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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Book Review: Love is my favourite thing

Love is my favourite thing. 

By Emma Chichester


This book is just so lovely. Its all about a little dog called Plummie, who sometimes can't help but be a teeny bit naughty.

She gets distracted by all the other things she loves, like swimming, and ice cream, and forgets to listen to her Mummy!

When she gets told off it makes her sad, and she wonders if her Mummy and Daddy will still love her.

Its a great book for any age, but my 4 year old daughter really enjoys it. We talk about what our favourite things are, and we talk about love, and why we love each other, even when we can sometimes do naughty things. Like when her brother bites her, or when she doesnt listen to mummy!

The illustrations are really great, and my 2 year old also likes the story about the naughty doggy.

What's more, is was written by a blogger!!

What's not to like?!

Plummie gets my vote! 

Review by: Laura from @mum_bore
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Book Review: Goose

Goose 

by Dawn O’Porter



Goose is a story of two girls growing up in Guernsey in the 1990's and their progression from adolescence to adulthood. Renee and Flo are both eighteen and in their final year of college but whilst Flo is determined to get to uni and take Renee with her, it looks as though Renee has other ideas.

Can they reconcile there differences or are they destined to grow apart?

I loved Goose for its nostalgia aspect, every women remembers being on the brink of adulthood with all the tough decisions to make and not knowing what the future will hold. I was cringing at some of the girls mistakes and nodding along in recognition in places.

There was something about the voices of Flo and Renee that is so completely addictive, probably because they are so raw and honest. The book is written from each girls perspective which definitely helped you become more engaged with the story and eager to find out how one of the girls decisions or actions affected the other.

Goose is an enjoyable read which explores the nature of friendship, love, sex and it  also takes a look at the delicate subject of religion. It was easy to dip in and out of, really funny and so touching in places. It's a complete blast from the past for all those that grew up in the 90's like myself.   

Review By: Jennine from @sugarmousemama

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Book Review: Step Up: Confidence, success and your stellar career in 10 minutes a day


Step Up: Confidence, success and your stellar career in 10 minutes a day


By Phanella Mayall Fine and Alice Olines


The book is described as having "inspirational stories from outstanding women in business, ‘kick-up-the-bum career advice’, and 10 minute a day career workouts, this is the must-have book for women who want to take charge of their career success." It certainly delivers everything it promises.

This is a truly inspiring book written in a witty, readable style and packed with practical, insightful guidance. It's not only a book about careers, it's deeper than that. It explores self confidence and how we women are placed in the workplace, in a straightforward and easy to understand way, highlighting how sometimes we're our own biggest saboteurs as women. It offers really useful thought strategies taken from CBT to alter your natural inclination to do yourself down.

The book is structured to give lots of interesting analysis of topics affecting women's careers - eg confidence, networking, vocalising goals and aspirations - followed by practical 10-minute 'workouts' at regular points: exercises which invite you to act on the discussion points and make it come to life for your own experience.

I've found the exercises in this really useful and thought-provoking, and have already been acting on some of the practical tips and finding it's changed my outlook and perspective for the better.

This is such a wonderful book that simply every woman in any kind of work (or not) should read. It delves into the psychology of self-esteem and the self-limiting behaviours that we women place on ourselves: it gives strategies for lifting yourself out of unnecessary self-limiting entrenched habits and beliefs, such as "I'm crap at networking", and offers tools for generally dealing with every aspect of work/career/self-confidence that we have to face as women. It's brilliant, clear, funny, intelligent.

Basically this book would have been career-altering had I been able to read it 10 years ago, but now as a self-employed "brand" it's making me feel enthusiastic about things that otherwise I would've felt intimidated or anxious (and avoidant) about.

Plus it's made me see the true life-changing power of lipstick.
Excellent book, could not recommend highly enough.

Review by: Anya, Writer and editor, Author of Pregnancy: The Naked Truth
Pilates teacher

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Book Review: There's A Bear On My Chair


There's A Bear On My Chair

By Ross Collins



How do you review a book for a toddler? It seems a bit odd as Pip goes mad for those bloody 'That's not my...' I actually logged into my Goodreads account and read a few of the reviews on there, it's as good as trip advisor; I laughed a lot! 

