Bella Mackie's book "Jog On: How Running Saved My Life" wasn't what I was expecting and sadly this wasn't what I was looking for. I'm sure that this book will be really beneficial to those wanting to learn a little more about mental health, but if you're expecting a book specifically about running, I would probably give this one a miss.
Jonathan Van Ness has written a courageous memoir about his life so far in which he bares all. It's both fun and heartbreaking, warm and educational. I didn't love this read but I appreciate the journey that JVN has been through so far - 3 stars.
I really enjoyed listening to Sara Bareilles narrate her book 'Sounds Like Me'. Told through eight honest essays, this is the story of Sara's life so far. This was my first audiobook and I loved it, I'd definitely recommend it for fans - 5 stars!
"The Language of Kindness" is an intimate look at Christie Watson's time working as a nurse for the NHS. I enjoyed this story for the most part, but I don't feel that the writing style has really done this memoir justice - it's 3 stars from me.
Despite being short in length, "A River in Darkness" is a really heavy and difficult read. This is an educational story of one man's journey to and from North Korea, following propaganda offering paradise when they arrived. If you're not up to speed with this aspect of history and (even more sadly) the current political climate, I'd recommend picking this up.
Written with admirable passion, Dr Amanda Brown's memoir 'The Prison Doctor' was definitely my cup of tea. I really enjoyed reading about the range of situations that she has to deal with on a daily basis - 5 stars!
I gave "Running Like a Girl" 4 stars on my first read and I think I enjoyed it even more second time round. I'd recommend this book for anyone who wants to run, or is thinking about running, but needs that extra push to get out the door - 5 stars!
"Girl A" is a difficult read, detailing the horrors that these girls had to endure, so certainly isn't for the faint-hearted. While it's hard to review something so real and so terrible, I'd give this book a strong 4 stars.
This autobiography of Maya Angelou is filled with brutality, but it's also filled with love. "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" is a truly fascinating insight into life for a black family living in the South of America in the 1930s. I'll be giving this one 3 stars because, despite my respect for the author, it's not a book I enjoyed reading for it's style and structure.
A quick informative read of a man's adventure through The Himalayas. Honest, interesting and raw, author Levison Wood gives a detailed account of the places he sees and the people he meets which leads me to score "Walking The Himalayas" a good 4 stars.