Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Review: The Good Bear

The Good Bear The Good Bear by Sarah Lean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A search for love.
A beautifully written book with a beautiful tale.

Everyone wants love, to give love, to receive love.

Written for children 7 and above but this old lady loved it too!

Thea is off to her Dads for Christmas. She wants to tell him she aims to be a writer and he might buy her a typewriter.
But things don’t go to plan.

When she meets this dear old bear she learns lots more.

Loved it and recommended for a brilliant gift to any child.

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Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Review: The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.75!

This book is amazing! No wonder loads were reading this the year it came out. As for me? I left it on my shelf. I get really anxious if loads are loving a book. I’m either thinking “ oh what if I don’t love it” or just keep putting it off because I have high expectations.

This all proved to be right though. I agree with lots of what reviewers have said.

It’s mysterious and I definitely didn’t get a sniff in the air of the ending until the last few chapters.
The chapters are short, snappy and leading into the next. So that left me saying “ just one more chapter” .........

The reason I took a while to read this was it had a lot of pages, plus, daily life got in the way along with I’ve been feeling so tired lately. Otherwise I would have flew through this book.



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Review: Get a fucking grip!!: Self help for optimists

Get a fucking grip!!: Self help for optimists Get a fucking grip!!: Self help for optimists by Marc Watt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I saw this on BorrowBox from my library. I’m feeling quite overwhelmed at the moment and lots of things happening in family life. It’s difficult for us all with what’s happening in the world at this time without adding extra....right?!

I found this an honest, open and brazen book to listen to. I loved it though! I can see this is not going to be for everyone, but, you know what, there’s some honest straight forward straight talking words in here that really makes you STOP and take notice.

It handles a lot of subjects to, assumptions of our viewpoints and thoughts to rearranging you’re thoughts on subjects such as spending, relationships and lots more.
There’s definitely something for everyone.

If you only take one thing from this book, it will improve your mindset.

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Sunday, 29 November 2020

Review: My Darling from the Lions

My Darling from the Lions My Darling from the Lions by Rachel Long
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

OMG I can’t listen to this audio book any longer.

I knew it was going to be hard subject matters but the reading of this is just driving me crazy.
It’s monotone, no pitch, no power, no strength to the reading.

It’s definitely hard subjects. I would have stuck with it but for.....oh that voice!

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Review: The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The concentration on these five victims of Jack the Ripper were stunningly put over in a very well presented view.

Thinking of the life back then, the era of a very male dominated life for women and how they were treated, viewed and used made for an overwhelming argument and full understanding that the image that many of us have are of women of the night. Prostitutes......I’ve had that in my mind for years.
Reading this gave me some food for thought.

Outstanding book.

I did listen to this on audio, I preferred that than reading it.

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Saturday, 28 November 2020

Review: Christmas at Mistletoe Lodge: New Holiday Romances to Benefit St. Jude Hospital

Christmas at Mistletoe Lodge: New Holiday Romances to Benefit St. Jude Hospital Christmas at Mistletoe Lodge: New Holiday Romances to Benefit St. Jude Hospital by Sabrina York
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read Christmas at Mistletoe lodge then I watched the dvd.
It made a good change to just read and watch something that doesn’t cause a lot of effort.

Great story, some sad bits some joyful bits and some predictable bits but who cares! I liked it!

Not read the others yet

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Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Review: One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I say this is an outstanding‘whodunnit “. The twists, turns and cul-de-sac plots were right up my alley.

It’s YA at its very best! Excellent. Has more layers than an onion. I loved peeling off each layer only for my eyes to smart the deeper I delved.

What a remarkable plot.

I realise I’m late, I feel like Roger Rabbit in Alice and wonderland......running after time, but, I finally got to this realising there are more in this series now. I’m definitely up for more.

Looking through the reviews I can honestly say, yep, the hype was true guys.

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Saturday, 14 November 2020

Review: Me

Me Me by Elton John
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was quite young when I discovered Elton John through a friend who absolutely idolised him.
Loved his music, his sincerity and his outrageousness.

Reading this honest “close up and personal “ account of his earlier life with his parents how hard that life was as a child in so very many ways brought home to me how our upbringing influences us in ways we may never imagine.

The “rock ‘n roll “ years was surely a huge exciting time plus a time of highs and lows quite literally. Sex, booze and rock ‘n roll in it’s full flow.

I remember his first marriage. And the breakup and his “coming out”.

Great song writer, great singer, fab entertainer.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Review: Girl Gone Mad

Girl Gone Mad Girl Gone Mad by Avery Bishop
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a delicious book to devour, it was different than many books I’ve read lately so I was thoroughly invested in this one.

The Harpies

I think they should have been called something else! Vicious little madams who tormented Grace. The quieter one of the pact.
Something terrible happened and years later events are unfolding.........
Suicides are happening....
But why?
And why are they “seeing” Grace? Grace is dead!


A very well written book with lots of readers to get their teeth into.

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Review: All Is Not Forgotten

All Is Not Forgotten All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an amazing read for me.
Yes it has a rape story in this which it’s centres around however, it’s also telling us about this drug that can be used to erase parts of memory, this was the bit I was enthralled with.

It’s such a well written laid out book.

The person she is talking to (therapy) is also an intriguing factor.
He also is helping her mother and father through this.

We get to meet some other “patients “ within these pages.

I was riveted throughout and the twist at the end was extraordinary that really spooked my senses.

This author has fast become a favourite of mine. I have read books by her in the past and now this has rekindled my eagerness to see what other books I’ve missed by her.

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