Leigh Bardugo – Crooked Kingdom

Unfortunately, like the first book in this Duology, this book was a book of two halves for me. I started reading it in September, and have only just finished reading it now in December. The first half felt soooooo slow for me and I just wasn’t feeling any compulsion to keep reading, but I wanted to finish this year without a big list of half-finished books so I forced myself to pick this back up, and somewhere just after half way I...

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Matt Haig – A Boy Called Christmas

An audio-book narrated by Stephen Fry? Glorious! Matt Haig takes on this story of a young boy called Nikolas who finds himself on a wild adventure with his mouse friend Mika for a companion, and ends up blossoming into someone quite familiar. We start the book as Nikolas’ father leaves him to go on a quest to find the Elves. He leaves Nikolas with his mean and spiteful aunt who makes Nikolas sleep outside, and serves him a quite...

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Giovanna Fletcher – Walking on Sunshine

Disclaimer: I was given this book before publication in exchange for a review from NetGalley. I also don’t need to add a disclaimer for this, but it’s probably worth mentioning that Giovanna is one of my favourite authors so I was pretty convinced that I was going to love this book before I read it. I had no idea what to expect except for the title, but the book was heart warming in a way I didn’t expect. At the start of the book...

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Anita Rani – The Right Sort of Girl

I’ve come to the realisation that my favourite kind of audio books are auto-biographies, particularly when they’re read by the author. I don’t know what drew me to this one, I think it was partly because Anita is from Bradford, and partly the picture on the front cover where she looks so joyous. Coming myself from Pudsey (between Bradford and Leeds), I felt on the same page as Anita as she described her local area as she...

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Maisie Hill – Period Power

Oh how I wanted to love this book. The first section of the book was great, a detailed look at the female body and reproductive system and menstruation. It felt like all the information I needed (and didn’t get) when I was 13, and although it’s almost 20 years too late, it was great to learn more about my own body (even though it’s surprising that at 32 I didn’t know them already). However, after the first part of...

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Camille Fournier – The Manager’s Path

I was recently promoted to team lead (yay me!) and I was recommended this book by a couple of people to learn more about being a leader in tech. It was such a useful book to read – it starts off talking about mentoring, then progressing to team lead and continues all the way up to what it calls the big leagues, e.g. CTO. I read it all the way to the end even though two thirds of the book were definitely above my pay-grade, and...

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John Mark Comer – God Has a Name

I bought this book from the bookstall at a recent New Wine women’s day. The cover immediately stood out to me, and then when I read the blurb it felt like it was talking directly to me. “Many of us ache for relationship with God, yet feel distant and disconnected from him. As if he’s more of an idea we believe in our head than a person we relate to. But God has a name: Yahweh”. It stuck a chord with how I’ve...

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Milly Johnson – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day

When this book came out in hardback last year, I waited eagerly but patiently for the paperback release (to complete my collection of Milly’s paperbacks). And what a perfect time of year to read it. Not only is it the perfect Christmas book, but I also happened to read most of it over the weekend where we ended up in a temporary winter wonderland with 3 days of snow (and as the plot of this book played out in real life at the Tan Hill...

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Kiley Reid – Such a Fun Age

I’ve had this book on my radar for a long time, and decided to pick it up with my latest Audible credit. Let’s just say that some of my dog walks went on for longer than usual because I didn’t want to stop listening! Fast paced in terms of plot, but also full of characterisation, I was gripped from the very first chapter when Emira is at the grocery store and racially profiled by the security guard. As a white woman...

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Muthuraj Swamy – Reconciliation

I feel like I can’t really give this book a fair review (and it’s all my fault). The book was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s lent book for 2019, and as it’s currently October 2021, you can probably see I wasn’t very timely with reading it. The book is designed to be read daily over the course of lent, and I did find the content really interesting for the first half of lent but then I got out of the habit of...

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James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes

I listened to this book in audio format and I’m so pleased I did because I don’t know if it would have been quite so laugh-out-loud funny if I wasn’t hearing the tales of all these ‘classic scrapes’ in James’ own voice. When we talk about scrapes, we talk about silly situations that James has got himself in which sound completely absurd and like they must have to be made up, except they’re not. We...

