This is Going to Hurt By Adam Kay

This is Going to Hurt By Adam Kay

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Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward.

My Thoughts:

It is really refreshing to read something a little bit different. Here we follow the life of a junior doctor called Adam and how he progresses up the scales in his profession. He also shares some of the stories that await him on the wards that he visits. There are some really funny stories and some that will leave you thinking why? but there are also some really sad stories that may leave you to shed a few tears. A beautiful book that touched my heart.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Going-Hurt-Secret-Diaries-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Going-Hurt-Secret-Diaries

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A Size Too Small By Sofia Ellis

A Size Too Small By Sofia Ellis

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Emily Eden can figure out what other people want and need within ten minutes of meeting them. After almost seven years of working in human resources, she has become very good at reading people. But she has no idea what she wants. All she knows is that her entire life feels like it’s a size too small.

When her boyfriend of eight years proposes to her, she turns him down even though she knows he’s a great catch. Nine months later, she is single, unemployed, and on vacation. Thanks to missing a ferry, she gets stranded on a remote Greek island where she runs into a charming Englishman who, just like Emily, is at a crossroads in life.

In a place that seems too good to be true, Emily starts to build a new life for herself. Things she never knew she wanted are suddenly within her reach. But will she find the courage it takes to make a grab for them?

My Thoughts:

What a little cracker of a read. I found it a bit different but in a good way. In this story we meet Emily who after being stuck in the same job for a long time, she decides to bite the bullet and ends up on a Greek Island, que a handsome guy, a bit of romance and willing Emily to get the life she deserves. A lovely story that is well worth a read. This is an author I certainly want to read more of.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Size-Too-Small-Sofia-Ellis-ebook

The Helicopter Heist By Jonas Bonnier

The Helicopter Heist By Jonas Bonnier

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Four men gather in Stockholm. Each has existed on the fringes of Stockholm society. Each has a past that just won’t let them go.

Then a plan falls into their laps. A plan to steal millions from the largest cash facility in Sweden. At first the scheme seems foolproof, every contingency covered, every detail planned perfectly. But is everyone involved who they say they are? Can they ever really hope to pull off such an extraordinary crime?

My Thoughts:

This is a real life story that is set in Stockholm. The plot for me sounded exciting and tense something I thought I would enjoy, however I loved the first part but by the middle it fizzled out for me and I was no longer interested in what happened.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Helicopter-Heist-race-against-time-thriller-incredible-ebook

How Hard Can It Be? By Allison Pearson

How Hard Can It Be? By Allison Pearson

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Kate Reddy is counting down the days until she is fifty, but not in a good way.

Fifty, in Kate’s mind, equals invisibility, and she’s caught between her traitorous hormones, unknowable teenage children and ailing parents.

She’s back at work after a break, now that her husband Rich has dropped out of the rat race to master the art of mindfulness. But just as Kate is finding a few tricks to get by, her old client and flame Jack reappears – complicated doesn’t even begin to cover it…

My Thoughts:

If you want something a bit light hearted and very funny then this is the book for you. I found myself really warming to Kate and feeling sorry for what she has to go through with her kids and husband. I did feel as though I could slightly relate to her with her husband and his Bike collection. It really made me chuckle. I loved the story and what Kate gets up to and I shall be looking out for more of Allison Pearson’s books in the future.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review from lovereading. Check out their website below:

https://www.lovereading.co.uk/

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Hard-Can-Allison-Pearson-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Hard-Can-Allison-Pearson/

Anyone for Seconds? By Laurie Graham

Anyone for Seconds? By Laurie Graham

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Life has been going downhill for ex-TV chef Lizzie Partridge ever since she spectacularly ended her television career by throwing a chocolate mousse at the host of Midlands This Morning. Her partner Tom has left her, Nigella and Jamie have got the cookery world sewn up, and now her cookery column – her last bit of work – has been axed. Surely the only way is up from here?

In a desperate bid for sympathy and attention she runs away, from the gas bill and the mouse under the sink, and in wet and wintry Aberystwyth she experiences a brush with her past and a glimmer of new prospects. And when her nephew’s girlfriend – a TV producer – has the bright idea to reunite her with her former nemesis and target of the mousse attack in a new show, it seems like things could be going Lizzie’s way again after all!

My Thoughts:

Even though this is a sequel to perfect meringues you can still read it as a standalone like I did, though I will definitely now want to read the first one. This is the story about Lizzie who is an ex TV chef and the reasons why she is now an ex. She decides to head to Aberystwyth to drown her sorrows and look for other work and from there on in the future seems a bit brighter for her. Lots of different characters make for some great comedy.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anyone-Seconds-Laurie-Graham-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anyone-Seconds-Laurie-Graham

Take Nothing With You By Patrick Gale

Take Nothing With You By Patrick Gale

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1970s Weston-Super-Mare and ten-year-old oddball Eustace, an only child, has life transformed by his mother’s quixotic decision to sign him up for cello lessons. Music-making brings release for a boy who is discovering he is an emotional volcano. He laps up lessons from his young teacher, not noticing how her brand of glamour is casting a damaging spell over his frustrated and controlling mother.

When he is enrolled in holiday courses in the Scottish borders, lessons in love, rejection and humility are added to daily practice.

Drawing in part on his own boyhood, Patrick Gale’s new novel explores a collision between childish hero worship and extremely messy adult love lives.

My Thoughts:

I have not read any of Patrick’s books before and thought the plot of this book sounded interesting. We follow the life of Eustace who is about to become an adult and how music helps him and how he discovers what being an adult really is about.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Take-Nothing-You-Patrick-Gale-ebook

hardback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Take-Nothing-You-Patrick-Gale

VOX By Christina Dalcher

VOX By Christina Dalcher

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Silence can be deafening.

Jean McClellan spends her time in almost complete silence, limited to just one hundred words a day. Any more, and a thousand volts of electricity will course through her veins.

Now the new government is in power, everything has changed. But only if you’re a woman.

Almost overnight, bank accounts are frozen, passports are taken away and seventy million women lose their jobs. Even more terrifyingly, young girls are no longer taught to read or write.

For herself, her daughter, and for every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice. This is only the beginning…

[100 WORD LIMIT REACHED]

My Thoughts:

Wow what a read, if you want a powerful read that will really make you think, this is the one for you. It is a compulsive and gripping read that will quite literally leave you speechless. After reading this story I will no way forget about it and I have never read anything like this before and never will.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vox-gripping-debut-everyones-talking-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vox-Christina-Dalcher