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The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

Published December 27, 2021

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

This is a short novella that follows the third book in the Twilight quadrilogy, and it’s an interesting book - more because of its concepts than the actual story itself. It’s the first time we see events in Forks from a perspective other than Bella’s, and the first time we really see vampires behaving badly and why they do so. I did like that we went on Bree’s journey dispelling the myths of vampires, but equally, it just reminded me how annoying these vampires are that nothing really hampers them. Back to normality and the final book in the series, please.

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

Published October 31, 2021

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

This is such an interesting book, and the results are incredible for something so simple. In an effort to improve conditions in hospital, the experiment was just to introduce a checklist - not just to make sure the steps are ticked off, but to encourage people to think about what they’re doing and also foster a feeling of team camaraderie. Amazing how effective it is, and with examples in the medical industry, as well as aviation and more, it’s a wonder this isn’t shouted about more often.

The Tent, the Bucket and Me by Emma Kennedy

Published June 30, 2021

The Tent, the Bucket and Me by Emma Kennedy

I loved this so much. Poor Emma! I listened to the author reading the audiobook, and she does so with such warm and humour, with great accents and a natural ability to be funny even in the worst of circumstances. I genuinely do not understand how this family could have kept attempting to go on holiday. Once is a bad trip, twice a coincidence perhaps but once you get to the fifth or sixth time, you’re really just asking for trouble.