"Dear Mrs Bird" tells the heartwarming story of plucky heroine, Emmy Lake and her best friend Bunty, two young women living in London in the 1940s. The characters are warm, funny and charming and all help to highlight the incredible impact that war had on people's personal lives, as well as the contributions of hardworking men and women at the time. I really enjoyed this one - 5 stars.
"The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes" is a quick and easy read but it's one full of heartbreak. Ruth Hogan is skilled at creating quirky characters that you can't help but love but I felt I couldn't connect with this book as much as I would have liked. It's 3 stars from me.
"Brick Lane" has been on my shelf for years and now I've finished it, I'm underwhelmed and a little disappointed. Despite some good chapters exploring what it's like to move to the UK as an immigrant, it's long and a little tedious at times - 2 stars.
"A Nest of Vipers" was an enjoyable and easy read but I wasn't wowed with my first experience of the Commissario Montalbano series. I'm pretty sure something has got lost in the translation from Italian to English but it's still quirky, fun and mostly light-hearted, getting 3 stars from me.
"Syrian Brides" is an entertaining peek into what life is like for women in Syria. Through 11 short stories, the author covers a range of marital problems while also highlighting the warmth and compassion a relationship can bring. It's 4 stars from me.
"This is Going to Hurt" is funny, it's heartwarming and it's heartbreaking. The NHS today is struggling and Adam Kay has helped a lot of people understand this a little more than they might have before. Get ready to laugh out loud and learn a fair amount of terminology too! It's 5 stars from me!
New year, new book! After signing up to the Rare Birds Book Club in November 2018, I decided to skip December’s read as there was just too much going on (wine, food and hangovers!) to give my full attention to another book. Now 5 days into 2019, January’s book has landed on my door step.
I'm not sure why this is considered a classic as I don't really feel that I've learned much about Patagonia at all. Instead of Chatwin's mostly insignificant anecdotes, I'd have preferred to learn a little about the environment, nature, culture and politics of the place. There were some enjoyable snippets though so "In Patagonia" is getting 2 stars from me.