March TBR 2019

Stack of books showing their spines to the camera

How did we get into March so quickly?! One of my goals this month is to try and read a bit more. I lost the will to read over the course of my PhD and now I’m ready to get back into the swing of things – so without further ado, I bring you my March TBR.

Just a heads up that some of the books on my list have been kindly gifted to me are are denoted with a *.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton

Evelyn Hardcastle is murdered at a party at her family manor and Aiden Bishop needs to find out who committed the crime. The only problem is every time he falls asleep he wakes up as a different guest making the investigation more difficult.

I’ve heard so much about this book and am finally determined to sit down with it and see how I fare.

The Queens of Innis Lear – Tessa Gratton *

A modern day retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear. A prophecy obsessed King has drained the magic of Innis Lear and his three daughters are determined to return the land to full power. However, the King refuses to pick an heir until the prophecies align on the longest night but they have other plans.

I was kindly gifted this from Harper Voyager through the SBCollective. I love a good fantasy novel and I love a good retelling so this seems right up my street.

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Book Review: This Is Going To Hurt

Hardback copy of This Is Going To Hurt with a white doctors coat sporting a red spill that looks like blood

Have you ever wondered what it would like to be a doctor in the NHS? What it would be like to be on the frontline when there are so many uncertainties surrounding British healthcare? This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay gives you an insight into just what it’s like to be spat out of med school and onto the wards.

I don’t think anyone is under the illusion that being a doctor (in any specialty) is an easy job – but surely it must be rewarding?. Kay outlines this beautifully in the pages of This Is Going To Hurt giving us a look at diary entries from 2004 to 2010 as he trains in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Over the years we follow his journey as he climbs up the career ladder, moves from hospital to hospital and watches his social life go up in flames.

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Slug & Lettuce, Swansea

Slug and Lettuce menu on a wooden table

Recently, Sai treated me to a trip to Slug & Lettuce to celebrate my birthday with a late lunch. This was my first visit to a Slug & Lettuce and I had high expectations thanks to the various instagram pictures I had seen – and I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed. A wash of pinks, greens and Monstera leaves paves way to trendy table and feature walls that are begging to be photographed.

Menu standing on a table surrounded by brightly coloured fabric chairs

We chose food from the daytime menu (served until 4PM). There’s plenty of choice on the menu ranging from burgers and steaks to wraps and curries. I loved the fact that it wasn’t restricted and a few of the meat dishes could be swapped out for veggie options if requested.

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Life & Times #2 – Another Year Older

Galaxy print birthday card that says 'Niece it's your day to shine'

I celebrated my 26thbirthday yesterday. This year I wasn’t worried about becoming older. I don’t stress that I’m closer to 30 than I am 20. This year I’m grateful to have seen my birthday at all.

In Life & Times #1 I spoke about being at a loss of what to do when I submitted but I didn’t really get a chance to plan out anything thanks to my ulcerative colitis. My 25thyear ended up being a shit show thanks to my health and the stress brought on from trying to finish my PhD. Now that I’m on the other side of it all I’m back to wondering what I want to do.

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Book Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Cover of Dumplin' which is black with the shilloette of a girl in a red dress

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy is told from the point of view of Miss Willowdean Dickson. Born and raised in Texas, Willowdean is the daughter of Rosie Dickson, a former Miss Teen Blue Bonnet who lives and breathes pageant life. Will isn’t about to follow in her mother’s footsteps though thanks to her weight. But what if she did? When Will and a group of other misfits decide to enter the pageant they embark on a journey where they learn more than pageant etiquette.

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