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Book Review: This is going to Hurt, by Adam Kay (2017)

This is the first novel authored by British doctor, turned comedian Adam Kay. As he explains, the book is a collection of journal exerts derived from his own personal reflection of his days as a doctor. It gives a very clear and correct image of what can and actually does happen in main stream hospitals and other areas where health care professionals spend their days providing health care to those in need.

The fact I am still a practicing registered Nurse gave the book a lot of its appeal to me. Not to mention the raving review given by the nurse colleague whom suggested I give the book a go! Other than the obvious, I found this book funny and revealing, giving a great view to non- health care workers a fabulous look into what in some cases is a foreign concept. I also feel the extra information included in the footnotes is exceptional allowing all readers to have a basic understanding of what they are reading.

Over all this book has been an excellent read and is well worth checking out. No medical background required! I would recommend this book who likes a good laugh and has the stomach for some quite icky occurrences! I give this book a rating of 8/10 stars.


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Book Ideas: The Huntsman’s Amulet, by Duncan M. Hamilton.

Another great sounding book from a top author. I will have to move this up my #mustread list.


Alone in a foreign land, Soren must come to terms with loss and a gift that has been as much a burden as a benefit.

A long abandoned city may hold the answers he seeks about the Gift of Grace, but a lethal assassin proves that old enemies have not forgotten him.

As misfortune pulls him ever farther from an unsettled score, he finds hope in an unexpected place…

The Huntsman’s Amulet follows The Tattered Banner and is the second part of the swashbuckling fantasy adventure ‘Society of the Sword’ trilogy.

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Reading Suggestions: The Queen of Nothing, by Holly Black (2019).

This looks good. I have heard a lot of things about this author. It could be worth taking a look.


After being pronounced Queen of Faerie and then abruptly exiled by the Wicked King Cardan, Jude finds herself unmoored, the queen of nothing. She spends her time with Vivi and Oak, watching reality television, and doing odd jobs, including squaring up to a cannibalistic faerie.

When her twin sister Taryn shows up asking a favour, Jude jumps at the chance to return to the Faerie world, even if it means facing Cardan, who she loves despite his betrayal. When a dark curse is unveiled, Jude must become the first mortal Queen of Faerie and break the curse, or risk upsetting the balance of the whole Faerie world.

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Reading Suggestions: Minor Mage, by T. Kingfisher (2019).

This looks like an interesting read. Could be worth checking out further! 📚📖⭐️👍👌😊


Oliver was a very minor mage. His familiar reminded him of this several times a day.

He only knew three spells, and one of them was to control his allergy to armadillo dander. His attempts to summon elementals resulted in nosebleeds, and there is nothing more embarrassing than having your elemental leave the circle to get you a tissue, pat you comfortingly, and then disappear in a puff of magic. The armadillo had about wet himself laughing.

He was a very minor mage.

Unfortunately, he was all they had.

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Book Review: Boy, Swallows, Universe, by Trent Dalton (2018).

I recieved this book as a Christmas gift, and although its not of my usual genre I found myself quite interested. It tells the story of a young boy named Eli and his life in 1983 in Australia. unfortunately Eli doesn’t have the best experience growing up. His brother is mute. He doesn’t know his father. His mother is a drug addict, who ends up partnering with her boyfriend and dealing Her o i ne to support themselves and her two children. Not exactly the best family life. The story describes what life is like and how del v i ng
i n to the life of convicted criminals past and present.

What I liked about the book?

I feel this is a unique storyline, though admittedly not of my usual genre so I am not entirely sure how correct my assumption really is. But in itself, this was what had me turning pages, constantly needing
to know if things will become worse or better for Eli and his defective family. The author has portrayed some really interesting characters, and sends them forth on a journey that could easily lead to ruin. Thankfully our characters are much stronger than the predicaments they find themselves in.

