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.
A quick, enjoyable read which I hope can remind those in need that they are not alone in feeling how they do. As an important account of one young man's struggle with mental illness, this is not something I can 100% relate with, yet "Reasons to Stay Alive" is beautifully written with inspirational quotes on every page and I'm giving it 3 stars.
I found "Names for the Sea" to be full of interesting facts and details of Icelandic culture, historical background and family stories. Yet the story was padded out with boring details of supermarket struggles and domestic complaints. I'll be giving Sarah Moss' "Names for the Sea" 2 stars.
An informative read about my favourite animal which really put a smile on my face. 5 stars!
A disappointing 2 stars for a book I just couldn't enjoy no matter how hard I tried. Dragged out, sluggish and whiny yet interspersed by engaging and interesting chapters, sadly this story of self discovery was just not for me.