How To Be Happy by Eva Woods – A Review

Polly leaned over and seized a hank of Annie’s lank brown hair.
‘Cutting your hair is symbolic. Letting go of the past, freeing yourself – think Rapunzel. Delilah. Britney Spears.’
‘I’m not shaving it off ‘

I needed a light easy read to distract me through a rough patch and I needed it instantly. This being the case I popped over to Amazon (this is not a promotion of any kind) and checked out their books for Kindle. I still prefer to read i ‘book ‘ rather than digital format so I was pleased with the price of 99p and after reading some reviews and a reasonable sized sample of the book off I went.

It has been a while since I have read this genre and I don’t know if this is the reason why I hadn’t heard of Eva Woods but I’m so glad I’ve discovered her. Without giving the story away both Annie and Polly have been experiencing difficult times, the author deftly  combines empathy, humour and a few ‘oh no!’ moments as she weaves a tale through an unlikely friendship, work and human relationships. The book is written in quite short chapters around the idea that Polly is going to ensure Annie finds happiness in a 100 days. This works really well if you are someone who needs to break off from their reading regularly.  Some sad bits but overall a positive read. Like a hug in a book!

Please note that if you are in the USA this book is published as ‘Something like Happy’

Does your mood influence your reading choices? Do let me know.

Much love xxxx

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr – A Review

 “I always knew we should have brought the games compendium” said Max “Hitler’s probably playing Snakes and Ladders with it this very minute.”

 This novel is billed as a children’s book for 9-12 year olds. However I would argue that it is a book for all ages from nine upwards. The story simply told and is based on the childhood experiences of the author Judith Kerr as part a Jewish family whose famous father is wanted by Hitler in 1933. It is so beautifully written with thoughts and observations of the children. It captures so wonderfully how children find the good in situations and also how perceptive and resilient they can be. I think it’s also rather relevant with so much displacement going on in the world and may be a good chapter book to share at home or in the classroom to open up discussion regarding this or World War ll. It is funny, sad and thought provoking but especially for children it is a good  adventure story that moves along.

On a personal note I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the Out of The Hitler Time trilogy:

  • Bombs on Aunt Dainty (formerly The Other Way Round)
  • A Small Person Far Away

I hope you all have a wonderful reading year!

Much love x

Bridget Jones’s Baby The Diaries- A Review

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Bridget Jones’s Baby The Diaries by Helen Fielding, Published by Jonathan Cape.

Opening a Bridget Jones novel is like catching up with old friends.  Hearing their voices, being reminded of all the things that you love about them and just maybe that one thing that could send you a little crazy. Helen Fielding has absolutely delivered again.

I don’t think I am spoiling the story for anyone to say that Bridget is still single and falls pregnant. What ensues is pregnancy Bridget style and the puzzle of who’s the father?

Whilst engrossed within the pages I have shrieked, laughed cringed and more. Even if you have seen the movie the book has that extra charm. If you haven’t yet read any of the Bridget Jones series then I urge you to start at the beginning (it’s a very good place to start!), put up a DO NOT DISTURB sign and have the time of your life!

 

Lou x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A book rich Christmas

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Oh what a wonderful book rich Christmas we have had here at the Snug with something for everyone! So much so that I have just had to take some (not quite so expert) photos to to let you into the magic of these wonderful treats.

Miss Snug is building up her Early Years resources and received these beautiful books suitable for toddlers and preschool children. The Owl Babies comes with it’s own baby owl to accompany the story  and in a small plastic case making a smart classic gift. I’ll review these books very soon, keep checking back.

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I keep a ‘must read’ board on my Pintrest account. Having read a rave review for The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen 83¼ Years Old just before Christmas, I promptly added the book to my board. Imagine my surprise when on Christmas day I received a copy as a gift because Miss Snug had used my list to give hints to Mr Snug! Pintrest is very useful indeed in our house!  I’m looking forward to getting my nose stuck into this book and comparing my thoughts with the review that caught my attention – I’ll let you know.

Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Baby, The Diaries – Being a major fan of Bridget Jones both movies and books, what could be a better gift. Many years ago, I remember trying to wash up with one hand and read the original Bridget Jones’s Diaries with the other.  Will this be as riveting?

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Guy Martin’s Worms to Catch has been a real page turner for Mr Snug over the past couple of days and although he has told me some bits and pieces I will get a full review and post it for you once he’s finished. Jamie Vardy – From Nowhere, My Story will be next on his list so look out for that one too.

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You may recognise these three titles from the Zoella Book Club. Miss Snug has already started The One We Fell In Love With by Paige Toon.  I think I may also be seeking permission to have a read of these as they look so tempting!

Well I think I had better stop there although there were a couple more books in the sacks but they can wait for another day.  Which titles did you receive in your stockings and how do you choose which one to read first?

Hope your Christmas season is continuing to be a happy one.

Much love

Lou x