• 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    Critical by Dr Matt Morgan

    I’ve been feeling the need to expand my reading horizons lately so I read Critical: Science and stories from the brink of human life by Dr Matt Morgan. I received a review copy via NetGalley. Here is the synopsis: Being critically ill means one or more of your vital organs have failed – this could be your lungs, your heart, your kidneys, gut or even your brain. Starting with the first recognised case in which a little girl was saved by intensive care in 1952 in Copenhagen, Matt writes brilliantly about the fascinating history, practices and technology in this newest of all the major medical specialties. Matt guides us around…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    My Lemon Grove Summer by Jo Thomas

    My Lemon Grove Summer by Jo Thomas is already out in ebook but is being published in paperback and audio on 11th July 2019. I received a free copy via the publisher/NetGalley to review. When life hands you lemons … is it ever too late for a second chance? Zelda’s impulsive nature has got her precisely nowhere up until now. A fresh start in a beautiful hilltop town in Sicily looking for new residents, together with her best friend Lennie, could be just what she needs. And who better to settle down with than the person who knows her best? But the sun-filled skies and sparkling seas can’t hide the shadow…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

    I love scifi but rarely read anything in the genre that isn’t a Star Trek novelisation. I’m trying to change that so I was thrilled to get the chance to read and review Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet meets The 100 in this unforgettable debut by a brilliant new voice. A century ago, scientists theorised that a habitable planet existed in a nearby solar system. Today, ten astronauts will leave a dying Earth to find it. Four are decorated veterans of the 20th century’s space-race. And six are teenagers, graduates of the exclusive Dalton Academy, who’ve been in training for this mission…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    Happiness for Beginners by Carole Matthews

    If I’m honest I am quite behind in reading/reviewing my NetGalley books. I received a free copy of Happiness for Beginners by Carole Mattthews to review. I received it in time to review it around the time the hardback was published a few months ago. The paperback was published a couple of weeks ago and I’m only just reviewing it now (but we’ll pretend that was deliberate!) Here is the synopsis: Molly Baker is living her best life. Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There’s Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    Poppy’s Recipe for Life by Heidi Swain

    I received a free copy of Poppy’s Recipe for Life by Heidi Swain for review via NetGalley. It was a well written, fun book full of Heidi Swain’s trademark charm. Here’s the synopsis Things haven’t always been straightforward in Poppy’s life but her dreams are finally within her reach. She’s moving into a cottage in beautiful Nightingale Square, close to the local community garden, where she can indulge her passion for making preserves and pickles. She may not have the best relationship with her family but she is surrounded by loving friends, and feels sure that even her grumpy new neighbour, Jacob, has more to him than his steely exterior…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  physio

    Books the physio should read

    The physio came to see my last week, it was the first time I’d seen her in person for about a year although we’ve checked in on the phone or via email a bit. One of her questions was what she should read next. I’d recommended a couple of books to her before and she’d enjoyed them. She said she knew I would suggest something good. My first thought was that I didn’t remember what I’d recommended before. Then she mentioned the titles when she was saying how much she liked them. They were Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (although I’ve got a feeling I mentioned it…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon

    When I went to the Books and the City Spring Blogger Evening back in February one of the books in my goody bag was If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon. Here’s what the back cover has to say about it: HOW DO YOU FIND WHERE YOU’RE GOING, IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU’RE FROM . . . Angie has always wanted to travel. But at twenty-seven, she has barely stepped outside the small mining town where she was born. Instead, she discovers the world through stories told to her by passing travellers, dreaming that one day she’ll see it all for herself. When her grandmother passes away, leaving…

  • 2019,  books and reading

    Books and the City Spring Blogger Evening 2019

    I was lucky enough to be invited to the Books and the City Spring Blogger Evening 2019 and I had a great time. The invite said there would be five authors doing authors at the event. When we got there we discovered there were actually ten authors there! First we had just over an hour to mingle and chat to people. There were yummy nibbles and drinks and some amazing cupcakes with pictures of the book covers on them. I had a couple of glasses of Bucks Fizz and chatted to quite a few people. Some of them I knew and some I didn’t.  I was pleased to get to…

  • 2019,  books and reading,  reviews

    Blog Tour: I’ll Find You by Liz Lawler

    Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for I’ll Find You by Liz Lawler.  I received a free copy of I’ll Find You to review. I’ll find you is a psychological thriller. It was released in ebook earlier this week and will be out in paperback in May. Here is the blurb: Emily Jacobs, a nurse, is in hospital for a minor operation. When she wakes in the night, woozy with anaesthetic, she sees the doctor frantically trying to resuscitate the woman in the bed next to her. In the morning, she is told that she must have had a nightmare. The bed has been empty all along .…

  • 2018,  books and reading

    All things bookish (@readathon October 2018)

    Firstly, for those wondering about Blogtober (daily blogging in October) the story goes: got a bit depressed, some stressful stuff happened, got more depressed, sorted some of the stressful stuff, got a nasty ear infection that’s still gungy and sore (and probably goes someway to explaining my low mood) and then it’s today. It’s the readathon today! I’m aiming low and hoping to finish one book (not sure what yet) and listen to a chunk of an audiobook. I also have a couple of books of essays/short stories so I might dip into those too. Well, that’s my sensible goal. My not so sensible head would like to finish two…