Books!

What am I reading at the moment? I have two books on the go. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin from Caitlin Raynor at Headline Publishing Group, and I’m so glad. I’m about half way through now, and it’s keeping me well and truly…

Review: Am I Ugly? by Michelle Elman

As some of my recent posts have indicated, I have a bit of a body positivity journey under way. So, when I noticed that Net Galley had Michelle Elman’s book available, I had to request it right away, and thank goodness the request was accepted. It’s easy to think about body positivity as entirely about…

Review: Confessions of a First Time Mum by Poppy Dolan

My most recent Net Galley read has been this new book, Confessions of a First Time Mum by Poppy Dolan. And I love it. Especially for the truths it tells about parenthood. How difficult it is to admit you’re struggling without feeling guilty and somehow like you don’t deserve your kids. How hard it is…

Quitting Dieting

This week I announced via Instagram stories that I was going to quit dieting. This was a scary thing to do. The world is generally in favour of dieting particularly if, like me, you have a BMI over 30. Why have I made this decisions? Various reasons. It’s been on my mind for a while….

Books I Finished in April

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan – I loved this. It was warm and cosy, mysterious and slightly creepy. I loved the characters (at least the ones I was supposed to love!) and enjoyed the way things tied up and the story finished. I’ll definitely be looking out for more books by Ruth…

Cleaning

I work from home part time. I have a 19 month old at home full time. This tends to impress people, but I make no secret of the fact that this comes at a cost. By prioritising my child and my work, I am dropping the ball elsewhere. Specifically, housework. Now, let me preface this…

Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Well. This book has been everywhere and much lauded and now I know why. It’s just… go out and read it, if you haven’t already! Admittedly it deals with some tricky concepts and that may be triggering to some. I wouldn’t be surprised, I found it upsetting at points. But the characters are so finely…

Review: My Box-Shaped Heart by Rachael Lucas

I heard about Rachael Lucas through an A Playful Day podcast, in which Kate and Rachael talked about working class writers and books with working class settings. So when I saw her new book was available through Net Galley, I was keen to read it! It’s a Young Adult book, focussing on 16 year old…

Review: Hold by Michael Donkor

This book is officially my best book of 2018. So far. It manages to explore experiences that are completely unknown to me alongside others that are familiar. Primarily it is a book about relationships. Different types of friendship, relationships of obligation, romantic relationships, family relationships. It looks at how lines can blur, how secrets and…

Adventures in Body Positivity

Not so long ago, I read Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe and it struck a chord. I have had issues with my weight and body image for years. Not big ones, but ones that were big enough to niggle at my enjoyment of life and lead to some very cautious shopping choices. For…