Bestsellers · Emotional · Non-Fiction

Letters On Motherhood – Giovanna Fletcher. ★★★★★

Blurb; Letters on Motherhood is a collection of heartfelt and deeply poignant letters written by Giovanna to her three young sons Buzz, Buddy and Max, husband, Tom, and the family and friends who have inspired and supported her to become the mother that she is today.

In this beautiful book, she shares the funny and moving personal tales of her own family life, peppered throughout with her poignant family photos bringing her stories to life.

Never one to glamorise the idea of a perfect family, Giovanna writes about the priceless highs and the challenging lows as she talks about the deeper universal truths of parenting including:
· Coping with mum guilt
· Finding a work/family life balance
· Positive body image
· Rediscovering a sense of identity
· A parent’s hopes, fears and expectations for their child’s future

Honest, heartwarming and hilarious, Giovanna’s musings on motherhood are both a joy and a comfort. With stories parents everywhere can relate to, Letters on Motherhood is the perfect gift for mums.

My Review; What a beautiful book. I’d like to start by thanking Giovanna for sharing her thoughts, family and life with us all. As a mother of two myself I related to a lot of this. This book is inspiring, uplifting, powerful, honest, emotional, beautiful, funny and eye opening. You made me tear up, you made me smile and you made me laugh.

This is Giovanna sharing letters to her boys, husband, friends, herself, family and us. It includes lots of beautiful photos of herself and her family throughout adding the extra special touch. There are so many stories and adventures she talks about in this book. Including the tough and sad times we all face as parents. Giovanna has not missed anything out in this book. Utterly perfect.

It was like it opened my eyes. I kept putting it down just to watch my kids playing together, being cute, having cuddles and kisses with them. Arn’t kids just amazing? Then theres the part I had to put it down to catch sick in my hands not once… Twice. All part of motherhood!!

It was an easy read. I would recommend this to every single mother out there. You will not regret it. Sometimes you just need to know you’re doing okay and not alone. A well deserved five stars from me. It will also be going in my top twenty reads of the year.

Lastly I doubt she will see this but thank you Giovanna. You’ve made many mothers feel like they’re not alone. We are all winging it and learning as you say so yourself. Your a voice many can relate too regardless of age. You’re an amazing mother.

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Medical · Non-Fiction

*BLOG TOUR* Alcoholic Doctor – Dr Anish Kurar ★★★

Blurb; Retired orthopaedic consultant Dr. Anish Kumar Kurar has worked in three countries accruing a wealth of experience managing critical conditions as well as taking fundamental steps to succeed amidst a climate of harsh reality. From scarring childhood memories during an impoverished upbringing, he has managed to climb to the top of his profession. Childhood abuse, a shift to alcohol as an insurance measure during adulthood, and the intense clinical demands of medical practice has resulted in a tough exterior; the journey from his primitive youth to an experienced consultant has been no holds barred. He has been publicly acclaimed in the media and presented with international awards from the Saudi Arabian government. Dr. Kurar proves that a little bit of grit can go a long way. This is his story.

My Review; This is a short book at only 75 pages long, a short read. The writing is also very small. I read this and it was not what I expected really. It is not similar to Adam Kays book or that genre. I would say this is more a biography. Yes, he is an alcoholic and a doctor but we dont get any stories of him working inside the hospital, more about his life, family, achievements and all the different countries and hospitals he has worked at.

It was still a good read, enlightening. Just not what I expected. There’s no chapters in this book just one story from beginning to end. However, I did read this in a day. He is a wise, clever and a thoughtful man regardless of the alcoholism. I award three stars for The Alcoholic Doctor. Still enjoyed it.

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Non-Fiction · War

The Diary of Anne Frank – Abridged by Mirjam Pressler ★★★★★

Blurb; Anne Frank
Born in 1929 in Germany, Anne Frank spent two years of her life in astonishing circumstances: she was hidden with seven other people in a nest of rooms in Amsterdam.

The Diary of a Young Girl
Her diary tells of the life of a group of Jews waiting in fear of discovery by the Nazis. Yet within it, a tender love story slowly unfolds–from her shy avoidances of a young man named Peter to their incessant glances and fist kiss. Thus, her diary is not a lament but a song to life, no matter what the conditions, no matter what the threats.

My Review; With the 75 year anniversary of Auschwitz among us my library had a display and I chose this one to read. Now I will be the first to admit I should have read this years ago, but I am so glad I have read it now. Books like these really change your look and perspective of life. I have always been interested in Auschwitz and what happend I could read every book about it and I would still learn something new. Its horrible that this actually happened! Hard to believe.

This is Annes diary. It is told in diary segments so easy reading. Eye opening. Heart breaking. Upsetting. The ending really broke my heart and upset me. To still have her diary here is amazing. For that family to hide for as long as they did is amazing but turns out it was only borrowed time…

If like me you haven’t read it yet! I really would urge you to do so… Trust me. I think this should be a mandatory book for all to read in high school, a piece of history. Real. Raw. It’s there. I want to say I enjoyed this? But it feels wrong to do so… I devoured it in two days and even got up at 6am just to read it. There are not enough stars for book. This isn’t fiction. This happened and I can’t believe it. A must read.

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