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BLOG POST • September Wrap Up

So, guys, although I know I’m a bit late (but better late than never, right?) I’ve decided to do a monthly ‘wrap up’ of the books I’ve read this month!

As you might know, alongside my blogging (and my general day job), I’m currently studying a Masters in English Literature and Creative Writing, so you might notice that the books I read over the course of a month are usually a very eclectic mix (a general mash-up of things I have chosen to read, things I have been sent to review, and University-related novels). However, each month I will try to include why I read each book, what I thought about it (if I haven’t written a full review) and include the next month’s hypothetical TBR list.

I hope you enjoy and have a good reading month!

So, in no particular order, here we go…

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BLOG TOUR • One Very Odd Teacher – Robbie Yates 4/5*

Welcome to my stop on the ‘One Very Odd Teacher’ Blog Tour! Thank you to Shalini @ Digital Reads for having me. For more wonderful reviews and tours, please visit her here.

“The humming noise got louder. Adam willed himself to focus. He had to finish his math test.
Suddenly, the noise became unbearable. He glanced up.
Mrs Murphy was inches away, leaning over another kid’s desk. Was the noise coming from her?
***
Every child remembers a teacher who was a little bizarre, prickly or ill-tempered. Some teachers, though, are very odd indeed, and warrant some closer attention…
This quirky chapter book will thrill kids who are adventurous, brave, and a little bit cheeky!”

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BOOK REVIEW • Happier Thinking – Lana Grace Riva 4/5*

‘Changing how you think is possible. I wasn’t always so sure that was true until I experienced it myself, but I know now we don’t have to just accept unhappiness. Not always anyway. This book is my collection of tips and suggestions that have helped me achieve happier thinking. It’s sort of a gym for my mind. I’d love to tell you it was easier than the real gym but well… it’s not really. It takes time, effort, and practice but it’s absolutely well worth the rewards.’

I received this book in return for an honest review by the author and, I will admit, that, I began the book feeling very sceptical of its informal tone and structure. However, the book’s introduction excellently explains Riva’s deliberate use of informality: she is not a scientist, nor is she a psychologist, and this is not a typical ‘self-help’ book. Instead, the book is intended to be a series of tips and tried-and-tested solutions to feelings of unhappiness, written from one sufferer to another, as a friend. And as a unique piece of non-fiction, I feel that the book succeeds in its aims.

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REVIEW • A Tiny Bit Marvellous – Dawn French 3/5*

Everyone hates the perfect family. So you’ll love the Battles.

Meet Mo Battle, about to turn 50 and mum to two helpless, hormonal teenagers. There’s 17-year-old daughter Dora who blames Mo for, like, EVERYTHING and Peter who believes he’s quite simply as darling and marvellous as his hero Oscar Wilde. Somewhere, keeping quiet, is Dad . . . who’s just, well… Dad. However, Mo is having a crisis. She’s about to do something unusually wild and selfish, which will leave the entire family teetering on the edge of a precipice. Will the family fall? Or will they, when it really matters, be there for each other?

At first I considered this another ‘marvellous’ charity shop find – it was in beautiful condition, a ‘number one bestseller’, and written by an idol of mine, the hilarious Dawn French. What’s not to love, right? The first few pages were, as expected, hilarious. But as I trudged through (yes, trudged), I was more and more disappointed. Unfortunately, the witty prose and the laugh-out-loud narration fails to rescue the novel from its major fault – the boring plot.

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BLOG POST • The Sunshine Blogger Award 🌞

Big shout out to the wonderful Eram at The Confuzzled Reader for nominating me and a few others for this award! Thank you for consciously nominating smaller, up-and-coming book bloggers and helping us to all get involved! (Check out her wonderful page here) ❤️

So, what is The Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring.  Once nominated, the blogger is required to write a post in which they:

• Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.

• Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.

• Nominate 11 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.

• Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post.

So let’s get started!

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BLOG POST • A – Z Book Survey #TAG

So guys, guess who just hit 50 followers!!! *…small clap from the back*

So I thought I would do another book tag to celebrate 🎉

This one comes from ForTheLuvOfBooks and I thought it would be a great way for you to get to know me, and for me to get to know some of you wonderful book bloggers. To join in, just copy and paste the survey, answer the questions yourself, and tag me so I can read your answers!

Thanks to everyone who has enjoyed my posts so far. Here’s to 50 more! 🥂

Here we go…

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BOOK REVIEW • Elizabeth Is Missing – Emma Healey 4/5*

‘Maud, an ageing grandmother, is slowly losing her memory – and her grip on everyday life. Yet she refuses to forget her best friend Elizabeth, who she is convinced is missing and in terrible danger. But no one will listen to Maud – not her frustrated daughter, Helen, not her caretakers, not the police, and especially not Elizabeth’s mercurial son, Peter. Armed with handwritten notes she leaves for herself and an overwhelming feeling that Elizabeth needs her help, Maud resolves to discover the truth and save her beloved friend. This singular obsession forms a cornerstone of Maud’s rapidly dissolving present. But the clues she discovers seem only to lead her deeper into her own past, to another unsolved disappearance: her sister, Sukey, who vanished shortly after World War II. As vivid memories of a tragedy that occurred more than fifty years ago come flooding back, Maud discovers new momentum in her search for her friend. Could the mystery of Sukey’s disappearance hold the key to finding Elizabeth?’

This book was one of those rare finds where I had seen no reviews or publicity before buying and reading it, and unexpectedly stumbled on to a treasure. After seeing it in a charity shop for 99p (and literally judging a book by its cover), I easily read through it in a night but continued to think of it for days afterwards.

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