Library Love #4

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It’s time for a Library Love post!

Library Love is a regular series of my blog talking about my recent reads from the library, which I hope encourages some of you to use your own local library a bit more often.

Library Love 4 - Don't Bend the Spine, UK Book Blog

What a Time To Be Alone by Chidera Eggerue | 5*

When I saw that What a Time To Be Alone by Chidera Eggerue was available on my local library app, it made my day.  Chidera is better known as The Slumflower, and I have often turned to her wisdom and confidence in times of doubt.   What a Time To Be Alone is Chideru’s first non-fiction book, focussing on self-worth, and how we need to love ourselves first.    This book is ideal for young teenagers struggling with self-confidence, but at the same time, older readers such as myself will be able to learn something from it too.  What a Time to Be Alone is written with Chideru’s trademark sass and charm, and I loved the Igbo proverbs used throughout.  I read the e-book version but I would recommend picking up a physical copy as the artwork and graphics are gorgeous, and deserve more than a small screen.

Help Me! by Marianne Power | 4*

Self-help books are one of my guilty pleasures, particularly those about productivity and writing… (lol).  I may follow their advice for a week or two, but I usually end up slipping back into my old, unproductive habits.  When I spotted Help Me! by Marianne Power available on my local library app, I couldn’t resist having a read.   In Help Me! Marianne Power details her experience of reading a new self-help book each month, and then putting their advice into practice.  From facing her fear of public speaking to praying to angels, she did it all.  But did it actually improve her life or did it do more harm than good?  An impulse library loan, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy Help Me! as much as I did.   I found Help Me! to be an engaging, hilarious and addictive read, and I would recommend this book to my fellow self-help addicts.

Death in 10 Minutes by Fern Riddell | 3*

Finally, a book I have had on loan from the library for literally months is Death in 10 Minutes by Fern Riddell.  I loved the premise of the book, and I couldn’t wait to learn more about a militant Suffragette who has seemingly been ‘erased’ from the history books; Kitty Marion.  Death in 10 Minutes is marketed as a biography and uses Kitty’s name and picture on the cover, but there are times where she isn’t the star of the show, so to speak.   At times, it felt as if I was reading a non-fiction book about attitudes to sex in the Victorian era, and there were times the book veered away from its topic and started discussing something else.  It was interesting to read the full extent of the violence the Suffragettes used in their campaign, but I wish Kitty had remained the sole focus of this book.

What was the last book that you read?

Daniella x

30th September 2018
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