Bestsellers · contemporary

The Reading List – Sara Nisha Adams ★★★★★

Blurb; Widower Mukesh lives a quiet life in the London Borough of Ealing after losing his beloved wife. He shops every Wednesday, goes to Temple, and worries about his granddaughter, Priya, who hides in her room reading while he spends his evenings watching nature documentaries.

Aleisha is a bright but anxious teenager working at the local library for the summer when she discovers a crumpled-up piece of paper in the back of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a list of novels that she’s never heard of before. Intrigued, and a little bored with her slow job at the checkout desk, she impulsively decides to read every book on the list, one after the other. As each story gives up its magic, the books transport Aleisha from the painful realities she’s facing at home.

When Mukesh arrives at the library, desperate to forge a connection with his bookworm granddaughter, Aleisha passes along the reading list… hoping that it will be a lifeline for him too. Slowly, the shared books create a connection between two lonely souls, as fiction helps them escape their grief and everyday troubles and find joy again. 

My Review; I am one of those readers that if the book has the word reading, bookshop or library in the title I know it will be a brilliant read and this was spot on. Highly recommend. A must read. One that will stick with me for a long time.

This story brings a lot of people together over books. From non readers, widows, to carers to the lonely people from old to young in society they all come together over one reading list but do not know where the list has come from or who wrote it. Heart-warming. Uplifting. The story focuses on two characters in particular Mukesh and Aleisha with a few chapters from others inbetween.

A story that will stick in your heart. One you won’t regret reading. A must read for me. High chance this could end up in my top reads of the year. A well deserved five stars. A beautiful ending which might make you tear up. Books are powerful things.

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Bestsellers · Non-Fiction

All On The Board: Inspirational quotes from the TFL underground duo ★★★★★

Blurb; A BOOK TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY – A GIFT OF HOPE, COMFORT, POSITIVITY, OPENNESS AND LOVE FOR ANY OCCASION – INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES FROM THE TFL UNDERGOUND DUO

Transport for London employees and dynamic masked duo, All on the Board (aka Jeremy and Ian), made it their mission to bring smiles to the faces of London commuters through writing creative messages, quotes and poems on the underground’s service information boards. ‘We were tired of looking at a board that just said “keep right” and thought can’t we do something a bit more fun?’.

Fast-forward 3 years, they’ve grown a community of 750,000+ online fans and have a plethora of celebrity supporters. Through their magical words, they’ve marked momentous occasions, celebrated countless artists, legends and heroes, raised awareness of mental health and hidden illnesses and sprinkled thousands of our daily journeys with positivity, humour and love. Their kind messages remind us all that we’re in it together and now, with their beautiful, colourful collection of quotes, stories and drawings you can add joy to your day wherever you are and however you’re feeling.

CHAPTERS INCLUDE: Positively Positive, Raising Awareness, Love, Always Remembered, Random Pleasures & Simple Treasures, Mental Health, Legends, Real Life Heroes, Occasions & Celebrations, London, In It Together

My Review; Imagine my surprise seeing this for 99p on Kindle. Now I didn’t even know these guys did a book. It’s one of those things where I see certain signs on Facebook that people have shared and relate with. A bit of good in this world. This book includes many signs tackling a whole range of topics. An easy read. Some great advice, quotes and thoughts have been put into these signs. I love how we get to know about the two guys behind it all too and how they wish to remain anonymous.

Would highly recommend. These two guys have started something which has become huge. Everyone can relate to. Loved it! A well deserved five stars from me.

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Bestsellers · Non-Fiction

The Comfort Book – Matt Haig ★★★★

Blurb; A small book for anyone in search of hope, looking for a path to a more meaningful life, or in need of encouragement.

Happiness occurs when you forget who you’re expected to be. And what you’re expected to do. Happiness is an accident of self-acceptance. It’s the warm breeze you feel when you open the door to who you are.

Years ago, Matt Haig began writing notes to his future self. These notes were meant as gifts to his future self: offerings of hope to help himself through anything from the darkest periods of his life to a not-so-great day. As time went on, he added new thoughts and stories, and he turned them into The Comfort Book so that everyone could draw on this well of reassurance and encouragement. Each of its short meditations gives a new perspective on life and all of its highs and lows–small islands of hope for anyone looking for a more fulfilling, more uplifting way through life. Incorporating a diverse array of sources from across the world, history, science, and his own experiences, Haig offers warmth and reassurance, reminding us to slow down and appreciate the beauty and unpredictability of existence.

My Review; Absolutely love Matts books and this was the same. It’s a book full of hope, quotes, stories and thoughts on everything we experience throughout life whether that’s death, birth, trauma, emotions, suicide, drugs, alcohol, depression or illness. This book covers it all. Some chapters are really short while others are longer but it’s an easy read. One that’s suppose to help the reader no matter their current mindset.

He speaks truth. He’s honest. Raw. I just love him. A book everyone should read at some point in their life. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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