Posted in Memoir, Non-Fiction

Finding Gobi Dion Leonard 5* Review

In 2016, Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner, unexpectedly stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 155-mile race across the Gobi Desert. The lovable pup, who earned the name ‘Gobi’, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the treacherous Tian Shan Mountains, managing to keep pace with him for nearly 80 miles.

As Dion witnessed the incredible determination of this small animal, he felt something change within himself. In the past, he had always focused on winning and being the best, but his goal now was simply to make sure that his new friend was safe, nourished and hydrated. Although Dion did not finish first, he felt he had won something far greater and promised to bring Gobi back to the UK for good to become a new addition to his family. This was the start of a journey neither of them would ever forget with a roller coaster ride of drama, grief, heartbreak, joy and love that changed their lives forever.

Finding Gobi is the ultimate story of hope, of resilience and of friendship, proving once again, that dogs really are ‘man’s best friend.’

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My Thoughts… 

A lovely, honest, heartfelt memoir from an ultramarathon runner. Dion shares how meeting a little dog in China during a gruelling race changed and enriched his life.

This true-life story has a happy ending, so you know from the beginning whatever happens things turn out well for Dion and his doggy friend.

Dion is a driven individual whose childhood ended abruptly with the death of the man he called dad. Much of Dion’s motivation for pushing himself beyond reasonable limits can be traced back to his childhood. The memoir flows like a novel and is full of action, conflict, grounded characters and poignant moments.

Meeting Gobi is serendipitous, and Dion is determined she will be his. The sacrifices he makes, the people he meets and the different culture he learns to live with making this an enthralling read. Gobi’s story is touching, and many times your heart is in your mouth as you wonder if she will ever make it to the UK and life with Dion.

The insight into 21st-Century China is fascinating. The real-life action is heartstopping and the bond between man and dog rewarding. So familiar to everyone who shares their life with a doggy friend.  Whether or not, China, dogs and running are part of your life you will enjoy this well-paced, action-packed, original story, I did.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins Non-Fiction via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Book Review, Childrens Books

My First MOG 123 – Judith Kerr – 5* Review

Join everyone’s favourite pet, and learn to count with MOG!

Mog is the forgetful cat that everybody loves, and now you can learn to count with her in this brand new book for very young readers.
This delightful book is the perfect introduction to counting, and with its gorgeous illustrations and Mog’s unique humour, it’s sure to remain a favourite for years to come.

Perfect for very young readers from ages two and up.

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My Thoughts…

MOG is a timeless favourite character, I read MOG’s storybooks with my children, and now I’m reading with my grandson.

The illustrations are comical and colourful, and the numbers are clearly defined. Arranged with the number in large, clear font on the left-hand side and the MOG illustration and phrase, including the number on the right-hand side,  it is easy to use and reinforces the number using MOG’s comical antics. There is a summary of all the numbers  1 to 10 at the end, as MOG dreams of counting.

It is suitable for children of one year upwards because they can enjoy the pictures and become familiar with the number shapes. My grandson is two, and he named most of the numbers and counted the items in the MOG illustrations.

I received a copy of this book from HarperCollins Children’s via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

 

Posted in Book Review, Childrens Books

All Aboard the Toilet Train – Bing 5* Review

Join Bing on a toilet training adventure in this interactive sound book – perfect for encouraging young children to use the toilet with confidence.

Bing doesn’t use his potty anymore – he uses the big toilet, and you can too! It can be scary at first, but with a little practice, you’ll be catching the Toilet Train in no time.

Bingsters will love pressing the sound icon and joining in the fun. Choo! Choo!

Catching the toilet train. . . It’s a Bing thing!

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My Thoughts…

A lovely brightly coloured, easy to follow book featuring the toddler’s favourite Bing. I read the digital version which isn’t interactive.
The interactive board book will have even more toddler appeal as they love to press buttons and make noise. A fun, way to tackle toilet training. My two-year-old grandson loved it.
I received a copy of this book from HarperCollins UK Children’s via NetGalley in return for an honest review. 

Posted in Book Review, Memoir

everything I know about love – Dolly Alderton 3*Review

When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown-up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you’ve ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. It’s a book about bad dates, good friends and – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough.

