My reading slump is finally over?/my current TBR

I’m so excited to write this post, purely because it means my reading slump is finally over! If you read my last post, you will know that the book ‘This is going to hurt’ by Adam Kay is the book that got me out of this slump. I was surprised by this, I thought it would take a YA or a firm favorite to shift the slump this time. I think the main reason this book was the one as I have a keen interest in medicine.

I am now so excited to get back in to reading, and re-spark the excitement of starting a new book. I have even downloaded by first audio book! I have lot’s of my TBR that I want to read in the near future, and these are some of them;

  • Trust me, I’m a (junior) doctor by Paul Kelan
  • An absolutely remarkable thing by Hank Green (I’ve been obsessed with ‘Dear Hank and John’ podcast.
  • Winger by Andrew Smith (a fellow blogger recommended)
  • All the lonely people by David Owen
  • How it feels to float by Helena Fox
  • The memory of birds by Robin Brown
  • I’d appreciate any recommendations in the comments!

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay; book review

As I’ve recently been deciding whether I want to go into medicine once I have finished my current degree, my interest in medicine based books have also increased. ‘This is going to hurt’ was a book I have seen often, so thought it would be a good place to start. It is a book about a Doctor in the UK working for the NHS.

If you have been following me recently you’ll know that I have been in my worst reading slump to date, months long! I don’t think I have finished a book since the end of February… ‘This is going to hurt’ got me out of that slump! I don’t often do book reviews, unless a book has a large impression on me. Oh boy, did this one! I started it in bed one evening, and stayed awake until 2am to finish it. (I don’t ever sleep late) I just couldn’t put it down. I read it in one sitting!

There are many reasons why I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Firstly, I learnt lots. At the end of every chapter he explains the medical terms he used, and makes it easy for a non medic to understand, which I think was great! Secondly, it was hilarious! The sarcastic humor that doesn’t get old, heightened by the fact of how serious the topic of medicine is. I smiled a good few times whilst reading!

I’m going to try not to put any spoilers in, and if there is, it will be in this paragraph. The ending… I hadn’t read anything about this book before picking it up. I was not expecting it to end the way it did. It quite saddened me. I put the book down with a huge sigh. I haven’t seen if this author has any other books, but I hope so, and shall be adding to my TBR if he does.

I’d rate this book 5/5. Definitely my favorite read of 2019 so far. Next on my reading list is ‘Trust me, I’m a junior doctor’. I’d recommend, even if you don’t have an interest in medicine. Have you read this this? I’d love to hear your opinions.

Books I recommend everyone should read

This list of suggestions is just my opinion, and are the books I would recommend if people were to ask me what they should read. I feel any age/gender ect would enjoy these books. I would love to hear your book ideas in the comments, and shall add them to my TBR if I haven’t read them myself.

  • Catcher in the rye: A class coming of age book! Reason why its read it most English classes at school.(although I didn’t haha). A short read, but one I thoroughly enjoyed and feel most age groups can enjoy.
  • Anne franks diary: An important part of history that brings you a personal view on the holocaust. I went to Amsterdam a few months ago, and made me appreciate this diary even more. Written by a teenage girl in during the holocaust, includes everyday teenage thoughts as well as the tragedy of their situation. Targeted at young adults, but every age should read this!
  • It’s kind of a funny story: A light hearted book on depression and mental illness. A good read for those who are not knowledgeable on mental health conditions. A YA book, that I feel adolescents should read.
  • The book thief: A really unique book in the aspect that it is written by death. This is one of my favorite books, and always suggest to someone who asks me whats a good book.
  • Flowers for Algernon: A very short read, much different to what I usually read, but was so different and interesting that I suggest everyone adds to their TBR. I think it is classed as a Science Fiction.
  • Flowers in the Attic: I only added this one as it is my favorite book, so tell everyone to read!

‘Couch’ Coffee House- Sheffield: Review

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I first visited Couch at the Ecclesall road location, and the other week I went to return and this location was no longer there, I did not know it was closing, very suprising. Couch still have another location on Campo Lane, I haven’t yet visited this one, but I’m sure my review will represent both.