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Sarah Turner – Stepping Up

Disclaimer – I received this book in exchange for a review from NetGalley. I had no idea what to expect from this book other than I have read some of Sarah Turner’s other books as The Unmumsy Mum. The cover looked intriguing but I went in completely blind as to the plot. So by page 7 my heart was in my mouth waiting for confirmation of the awful news that Beth is waiting for too. All I can say is that the author did such a...

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Robert Webb – How Not To Be a Boy

I’ve come to the realisation that auto-biographies are perfect for audio format, especially when they’re read by the author, and this one was no exception. I’ve been a fan of Robert Webb for many years, back to Peep Show and Mitchell and Webb, and I think it’s very easy to fall into the trap of thinking that someone that makes a living out of making people laugh must have had a good or easy life. But Webb’s...

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Rachael Newham – And Yet

Disclaimer; I was given this book in exchange for a review on NetGalley. From the blurb: “In a life full of highs and lows, choice and challenges, the words ‘and yet’ can change everything. We are surrounded by darkness and yet there is light. We feel we are lacking and yet God provides. We are broken and bruised and yet there is hope.” The topic of lament feels particularly appropriate right now, it’s been a very hard few...

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Ruby Wax’s No Brainer

This was my latest Audible purchase – a book I chose because Ruby Wax came and gave a lunchtime talk to our company in July around the topic of mental health awareness and I found her both passionate and incredibly knowledgeable, along with just being very easy to listen to. This ‘book’ was all about the brain, covering topics like ‘The Early Years’, ‘Nature vs Nurture’, ‘Pathology and...

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Josh Widdicombe – Watching Neighbours Twice a Day…

Now this is more like what I wanted to get from my Audible subscription. After the last two books were not really suited to audio format (at least for me), this book was perfect. I’ve been a fan of Josh for a long time (I think it was about 9/10 years ago I first went to see him live), and I knew as soon as this was released that I wanted to read it. Read by Josh, the audio format was perfect, like having a chat with a mate, or like...

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Rachel Held Evans – Inspired

I bought this book with my audible subscription after it had been on my Waterstones wish list for absolutely ages, but I slightly regret that decision now. Not because the book was disappointing, in fact quite the opposite. The book was so good and there were so many times that the author said something that I wished I could have highlighted or noted but with an audiobook that’s impossible (especially if you’re reading while walking the...

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James Bailey – The Flip Side

Although I absolutely love this genre, this was a little unusual for me in that the main character was a man not a woman. I worried that this might make it less relatable, but Josh is such a likeable character that you can’t help but root for him the whole way through. And boy does he need someone to root for him. We begin the book with Josh and his girlfriend on the London Eye on New Year’s Eve. What a perfectly romantic setting for a...

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Kate Bottley, Richard Coles & Giles Fraser – Three Vicars Talking

I had this book on my Christmas list this year as I absolutely love both Kate Bottley and Richard Coles. I’d not heard of Giles Fraser before reading this book, but now I think he’s great. What I didn’t realise when I asked for this book is that it is a transcript of a series of radio shows that the three vicars recorded together over the previous year (I guess I should probably have figured that out from the title…), but the fact...

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Faithful

As soon as I saw this book announced I knew from the list of collaborating authors that it was going to be a must-read. And boy was I right. A collection of stories about how God shows his faithfulness through women in the Bible, it was written by a group of women who came together in Nashville to write this book and record an accompanying album of matching songs. Containing heartfelt personal stories alongside brilliant insight into the...

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Leigh Bardugo – Six of Crows

This was a book of two halves for me really. After reading the Shadow and Bone trilogy, I found the start of this book really slow to get going. I started reading it in June and got about 100 pages in before I just wasn’t feeling it and I put it down in favour of other books. But then when I picked it back up last week, either the book just picked up or my brain was more in the mood for it but I was suddenly gripped and couldn’t stop...

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