This is about Laura Jane Williams. She thought she had met the one, only to find out that he had left her for someone new, her friend, Gwen and started to use this experience to lose her self, she decides to make some changes to find out who she really; not allow her being dumped by the one she planned to marry, but there are obstacles in the way as she tells her story.
So truthful and couldn't put the book down. I would give it a 10/10 for the honesty and the picture she paints as she writes.
Hi all! I am back with a couple of book reviews for this month. I love choosing a good book for Christmas, and the one I chose this time was a book called, An Eastend Christmas by Elizabeth Waite.
A nice read. It did bring the cyinical out of me though, as some of the story I did think was a bit "Too Good to be True".
It begins at the start of the second world war and Carla Scofield who helps take care of her family is called upon to help like a lot of women were at that time to do jobs that the men were not able to, due to being called to fight in the war. As she was used to altering clothes and wanted her own business one day, she chooses to help out with the making of the mens army uniforms. During this time, she meets a man called Paul, who is dark and hansome, but he ends up going away only contacting each other by letter, hoping that one day they will meet up again, some day.
There is a bit of drama that takes place, but I suppose being used to soaps where there is always something bad happening all the time, I found it to be to conveniently good a lot of the time.
However I did enjoy reading, and a good one to read during Christmas.
I would give this 8 out of 10.
The next book was the one I chose for my book to read when on break time at my weekend job, and so it took a while to finish, but finished it yesterday.
The book is called Chocolate Wishes by Trisha Ashley.
It is based about a lady called Chloe who lives with Grumps, Zillah and Jake, her little brother.
They live in a place called Sticklepond, and Chloe runs her own Chocolate Making business, from home making little chocolates which each contain a wish inside. She is still raw from her heart being broken, and was due to marry David, but her family help put him off, and decided she wanted to be on her own.
However someone from her passed arrives unexpectedly and there is a new Vicar in town who used to be part of a famous rock band.
It was a good book, I did get a bit bored, as i read this at the same time I read The Gospel of Drew Barrymore, and it wasn't a mark on that book, but is a totally different story.
There are some turn of events in the book, and I thought it got better towards the end, and I liked Chloe's charactor in it. The writing from the charactors point of view was good, because you did get to understand how she was really feeling.
I have seen that there are other books to follow which I wouldn't mind reading aswell, and it was actually a good story, I think it took a bit too long to get to the crunching point of the book, so was one of the reasons I did get a bit bored.
Due to this book being a good story and based on getting a bit bored in parts I would give this also an 8 out of 10.
It has taken me a while to get through some books this period as I had one large book Called "Money" and it was a very hard read but interesting.
I am currently trying to rebuild my relationship with money like I had before, and so have been educating myself on the subject and learning about where it all came from and this books explains, but challenges the originally story of how money was created. It talks about how there have been economic crisis decades ago, and the one we had not so long ago, and was anything new. It as happened before, due to the same patterns emerging. Lending money to so money and not much being returned.
It was interesting but I couldn't finish it in the end, I hadn't had much to go but it did a lot of the time, go back on itself and took a while to move on to the more modern times.
So I will give this book 7 out 10. I think this book is great for those who have a love of money, doing business studies or have a financial interest.
I borrowed this book from the library, but if you click on the image below, you will see the new version of this book available on Amazon.
The next book I read was called The Gospel of Drew Barrymore. Hilarious in parts and in some others it was serious, it was like a drama sitcom in a book. Esther is called by her bestfriend's mum, Margie, who is an hysterical pessimist and she thinks her daughter Laura has gone missing. This isn't the first time, Margie has thought this before, only to find she went on a vacation.
As Esther goes in search for her bestfriend's she discovers that Margie may have been in her rights to be worried this time, and looks back at how Esther first met Laura and of times she was pushed aside by Laura as she tells the story of them growing up as friends. They didn't exactly hit it off first time they set eyes on each other, and Esther didn't seem to always get Laura, and how she could be a different personality at times, to the one she truly knew.
A great book, one of my favourites I have read this year. In some parts it made me want to scream at Laura, but at times made me laugh with hysterics. I would give 10 out of 10.
Again this was a book from the Library, but is available to buy from Amazon.com. Click on image above which will take you to the amazon page where you can order your copy now.
Definitely one I would recommend.
Sometimes getting some inspiration from a book can really get the endorphin's going to make a change in your life.
This book is written by Linda Thomas who runs her own cleaning company. She talks about how cleaning can be more than seeing a clean kitchen surface, it can make a difference to how you think and feel in your work environment and your home.
There was a part of the book I didn't believe, where she is talking about how cleaning can change the atmosphere of a room and the particular example she used was when she had cleaned a school or college. In the example she explains about a youngster who was attending the college had an epileptic fit which then lead to there being complete and utter mayhem, but suddenly a lady walks into the room with a duster, begins to clean and then the atmosphere of the room changes. Probably being a bit skeptical but I suppose I had to be there but was a bit like, "I don't believe that" .
However most parts of the book were interesting and at the end of the book she gives some tips of how to get rid of different stains on carpet and fabrics and chemicals to use. I even wrote down parts and would buy to keep so I have it to hand for inspiration.
I give it a 8 out of 10.
Teaching you about Savings and Investments. How to create a portfolio if you want to create a passive income on shares, about mortgages and how to tidy up your finances. Really was informative and taught me a lot about shares and what to be careful of, the same with mortgages and savings. How to divide your money into different categories, to help see what is coming in and what is going out.
To have a better financial situation is to save to invest first before spending. I have found this book to really help me with money.
Easy to read through most of the book, but did find it a bit mind boggling at times.
