Muthuraj Swamy – Reconciliation

I feel like I can’t really give this book a fair review (and it’s all my fault). The book was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s lent book for 2019, and as it’s currently October 2021, you can probably see I wasn’t very timely with reading it. The book is designed to be read daily over the course of lent, and I did find the content really interesting for the first half of lent but then I got out of the habit of...

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James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes

I listened to this book in audio format and I’m so pleased I did because I don’t know if it would have been quite so laugh-out-loud funny if I wasn’t hearing the tales of all these ‘classic scrapes’ in James’ own voice. When we talk about scrapes, we talk about silly situations that James has got himself in which sound completely absurd and like they must have to be made up, except they’re not. We...

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Sarah Turner – Stepping Up

Disclaimer – I received this book in exchange for a review from NetGalley. I had no idea what to expect from this book other than I have read some of Sarah Turner’s other books as The Unmumsy Mum. The cover looked intriguing but I went in completely blind as to the plot. So by page 7 my heart was in my mouth waiting for confirmation of the awful news that Beth is waiting for too. All I can say is that the author did such a...

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Robert Webb – How Not To Be a Boy

I’ve come to the realisation that auto-biographies are perfect for audio format, especially when they’re read by the author, and this one was no exception. I’ve been a fan of Robert Webb for many years, back to Peep Show and Mitchell and Webb, and I think it’s very easy to fall into the trap of thinking that someone that makes a living out of making people laugh must have had a good or easy life. But Webb’s...

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Rachael Newham – And Yet

Disclaimer; I was given this book in exchange for a review on NetGalley. From the blurb: “In a life full of highs and lows, choice and challenges, the words ‘and yet’ can change everything. We are surrounded by darkness and yet there is light. We feel we are lacking and yet God provides. We are broken and bruised and yet there is hope.” The topic of lament feels particularly appropriate right now, it’s been a very hard few...

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Ruby Wax’s No Brainer

This was my latest Audible purchase – a book I chose because Ruby Wax came and gave a lunchtime talk to our company in July around the topic of mental health awareness and I found her both passionate and incredibly knowledgeable, along with just being very easy to listen to. This ‘book’ was all about the brain, covering topics like ‘The Early Years’, ‘Nature vs Nurture’, ‘Pathology and...

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Josh Widdicombe – Watching Neighbours Twice a Day…

Now this is more like what I wanted to get from my Audible subscription. After the last two books were not really suited to audio format (at least for me), this book was perfect. I’ve been a fan of Josh for a long time (I think it was about 9/10 years ago I first went to see him live), and I knew as soon as this was released that I wanted to read it. Read by Josh, the audio format was perfect, like having a chat with a mate, or like...

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Rachel Held Evans – Inspired

I bought this book with my audible subscription after it had been on my Waterstones wish list for absolutely ages, but I slightly regret that decision now. Not because the book was disappointing, in fact quite the opposite. The book was so good and there were so many times that the author said something that I wished I could have highlighted or noted but with an audiobook that’s impossible (especially if you’re reading while walking the...

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James Bailey – The Flip Side

Although I absolutely love this genre, this was a little unusual for me in that the main character was a man not a woman. I worried that this might make it less relatable, but Josh is such a likeable character that you can’t help but root for him the whole way through. And boy does he need someone to root for him. We begin the book with Josh and his girlfriend on the London Eye on New Year’s Eve. What a perfectly romantic setting for a...

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Kate Bottley, Richard Coles & Giles Fraser – Three Vicars Talking

I had this book on my Christmas list this year as I absolutely love both Kate Bottley and Richard Coles. I’d not heard of Giles Fraser before reading this book, but now I think he’s great. What I didn’t realise when I asked for this book is that it is a transcript of a series of radio shows that the three vicars recorded together over the previous year (I guess I should probably have figured that out from the title…), but the fact...

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Faithful

As soon as I saw this book announced I knew from the list of collaborating authors that it was going to be a must-read. And boy was I right. A collection of stories about how God shows his faithfulness through women in the Bible, it was written by a group of women who came together in Nashville to write this book and record an accompanying album of matching songs. Containing heartfelt personal stories alongside brilliant insight into the...

