Review: Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.

Blurb:

Ellery’s never been to Echo Ridge, but she’s heard all about it. It’s where her aunt went missing at age sixteen, never to return. Where a Homecoming Queen’s murder five years ago made national news. And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab. No one knows what happened to either girl, and Ellery’s family is still haunted by their loss.

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Books I’d Take on an Autumn Walk

This post is part of Six for Sunday, run by Steph from A Little But a Lot.

I think autumn is the best season to go out for a stroll. The weather is perfect – it’s not so hot you’re sweating your way through the walk, but it’s not so cold you can’t feel your toes when you come home. It’s also a great thing to do before sitting in a warm café with a delicious hot drink in front of you.

After your walk, you’ve for sure earned some time to curl up with your book. If there’s a fire you can sit beside, even better. These books are perfect for keeping that autumn stroll feel going.

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Review: Perfect Match by Zoe May

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.

Blurb:

Can you ever find true love online?

Sophia Jones is an expert in all things online dating: the best sites, how to write a decent bio, which questions to ask and the right type of photos to use. The only thing she’s not so great at? Picking the guys…

After sitting through yet another dreadful date with a man who isn’t quite what she expected, Sophia is just about ready to give up on the whole dating scene. But her flatmate, Kate, persuades her to give it one more chance, only this time she must create a profile describing her ‘perfect’ man.

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Review: This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

Challenge criteria: A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover

Blurb:

Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. He kept a diary throughout his training, and This Is Going to Hurt intersperses tales from the front line of the NHS with reflections on the current crisis. The result is a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy, and a love letter to those who might at any moment be holding our lives in their hands.


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What I liked:

This is an amazing and insightful look into life on a maternity ward in the UK. I’m not from the UK, nor do I live there, but I think we’ve all heard about the trials and terrors of the NHS at the moment. Adam brings so much humour into the diary it’s infectuous (no pun intended.)

Given the subject matter, and some of the delicate cases in this book, it feels like saying I enjoyed it is wrong. But I did. It’s humour is spectacular, and the footnotes bring a wealth of knowledge about the OBGYN department of your local hospital. Moreover, it will make you despair for the healthcare professionals working there. You’ll see them in a whole new light once you’ve finished this book.

What I didn’t like:

LOTS of squeamish moments in this book. I did read them, but often with my legs crossed or my heart in my mouth. I had some help, though, to prepare for them; I asked Emma from Drinking by my Shelf for her list of particularly hard to read passages. For readers with light stomachs, it’s a godsend.

Out of five:

Has to be a five star read. It’s one of the best books I’ve read this year, and totally lived up to the hype bestowed upon it.

 

Tag Thursday: The Nightmare Before Christmas Book Tag

It’s a huge bone of contention among film lovers – is The Nightmare Before Christmas a Hallowe’en or Christmas film? No matter what your thoughts on it, there’s no denying it’s one fantastic movie. A colourful cast of characters, a heart warming message, and a ghost dog – what more is there to want! I spotted this tag about the film over on Brittany the Bibliophile, and whenever you decide to watch the film it’s still the perfect tag to take.

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