Tag Archive | great books to read

FOLKESTONE BOOK FESTIVAL – NATHAN FILER & MATT HAIG

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Meeting these two last night was an excellent experience as so much of what they were saying I could relate to, there calm voices had all the audience mesmerised and waiting for the next topic.

I have started reading this book and having a hard time putting it down as it is so good.  I love the way Matt writes and tells a story.

I did ask them a question which was, do you think if they changed the name ‘mental‘ to say Brain Health would it get rid of the stigma that is associated with the word mental.  They both didn’t think so as we are now teaching the younger generation to look after their brain so they will learn differently.  I am afraid I am going to disagree with them as I think a change of word will make it all so much more approachable  and talked about more.

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So I have another signed book to add to my collection and it goes in my top ten of great books already.

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Mental Health is such a scary thing and I think the worse part is that you have no control over it at all.  Yes, there are things you can try for say panic attacks but the actual depression just takes over and has a life of its own in your body.  There is no time factor as to when it appears or even how long it stays with you and that for me was the terrifying part as I could not control it at all.  When I was talking to Matt I told him that I had been discharged from the Mental Health team last Tuesday and he asked how that made me feel?  It is very scary as I feel they have deserted me, but I have a superb network of friends so it’s onward and upwards. Fingers crossed. xx

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A fantastic evening and event for The Folkestone Book Festival, I am eagerly waiting for the next talk I am attending on Wednesday.  More to follow.

 

TO READ PILE AND REVIEWERS

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I have been to a few charity shops here and in Wales so picked up a few books and now my pile to read is a bit big, well it is for me; some peoples pile is a lot bigger.  I have a couple of Christmas books to start reading in December as I always feel a book gets you in the mood for festive events, I try not to think about the cost of presents!

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Nothing better than a nice coffee and cake to go with your book, I find it hard to read in a coffee shop though as I am so nosy looking round at everything or should I say everyone.

I was listening to a review the other day on YouTube, it was for a book called Next of Kin by Sue Welfare which I have read and found really very good.  This reviewer told an awful lot of the story and if I had heard that first I probably would not of read it as there did not seem much point after listening to what the story was about and all the characters.  So this got me wondering, what do you like about reviews and have you a favorite reviewer?

Do you like to see or hear a review telling you a lot of the story or just a basic one about the story, characters, flow, etc of the book?  How popular are the YouTube reviewers, have you listened to any?

Would be really good to hear your thoughts on these questions, so please take a minute or two and let me know.  Thank you, and have a great week x

GREAT BOOKS OUT NOW

I felt I had to let you know, in case you do not have any social media, yes there are people out there that do not waste valuable writing time looking through FaceBook, Pinterest (I love that) and Tweeting to random people.

But I cannot wait to read these books by all my favourite authors so you have the heads up now and just slip a couple into your trolley when you are doing the weekly shop.  

       

 

So there you have my best pick but there is one more being released today, it is not everybody’s cup of tea but a lot of people will read it to make it the best selling book.  Why do they read it?  Like me I guess, just to see what all the fuss is about and to know when people are talking about it, what they mean!  

Please excuse me while I dash to the shop! Lol  

 

LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT

  

Janey Rosen

Author of The Sebastian Trilogy

The lovely Janey sent me these the other day, I am loving the pink pen and it writes really nice.  Just a shame it won’t write great books for me  like Janey Rosen.  It is always so nice to receive something good in the post even if it is just a card to say I am thinking of you.  I know you can say that in text or email but it is just not the same as a pretty card that you can stand up and admire and keep if you want to.  I am a bit of a hoarder and have all the cards that all my grandchildren have ever made or sent me, they are in a box covered in wrapping paper.  I am going to have to do another one though as this one is full up now.  I have put these books on my to buy list as they do look good, I wish there was more time to do lots of reading as I have seen so many books that I want to read this past couple of weeks.  Have you read these books?  What did you think?  I always leave a review after I have finished a book as if I ever had a book published it would make me really happy reading about what people thought and if they were happy with it.   

   Got my own note book now, I’m loving the colour and pictures.  Have a good Friday readers and let’s wish for a sunny long weekend here in the UK. 

A SUMMER FLING BY MILLY JOHNSON – BOOK REVIEW

  

Another great story by Milly, super characters and a brilliant read for those lazy summer days.  All very true to life, a lot goes on and I found I had to keep going back to remember who was who but that’s just me as my memory is so bad.  Would of been good to see the villain in the office shown up somehow as he really deserved it.  Loved Chrissie, wish all bosses were like her as I am sure work places would all run a lot better.  

Milly Johnson has done it again and is a superb author, looking forward to her new book later this year.