I give this book 8/10
Book written by Barbara Stcherbatcheff it is from a column written in The London Paper. Suzana begins as an Internship inputting numbers. Suzana wants to be a trader, but as the city is dominated by men, it is a very difficult industry for a women to get into. However through networking and her persistence she gets her wish. She ends up in the heart of it all, Canary Wharf. She even meets the man of her dreams, but her life ends up being dictated by her passion for trading.
Really good read. If you are off on your holidays this is a book to take out of the library or is available via Kindle on Amazon. I did get a bit lost towards the end, when she talks about trading, but apart from that part it was a very empowering story.
Goes to show just because you are a woman doesn't mean we don't have the balls.
I give this book 9/10
A book with a bit of history and how times were so different back to when this guy, who tells his story of being a Secret Child, was when he was a young boy. Gordon Lewis whose first name was originally Francis is kept a secret by his mother for nine years. Cathleen, being a Catholic in Ireland, and having a child outside of wedlock knew this was a sin, and could have had her child taken away from her. She finds a Hostel, which is very welcoming to young women who have fallen pregnant outside marriage. A safe Haven for the ladies in Ireland so they can bring up their child. When she first arrives she does finds it hard to adjust, but working as many hours as she called as a Waitress, finally tries to make hens meat and get her and Gordon away to start a new life in England.
However the dream of a better life in England does not start off well. Gordon is relieved to have find out about his passed and remember more about it, as some of his memories had slipt away as he got older.
A really great read, and well written. Makes you feel grateful to life as it is now, even though there are still those living in poverty, least women don't have to hide away when they have a child when they aren't married or with the biological father.
I would rate this book 10 out of 10.
If you like a book that makes you laugh and is true to life, then this is the book to read.
Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by the Author or any publisher for writing this review. I bought the book for my own personal use, to read.
It is the story about the Author Cari Rosen's who has become a mum at 43 and quarter and knows of the prejudice there is as an "Older mother". That she is selfish to want kids now at that age, why not have a child when you are younger. She is aware of the risks there are of having a child in your 40's. She just never met the right person back then when she was younger to have a child, and now she has met "Mr Right" she now has her dream of becoming a mum. She so happens to be in her 40's.
There was one part that really made me laugh out loud, not going to say which bit. Do not believe in being a spoiler. It just played back my own experience which was similar to her's the way she tells the story and her thoughts and fears at the time. I was like "Yes that is so true".
If you are a mum like me and two more years and I will be the big 4 0, then you will enjoy this book as much as I did.
So glad I found this in a Charity Shop Challenge and is available on Amazon too, to read.
I would give this book at 10 out of 10.
If you got a holiday coming up and want a good book to read, this one I would definitely recommend.
Just finished this book, it teaches you techniques of how to be mindful but when you are at work, travelling, queuing and even when drinking a cup of tea. Meditation does not have to be sitting down crossed legged, no. It can be done anywhere, and you don't have to change posture. It is all about listening to your breathing and being in the now.
Some of the content I found to be repetitive, I think it was to go over the techniques, but I think it was a bit too much in some parts. Give 8 out of 10.
So this book The Self-Esteem Team's Guide to Sex, Drugs and WTFs?!!
Was one of the books I have been reading as I was reading a few at the same time. I found this book in the library.
I wish I had found this book when I was a teenager, because it gives an insight to usual feelings and emotions you feel when you are teenager and giving advice on how to deal with the emotions of feeling different compared to other people, feeling under pressure when it comes to sex and drugs, and not being body confident.
I think a lot of teenagers will find this helpful as it can be a weird time of life as you can be confused and I know myself I lacked a lot of self-esteem and just needed to know I wasn't the only one. At the time it doesn't always feel that way.
This book even inspired me to do a new Self confidence video talking about my teenage years and finding your voice (will be uploaded soon), because some girls seem to thrive in their teens others struggle like I did and reading information to help me like in this book would have helped with my emotions and dealing with wanting to be a certain size or look a certain way, would have been so helpful and how to address my body confidence issues earlier on.
It even has a forward by Zoella who many would know from Youtube.
I would recommend this book, it was so straight-forward and to the point, and honest. Marks out of 10 a total 10.
If you know of any similar books you would like to recommend to me to read then please comment below I would love to hear from you.
I found this book in my local library and even wrote about in a blog post. It caught my eye as I am always looking to improve my wellbeing and the one thing I have known that I need to do, is to focus on one thing at a time. I find this so tricky at times, as I have so much going on in my head.
This book is written by Arianna Huffington, who is the president and editor-in-chief for the Huffington Post. She realised after one evening after she collapsed after being exhausted from endless amount of hours working how she had to change the way she went about her working life and home life.
She talks about different metrics that she had discovered to redefine being a successful in today's world and taking time out to do volunteering as a way of balancing your life, as doing something for others can really help get a better perspective of life, taking time away from social media, no emails or any modern technology which is continuously filling our minds, but not giving ourselves a break. Following her different metrics can help that.
This did really help me and see that to be successful in whatever field you choose, you don't have to work yourself to exhaustion but getting the right balance so you look after yourself and make sure that the most important people in your lives are priority over work too.
So glad I pick this up, some parts I will admit did lose me a little, but most of it, was interesting and got me nodding a lot as it made me see that its not about rushing what you do, but taking your time, when cleaning something for example really embrace it and take the time to do it, and it is ok to put these things at the bottom of the pile of things to do, as it is about prioritising and balancing your life to stop being overwhelmed and working endless hours.
It isn't about doing 25 things at once but concentrating on one thing at a time.
I will give this 8 out of 10 and really was mindful.
I am a mum and work Part time. I am also an Author and love to share parts of my life that I know will help others too.