For Christmas her Grandad got her 'There's a Bear on my Chair' and I sort of dismissed it: no flaps, no touchy-feely bits, no inane 'that's not my...' But I was wrong. At bed time Pip would pull this out of the pile and climb onto my lap, and she would sit still for the whole thing!!! So as an 18 month old that's basically a 5* rating! 

There's a Bear on my Chair was shortlisted for CILIP Kate Greenaway which is awarded by librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration; I really have to agree. The illustrations are fab, they are minimal, cute and modern; quite refreshing for a young kids book. The colours are all really vibrant as well which help make the pictures pop. 

I love this book. I love how the mouse totally looses it (great for the when you're having a bad day), I love the Dr Seuss-esque rhyming scheme, I love how it's used unusual phrases for a young kids book. I can't wait till Pip is a little older and can laugh along with it as this book definitely has a sense of humour. Other than the Julia Donaldson books this is by far my favourite on the book shelf. I would recommend it to anyone reading with a kid under 7 probably. I know Kitty still enjoyed a Dr Seuss at bedtime at that sort of age and this really has a similar feel. 


That's a 5* from mummy too. 



Review by: Amy (kittyandpip)

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Thursday, 2 March 2017

Spring Book List



@sugarmousemama Spring reading list 


Biography/lifestyle 

The Unmumsy Mum diary by Sarah Turner – out Feb 23 

She's back once more to bring you the next instalment of her life as mum to two young boys, documenting motherhood exactly as she finds it. 

Scummy Mummies by Helen Thorne & Ellie Gibson – out March 9

A celebration of parenting failures, hilarious confessions, fish fingers and wine! Because let's be honest no matter how much we love our kids, or how good we are at parenting, everyone's a Scummy Mummy sometimes. 

The secrets of my life by Caitlyn Jenner – out April 25 

The anticipated story of the most famous transgender woman in the world, from her childhood as Bruce and Olympian Gold to her transition and her life today.

The most beautiful: My life with Prince by Mayte Garcia- out April 4 

The first wife of the popular musician takes a candid, intimate, and revelatory look at his personal and professional life.



Fiction 

The twelve lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti – out March 7 

A young girl moves back to the New England fishing village where her father, Hawley, finds work on the docks. But lurking over this family are mysteries, including the mother who died and the ghosts of Hawley’s past.

Ill Will by Dan Chaon – out March 7 

A psychologist in suburban Cleveland, Dustin is drifting through his 40s when he hears the news: his adopted brother, Rusty, is being released from prison. Thanks in part to Dustin’s testimony, 30 years ago, Rusty received a life sentence for the massacre of Dustin’s parents, aunt, and uncle.

All grown up by Jami Attenberg – out March 7

Andrea, 39, is totally single. No kids, no men, nothing keeping her from living her life to its full potential, which she does. Until her niece is born with a tragic illness, and Andrea's whole family is forced to confront their values, their lifestyles, and their choices. Told in vignettes, All Grown Up asks what happens after you've got the whole "adult" thing under control. 


Mystery/Thriller

The child by Fiona Barton – out June 29

British author Barton follows her bestselling debut, The Widow, with a psychological thriller that examines the impact of a secret on three women who have never met.


Borne by Jeff Vandermeer – out April 25

In a future strewn with the cast-off experiments of an industrial laboratory known only as the Company, a scavenger named Rachel survives alongside her lover, Wick, a dealer of memory-altering beetles with whom she takes shelter from the periodic ravages of a giant mutant bear named Mord. 


Horror/Fantasy

The Devil Crept in by Anita Ahlborn – out February 7

Ahlborn is at the top of her game with this intimate horror novel, which focuses on the relationship between overwhelmed mothers and the sons they can’t save.

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames – out February 21

Rock band culture with high-energy epic fantasy adventure in a tale of retired mercenaries literally getting the band back together for a desperate attempt to save their frontman's besieged daughter.


Romance

Unstrung by Laura Spinella –out February 21

In Spinella’s gripping contemporary, a symphony violinist and her financier husband must find a way to repair their marriage after he uses her mother’s home as collateral in a business deal.

Perfect for You by Candis Terry –out February 28 

Endearing, outspoken, quick-witted characters are the highlights of Terry's sweet, seductive second Sunshine Creek Vineyard novel, in which a longtime smoldering attraction between a CEO and his assistant bursts into flames.


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