book review sue perkins spectaclesTitle: Spectacles
Author: Sue Perkins
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: October 8th 2015
Pages: 377
Format: Ebook
Service: Bought
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‘When I began writing this book, I went home to see if my mum had kept some of my stuff. What I found was that she hadn’t kept some of it. She had kept all of it – every bus ticket, postcard, school report – from the moment I was born to the moment I had the confidence to turn around and say “Why is our house full of this shit?” 

Sadly, a recycling “incident” destroyed the bulk of this archive. This has meant two things: firstly, Dear Reader, you will never see the countless drawings of wizards, read a poem about corn on the cob, or marvel at the kilos of brown flowers I so lovingly pressed as a child. Secondly, it’s left me with no choice but to actually write this thing myself. 

This, my first ever book, will answer questions such as “Is Mary Berry real?”, “Is it true you wear a surgical truss?”, and “Is a non-spherically symmetric gravitational pull from the outside observable universe responsible for some of the observed motion of large objects such as galactic clusters in the universe?”

Most of this book is true. I have, of course, amplified my more positive characteristics in an effort to make you like me. 

Thank you for reading.’ 

Let me start off by saying that by no means am I a big reader of autobiographies. However, I fell in love with Sue Perkins from the first time that I watched The Great British Bake Off and since then, I have loved every single show that she has presented. So, when I saw that she had written Spectacles there was no doubt in my mind that I was going read it. I was keen to find out about the woman who seemed to make up baking innuendos for a living. Granted it did take me some time to end up buying it but I did!

I didn’t know what to expect off of this book to be honest. Sue is such a character as a presenter that I didn’t really know if she would change her tone in her autobiography. Would she be more serious? Would there be a lack of puns? Would I find out some horrific truths about Bake Off that would change my life forever? The answers to those questions are: At times. Of course not. And nothing truly that drastic.

Spectacles is a witty, unrelentingly funny account of the key points in Sue Perkins’ life. It’s a book written in such a way that is so true to herself that you can hear her voice as you read through the pages. Spectacles was a breathe of fresh air for me to read and I didn’t want it to end. There is so much to love about this autobiography and I wish that I had picked it up sooner.

Even though Sue is someone who I love to watch. she wasn’t someone who I had necessarily looked up on Google. And let’s be honest, she’s not exactly someone who turns up on the front page of a newspaper very often or in the pages of a magazine. So, there wasn’t a whole load that I knew about her personal life. I think that’s what made the book an even nicer read. There were so many new things about her that I had discovered. And it made me love her even more.

True to Sue, this book had a light air to it. There was a light heartedness that made you feel like you were reading about an old friend. Even in the most serious parts of this book, you felt a pull towards Sue and the situations that she was in. The serious sections just made you remember how human she is.

Another thing that made me fall in love with Spectacles was the shear amount of honesty weaved in the chapters. Sue wasn’t afraid of letting people know the ups and downs of her career. The less glamorous side of show business and everything in her personal that had come her way.

I couldn’t recommend this book anymore to you guys!

Rating: 4 1/2 stars

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one day in december romance christmas book review Title: One Day in December
Author: Josie Silver
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: October 18th 2018
Format: Ebook
Service: Netgalley
Buy: Waterstones

‘Laurie is pretty sure that love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she instantly knows is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic… and then her bus drives away 

Certain their fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and every cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when in matters anyway. Instead the reunite at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken and destinies reconsidered.’

Let’s be honest, Christmas really isn’t that far away and Netgalley gave me the chance to read my first Christmas book of the year. One Day In December follows the story of Laurie who has been pining after a boy she met at a bus stop. The book takes place over ten years and we see how their relationship develops.

I’m going to jump right in with what I thought on the book as a whole. I wasn’t a huge fan. Straight from the off Laurie irritated me. Every single feeling that she felt was heightened so much that it just ended up feeling so unrealistic. Laurie was meant to be a 22-year-old university graduate, instead, I felt that she was acting like a teenager who had a massive crush. It irked me. A lot and it made it really difficult for me to actually like her character.

