Recently Read: March, April & May 2019

Things may have been quiet on the blog front but I was doing a lot of reading throughout the last few months.  (Surprise, surprise!)  My last book review post was on the books I read in February.  Let that sink in for a minute.  February.

I have read ten books since then, and I have twenty on the go.  It’s only fair that I share my opinion on the books I have read, right?

Let’s dive right in!  Here’s the book list from March, April, and May.

This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor x Adam Kay:  This is a book that everyone has talked about.  With good reason.  I was put on a waitlist for this book and I know why the wait was so damn long.  The man can write.  If you like bite-sized chapters or the ability to dive in and out of stories quickly then you will be a fan of this book.  They truly are diary entries, so don’t expect anything too deep but it gives the reader a good snapshot as to what working as a junior doctor is like.  You should definitely give this book a go if you haven’t already.

The Big Life x Ann Shoket:  Wow.  Just wow.  Every millennial needs to read this book.  I devoured it in a matter of days.  Ann makes some superb points in her book.  I resonated with what was said in a lot of ways.  I do have to mention that it is more geared towards the person who doesn’t have kids, has a bit of money, and has the freedom to do whatever they want in their life.  Overall, I enjoyed the book but some parts made me roll my eyes.  If you like motivational/self-help books that are a tiny bit of a cliché (like me) then you should give this one a go.  Heck, you may just love it.

Straight from the Pig’s Mouth x Al Lester:  I think it’s only natural that I read this book, considering I work in an office full of criminal defence lawyers.  Right?  This book reads like Adam’s book – just in a longer format.  You get more of a ‘big picture’ and things flow more like a story than a diary entry.  For this reason, I enjoyed it more than This Is Going To Hurt.  I loved learning about the other side of the law and how things operate.  If you’re interested in the law (in any form) then this will be a fun way to give you a very glossy overview of what it entails.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck x Mark Manson:  A friend of mine said she was reading this book and mentioned that it was worth the wait.  Good – because I had been on the waitlist for weeks already.  My copy finally arrived and I wasn’t disappointed.  At all.  The book definitely lived up to the hype.  Heck, it even mentioned Oregon Trail, which was my all time favourite game to play while I was in high school.  Some parts were definitely part cliché, but that added to the charm of the book.  It was almost as if Manson had done it on purpose.  If you haven’t read this book already then definitely, definitely give it a shot.

Sunburn x Laura Lippman:  This was the only fiction book that I read in March, April, and May.  Wow.  It was the thriller/mystery type, which is a genre I haven’t read all too often.  It was a bit slow in the beginning but it quickly picks up the pace.  However, towards the end, the book gets a bit predictable as you get to know the character(s) more.  I didn’t get attached to any of the characters.  I even found myself judging the mother a fair bit (as I am a mother myself) for her actions.  I would recommend this if you want an easy read; otherwise, definitely give it a miss.

Recipes for Self-Love: How to Feel Good in a Patriarchal World x Alison Rachel: GIRL POWER!  I loved this book.  It was a book that I sped-read (because you can) but the messages included in this book are powerful. I loved every single paragraph on the pages.  If you’re feeling down about the state of the world or how things are going in life then read this book for a good pep talk.

The Skinny Confidential: A Babe’s Sexy, Sassy Fitness and Lifestyle Guide x Lauryn Evarts:  I picked up this book because I like the way Lauryn writes; however, I hated this book.  I ended up skim-reading it because it just felt too fake.  It made me feel icky to read.  I’m sorry but I do not recommend this book.

Purpose x Lisa Messenger:  I picked this book up because it was on a recommended list at the library.  And I wasn’t disappointed.  In fact, it’s a book I wouldn’t mind buying so I could re-read it whenever my inspiration was low.  She inspired me to get back into writing, to get back into freelance writing, and to reassess areas of my life that have been on autopilot. Definitely recommend this book.

365 Blog Topic Ideas: For the Lifestyle Blogger Who Has Nothing to Write About x Dana Fox:  I was very interested about this book so I just had to pick it up when I saw it at the library.  It’s no secret that I was away from the blog for a while.  I lost track of time and I lost motivation.  This book helped to bring that spark and excitement back so, for that, I think it’s a fantastic book.  This book is literally one blog post idea on every page.  For 365 pages.  Would I recommend it to someone else?  Maybe, if you’re lacking inspiration like I was; however, that could be solved by a quick search on Pinterest or Google.

Washing Up is Good For You x Department Store For The Mind:  This was another book from the recommended reading list.  And it didn’t disappoint.  This book is all about mindful living and includes tips at the end of every chapter that can be actioned within minutes.  I mean, mindful washing up?  Who would have thought?!  Loved it.  Needed it.


Check out my Goodreads profile if you want to keep up with the books I’m currently reading and all the others I can’t wait to get my hands on!

Please give me some book recommendations!  If you read my ‘recently read’ lists then you’ll see the books I typically read but I am open to anything.  I love all books and I will give anything a go (at least once).

Happy Saturday!

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