I’ve Got Your Number book review

I've Got Your NumberI’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have a certain fondness for Sophie Kinsella and her books since I read the shopaholic series years ago. I am not the target audience, I felt I am too old for these books but I still enjoy them.
There is always a sense of a tick list with Kinsella’s books:
Professional young lady – tick
Lady in a bit of a pickle – tick
Handsome young man – tick
Handsome young man helps out – tick
Some confusion – tick
A naughty little twist – tick
Young lady and young man get together – tick
A happy ending – tick
These books are not offensive and tricky to read and I do like the fact that the central character is a young professional female, someone who is independent, working and has a set of friends. Always a good thing for the young ladies to aspire to.
I guess how the book would end pretty quickly but I enjoyed the route this took and enjoyed the people in the story.
A nice lighthearted read, good for holidays or a quick read of a night.

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My Not So Perfect Life book review.

My Not So Perfect LifeMy Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As I have mentioned in other reviews I enjoy Kinsella even if there is a certain pattern to her books.
This had that pattern but just as enjoyable as her others.
What I actually liked about this was the underlying message that things are not always what you think, it actually gave me some thought to my own social media interactions as a result.
I also liked the family, it was not all perfect and actually the central character had some sadness in her life creating balance and thought.
I found myself wanting the best for the young lady and those around her, she was smart, a trier but had her flaws.
Another easy read, easy to pick up, great for holiday.

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The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish

The Swimming PoolThe Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting read, some twists to it but I could not get away from how very middle class England it all seemed to be. This story centres around a woman who appears to be dissatisfied with her life despite having a job, family and home. Wants to get in with the in crowd no matter what the cost. The in crowd appear to accept her but all is not what it seems.
It started well, kept me fairly interested until I just thought the characters selfish, a twist and the ending. The ending being a little disappointing, but I was not sure where else it could go.
An ok read for holidays but won’t push you.

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Book review Hansons Half-Marathon Method: Run Your Best Half-Marathon the Hansons Way

Hansons Half-Marathon Method: Run Your Best Half-Marathon the Hansons WayHansons Half-Marathon Method: Run Your Best Half-Marathon the Hansons Way by Luke Humphrey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Really enjoyed this book. Nice clear explanations and great training plans to help anyone from the total beginner to the advanced.
Well written and methodical training means you are covering a lot of miles in a week but never high mileage runs.
This is not a how to run book and you will need to refer to it a few times to get maximum output and a deep understanding of how it all works but many people I know have been successful with their half marathons.

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Book review – How Bad Do You Want It?: Mastering the Psychology of Mind Over Muscle

How Bad Do You Want It?: Mastering the Psychology of Mind Over MuscleHow Bad Do You Want It?: Mastering the Psychology of Mind Over Muscle by Matt Fitzgerald
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am often hearing others talk about the psychology of sport. As a student of psychology and a ‘runner’ I am interested in how psychology can affect my own performance when competing. I am not very competitive and sometimes I wish I was more so. Maybe in the future I will be but right now I am just enjoying the fact I am getting out there.
Lots of antidotes to reflect on, some from people we all know, the household names and some from people that are not so much in the public eye.
Some lovely stories of how people overcame some really dire issues to be at the top of their chosen sport.
I felt this was doubly inspiring as I was also interested in the Olympics and felt this was a fitting book to pick up at this time.
Would it help you? Maybe, it does all depend on how much you want something, how much you are prepared to work at it and your own take on determination.
After reading it I felt that I could over come my own personal hurdles not because I want to compete and win all the races I take part in but to understand how I approach things to make it better for me.
If you like sport and psychology then this could be a good book to pick up

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Book review – Idiot’s Guides: Weight Training

Idiot's Guides: Weight TrainingIdiot’s Guides: Weight Training by Abby Fox

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Good clear descriptions of exercises using both free weights and machines. It is in sections so you are able to check exercises for the part of the body you want to work on.
Useful for beginners but also good for those who need a refresher reference.

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Revival by Stephen King

RevivalRevival by Stephen King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thought 11.22.63 would be the only Stephen King book I would enjoy. I was wrong, this book was also a great read. Had parallels with Frankenstein but with modern twists. You could almost believe it could happen. I had no clue how it was going to turn out and that made me want to keep going, edge of the seat at times. If you like science and thriller/bordering horror then this is for you.

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