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.

 

Review: Never Greener by Ruth Jones

This book did not fit into any of my challenge criteria.

Blurb:

In her unmissable debut, actress and screenwriter Ruth Jones shows us the dangers of trying to recapture that which was once lost and failing to realise the beauty of what we already have.

We spend most of our lives wishing we were somewhere else or someone else, or looking forward or harping back. Always thinking the grass is greener on the other side. But it never is. It’s still grass. Just a different patch of it, that’s all.

The past has a habit of tracking us down. And tripping us up.

When Kate was twenty-two, she had an intense and passionate affair with a married man, Callum, which ended in heartbreak. Kate thought she’d never get over it.

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Review: Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes by Holly Bourne

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.

Blurb:

Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to solve all their problems. But how do you fix the world when you can’t fix yourself?

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Review: One Winter Morning by Isabelle Broom

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.

Blurb:

On a winter morning she lost a piece of her heart. Can she find it?

Evangeline isn’t feeling festive this December.

The frost and fairy lights only remind her it’s been a year since she lost the mother who took her in as a baby and raised her.

She’s never felt more alone – until she discovers her birth mother’s identity. And where to find her.

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Review: Laura’s Spooky Show by Natasha Mac a’Bhaird

This book did not fit any of my challenge criteria.

Disclaimer: This review is part of a blog tour run by the author. This has in way affected my opinion of the book, nor the outcome of this review.

Blurb:

Star Club are planning a new show, full of witches, magic and mystery – and Laura is going to write it! She finds plenty of inspiration from a spooky old house nearby, where strange things are happening. Is Laura imagining it, or could it really be … haunted? Continue reading