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NB Magazine’s Book Blogger’s Choice Award: The Voting is now OPEN ♥️

Good morning Bookish Friends! ☀️

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⭐️ THE VOTING IS NOW OPEN 🌟

Following on from my exciting news post on Saturday, here’s the link to read and vote for my review for The Familiars by Stacey Halls in the NB Magazine #NBBookBloggers Choice Awards:

https://nbmagazine.co.uk/teamfamiliars/

I loved this book so much and was so surprised and excited when I found out that I had been shortlisted for this amazing award!

I’d be SO incredibly grateful if my friends in this gorgeous bookish community would support me and champion this book by voting for my review ♥️

Thank you so much and have a lovely day ♥️

Sukhy xx

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The Best Most Awful Job edited by Katherine May

Hello and happy Monday  🌞

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on The Best Most Awful Job edited by Katherine May 💫

Synopsis

Motherhood is life-changing. Joyful. Disorientating. Overwhelming. Intense on every level. It’s the best, most awful job.

The Best, Most Awful Job brings together twenty bold and brilliant women to speak about motherhood in all its raw, heart-wrenching, gloriously impossible forms.

Overturning assumptions, breaking down myths and shattering stereotypes, these writers challenge our perceptions of what it means to be a mother – and ask you to listen.

Contributors include:

Michelle Adams – Javaria Akbar – Charlene Allcott – MiMi Aye – Jodi Bartle – Sharmila Chauhan – Josie George – Leah Hazard – Joanne Limburg – Katherine May – Susana Moreira Marques – Dani McClain – Hollie McNish – Saima Mir – Carolina Alvarado Molk – Emily Morris – Jenny Parrott – Huma Qureshi – Peggy Riley – Michelle Tea – Tiphanie Yanique

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My Thoughts

I picked up this slim collection of essays to dip into.  Two hours later I had totally devoured it.  To say I enjoyed it would be a huge understatement and a massive disservice to the 20 authors of this volume.  This book is brilliant; it’s the book that I didn’t know I needed.

Whilst reading, I was so full of “oh me too!” and “oh my god YES!” And “Wow! I hadn’t even thought it that way!” That I was positively fizzing with excitement.

So powerful were the essays, that even those that didn’t come anywhere close to my personal motherhood journey had something in them that resonated with me; that made me feel aligned to them.

At this strange time where I, like many of you will suddenly be thrown into a million different demanding and challenging roles at once (school teacher/ 24 hour caterer/cleaner-upper/ full time entertainer… the list is endless), I find this to be absolutely essential reading.

Honest, eye-opening and affirming; The Best Most Awful Job was a revelation.  Every Mother needs to read this.

The Best Most Awful Job is is out now and is published by Elliott & Thompson; an imprint of Simon and Schuster UK.

My thanks go the lovely Emma Finnigan for sending me this proof; knowing that I needed to read it 😘

The Best Most Awful Job is out now in beautiful hardcover and you can buy it here

Until next time! Have a wonderful day!

@mrscookesbooks

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The Wreckage by Robin Morgan-Bentley

Hello and happy Wednesday  🌞

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on The Wreckage by Robin Morgan-Bentley 💫

Firstly I’d like to apologise for my later review – I have a clutch of half finished reviews that need a polish before being posted and this was one of them so I’m very sorry about that!

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Synopsis

One fatal crash

Ben is driving on the motorway, on his usual commute to the school where he works. A day like any other, except for the crash.

Two colliding worlds

Adam has left his home for the last time. In his final despairing act, he jumps in front of Ben’s car, turning the teacher’s world upside down.

Three wrecked lives

Wracked with guilt, Ben seeks out Alice, Adam’s widow, and her 7-year-old son Max. But as he tries to escape the trauma of the wreckage, could Ben go too far in trying to ease his conscience?

Gripping and sinister, The Wreckage is guaranteed to keep you up all night…

My Thoughts

I read this book with an ever-increasing, impending sense of doom in the pit of my stomach.  It was fairly obvious from the get-go that things were not going to go swimmingly here.

The Wreckage was written from two perspectives; that of Alice and that of Ben.  I Ioved ascerbic Alice and her judgy, bitchy thoughts and I really did love benign Ben and his sweet but creepy intentions. It was so interesting to see how each of them interpreted the same events too.

Morgan-Bentley does an absolutely belting job of ramping up the tension after the accident, to a point where it was unbearably claustrophobic and I genuinely felt sick as everything unfolded.

At times, this felt like a kind of backwards psyche-thriller.  I inwardly cringed at Ben’s obsession and infatuation with Alice and how quickly he infiltrated her life in a stifling and totally deluded way; his lies running away with themselves as he tangled himself up in them further and further.

Interestingly, I didn’t find out until after I had read his book that Morgan-Bentley’s other job is actually working with audio books and I felt like something instantly clicked when I found this out; it was so well reflected in his writing – so atmospheric and onomatopoeic – The Wreckage will be so brilliant in audiobook format!

Dark, unsettling and a total head f*ck; this book is just brilliant and I hope lots of people buy it.

The Wreckage is out now in beautiful hardcover and you can buy it here

My thanks go to Robin himself for very kindly sending me a (lost) proof and then later an ecopy of this book and to Alex Layt from Orion Books for sending me this picture for my review!

Until next time! Have a wonderful day!

@mrscookesbooks

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