I didn’t research this coffee house before going, It simply appealed to me as I was walking past. The interior was very trendy, yet relaxing. I went with my partner and parents, 6 of us in total which is a large gathering compared to my usual visits to coffee shops alone. We chose our seats instantly, and went straight to the till to order, where we had the option to have a tab open.

We originally were only going for a warm drink, but couldn’t resist the cake display. They had a large range of cakes, including 3 vegan options(I have a dairy allergy). My chosen cake was chocolate biscoff(as pictured). It was so big I had to take half home with me. It was amazing, I would definitely get it again! The cake was heavy,but moist, one of my favourite vegan bakes I have had before. My partner had the red velvet cake(not vegan), which again was ginormous and apparently delicious!(Despite him not being a cake lover)

The pricing was average, the lunches looked a little overpriced, but I’m purely a coffee and cake kind of gal, so didn’t venture into that section. It was roughly £6 each, for one large cake and hot drink (I had a medium soya chai latte, which was very good).

My only downside to this store, is that I wouldn’t be comfortable studying here. I like a upright chair and table, with bright light. It was more relaxing, dim light here, perfect for lounging on the sofas with coffee chatting to friends. They did have free wifi.

This is my first coffee shop review, so I’m not sure what to add, so any advice/positive criticism is greatly welcome, or even just share what else you wanted to know.

Overall ‘Couch’ receives: 8 coffee beans out of 10.*

*I’m going to rate each coffee house out of 10, and shall be calling the points ‘coffee beans’*

 

I’m in a reading slump? /how to get out of one

reading-slump2019 so far has been a busy one for me, exciting busy! (& a little stressful) This means I have had less time to focus on reading, which has made me lose a little motivation.

At the end of last year I donated all of my books! You read it right, a whole book shelf! I kept only a handful, my top 5 favourites and a coupe sentimental! Therefore, I haven’t had any physical copies of unread books lying around. I also haven’t been to the library yet, so have solely been relying on my kindle.

I downloaded all the books from my TBR onto my kindle, so when I do have the passion to read,I have access to books I truly want to read, and hopefully will enjoy! Tip NO.1! If you’re in a slump, start with books that you have always wanted to read, or even reread your favourites! Once you enjoy one book, the passion will come back!

On the contrary, tip NO.2 is the opposite. If you really can’t find the motivation to read books/genres you normally are drawn to, try something completely different! Maybe read a book that’s highly rated but not a genre you read! It’s worth a try!

Tip NO.3 is the most helpful to me, and that’s to remove the pressure! I aim to read X amount of books a month,year ect so when I stop reading, I stress that I won’t hit my targets. Or won’t have any book related blog posts to write. A bad habit of mine is just reading to finish a book. I now tell myself reading is only for pleasure, and if I don’t feel like reading, I won’t! This has made me enjoy reading much more, and I am no longer pressuring myself on numbers!

Reading slumps suck! Suck real bad! They’re only temporary. Reading passion will return! If anyone wants any recommendations or just want to chat about their favourite books (this can help overcome a slump too) Just pop me a message, as I love to ramble about books! Happy reading everyone!

My favourite books this year (2018)