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Leigh Bardugo – Six of Crows

This was a book of two halves for me really. After reading the Shadow and Bone trilogy, I found the start of this book really slow to get going. I started reading it in June and got about 100 pages in before I just wasn’t feeling it and I put it down in favour of other books. But then when I picked it back up last week, either the book just picked up or my brain was more in the mood for it but I was suddenly gripped and couldn’t stop...

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Diana Gabaldon – Dragonfly in Amber

I have slightly mixed feelings about this book. I was so invested in Claire and Jamie after the end of book one, but starting this book with Claire back in the ‘present day’ made me wonder what we could possibly be about to read. We start the book introduced to Roger, who ends up helping Claire and her daughter Brianna in their endeavours to do some ‘family research’, trying to figure out what happened to Jamie after Claire was no...

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Carrie Hope Fletcher – On the Other Side

I basically love everything that Carrie Hope Fletcher does, and I was very happy to get this book on Audible, so not only was it written by Carrie, it was narrated by her too. We start the book meeting Evie Snow. She has just passed away at age 82, but she finds that not only can she not get into heaven, she’s her 27 year old self again. Her soul is too heavy to get into heaven and she needs to deal with three of the secrets that have...

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Florence Given – Women Don’t Owe You Pretty

I was intrigued to read this book after picking it up on a whim in Waterstones. It’s described as an ‘accessible entry point into progressive feminist discussion’, which isn’t my usual reading material, but following these kinds of accounts on instagram made me want to give it a try. It covers topics such as body shaming, identity building, gender double standards and much much more. I was surprised to realise towards...

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Julia Quinn – The Duke & I (Bridgerton #1)

I’ve been wanting to read this book since we binge-watched the Netflix series over Christmas, so it’s been a long time coming! I bought this book from Waterstones a couple of weeks ago, and then on a trip to Costco I managed to get the next 4 books in the series super cheap, which was a bonus! I’m pleased to say that I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed the Netflix series – it was slightly less...

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Sister Elizabeth Pio – Bible to Go!

This book takes the reality that God can speak to us in any place, and puts it into action. Each chapter is written from a different location – a Costa coffee, a pub, on the sofa watching Eastenders, and uses that situation to put a particular verse from the Bible into context. Each chapter starts with a little introduction – always Sister Elizabeth talking to you and her little doggy. Then we dig into a Bible verse before...

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Beth O’Leary – The Switch

I’m sure we can all agree that characters agreeing to switch lives is quite a common occurence in romance – not just in books but films too – like one of my favourites, The Holiday. But I can honestly say this was not like all the rest. I’ve definitely never read a book where one of the swappers was 79 years old, and I’ve definitely never read a book with a 79 year old like Eileen! Leena’s life is kinda...

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Laura Jane Williams – The Lucky Escape

So Annie’s life is not going too well. She arrives at her own wedding to be told that her husband-to-be is not there. And he hasn’t even had the bravery to tell her himself, he’s texted the wedding planner and disappeared. Understandably, Annie falls apart a bit. But when she signs up for a local gym to get herself back together, she bumps into an old friend Paddy and he seems to really make her smile...

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Jasmine Guillory – The Proposal

I read this book as an audio-book, and unfortunately I think my experience of it may have been clouded by the fact that I just didn’t get on with the narrator. Her voice really grated on me for some reason and it made listening to the book feel like a real drag. That doesn’t mean that you wouldn’t like the narrator though, she just wasn’t my cup of tea (even listening at 1.5x speed to try and improve things). I’m...

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Sarah Yardley – More Change

Thank you to the publishers & NetGalley for giving me an advanced copy of this book to review. I found this book fab – short and succint but packed full of knowledge. The last year has been long and complex, but the author talks with wisdom about how to navigate times of change in our lives, while keeping our focus on God. Each short chapter in the book starts with a personal story from the author, then weaves in a story from...

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