Bestsellers · Medical · Non-Fiction

Undoctored – Adam Kay ★★★★

Blurb; Adam Kay’s secret diary from his time as a junior doctor This is Going to Hurt was the publishing phenomenon of the century. It has been read by millions, translated into 37 languages, and adapted into a major BBC television series. But that was only part of the story.

Now, Adam Kay returns and will once again have you in stitches in his painfully funny and startlingly powerful follow-up, Undoctored: The Story of a Medic Who Ran Out of Patients. In his most honest and incisive book yet, he reflects on what’s happened since hanging up his scrubs and examines a life inextricably bound up with medicine. Battered and bruised from his time on the NHS frontline, Kay looks back, moves forwards and opens up some old wounds.

Hilarious and heartbreaking, horrifying and humbling, Undoctored is the astonishing portrait of a life by one of Britain’s best-loved storytellers.

My Review; I have loved all of Adams previous books so ofcourse I had to read this, he is so honest, blunt and truthful in what he says and writes. This is a huge insight into Adams personal life and Employment life. Some very funny stories within and some alarming health scare ones. It’s also evident Adam isn’t a fan of going to hospitals himself even as a previous DR. I enjoyed every page. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Adapted to film · Bestsellers · romance · Young adult

The Heartstopper Yearbook – Alice Oseman ★★★★★

Blurb; The full-colour Heartstopper Yearbook is packed full of exclusive content from the Heartstopper universe – including never-before-seen illustrations, an exclusive mini-comic, a look back at Alice’s Heartstopper artwork over the years, character profiles, trivia, and insights into her creative process – all narrated by a cartoon version of Alice herself.

By the winner of the YA Book Prize, Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us.

‘The queer graphic novel we wished we had at high school.’ Gay Times

• Introduction
• Profile Pages: Alice, Nick, and Charlie
• Heartstopper Moment: Pride
• The Art of Heartstopper
• Profile Pages: Tara, Darcy, Elle, and Tao
• Heartstopper Moment: Summer
• Quiz: Are You More Nick . . . or More Charlie?
• Mini-comic: The Teachers
• Profile Pages: Harry, Ben, Nellie, Henry, and Aled
• Heartstopper Moment: Halloween
• The World of Heartstopper
• Mini-comic: Moments
• Profile Pages: Tori, Sahar, Mr. Farouk, and Mr. Ajayi
• Heartstopper Moment: Winter
• Family Tree: The Springs
• Family Tree: The Nelsons
• How to Draw Heartstopper
• Mini-comic: Girlfriends
• Heartstopper Moment: Alternate Universes
• Author’s Note

My Review; I am a huge Heartstopper fan. Read them all and watched it on Netflix so ofcourse I had to get this. Now I will admit I devoured this in like 20 minutes so an extremely fast read for me but worth it to fill that gap while waiting for the next Heartstopper. This is a hardback full of character profiles, short comic strips, art of heartstopper, how to draw the characters and how heartstopper developed into what it is today. An amazing all in one read full of facts, knowledge and behind the scenes. Loved every page. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me.

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Bestsellers · Fairytale Retelling · fantasy

Stephen King – Fairy Tale ★★★★★

Blurb; Legendary storyteller Stephen King goes deep into the well of his imagination in this spellbinding novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war, and the stakes could not be higher—for their world or ours.

Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was ten, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself—and his dad. Then, when Charlie is seventeen, he meets Howard Bowditch, a recluse with a big dog in a big house at the top of a big hill. In the backyard is a locked shed from which strange sounds emerge, as if some creature is trying to escape. When Mr. Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie the house, a massive amount of gold, a cassette tape telling a story that is impossible to believe, and a responsibility far too massive for a boy to shoulder.

Because within the shed is a portal to another world—one whose denizens are in peril and whose monstrous leaders may destroy their own world, and ours. In this parallel universe, where two moons race across the sky, and the grand towers of a sprawling palace pierce the clouds, there are exiled princesses and princes who suffer horrific punishments; there are dungeons; there are games in which men and women must fight each other to the death for the amusement of the “Fair One.” And there is a magic sundial that can turn back time.

A story as old as myth, and as startling and iconic as the rest of King’s work, Fairy Tale is about an ordinary guy forced into the hero’s role by circumstance, and it is both spectacularly suspenseful and satisfying.

My Review; My first Stephen King book! GASP. I know. Shocking right? This is what I like to call a hand cramper (Huge hardback) but it was worth it, every page. I went in assuming King > Horror. I was wrong. This is full on fantasy and I bloody loved it. I will never be able to forget this book it will remain with me forever. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. I just loved everything about it especially the other world. THE DOG! The gold. The old man. Perfection. A must read. I don’t want to say much more than that without any spoilers. So treat yourself! I bet you’ll love it just as much as me. A Well deserved five stars and this is going into my top reads of the year. I wish I could read it all again… Brain wipe please?

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