I felt like I could pretty much predict everything that was going to happen in the story. There was nothing that particularly surprised and shocked me. It just ended up following every romance trope that it could and which didn’t end up making this this book extremely interesting.

However, it is one of those books that is really feel-good. If you’re feeling low or you just want a book where you don’t want to think too much when you’re reading it, then this book is for you. Whilst I don’t rate the plot the highest, the writing was lovely and pretty easy for me to follow.

I wouldn’t exactly market this as a Christmas book to be honest. Even though some of the bigger events do take place around December. It doesn’t scream festive to me as much as I thought it would.

Rating: 3 stars

Check out my other book review over here.

** I was given this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Title: Paper Ghosts
Author: Julia Heaberlin
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release Date:
 April 19th 2018
Pages: 368
Format: Ebook
Service: Netgalley
Buy: Waterstones

I am in love with a good mystery at the moment, so when I saw this title pop up on Netgalley I had to request it. I was so excited when I got accepted for it. I started reading it straight away and suffice to say, I found it hard to put down after that.

This murder mystery follows a young woman as she tries to put the pieces together after her older sister’s disappearance quite a few years ago. It’s something that always played on her mind and she finally managed to get her prime suspect to go on a road trip with her. She’s determined to get any and all information our of him that she is sure he has on her sister.

I did love the mystery part of this book. I was in a constant argument with myself as to whether Carl was actually a murderer or whether he genuinely had no clue as to what was going on. It was a really well paced book I thought. Nothing was dragged out too much and I didn’t get bored reading it. There were small pieces to the puzzle that you were given in each chapter but I still couldn’t help wondering what was going to happen.

It was a race for me to get to the end of the book. Not because I didn’t enjoy it but because I really needed to know what the truth was. There were so many things that pointed towards Carl being a killer and then some thing that didn’t;t make any sense at all. However, one thing I did find was that it was hard to connect all of the characters. They seemed so cold and detached from everything and it made it hard to empathise. It was the main thing that did put me off of this book.

The plot as a whole was great though. The only thing that I think ruined it was the ending. I really didn’t like the epilogue at all. I  felt like it was a little bit of a cop out. There were things that I felt were a little too unrealistic at the end and it didn’t make sense to me. I just feel like it let down the book a little.

Overall, this wasn’t my favourite mystery/suspense book that I’ve read but it wasn’t too bad. I guess I just had higher hopes for it was all.

Rating: 3 stars

I was given this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has not influenced my review of this book.

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eve of manTitle: Eve of Man
Author: Giovanna and Tom Fletcher
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Release Date: May 31st 2018
Format: Ebook
Service: Netgalley
Buy: Waterstones

‘All her life Eve has been kept away from the opposite sex. Kept from the truth of her past. 

But at sixteen it’s time for Eve to face her destiny. Three potential males have been selected for her. The future of humanity is in her hands. She’s always accepted her fate. 

Until she meets Bram. 

Eve wants control over her life. She wants freedom.

But how to you choose between love and the future of the human race.’  View Full Post

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suicide club book review net galleyTitle: Suicide Club
Author: Rachel Heng
Publisher: Hodder and Sloughton
Release Date: July 10th 2018
Pages: 320
Format: Ebook
Service: Netgalley
Buy: Waterstones

‘Sometime in the near future, immortality is about to become a reality. 

Lea thought she was one of the lucky ones. She has a high-powered job. She exercises every day. She hasn’t eaten sugar is years. 

But one small mistake puts her under Ministry surveillance and attracts the attention of the Suicide Club, an activist cell who meet to indulge in society’s forbidden pleasures. Meat. Jazz. Sex. Death. 

Now Lea’s about to learn what it really means to be alive’

I’m finally back to blogging, well kind of anyway. I’m still in the middle of exams but I do have a book review for you guys!

Suicide Club is Rachel Heng’s debut novel. It’s a dystopian fiction that follows Lea Kirino as she wonders if living forever really is something she wants. I was dying to read this book from the moment that I saw the blurb on Netgalley. View Full Post

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