It’s not going to be breaking news to anyone that I’ve been reading a lot since we went into lockdown. There’s only so much Netflix you can watch before your eyes start to glaze over. It’s a really good excuse to get reading. So here I am, with another book review of the first few books I’ve finished reading during lockdown so far… hope you like it!
This Is Going To Hurt- Adam Kay – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I won’t lie, his book has given me serious panic about the prospect of potentially giving birth in the future, but honestly, Adam is absolutely hilarious. There aren’t many pages you can get through in this book without laughing. It is a particularly poignant read at the moment, with such a spotlight on the NHS and the wonderful work everyone who is part of that organisation does day after day to help us regular folk at home.
I know everyone is hyper-aware of how hard NHS staff work at the minuteman and how under-funded and over-stretched they are, but its is particularly intriguing to read Adam’s account, which is a collation go his diary entries form back when he was a junior doctor, 10-15 years ago. In a country where the Health Service has only been more and more neglected as the years have passed by and it’s terrifying to look to America and think where we could end up. #protecttheNHS
Jodi Picoult- Small Great Things – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
One of the most important books I’ve read. I won’t lie, I found it to have quite a slow start, I actually bought this book years ago, started it and forgot to pick it back up again until lockdown forced me into it. And wow am I thankful! Once I got into it, I couldn’t put this book down. Picoult’s writing is impeccable, and the attention to detail within each of the characters is outstanding.
Without giving too much away the book tells the story of a race-motivated murder trial from 3 different perspectives, which is something I always love in a novel. It really opened my eyes to my own privilege, which I obviously knew about on the surface, being white, but reading about all of the day to day processes and afflictions that can halt a person’s progression in life merely based on how society reacts to their skin colour, consciously or subconsciously.
Picoult evokes such strong emotions throughout this story, and when I finished the last page, I felt a bit like I’d just stepped off a really terrifying rollercoaster. But a rollercoaster that I feel everyone should experience and learn from.
Dawn O’Porter- The Cows – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I’m a big fan of Dawn’s books, so easy to read and I adore the way it follows the perspective of a few different women yet allows their tories to intertwine so cleverly to eventually link in someway towards the end. Just like with ‘So Lucky’, the narrative explores the way women think about and treat one another, as well as themselves, and ultimately the devastating impacts that can have on their lives.
The Cows follows a rather bizarre chain of events I can’t lie, but it had be laughing at loud in so many parts with Dawn’s sharp wit and sarcasm tearing through the pages. Although I felt some of the storyline was just to o bizarre to ever be realistic, and don’t know hoe Dawn even thought some of it up, it was a really gripping read, I just had to know what was going to happen in the end. All in all a fun and relatively easy read, but with some real home truths woven in there too.
Strong start hey? This was a great first bunch of books to help me through all the time I’m spending indoors. If I’m honest, I’m quite enjoying it. I’ve gotten back into reading on a level that I haven’t enjoyed since I was in my early teens when all I did was plough through Jacqueline Wilson books (the best, who agrees?). Another round up will be up soon no doubt! Be sure to leave all of your lockdown reading commendations down below… my Goodreads ‘to read’ list is booming but I’m always looking fro more to add to it!