#libraryfinds My Lucky Life. Dick Van Dyke. 

I’m a sucker for a showbiz autobiography! And I loved reading this one. Surprise fact, he enjoyed making Mary Poppins, but not Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. 

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I’ve heard so much about this book! I can’t wait to start reading it. 

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#Libraryfinds. You Don’t know me, But … A #Footballer’s Life. Clarke Carlisle. 

How many of us groan when our partner tells us the footie is on & they want to watch it? That was me two years previously. I used to hide the remote control underneath the pillow & sit on it. 

Now I know who Vardy is, how the league table works, & love listening to the two Mikes on TalkSport.

I usually pick up football memoirs after my partner has read them. I hadn’t ever heard of this footballer before, but after a crippling injury, he spent much of his footballing career in lower leagues & never quite hit the glittery heights of the Prem

It’s a decent read. The past & present perspectives are jumbled, with a limp finish, but I did like reading about what it is like in the lower leagues, the conditions of the pitch, & the questionable tactics of the managers. 

I’m off to find another footballing memoir. Any recommendations?

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#Libraryfinds #BookReview. The Princess Diarist & Wishful Drinking. #CarrieFisher.  

I can’t say I remember being overawed with Star Wars, although as a child I watched the films a number of times because of Carrie Fisher: a princess among men sporting less ridiculous hair dos. 

The Princess Diarist really is a ‘sort of’ memoir. There’s three stories told: getting the part of Leia, her affair with co star Harrison Ford and the after effects of fame in a major movie. 

I appreciate Fisher for her honesty about that affair. Nobody wants to be thought of as a homewrecker after all. I love the humour too, it just rolls off of the writing.

Wishful Drinking was am interesting look at the lives of her famous parents: Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, and a baffling explanation of their family tree too. 

Too are written accounts of her addiction and mental health. She writes ‘they should issue medals along with the steady stream of medications one has to inject‘ and I couldn’t agree more.

These are two books I keep coming back to, and intend to keep a hold of for as long as the library will allow me as they’re brilliant reads

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Library Finds. Book review. So, Anyway. John Cleese. 

There is no denying the comedy genius of John Cleese, but what was so amazing to read in his autobiography was when he started out he was so unsure of himself! One other astonishing fact was the career path that John Cleese nearly went down, and it wasn’t comedy. To think so many memories of my falling off my chair laughing at the Silly Walks and A Fish called Wanda might never have been had he gone down that route. 

The book does stop at about the mid seventies. The years since were skipped over, but I suppose the stories of the many films he made, and the success of Faulty Towers, have been told countless occasions before.

Quite rightly there’s much written about John Cleese being a Python, and the book finishes with those last Monty Python live shows in London. 

Ultimately I did feel underwhelmed by the book because of the lack of detail of some parts of John Cleese’s life, but learning about his early years, and days as a teacher, were enlightening. 

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Book Review. Thirteen Reasons Why. Jay Asher. 

For whatever reasons I never used to like this book. I thought it glorified depression & suicide & naïvely thought it was all about sex.

How wrong was I?
This is an excellent book. It shows exactly how those small rumours can destroy one person, as well as the unkind things we do to each other. You focus on these & they blow up into bigger incidents in your mind & infiltrate every other area of your life.

Hannah is a great character & Clay at first is not at all likeable, because he too brought into the rumours &, although he had a crush on Hannah, these rumours, as well as shyness, held him back from asking her out.

This book was upsetting in the way that Looking for Alaska was, that we don’t know what a person is thinking, or feeling, & sometimes what we don’t do can become of our biggest regrets.

Wow, was I wrong about this book & it begs the question too, why are we not educating children on sex & what should be kept between two people.
Have you read 13 Thirteen Reasons Why? What are your thoughts?

For whatever reasons I never used to like this book. I thought it glorified depression & suicide & naïvely thought it was all about sex.

How wrong was I?
This is an excellent book. It shows exactly how those small rumours can destroy one person, as well as the unkind things we do to each other. You focus on these & they blow up into bigger incidents in your mind & infiltrate every other area of your life.

Hannah is a great character & Clay at first is not at all likeable, because he too brought into the rumours &, although he had a crush on Hannah, these rumours, as well as shyness, held him back from asking her out.

This book was upsetting in the way that Looking for Alaska was, that we don’t know what a person is thinking, or feeling, & sometimes what we don’t do can become of our biggest regrets.

Wow, was I wrong about this book & it begs the question too, why are we not educating children on sex & what should be kept between two people.


Have you read 13 Thirteen Reasons Why? What are your thoughts?

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Library Finds. Book Review. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. 

I wasn’t expecting much from this book. 
To save Cedric Albus, Harry Potter’s son, is going to use a stolen time turner to turn back time, change history, & save him because he was a ‘spare’ & Albus, an angry teenager, knows how  that feels.

What a ridiculous plot. Excuse me while I laugh.
Albus, bearing the fame of his dad’s fame, is a horrible character. He, & in fact the whole book, feels like something written for a middle grade audience, & while it was wonderful to be in the Wizarding world again, & the play did get quite exciting towards the finish, this was a poor effort. 

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