What I didn’t like

There really wasn’t a great deal not to like in this novel. Great characters and fascinating storyline. The author has definitley done his research about prison and used references in some interesting ways in portraying life for people who live behind bars.


Admittedly, I have enjoyed this Novel from a great new author. Trent Dalton is def in itley one author to keep an eye out for. I would recommend this novel to all fiction book lovers. Especially those who spent their childhood in NSW Australia. I give this book a rating of 7 /10 stars.


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Book Ideas: Paladin’s Grace, by T. Kingfisher (2020).

This looks like it may be interesting. The cover is superb. Really catching the eye. Definitely something worth checking out 🤗 👀 🤓 📖


Three years later, Stephen is a broken paladin, living only for the chance to be useful before he dies. But all that changes when he encounters a fugitive named Grace in an alley and witnesses an assassination attempt gone wrong. Now the pair must navigate a web of treachery, beset on all sides by spies and poisoners, while a cryptic killer stalks one step behind…

From the Hugo and Nebula Award winning author of Swordheart and The Twisted Ones comes a saga of murder, magic, and love on the far side of despair.

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Reading Ideas: A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer (2019).

I feel that its quite difficult to pass this book title! Definitely down my alley of reading material. I have added this to my #mustread list. I think most people will wish to check this one out.


Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom

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Book Review: Lord of the Rings, Return of the King, by J. R. Tolkien

What the book is about

The third and final instalment of the Lord of the rings saga, gives us an ending to the destruction of middle earth and the corruption of anything remotely good. In this book, we find Frodo and Sam finally in the midst of mount doom, finally able to destroy the ring.

Aragorn finds his place as king among kings and Gandalf and Shadowfax are reunited and allowed to remain that way. Characters are finally able to find some sort of ending to each of their stories.

What I liked about this book.

I guess after reading the first two novels and watching Frodo and Sam come so close to death on so many occasions that even knowing the ending made me wonder if the pair would be able to endure such tests of will and spirit. I also enjoyed the fact that Gandalf the White rides among them to help the armies won their campaigns.

One other specific moment in which I did really enjoy was the interactions between Legolas and Gimli during their time amongst those who m death had already claimed. The Dwarf tries hard to separate himself from his fears, but like many before him, found his knees felt as though they were jelly!

What I didn’t like about this book.

There really isn’t a lot not to like! It finishes with the destruction of the ring, which in turn stops the total destruction of middle earth.


I have to say I did have doubts about this series. Having watched the Movie Trilogy a number of times, so spotting the numerous differences and additions along with what was left out of the movie’s became almost a game. I have to admit I was disappointed that certain love stories only existed in the movie. However, the author has written such an entertaining dialogue that it barely matters. I feel that both author and trilogy will remain some of histories longest remembered stories. Overall, I very much enjoyed the third novel, The Return of the King and I am happy I can now say that I have finally read these books. I recommend the book to anyone interested in epic fantasy. I gave this book a rating of 9/10 stars.


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Book Suggestions: A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine (2019

Could be worth a closer look 📚 💯 👏 👍


Ambassador Mahit Dzmare travels to the Teixcalaanli Empire’s interstellar capital, eager to take up her new post. Yet when she arrives, she discovers her predecessor was murdered. But no one will admit his death wasn’t accidental – and she might be next.

Now Mahit must navigate the capital’s enticing yet deadly halls of power, to discover dangerous truths. And while she hunts for the killer, Mahit must somehow prevent the rapacious Empire from annexing her home: a small, fiercely independent mining station.

As she sinks deeper into an alien culture that is all too seductive, Mahit engages in intrigues of her own. For she’s hiding an extraordinary technological secret, one which might destroy her station and its way of life. Or it might save them from annihilation.

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Read All The Books: Storm and Fury, by Jennifer Armentrout (2019).

Love the look of this book. Gargoyle protectors? Just this concept in itself is enough to make want to rad it just to discover what this could possibly be!


Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens – gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again – but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light.

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