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2019 Reading

When I started the year I set my reading goal to 36 which was 12 more than the 24 I read in 2018. I was sure I would be able to do this in time. In fact I hit that target in August and therefore I took the ambition choice to increase my target to 52 knowing that I had 4 months left of the year.

Well I was delighted that I exceeded my second target and finished the year having read 54 books. My reading was a combination of paperback, hardback, kindle books and audiobooks – they all count.

There were some brilliant books and some not so good books.

Highlights of the year include:

  • Verity by Colleen Hoover
  • The Familiars by Stacey Halls
  • The Year of Less by Cait Flanders (non-fiction)
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls – this had me bawling my eyes out
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – incredible debut novel
  • The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary – genius idea, excellent execution
  • Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinsborough – a twist i never in a million years expected
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Lies, Lies, Lies by Adele Parks
  • The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Not all of the above were 5 star books but these were the most memorable.

I’m not going to detail my worst books of the year as what I like will be different to someone else and I don’t want to put someone off reading a book. However my most disappointing book of 2019 was The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware. I listened to the audiobook which I thought was done brilliantly and overall the story and the progress were really good until it got to the last 5% of the book and the ending was revealed. Had I been reading a physical book, I would have likely thrown it across the room. Very frustrating and disappointing.

There were of course a good few that i didn’t finish (DNF’d) and these were:

  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett (loved the TV show though)
  • The Little Book of Big Change by Amy Johnson (non-fiction)
  • The Anxiety Solution by Chloe Brotheridge (non-fiction)
  • The Reunion by Guillaume Musso
  • The Self Love Experiment by Shannon Kaiser (non-fiction)
  • The Beast Within by Serena Valentino
  • My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal
  • Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo

Mostly non-fiction, self help type books but i guess  you’ve got to be open to those books and in the right frame of mind and they just weren’t for me.



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Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas

Book Review:

Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay.

I was super excited when i found out that Adam Kay was bringing out a second book as i absolutely loved his first one. His first book deserved all the hype it got, it was filled with just the right level of humour, gross details, interesting facts and emotional situations. The first book had me laughing out loud, gasping and wanting to read sections to my hubby as i felt they were so good. I also lent by copy to two friends who loved it just as much.

So a second book, what could be better right? Well i’m afraid to say that this second book did not hit the mark. Now i knew when i ordered the book that it was a small book as many people who had received advance copies had mentioned this but i still ordered it but i was not expecting 142 pages.

Being so short i assumed the content would be the absolute top notch and would have the same effect as the first book but i was very disappointed. I read this in the few days after i had had surgery so was tired and this is why it took me four days to read it.

Yes, there were a few amusing stories but there was nothing like the extremes of the first book and overall i felt like this was just a book which gave Adam Kay the opportunity to moan about the fact that he worked on Christmas Day for so many years. Most people in the UK understand how crap rotas are for anyone working in the health or emergency services so we don’t really need reminding of this every few pages.

For me the funniest story was the one in the pub with the free pint of beer but even that didn’t have me laughing out loud, it produced just a mild inward chuckle.

If you can borrow this from the library or a friend, maybe give it a go but i certainly would recommend anyone parts with any money for this book.

Star Rating: 3 out of 10