Blind Date with a Book

  • Kleptomaniac
  • Cunning Heroine
  • Suspense
  • Thriller
  • England

That was all i got when i picked my recent book, via Blind Date with a Book. This book turned out to be Marnie by Winston Graham.

Winston Graham is also the author of the famous Poldark series, and Marnie was no less of a hit, becoming a Hitchcock classic in the 60’s.  The book is an incredibly well written psychological thriller; the writing allows you into the mind and motivations of a con artist, feeling the suspense of waiting to get caught.

I enjoyed the book, but i loved the concept behind the blind date. It was a book i was unlikely to pick up based on the cover and blurb, and a genre i do not usually delve into. However, it has kept me warm on these cold, dark winter evening and i would definitely try the process again if i ever hit a what book to pick wall.


Rating…

I rate my books in the best way i know how; the number of cups of tea its worth. A book i love to read my sat on the sofa, the train or in bed with my favourite cup of tea; so i felt it was the perfect way to express my love for the books i read. Between 1-3 cups, 3 being the best.

This book was rated:

2 T's

I rated it two cups because i enjoyed the overall theme behind the book. However, it was obvious to me that its a 50 year old book, because the plot is antiquated. I would still recommend the book however for psychological thrill seekers and people interested in the 60’s era.

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On a Spending Spree to Artemis

Went on a splurge today; was more of a book buying frenzy to be honest. After all, it’s not often payday falls on the same time as reading week. If my university is going to name half term reading week who am I to deny them. I must have spent about 40 on books in the space of 10 minutes. Though this doesn’t seem like a lot. When I start specifying that two thirds of these were Ebooks, you start to see the cost climbing.

One book I ordered was Artemis, by Andy Weir. Andy Weir is the famous writer of The Martian, one of my favourite books, so when I saw the preorder of this new one I clicked it immediately. So despite being disappointed by the wait I am really looking forward to my journey to Artemis.

Artemis is the first city on the moon. This leads to a lot of tourism, and a lot of criminals. Jazz stumbles through life in Artemis on both sides of the law. When an offer to good not to take is presented to her, she can’t say no. After all, how dangerous can a low gravity, heist be?

Pre-order Artemis here, released November 14th 2017

#3: My War – Colby Buzzell

My War: Killing time in Iraq by Colby Buzzell is a sensitive yet accurate outlook into the life of soldiers on the frontline and how returning home effects them. The honest content endears Colby to your heart and often prevents you putting the book down.

Based of Buzzell’s blog called ‘Live’ from Iraq; the humour, detail and excellent writing style makes for a compelling read. The skill in writing shows great detail in combat scenes and the formatting makes it the perfect start and stop book. It has however, lost some of its quality of speech during its move from web to paper. If you can look beyond this you will enjoy the book just as much as i did.

 

What i loved…

The use of profanity is honest and explains the true character of the author. The structure of the book and the depth of the story showed the day to day life of an American soldier; accompanied by his punk rock music compilation.

 

Rating…

I rate my books in the best way i know how; the number of cups of tea its worth. A book i love to read sat on the sofa, the train or in bed with my favourite cup of tea; so i felt it was the perfect way to express my love for the books i read. Between 1-3 cups, 3 being the best.

This book was rated:

3 T's

I loved this book, its one i will probably read again and  would strongly recommend. Its structure and humour bring you in and keeps you engaged in the tales Buzzell tells.

Buy the book here!

#2: Hospital Beat – Jonathan Nicholas

513gg0juc2blHospital Beat by Jonathan Nicholas is a unique view of everyday goings on inside a busy UK hospital.

Despite the complex language and multiple tangents in the story i found it intriguing and an enjoyable way to pass the time on the tube.  I would definitely read Nicholas’ other book sometime soon.

What i loved…

I loved that this book was a different take on typical day in the life books in an NHS setting.  The diary like structure was a great way to get in with the story and bond with the people involved. Each individual story teaches you something new about the underbelly of the NHS.

Rating…

I rate my books in the best way i know how; the number of cups of tea its worth. A book i love to read my sat on the sofa, the train or in bed with my favourite cup of tea; so i felt it was the perfect way to express my love for the books i read. Between 1-3 cups, 3 being the best.

This book was rated:

2 T's

I rated it two cups for the stories that would get you laughing. It was a great incite both into the life of the police and the hospital staff. You here many stories that you don’t think would happen. I found the first few chapters hard to get into and it took me a while to get into the book unlike books of similar formats.

Buy the book here!

#1: In Stitches – Dr. Nick Edwards

In StitcheIn Stitchess By Dr. Nick Edwards. This book shines a light onto the life of an A&E doctor.  First published in 2007, it has since sold 15,000 copies and is now up to date with more chapters than ever.

The book reads like a collection of short blog posts, but the format works by making the content feel personal and engaging. The short anecdotes makes the book a great book for me when commuting to my internship in London.

The perfect mix of alcohol related accidents to the unusual cases, and a few obligatory objects in places they shouldn’t be!

 

What i loved…

The book is truly honest, yet with enough humour that you find yourself laughing. It evenly splits discussions of actual cases and how the working life of this Dr Nick changes as time evolves. My favourite story was ‘an amusing patient’. A burly tattooed man having some issues with needles. Its a reminder that you can never judge people by their looks and that no ones invincible. Though a story the outweighs it in humour is ‘delivering oranges’, it had me laughing loudly on the underground!

Sometimes i just love being at work – especially so when you can have pleasant and amusing patients.

Rating…

I rate my books in the best way i know how; the number of cups of tea its worth. A book i love to read sat on the sofa, the train or in bed with my favourite cup of tea; so i felt it was the perfect way to express my love for the books i read. Between 1-3 cups, 3 being the best.

This book was rated:

3 T's

I rated it three cups for the honest and open way it discusses both the cases he treated and the way politics and paperwork now rule the work doctors now do in the NHS. Its a book that well deserved being on my list and will remain on my kindle for when i need a laugh or three on the train.

Buy the book here!

Bookworm or bust!

I love books. I can happily go through three or four a week, especially during the summer holidays. For a while I’ve had a list of books i’ve wanted to read…. it gets longer and longer over time as i find more suggestions or my interests change.

Reading books really helps me relax and develop as a person, something i am actively trying to make the most of. So in an attempt to encourage myself to do work my way through the list, i have decided to add a segment to my blogging escapades by letting you know what I’m reading.

I am aiming to read 100 books in a year! – whilst managing my third year at university and the two part time jobs i work… so wish me luck.

If your interested in the books i am reading, find the list here! You’ll also note there is space for more books, do you have any ideas?  Let me know on twitter with the #bookwormorbust or by commenting below…

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Missing Microbes – Starting the Story

I have been off from university for a while now and the time off has given me ample opportunity to earn some money, and sleep… i have been sleeping a lot; and with some time on my hands again i have finally reinstated my love of reading. Having started reading a book by Martin Blaser called Missing Microbes it has coincided with the release of the antimicrobial resistance report in the last few weeks detailing how in the next few years action needs to be taken to prevent the medical industry running out of functioning antibiotics.

The book is a perfect accompaniment to understanding the report as it gives the background science in simple terminology so that everyone can understand. The war on antibiotic resistance should be ranked among terrorism in terms of its severity to civilisation and a greater awareness towards the problems and how we as patients in the medical system cause it. A few chapters in i have been really interested in the bacterial infections such as Campylobacter fetus that are mentioned (but as an aspiring epidemiologist that doesn’t surprise me) and am looking forward to reading the rest of it in the next few days.


Missing Microbes by Martin Blaser (Amazon)

Review on Antimicrobial Resistance