  • Picture1When elephants fly by Nancy Richardson Fischer: I didn’t expect to fall so in love with this book. I became so emotionally attached to Swifty the elephant which is the main reason I enjoyed this book so far. I hadn’t read a book quite like this before, I found it interesting that the story also had a huge focus on mental illness, schizophrenia but the illness wasn’t actually present in any of the characters. I really recommend this book!
  • All the little lights by Jamie McGuire: I only read this book a few weeks ago, it was my favourite read of November. Again, the characters is what made me love this book so much. The ending also made it for me, really wasn’t what I was expecting, no spoilers here!
  • Letters to the lost & More than we can tell by Bridid Kemmerer: I loved this sequel, I found it so emotional! I really liked how the second book wasn’t about the same main characters as the first, but still had them in the story. Was a few potential trigger warnings, especially in the second book. If I had to choose, I would choose the second as my favourites! After reading this sequel I’m going to have a look into the author!
  • A list of cages by Robin Roe: I gave this book a very high rating in my monthly wrap up. I had this book on my TBR for a while and am glad I finally got around to it. I enjoyed the diverse of characters, Adam was my favourite. Again I would put a TW on this book as there was a lot of child abuse, and was particularly traumatising towards the end. I felt very strong emotions in this book, and definitely recommend everyone adds this to their TBR!
  • Made you up by Francesca Zappia: I put this book in my top books on mental illness as this is about a girl with schizophrenia. I was interested in the portrayal of complex mental illness, and felt I got a little insight. I really enjoyed this book, and connected with the main character, it felt like I was experiencing everything with her.
  • Words in deep blue by Cath Crowley: I’m putting this book on my yearly favourites purely for the bookstore this book was set in. I became so attached to this setting, one of my all-time favourite environments from a book and yes; tears were shed! This book has beautiful cover too. I recommend to anyone who enjoys YA.
  • When we collided by Emery Lord: I was really surprised by this book as I didn’t enjoy the authors other books. I adored both main characters, as well as the setting of the book. One of the main characters has bipolar disorder. I enjoyed how this book was still light hearted, despite the character being in a manic episode. I feel it was a good YA on mental illness.

 

November Wrap Up 2018

I again had a little bit of a busy month, but managed to read 7 books. I have settled into my new job, and have kept up to date with my degree. I have found a good balance of work, study and reading time. Here is a mini review of the books I read in November;

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  1. Heretics anonymous by Katie Henry: I enjoyed this book as it had a little difference in the school setting. The characters were fairly unique, but I didn’t connect well with them. I liked how the main character was comfortable with his believes. I enjoyed the book, but wasn’t super overwhelmed. I enjoy the book cover! 3.5/5
  2. Highly illogical behaviour by John Corey Whaley: I’ve had this on my TBR for a while and was glad I finally got around to reading. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was about an adolescent boy with severe agoraphobia. I liked how the characters connected despite the initial circumstance. I enjoyed the realism of the main character not being cured at the end. I’m very interested about books on mental health, and would definitely recommend this one! 4.5/5
  3. Letters to the lost by Bridid Kemmerer: I was prepared to feel emotional upon reading this series, and I had a right to be! It’s emotional! I really enjoyed both main characters, and felt their emotions just like they did. I appreciated the anger the characters felt towards each other, and wasn’t the standard fall in love. I really enjoyed this book. 4.5/5 
  4. More than we can tell by Bridid Kemmerer: This is the second book to the letters to the lost. It was just as good as the first. I really liked how it was about a different character, but still had the two main characters from the first book entwined in. I would book a trigger warning on this book, as there was a fairly detailed description of child abuse (physical; burning and broken bones). It was different to the first,but just as good! 4.5/5
  5. All the little lights by Jamie McGuire: Again a book that was on my TBR for a while, I read this on kindle. This was my favourite read of the month! I don’t want to give spoilers, but the ending was not expected! I enjoyed the thrill of finding the truth. It has a ya vibe, with a little bit of a dark background. The little aspects of the book made it special , the mother, the race of the teenager, family history, the house, trust ect. I would recommend to people who enjoy most genres! 5/5
  6. Girl against the universe by Paula Stokes: I liked how the focus on the book was about mental health, and improvement, the main character believes she is cursed due to the events that have happened in the past, she suffers with PTSD. I enjoyed the character development. A little cliche with the love story with the tennis player, but I enjoyed this character too. I was so happy that the big event at the end didn’t destroy her as I feared it would. The main character came out stronger, despite still struggling, I enjoyed that. 4/5
  7. That’s not what happened by Kody Keplinger: Not my average read, I avoid all media and books that involve shooting, terrorism, murder, mass disaster ect. I said I would challenge myself this month, so I did. This book was about a school shooting in America and is written in the perspective of the survivor. It makes me anxious reading on these topics, I am currently 83% in, and aim to finish this evening,hence putting on my November wrap up, but won’t be giving it a final rating until I’ve completed it.