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Help Me! by Marianne Power

Published August 22, 2019

Help Me! by Marianne Power

I really loved this. Firstly, I love a memoir-style book based on a challenge and reading 12 self-help books in 12 months definitely falls under that genre. Marianne decided to see if some of the most popular self-help books would help revamp her life and threw herself headfirst into the task of actually doing what the books say rather than just reading them from the comfort of your sofa and expecting your life to change.

Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris

Published August 13, 2019

Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris

Hmm, a very quick read this one, it was an easy thriller that kept me turning pages but I do have to admit that I guessed the twist early on. It was well written in the sense that it kept you wanting to see what happened next, but at the same time there seemed to be an endless amount of Russian Dolls and it felt quite drawn out.

The Adults by Caroline Hulse

Published August 12, 2019

The Adults by Caroline Hulse

I don’t always like comedy fiction because it can be quite hard to get the right tone coming across in the written word. This book, though, grabbed me straight away with relatable and funny characters getting themselves into all kinds of mishaps. Quite quickly, you realise that someone has been shot with an arrow at a holiday park, and then we spend a lot of time seeing how events led up to that, whilst also keeping an eye on the police investigation into what happened.

Feminists Don't Wear Pink (And Other Lies) by Scarlett Curtis

Published August 8, 2019

Feminists Don't Wear Pink (And Other Lies) by Scarlett Curtis

This is a fantastic collection of essays, in a variety of formats, from women across all walks of life - actors, broadcasters, writers, poets, activists. The only thing they have in common is feminism, and this book aims to share some of their thoughts with you. What I love about it is that it’s not a manifesto, it’s not a guide to being a feminist pointing out all the ways you’re doing it wrong. It’s just people and their thoughts on the struggles of feminism, from using the word itself to throwing yourself into the cause 100%.

Hello World by Hannah Fry

Published March 2, 2019

Hello World by Hannah Fry

I listened to the audiobook of this, read by Hannah Fry herself, and I’m glad I chose to do it this way because I feel like it needed the calm explanatory voice of Dr Fry, with her enviable ability to get across quite complex things in a simple and efficient manner. The crux of the book is exploring how the many algorithms that affect our daily lives are flawed and what we might need to consider going about our day to day business as we use them.