Graeme Simsion – The Rosie Result

In a complete coincidence, I managed to finish reading this book 7 years to the day that I finished reading The Rosie Project (or so Facebook memories tells me). I still remember being given an advanced reading copy of that first book and loving it so so much. And here we are, the third and final book in the series, and I have to say, it did not disappoint! We join Don more than 10 years after the conclusion of The Rosie Effect, and his...

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She Reads Truth – His Love Endures

Another fab study from the ladies at She Reads Truth. Not gonna lie – this one was slightly daunting – the study book was almost 300 pages long, and Jeremiah is definitely the longest book of the Bible I’ve ever studied in full. And I’m not gonna lie, by the end, I was ready for it to be over – the book is heavy. BUT – I’m so glad that I got to spend Lent of this year reading through Jeremiah...

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Joe Warton – 1 Peter: Confidence in a Complex World

We read this book as a Church life group for our lent study, and I thought it was great. The discussion questions were perfectly crafted for getting conversation started and then diving deeper into the text, and referencing other relevant Bible passages too. We had some fantastic discussions in our group using this material, until Coronavirus meant we had to stop meeting, and I actually did the last couple of sessions alone. To me, this...

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Esther Ahmad – Unveiled

I requested this book on a whim from NetGalley, I’m not sure what drew me to it, I think it was the cover, but I genuinely didn’t know what to expect. What I got was a heart-rending story of true bravery. A woman who left her devoutly Muslim family after Jesus appeared to her in a dream to tell her he was ‘the way, the truth, and the life’. At this point in the author’s life, she was just about to go off to...

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Elaine Storkey – Women in a Patriarchal World

“The stories of people in Scripture are case histories of God’s relationship with human-kind” Throughout this book, we are introduced to 25 case histories of women in the Bible. Some well known like Mary Magdalene, others lesser known like the five daughters of Zelophehad, but all notable for being included in the history of what is undoubtedly a patriarchal society – and clearly showing what value God places on women...

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Vicky Beeching – Undivided

I’ve read many books with a quote on the cover which says “This book is a must-read”, but I think this is one of the first where I can whole-heartedly agree that it’s true. I’m not going to lie, this isn’t an easy book to read, but then it isn’t an easy life that Vicky has lived, and her bravery in writing this book is astounding. I cried multiple times while reading this, thinking of all that...

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Andrzej Sapkowski – The Last Wish (The Witcher #1)

To be honest, I’m a bit conflicted about this book. Even calling it a book feels weird, because it’s not a novel, it’s a collection of short stories. And that’s the main reason I’m conflicted. I loved Geralt, the main character (aka The Witcher), his sense of humour and his unique perspective on the world are definitely going to make this series an interesting read. But it was really hard to get to know him when...

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Susan Calman – Sunny Side Up

I’ve been seeing Susan Calman more and more on tv since her appearance on Strictly Coming Dancing – she was my favourite that year! And I really feel like she’s a ray of sunshine – she makes me smile when I see her. So it was surprising to me that she struggles with depression. It shouldn’t be a surprise as I have learnt over the last couple of years how easy it is to put a happy face on when you feel the...

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Milly Johnson – The Little Dreams of Lara Cliffe

Lara Cliffe has had a rocky road to get to this week – her hen do on a cruise to Amsterdam and back. Her love life has not been plain sailing (no pun intended), but she’s finally happy and more than ready to settle down. But when, on the first night of the cruise, she comes face to face with the guy who broke her heart into pieces, and it seems like he might be truly sorry, what will Lara do? Was it fate that brought them back...

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Beth O’Leary – The Flat Share

I’ve wanted to read this book since it first came out, but since I’m not a lover of hardback books, I had a long wait for it to come out in paperback! I also reserved it in audio format on my library app when I found out it was being narrated by Carrie Hope Fletcher, and as luck would have it, the day after I bought the paperback, I finally got to the top of the list for the audio loan! I was torn between getting lost in the...

