I’ve just been so busy these last few months that I have been finding it hard to fit everything in. That’s why I must last months book reviews. Now normally through July and August I like to catch up on some of the paperbacks that are sitting on my book shelves waiting to be read. But as I have been so busy, I haven’t read as many as I would have liked to over the last two moths and August I haven’t hardly had time to read any!
But here are the books that I have managed to get through in June and July.
July’s Book Reviews
The Little Book of Inner Peace by Ashley Davis Bush
I actually received this book many months ago to review. But somehow it managed to fall down the back of my bed and I forgot all about it until I had a clear out and found it. This is a small handheld book full of ideas to help you be stress free and experience tranquillity every day. The book as advice on how to help yourself using drumming, meditation, breathing, being thankful and more. I quite liked this book and I like to have a flick through when I am feeling stressed or down.
Help Your Kids with Growing Up by Robert Winston
This book is perfect for tweens and teenagers. It covers everything a growing child needs to know about growing up. The topics include male & female puberty, healthy body, healthy mind, achieving potential, digital life, wider world, families, relationships, sexuality and sex. This book really covers it all and has lot’s of advice and information. The chapter I liked the most was the Digital Life, as my 12-year-old son lives on is PlayStation 4 and thinks that one day he will become a famous gamer by sharing his gaming videos on You Tube. This chapter covers how important it is not to spend too much time in the digital world and more time in the real world. It also covers cyberbulling, social media and how to stay safe online.
I have always been a fan of Dr Robert Winston and this book is also one of his best books. Not only it’s it great for kids, it’s also great for parents too. There are a few things included in the book that I would have not thought about talking to Ryan about. I have even let my 7-year-old daughter Caitlin have a read, as I think it is important that they know these kind of things from an early age, especially in this day and age. 5/5 stars.
The Life of a Banana by P.P. Wong
This is a YA book. I started reading this book a few months ago. I have just been really busy to find the time to read and it didn’t help that I couldn’t really get in to this book. It follows Xing li a 13 Chinese girl living in London. After her mum dies her and her older brother go and live with her grandma. It’s basically about what life is like living in the UK when you are Chinese. This was an ok read but didn’t really grab me. The last few chapters were the best but only because it revealed what the grandma was really like. 3/5 stars.
Yoga Babies by Fearne Cotton
This is a great little picture book with some great yoga poses thrown in. The illustrations by Sheena Dempsey are really good and so cute. I love how Fearne Cotton has also included the names of her own two children within the story. The rhyming text is great and little ones will love this book and trying to copy he moves of the kids. 5/5 stars.
This is released on 7th September 2017.
I Love My Wok by Nicola Graimes
With more than 100 recipes to make in your wok, using just the one with save you time spent washing the pots. There are some really nice recipes in here from Noodles with Coriander Pesto to Red Thai Butternut Squash Curry. Something everyone will enjoy. The only downside to this book is that not every recipe include has a photo. I love looking at the photos and using a photo makes me more likely to try out the recipe than a recipe with no photo. A lot of vegetarian recipes which I loved. 4.5/5 stars
This is released on 17th August 2017
Baby Doll by Hollie Overton
Lily is 16 years old when she is kidnapped and held in a basement for 8 years. She has a daughter that she had with her capture, but one day he accidentally leaves the door unlocked and Lily and her daughter make their escape.
At first I thought this book sounded a lot like ‘Room’. Both spent years captive, both suffered daily abuse, both had no access to the outside, both give birth to their captives baby, both escaped. But this book is different to ‘Room’. This also tells the story through the eyes of Lily’s twin sister, Abby, her mum, her childhood sweetheart and her abductor.
When Lily escapes, the live she left behind is gone. Her dad died a few months after she was kidnapped and her school sweetheart is now with her twin sister who is also pregnant with his baby. So not only does Lily have to cope with everything she went through, now she has to adjust with the fact people moved on with their lives. It was really heartbreaking to read about lily boyfriend was now with her sister. But I really liked this about the story, as I could she something like that happening in real life. They were both helped each other with their grieve and ended up in each others arms.
The best thing about this book was reading what Rick, the abductor’s, point of view. We get to see what really goes on in his head and how sick and twisted a person can actually be. I thought the ending to this book was really great, one of the best endings in any book I’ve read. I would give this book 4.5/5 stars. Buy on Amazon
I received an ebook from Netgalley in return for my review.
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Have you read any of these books? Or will you be adding any to your To Read list?
I received some of these book in return for a review. All opinions are mine