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Review: Open Book by Jessica Simpson

Format: Audiobook finished 6 April 2020

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she’s kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humour and down-to-earth humanity, Open Book is as inspiring as it is entertaining.

Review: This is hands down the best memoir that I have ever read (or had read to me as I listened to the audiobook). I can’t say I’m a huge Jessica Simpson fan and would struggle to name more than about two songs but I loved the show Newlyweds and she was part of pop culture when I was growing up and going through my teens.

I had no idea about some of the experiences that she had to go through and it made for heart breaking stuff. As she narrates the audiobook, there were occasions where you could hear her voice shaking and this completely set me off as well. The behind the scenes elements for newlyweds was incredible – you really can never tell.

I loved how candid she was, how vulnerable she came across at time, the details were juicy but at the same time utterly brutal at times. You begin to think ‘how could she let a man do that to her’? and then when you think about it, you can completely understand how and why it happens.

I learnt so much about Jessica in this book having had no idea about the abuse and addition elements of her life.

I would highly recommend this book. Even if you’re not a fan, it is almost impossible to read this book and not have respect for her at the end. Writing a book like this takes balls!

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Review: Our Rainbow Queen by Sali Hughes

Format: Hardback finished 3 April 2020

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: This riotously colourful book takes a photographic journey through Queen Elizabeth IIs ten decades of colour-blocked style.

Review: It is no secret that I am a big fan of the Queen so this book was an absolute delight to read. Yes there are not many words but a pictures speaks a thousand words.

Each image was accompanied by information about where the outfit was worn and often there were pieces of trivia about the Queen or about the outfit and the circumstance she wore it in.

I read this in two sittings and it has taken pride of place on my bookshelf. A must for anyone who is a fan of the Queen or fashion.

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Review: The Passengers by John Marrs

Format: Audiobook finished 23 March 2020

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.

When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course.

The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?

Review: This was the first book I’ve read by John Marrs and I will definitely be picking up more. I listened to the audiobook of this and the structure of it was brilliant. A cast of voices with the newsflashes worked in throughout the book.

If the idea of driverless cars terrifies you then this probably isn’t the best book to read but then again if you are in favour, you may not feel favourable towards this the content of this book. It took some courtroom/detective elements, threw in some hostages and a jury and out came a brilliant book.

It was shocking, suspenseful, it had me captivated by each of the characters and provided for one hell of a ride.

I can’t really say more than that without spoilers. I would however say that you should read The One by John Marrs first as that book is referenced in this one.