Non-Fiction · Short Stories

Seven Kinds Of People You Find In Bookshops – Shaun Bythell ★★★★

Blurb; It does take all kinds. If you visit bookshops more often than the grocery store, you’ll recognize the types. There’s the Expert (with subspecies from the Bore to the Helpful Person), the Young Family (ranging from the Exhausted to the Aspirational), Occultists (from Conspiracy Theorist to Craft Woman).
Then there’s the Loiterer (including the Erotica Browser and the Self-Published Author), the Bearded Pensioner (including the Lyrca Clad), the The Not-So-Silent Traveller (the Whistler, Sniffer, Hummer, Farter, and Tutter), and the Family Historian (generally Americans who come to Shaun’s shop in Wigtown, Scotland).
Two bonus sections include Staff and, finally, Perfect Customer — all from Shaun Bythell (author of Confessions of a Bookseller), the funniest sell-and-tell observer in the house of books.
This is the perfect read for anyone who ever felt a bookstore was home. You’ve been spotted! Or have you?

My Review; This is a short story at just under 130 pages. So an easy read for me. Layed out beautifully. It is exactly what the title says… A look into the people you will find if you run a second hand bookshop. A great insight. I did find myself trying to spot which group of characters I was but believe they didn’t included huge bookworm, friendly, introvert and buys lots of books etc.

Some of the characters described had me laughing out loud! I bet a second hand Bookseller has really seen it all to be honest. It is an honest, sometimes brutal description of each person that enters the shop. We are all different remember. The author also mentions his least favourite characters and his most favourite characters. Also includes some tips for those who do enter his bookshop!

With second hand bookshops very rare these days and competition with amazon we need to respect and use them. I enjoyed it! I cant wait to read his other books and I wish him all the success with his bookshop. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Running With Scissors – Augusten Burroughs ★★★★

Blurb; Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus. So at the age of twelve, Burroughs found himself amidst Victorian squalor living with the doctor’s bizarre family, and befriending a pedophile who resided in the backyard shed. The story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, and the Christmas tree stayed up all year round, where Valium was consumed like candy, and if things got dull an electroshock- therapy machine could provide entertainment. The funny, harrowing and bestselling account of an ordinary boy’s survival under the most extraordinary circumstances.

My Review; My friend recommended this one to me and lent me her copy and from the start I could tell this was different from what I usually read. It’s a true story memoir. It’s a brutally honest, open and a heart breaking read. Nothing gets left unsaid or blanked out. It does contains swearing, fights and sex scenes.

When Augustens mum gives him up and let’s her own therapist adopt him his life changes forever. All I can say is he went from a lovely middle class life to the lowest of low very poor. What we would call a house full of feral kids, filthy, no rules and not much food to the point they try and eat dog food! The fact all of this is true amazes me.. Social Services would have stepped in if any of this happened recently. However, i really enjoyed it. Something different, eye opening. A look into a world I’ve luckily never had to endure.

I would recommend it! A well deserved four stars from me. I just hope Augusten has found himself a nice settled life now and is happy.

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Bestsellers · Cleaning · Non-Fiction

This Is Me – Mrs Hinch ★★★★★

Blurb; Well guys, here we are! What an absolute whirlwind of a journey this has been so far.

So much has happened in the last couple of life-changing years and I’m so excited to share it with you all: my Hinchers. You have been right by my side for every step of the way and I honestly couldn’t have done it without the amazing love and support from this incredible family we’ve built together.

It’s often felt like a fairy tale but it hasn’t always been easy, and I’m going to let you in on the highs and the lows as well as my biggest fears and my darkest challenges. Because this book right here, is me.

This is me: Soph – the wife, the mother and the person behind Mrs Hinch.

So let’s do this! Put your Hinch Lists to one side, get comfy and join me on the sofa with a cuppa. Welcome to my world.

This is my story.

My Review; Something a little different on the blog tonight… One for all the hinchers out there. I have followed Mrs Hinch for a while now and she gives me the get up and go to sort my own house out and clean. However, my house will never be as clean as hers… I’m blaming my two kids! Ha. I’ve become invested with her, her family, her cleaning, seeing her dog Henry and finally seeing little Ronnie grow. Even my kids love to watch them all especially Henry. The book is amazing. She is my WOW. A huge inspiration to me and many others…

This book is all about herself, her past, the future, the trolls, cleaning, her family, her childhood, Ronnie, Henry and Mr hinch. It has attached some lovely photos within. Reading this gave me a different view to the Mrs Hinch we see on screen daily. She is so down to earth, she’s just a normal lady who loves to clean and she doesn’t know herself how this all blew up. But she’s our cleaning queen. If you’re a hincher grab the book!
Hinch/Hitching- Cleaning

Hinched – Clean.

All the stars for this one would give more if I could. Highly recommend. Finished this in just over a day couldn’t put it down. Will probably end up in my top twenty reads of 2020. Highly recommend. Thank you Sophie for sharing your words and life with us all. I just need to read her first book now.

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