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She Reads Truth – Philippians

Philippians – the Epistle of Joy – and this shines through in this book, even from the very front cover – what joy! Philippians is a book of the Bible that I thought I knew quite well – it’s very quotable and has lots of verses which can be a huge encouragement. But I don’t think I’ve ever read the book as a whole – as it was intended – a letter. So I really appreciated having a couple...

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Jules Middleton – Breaking the Mould

I was sent this book before Christmas as an advanced copy to review, but unfortunately I’ve not been feeling great and haven’t been in the mood for reading very much. So the length of time it took me to read is definitely not a reflection of the book, which I thought was fabulous. As a disclaimer, I’m neither in ministry or a mum, so I’m almost certainly not the target audience, but I found it so eye opening for a...

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She Reads Truth – Genesis

What better way to start the year than a trip back to the beginning, back to Genesis. While it’s true that most ‘read the Bible in one year’ plans start in Genesis, this might be the most I feel like I’ve got out of reading Genesis – it felt like a joy rather than a chore, which it has sometimes felt in the past when I’ve been just thinking about how much I need to read and not what I’m...

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Sarah Turner – The Unmumsy Mum Diaries

‘Reading’ this book as an audio book was such a good choice – except for the fact that I found myself laughing to myself like a loon on my morning walks. Partly because some of the stories in the book were so funny, but partly because all I could think about was how awkward it must have been to record the audio version with sound engineers and other people looking on. I read another Unmumsy book last year, and while...

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Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice

It’s been way too long since I read Pride and Prejudice so I was overdue for a re-read. And having it read to me by Rosamund Pike – simply fantastic. There’s not much I can say about this book that I haven’t said before – I just can’t find fault in it, there’s a reason it’s my favourite book of all time because it just brings me so much joy! I think Rosamund Pike was the perfect choice of...

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Romesh Ranganathan – Straight Outta Crawley

For New Year’s Eve, my husband had the crazy idea that we’d welcome in the new year in Scarborough, and this was the book we picked to keep us company for the 3+ hour round trip. It made the drive go so much more quickly, we were in stitches at many points during the book. But the book wasn’t all funny, and at times was quite a heart-rending look into what growing up and becoming a comedian looked like for Romesh – it...

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Mhairi McFarlane – Don’t You Forget About Me

New year, new me? Nope. In typical Louise fashion, I spent new year’s day sick on the sofa instead of at my brother in law’s new years party. The only consolation? This delightful book which completely transported me away from my living room and into Georgina’s world. Georgina doesn’t seem to be having the best luck – she’s just lost her job through no fault of her own, she’s just walked in on her...

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She Reads Truth – Advent 2019: A Thrill of Hope

“A Thrill of Hope, the weary world rejoices”. O Holy Night – one of my favourite Christmas hymns. And I’ve sure been feeling weary these last few months. This for me was the perfect reading plan for Advent – getting ready to celebrate Christmas in the best way possible – by reading the Bible. I love how, as always, the focus of this book was the Bible passages for each daily reading. But interspersed...

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Dave Walker – How to Avoid the Peace

I’ve been a fan of Dave Walker’s cartoons in the Church Times for quite a while now, and last year when I saw this book was coming out, I absolutely had to buy it for my husband, who is a reluctanct peace hand-shaker at best. He loved it straight away, and I ‘ve been slowly flicking through it over the last year. Every page without fail made me chuckle, it’s just so relatable. Probably no matter what church you attend...

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Charlie Mackesy – The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse

Utterly captivating, I can 100% see why this book won the Waterstones book of the year prize. As the author says in the introduction, you could pick this book up and open it at any page at random and it would still work, but reading it through as a story totally worked for me too. I think I sped through this book so quickly because every page was short, simple, but complete gold. When I started reading, I started taking pictures of the pages...

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Jeff Lucas – Lucas Out Loud

I picked this book up in the second hand book basket at my Church after flipping through it randomly and reading a page about the perils of radio-microphones as a vicar/speaker. It made me laugh out loud, so I decided I might as well read the whole thing. Presented as a series of short articles on a variety of subjects, the book was simultaneously light hearted but thought provoking. Hitting the nail on the head and getting direct to the...

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