Glittering with wit and insight, heart and humour, Dolly Alderton’s powerful début weave together personal stories, satirical observations, a series of lists, recipes, and other vignettes that will strike a chord of recognition with women of every age – while making you laugh until you fall over. Everything I Know About Love is about the struggles of early adulthood in all its grubby, hopeful uncertainty.

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 My Thoughts…

‘Everything I Know About Love’, is a memoir written by a woman in her late twenties, while the writing quality is excellent, am I showing my age? (definitely a 20th-century woman). Aren’t memoirs usually written by people in the autumn of their years?

This book encompasses the central themes of the 21st-century: a fascination with all things celebrity and reality. Parties, drugs, sex, friendship are its mainstays, retold in a charmingly entertaining way. What I didn’t like is the casual reference to ‘Class A’ drugs as if they are nothing out of the ordinary, something everyone does. Drugs were a feature of life when I was in my teens and twenties, but they weren’t socially acceptable as they are now. 

The fast pacing holds the reader’s interest, and the life events recounted, read like a novel. If you are looking for a snapshot of life for young women of a particular social class in the 21st-century, this is a great example.

I received a copy of this book from Fig Tree Penguin Books UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

 

 

Posted in Book Review, New Books

4* Review: Germ Warfare of the Corporate Kind – Noel Warnell

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Mystery Thriller Blurb

The corporate world is sick. It’s full of disease and suffering. Even the bravest, brightest people are being infected despite having strong immune systems. At times like this, we need help. We need awareness. We need remedies. This book aims to give you the cure.

This hilarious book is the result of years of ‘in the trenches’ research into corporate diseases and by reading it, you’re taking a step towards a happier and healthier place to work, for yourself and for others, as you:

● become aware of the 25 corporate diseases lurking in your office
● discover how to quickly and easily identify symptoms
● receive expert guidance on how to disrupt and destroy them

The ailments you’ll discover are grouped into categories, driven by the part of the body infected – the mind, the eyes, the ears, the mouth, the face, the blood and the hands.

So, with your helmet and your antibacterial hand sanitizer at the ready, prepare for battle…

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Mystery Thriller My Review
‘Germ Warfare of the Corporate Kind’ is a witty, light-hearted and undoubtedly accurate account of office personalities, how to recognise them and suggested remedies for combating what ails them. Anyone who has worked in an office setting, particularly on a corporate scale will instantly recognise some of the ‘diseases’ described and the more self-aware will recognise their own shortcomings.
Aptly and cleverly named conditions make the book, divided into sections of the body, a quick and easy read. The descriptions are resplendent with imagery and often humorous. In addition, this book contains useful information, for those responsible for a harmonious office environment. It’s a novel way of demonstrating individual and team behaviour with advice on reduction of negative traits to promote positivity in your corporate world.
As a training tool at team-building meetings and events, participants could identify traits they see in themselves and each other in a safe non- threatening setting.
An entertaining book with practical possibilities, worth reading.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Posted in Book Review, New Books

5* Review The High-Street Bride’s Guide Samantha Birch

Brides-to-be, this one’s for you!

You can say your vows in a catwalk gown so beautiful it reduces your mum to tears (and not because she paid for it).

You can style a reception so stunning your guests won’t believe you didn’t hire an A-list planner.

And you can sprinkle the day with personal touches that make everyone feel like you gave them special attention before they even got there. Without spending a house deposit on it. Honest.

 

 

My Review

 The High Street Bride's GuideI have to admit that when I saw ‘The High-Street Bride’s Guide on NetGalley I thought it was a ‘Rom Com’. On reading the blurb I realised it was a non-fictional guide to achieving the wedding you want without having to take out a second mortgage and I was intrigued.

I got married over thirty years ago before the infinite choices provided by the internet and the modern preoccupation with designer weddings however I have a daughter in her twenties and decided the opportunity to update myself on today’s wedding choices was too good to miss.

The guide is user-friendly, full of anecdotal humour which presents the factual information in easy to read bytes. Broken into key element chapters with links on the contents page it is possible to easily dip in and out of this eBook a must requirement for any guide. Packed with options and cost cutting tips this guide is a great aide memoir for whatever type of special day you want and caters for all budgets.

Brides-to-be can save hours of research and disappointment by following the guide’s advice and finding the right shops and websites immediately. ‘The High-Street Bride’s Guide’ uses professional research and personal experience in every chapter. With regular updates it should be a bestseller.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins UK Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

The High Street Bride’s Guide by Samantha Birch

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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