March TBR 2019

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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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Book Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

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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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Book Review: S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett

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S.T.A.G.S by M. A Bennett is set in a private boarding school and follows Greer Macdonald as she begins her first scholarship year at the prestigious institute. Greer has moved from her public comprehensive school in Manchester to join the elite in a school that not only nurtures tradition but dies by it. She’s a misfit who finds herself isolated until she receives an invite for huntin’, shootin’, fishin’ from the Medievals (S.T.A.G.S prefects and popular kids) over half term weekend. But sometimes things truly are too good to be true…

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Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

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The story of Eleanor Oliphant takes place in Scotland as we learn more about the 30 year old’s day to day life. She has worked in the same office doing finances since the age of 21, eats the same meal deal for lunch everyday and spends her weekends polishing of 2 bottles of vodka before starting the week fresh. In short, Eleanor Oliphant appears to be nothing extraordinary. A rather prim and proper character, she struggles to have any meaningful interactions with her work colleagues and lacks in the friends department due to her odd behaviour. That all changes when a small act of kindness takes her entire life out of the comfort zone it has been sitting in for almost a decade and forces her to address how exactly she is living her life.

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