Book Club

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

The Supermum Myth - Anya Hayes & Dr Rachel Andrews

I've been following Anya on social media for quite sometime I always felt her words of wisdom always resonated with me so I was really keen to dive into her book and it did not disappoint!

This book is a must read for every mother it really should be given out to everyone in maternity packs its a lot more useful than the minuscule free samples and advertising junk that is thrust upon new mothers the minute they get those two blue lines.

The book is a useful tool for any woman trying to navigate the emotional rollercoaster of modern motherhood. Packed with tips and activities to help overcome anxiety, ditch guilt and embrace imperfection. The book certainly helped me to realise that ''Perfect Parenting'' and ''Supermum'' really don't exist.

I loved the book because I found it to be non judgemental or preachy. The book is well written and completely relevant to todays modern mother. The activities in the book are easy to do and are really helpful for resetting your mind set and regaining your confidence. I loved that the book doesn't just cover the baby/toddler year because for me personally I have found the school years the  hardest, especially navigating school mum friendships and the mental load that school life requires of you.
Since reading the book I have put some of the practical tools in place and I have found that I feel less overwhelmed and a hell of a lot more confident.

The Supermum Myth is available to buy now on and all good bookshops.

You can follow Anya on Instagram - @mothers.wellness.toolkit


Monday, 18 February 2019

The Day The Phoenix Rose - Lola Lunn

The Day The Phoenix Rose is a collection of true life stories written by women who have overcome the deepest darkest pain imaginable. This is the story of how they rose from the ashes.

Each chapter of the book is a woman's personal story of harrowing abuse, violence, depression and more. I found the book difficult to read in places as I had tears streaming down my face you will definitely need a few tissues! The courage and amazing ability to pull together the strength to over come what happened to these ladies had me absolutely gripped I read the entire book in two sittings!

All the stories are beautifully written with such raw emotion that shouts from each page. It truly is amazing and showcases how strong women truly are. I applaud the bravery and strength it must have taken each lady to share her story.

I personally liked the inspirational quotes that head up each chapter I thought this was a lovely touch I've found myself thinking about them a lot since finishing the book. This is a book that I would recommend to be on every woman's bookshelf. Whoever you are or whatever your life experience you will find something in this book that will resonate with you and show you that you are not alone and you too can rise again like the Phoenix.

The Day The Phoenix Rose is available to buy now on Amazon UK


Monday, 21 January 2019

My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen

Anyone familiar with Lily Allen and her music will know she's not one to 'Beat around bush' blunt, rude or brash however you like to describe her lily certainly knows how to tell it like it is with her no holds barred attitude that I have always admired her for.

In the introduction Lily admits she's too young to write her entire story and at 33 she certainly is! Instead the book concentrates on the things she thinks readers will be interested in ''the things in my life that changed events, upended things, upset the cart'' Her early life, career, family, drug and alcohol problems are all covered no subject is too precious.

I felt that the book gave a good incite into who Lily really is with no bullshit. I  would say reading the book felt very similar to going down the pub with a friend for a good old heart to heart, this is because Lily has a unique writing style that is witty but also very moving she makes the reader feel like she's talking just to you.

I would really recommend this book it certainly challenged my preconceptions. If you think you have a good idea of what its like to be a celebrity or what Lily Allen is really like this book sets the records straight.

My Thoughts Exactly is out to buy now


Friday, 4 January 2019

Spookysaurus by Crispin Lowrey

Have you ever been asked ''Why are the dinosaurs all extinct?'' have you ever wondered yourself? 
Well after 65 million years, we finally have our answer....

This is a fantastic rhyming book which is beautifully written, funny and totally original. The book tells the story of all the different theories of why dinosaurs no longer came to be but with a funny twist which is the character the Spookysaurus. 

The author Crispin Lowrey has a distinctive style of writing which engages the reader with ease. My seven year old has been reluctant to keep up his reading over the Christmas Holidays but the Spookysaurus managed to awaken his curiosity. Every child will definitely want to know what the Spookysaurus is!

The book has some fantastic illustrations that complement the story perfectly. Each page is bright and colourful with large text which is perfect for young readers. I loved the authors addition of a game of find and seek with an alien that the reader needs to find 11 times throughout the book. My son loved scouring the pages to find the alien it was such a lovely touch. 

The book is aimed at readers 0-7 years and is available to buy from
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