world, he communicates with ‘The voice’ who tells him his schedule and is a role model of such.One night Boy 23 is bundled in to the boot of a car and dumped into the woods with a backpack and ‘the voice’ telling him to run as far away as possible. With never being outside before he doesn’t know foe from friend. Someone is out to get him but he needs to let the right people know that he exists before he is captured. This book was OK! It was fast paced with an air of mystery, however it took a long time for the big reveal and I was getting a little bored to be honest. The writing was not the greatest and the use of ‘Squizz’ and ‘yomping’ was way too much and started irritating the hell out of me. The world building was pretty non-existent, we knew that it was set in Germany but we didn’t get much more than that.

I rated this 2.75/5 stars.

No Shame

Author: Anne Cassidy

Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre

Published: 21st September 2017

Genre: Young-Adult Contemporary

Source: NetGalley and Publisher

Date read: 13th November 2017

The powerful companion to NO VIRGIN.

From the author of the critically acclaimed, LOOKING FOR JJ, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2004 and the Carnegie Medal in 2005.

Stacey Woods has been raped and now she has to go through a different ordeal – the court trial. But nothing in life it seems is black and white and life is not always fair or just. Suddenly it seems that she may not be believed and that the man who attacked her may be found not guilty . . . if so Stacey will need to find a way to rebuild her life again . . .

*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This is the companion novel to ‘No Virgin’ which I read in November 2016. This is the court trial that Stacey has to go through to get justice. She wants to see the man who raped her sent to prison and for him not to be able to prey on innocent young girls and carry out such a heinous act again. We see Stacey question herself whether she is strong enough mentally to go through with the trial and face her attacker once again. Stacey needs this to start rebuilding her life and looking to the future of university. She tries to convince another girl who has been attacked to go to the police to build a stronger case. I really think that both of these books could have been one book together than two separate novellas, However I did like seeing the court case and how brutal it can be when things are twisted and people appear to be something they are not. We still had her best friend included and the court case brought her family closer together. This again had powerful messages of seeking justice and support.

I rated this 3 out of 5 stars

 

The List

Author: Siobhan Vivian

Publisher: Mira Ink

Published: 7th April 2016

Genre: Young-Adult Contemporary

Source: NetGalley and Publisher

Date read:26th November 2017

An intense look at the rules of high school attraction – and the price that’s paid for them.

It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn’t matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up.

This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, “pretty” and “ugly.” And it’s also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.

*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This is the first time I have read anything my Siobhan Vivien, so I didn’t quite no what to expect. This is told by multiple characters attending high school. Every year a list is created naming the ugliest and prettiest girls – no-one know who creates this list but it can be brutal and we see the impact that it has on our characters and how they deal with bullying. I didn’t really like this story there were too many perspectives and I felt that nothing really felt resolved at the end. What I did like was that it allowed us to see how it affects people and how they are treated when something so superficial is posted around high school – the characters are at an impressionable age and something like this can scar you for life.

I rated 2 out of 5 stars

 

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I finally got my puppy!!!

So you may have noticed I haven’t posted in a while but this is due to me finally getting my long awaited Cockapoo!!!! He is a bundle of fluff and I love him so much but it’s like having a baby all over again.

I have done little reading over the last few days as I have to have eyes in the back of my head for the majority of the time.

I am currently reading World War Z by Max Brooks, it’s not what I expected and taking me ages to read it 😥.

So here is Dexter my bundle of fluffiness.

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February wrap up

February is done! I read a whopping 7 books last month which is unheard of as it’s the shortest month in the year obvs. I haven’t really changed my reading habits but I did read 1 book in a day. It was also my birthday month so stick around for my February haul. I knocked quite a few books off my TBR and I read 1 that wasn’t originally on it. Anyways less rambling and more on what I read.

Click on the covers to be forwarded to Goodreads.

This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor

Non-fiction book told from an Obs and Gyn registrar about the hardships of doctors working for the NHS and how it takes a toll of you personal life as well. This was really good, it was funny and also sad at the same time. I rated this 4.5/5 stars,

Sunflowers in February

YA, contemporary novel reminiscent of the lovely bones – very important topics delved upon. Some of it I liked whilst others not so much. I rated this 3.75/5 stars.My review here

Frog Music

Historical Fiction set in San Francisco in 1876 when there is a smallpox epidemic.I was in the mood for historical fiction but nothing really happens in this book, it’s very slow and a bit all over the place. I rated 2/5 stars.

The Belles (The Belles #1)

YA fantasy novel, following Camelia a Belle to the Royal family of Orleans. I really enjoyed this book and rated this 4.5/5 starsMy review here

When Breath Becomes Air

I read another non-fiction which has got a lot of praise for the writing and the honesty of his life and last moments. I found this really quite triggering and made me very anxious. However I rated it 4/5 stars.

 

Without Merit

My first ever Colleen Hoover book and I can see why people really don’t like this author. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either. I didn’t like any of the characters, and I felt the love interest to be really pretentious..anyways I gate it a 2/5 stars.

A Snow Garden and Other Stories

This a collection of short stories that are all connected somehow, whether it be the characters or the settings. I have read 2 other of Rachel Joyce’s books and enjoyed them but this didn’t really interest me at all. I rated 2/5 stars.

 

Currently reading:

The Hate U GiveThe Light that Gets Lost

 

Quite a mish mash of books read this month. I am still trying to find that elusive 5 star read, hopefully it happens in the month of March.

How did you do in February? Did we read any of the same books?

Thanks for reading