chick-lit · Non-Fiction

Tired & Tested: The Wild Ride into Parenthood – Sophie McCartney ★★★★

Blurb; What happens when you realise adult life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?

When you’ve grown up thinking your twenties are all about working hard, playing hard and definitely trying to not get pregnant, life comes at you fast when you go from hump to bump…

Comedian, mum and vlogger, Sophie McCartney, shares her journey through the hurty-thirties – when you thought you’d have a high-flying career, three holidays a year and a designer handbag, but have ended up with two kids, a deep fear of what lies at the bottom of the ball-pit in soft play, and a post-breastfeeding gap in your cleavage the size of a Christmas ham.

With laugh out loud humour and honesty, Sophie shows how whether you’ve had a day full of whining or a night full of wine, there’s joy to be had in the perfectly imperfect lives we lead.

My Review; This was brilliant. I follow this lady on Facebook & Instagram and I didn’t know she was bringing a book out. I actually saw this book in the library while I was going to register my 3rd child so it must have been a sign. It’s a book that any mother/parent/woman can relate to, at least 90% relate to and if you say you can’t relate you’re lying. It was hilarious and laugh out loud funny in parts. This book made me realise while reading it at 3am feeding my own baby that I was seen, heard and not quite so alone. It’s raw, honest and she has not censored any of the journey into parenthood or having older children. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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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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Children's · Medical · Non-Fiction

Happy From Head to Toe – Fearne Cotton ★★★★

Blurb; Fearne Cotton provides practical and engaging tools to guide children to a better understanding of themselves and their feelings.

Once again, Fearne brings her breadth of experience as a parent to this second interactive book for children aged 7+. This is full of exciting, colorful activities for your child to draw, write, imagine, and explore their way to getting to know themselves better and feeling more balanced. Fearne encourages kids to learn to process their feelings independently, with a little help from her along the way. This book provides children with the space to manage their own feelings and equip them with emotional skills that they can carry into their teenage years, and beyond.

My Review; Huge Fearne Cotton fan. I devoured all this one night. A brilliant informative read. Aimed at children but even me at 28 years old I learnt a lot from this and things I can use and pass on to my own children. Plenty of tips and tricks throughout for all body parts. Illustrated throughout and great design. Easy reading. It also includes a lot of other famous faces with their words of wisdom like Joe Wicks, Tom Daly and Tom Fletcher etc. A very useful book to have in this day and age and one I believe that should be in every school library. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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