#EmptyShelf20: January 2020

#EmptyShelf20: January 2020

Well, I’ve been watching a lot of TV, playing a few mobile games, and trying to get my head round Tik-Tok, as well as much file sorting whilst I’m in recovery from my operation, but I read:

Twas The Nightshift Before ChristmasTwas The Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Highly readable

When you’ve spent a lot of time in/out of hospitals you’d think this would be the last kind of thing you’d want to read – but I like finding out about those who are treating me (and people’s stories are fascinating) … this was lovely and humourous – mixed with a reminder of how the NHS has been stripped back too tightly and we need to appreciate it!

This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior DoctorThis is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this straight after the more recent ’twas the night before Christmas’, and still enjoyed a lot of it, like the rationale for writing it, gave a real sense of how hard the job is (and how inflexible the system is) – but preferred the later book! Not sure how much of it was the fact that there’s a small amount of patient-blaming in amongst what could otherwise be argued just to be ‘bantz’…

Body Positive Power: How learning to love yourself will save your lifeBody Positive Power: How learning to love yourself will save your life by Megan Jayne Crabbe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve had this book on the shelf for a while – every now and then I need a reminder of this way of living. This book flows really well – very readable – and one my favourite ways of writing – mixes autobiography with other people’s stories, with research, and wider societal ramifications of the information. An encouraging and supportive read – suitable for those who have never encountered the anti diet movement and those who are well embedded in it!!

Mary Poppins - the Complete CollectionMary Poppins – the Complete Collection by P.L. Travers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, it’s a bit of a classic isn’t it … not that I ever read them as a child, but did watch the film (not seen the new one yet). I downloaded this (which is at least 4 books, TBH) after watching the Tom Hanks film re Travers life, and found the stories quite captivating. They do get a little ‘samey’ towards the end, but then I’m not the target audience, and am not nostalgic for reading these in my childhood. So ended up reading it in bits and bobs, and enjoyed watching the pattern of each story emerge.
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