#Emptyshelf17 No. 43: Cheer Up, Love by @SusanCalman

Cheer Up, Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate by Susan Calman My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’ve been reading this book mostly in hospital waiting rooms on my Kindle. As someone who suffers from depression (but not anxiety), I thought it struck the right note of humour (black humour helps in many things), vulnerability and genuinely useful information whether as a depression sufferer or someone who’s friends with someone (that’ll be…

#Emptyshelf17 No.42: Those Who Wait by @Tanya_Marlow

Those Who Wait: Finding God in disappointment, doubt and delay by Tanya Marlow My rating: 5 of 5 stars As I wait for results from bone/CT scans to see if the cancer has spread across my body, I turned to Tanya's book - which I'd been watching and waiting to see as it has developed. Tanya's cheerfulness in the midst of her struggles and waiting is encouraging, and provides an excellent starting point for her…

#Emptyshelf17 No. 41 How Not To Be A Boy by @arobertwebb

After lots of academic or cancer books, just what I needed this week - perfect mix of humour and vulnerability: How Not To Be a Boy by Robert Webb My rating: 5 of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book, and read it over a few evenings. I thought it had a gentle mix of humour and vulnerability (the things I always say online encourage people to like/share), mixed in with a real dose of…

#Emptyshelf17 No 40: Dear Cancer, Love Victoria by @vicderbyshire

Dear Cancer, Love Victoria: A Mum’s Diary of Hope by Victoria Derbyshire My rating: 5 of 5 stars Having had a mastectomy 2 weeks ago, I was ready to read another ‘cancer book’ (One I’d asked for as I’d found VIctoria’s videos helpful) after a bit of a break. Aside from immediate reconstruction the experience feels very like mine - all the thoughts that go through your head (I’m not going to wake up from…

#EmptyShelf17 39 I thought there would be cake by @kwelbyroberts

A short book, but I've been reading it in bits and pieces - a lovely companion for a difficult journey. I Thought There Would Be Cake by Katharine Welby-Roberts My rating: 5 of 5 stars I started reading this before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and have finished it the week after surgery. It's been a beautifully gentle book that I've carried along to several sessions sat in a waiting room! I've followed Katharine's…
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