Book Review: How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran

One thing that I enjoy just as much as hanging out with my dogs, is wandering around a bookshop. I could spend hours just browsing the shelves for the next good read. Sometimes I find it, sometimes I don’t. I was killing some time in the bookshop while my Mum was shopping and I happened upon Caitlin Moran’s book on the reommended books table. I picked it up and started reading. I laughed out loud before the end of the first page and I definitely had to get it. I was not disappointed.

Caitlin Moran talks about feminism in a new and modern sense and talks about the difficulties she had while growing up. I especially loved when she talked about her dog, but of course I would love that aspect of the book. Going into the subject of how she dealt with being a woman in her career and accepting that she was a feminist but going against some of the ideals it had.

Covering an array of topics from dating, marriage to having kids and one very emotional chapter about abortion. Caitlin takes the feminism book genre into the twenty-first century while making the reader laugh with her own blend of comedy and telling it like it is.

Whether you are a fan of feminism books or not, I highly recommend this book for women to read. It’s one of those that you won’t forget and there are a lot of things within it that will have you thinking.

A five pawprint rating if there ever was one!

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Book Review: Traces by Professor Patricia Wiltshire

For lovers of True Crime and forensic investigation, this book is one not to be missed. Patricia Wiltshire blends specific events in her life and explains how she got into Forensic work and how it became so important to her. Talking about some of the cases she has worked on and how she used pollen and other substances to link the killer to the crime.

As she talks about the cases, it is clear how much she cares about the victims and getting justice for them. The way she talks about her work shows the passion she has in her work and how much it interests her. It is interesting to read the work Patricia has done and then how she actually became involved in doing forensic investigation.

There is a lot of information on pollen, plants and the other pieces associated with her work and it may seem a little intimidating, however it doesn’t take away from the flow of the book. It is fascinating to read the different aspects of the forensic work undertaken. There are a lot of forensic books that throw jargon at you without explaining what it means, but Patricia Wiltshire makes sure you understand exactly what she is talking about.

There is a section where Patricia talks about some emotionally challenging times she has had and I won’t lie, I had a lump in my throat while reading it. Do not let this book go by without reading it. If you are a fan of True Crime or forensics, then you will absolutely adore this one.

Without a doubt gets the 5 pawprint rating.

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Book Review: Fate, Love And Experience Points by Alodia Thaliel

New author Alodia Thaliel has definitely outdone herself with her first book. From the first page, she grips the reader and keeps them held until the very end. It has a very modern feel given that the main characters meet through a video game which is something that a lot of people can relate to. It is a beautiful love story that has so much more throughout.

The characters are varied and well developed throughout and the plot moves at such a pace, readers will find it difficult to put this gem down. For those who enjoy a love story with a modern kick, this book is a must read and one that should be added to your e-reader.

A fair few will fall in love with Gabe and there is searing heat in the passionate love scenes. They are well written, descriptive and the emotions practically jump off the page. Fate, Love And Experience Points marks a very promising beginning to this writers career and I cannot wait to read the next installment.

This awesome modern story deserves the 5 pawprints.

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Book Review: Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs by Caitlin Doughty

I stumbled across Caitlin Doughty by chance on YouTube and I haven’t looked back. For those who don’t know of her, she is a mortician who answers those questions about death and corpses that some may be afraid to ask but have always wanted to know. As a morbid soul, I jumped at the chance to know more and she doesn’t disappoint. She has written books previously on being a mortician and about cremation which will be reviewed once I’ve read them. But I decided to start with her latest book as the title immediately got my attention.

The premise of this book is Caitlin answering questions about death that have been asked by children. Out of the mouths of babes indeed. Children aren’t afraid to ask the tough questions and some of these are ones that were absolutely fascinating. The title was one of the questions and if you want the answer, read the book.

So many people are afraid of death and won’t ask questions about it. This might not be the book for them. For someone who is intrigued by bodies, the customs on how they’re dealt with and other related topics, it was a truly fascinating read. Caitlin is very knowledgable and shares that knowledge with her readers and also in a podcast called “Death In The Afternoon” which I also recommend.

Please give this book a go as you won’t be disappointed. This one more than earns the 5 pawprint rating.

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Book Review: Calm The F**k Down by Sarah Knight

And thus begins the final review of the books I’ve read by Sarah Knight. As stated in the previous reviews, this book was another huge help and with something that has plagued me for a long time. Anxiety.

Since I was a child, I’ve always been anxious about weird things. Before I went to school, I asked my Uncle if the bell was loud as I wasn’t a huge fan of loud noises. I’m still a little jittery when it’s thundering and don’t get started on when someone is near me with a balloon. My Mum and I have literally had to move tables in a restaurant because the kids at the next table were playing with balloons and it was making me a nervous wreck. So yeah, weird things.

Sarah Knight puts different situations into categories of likelyhood of them happening. Like the chances of you walking out you front door and being stepped on by a giant as opposed to getting a stain on your new article of clothing. She then discusses how to deal with that anxiety and ultimately come to terms with the fact that there are some issues in life that cannot be avoided. But that they’re also not the end of the world.

If you have anxiety and have read other books that haven’t been helpful, then I recommend you give this a go. Sarah Knight has a knack of hitting the nail on the head when it comes to dealing with certain things and it’s definitely an interesting read too.

Gave this awesome book 5 pawprints.

 

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Book Review: Get You Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight

To say this book came exactly when I needed it would be an understatement. I had found myself in a rut for a few weeks and while I was getting some work done, I wasn’t working to my full potential and couldn’t figure out how to improve. After reading Sarah Knight’s first book, I saw the title of this one and I had to read it.

Having finished it in two days, that’s the first clue that it was an awesome read. It goes into great detail about the daily activities you may have and then organises them in order of importance. There are so many laugh out loud moments in this book and more relatable moments than I could count. Again, there might be too much profanity for some to handle, but to be honest I think it adds to the realism of this book.

There are tips for making a list of daily activities you have to do and getting the motivation to get the other things we humans have to get done on a weekly basis. It really does help. After reading the book, I got one of those yearly calander posters you can get for you wall and put it up. It now has all the dates of birthdays that I have a bad habit of forgetting. Except my dogs birthdays, they’re never forgotten. I also put the dates when my assignments are due for University.

Given that I am now writing these reviews because I have been meaning to do this for months and now here I am. It’s safe to say that this book works wonders. If you’re having problems with motivation or organisation, read this book ASAP!

This one deserves the 5 pawprint treatment.

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Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F**k by Sarah Knight

The title of this book was the first thing that grabbed me. I’m really glad it did. From the first page, Sarah Knight tells it as it is and doesn’t mince her words. She combines her own experiences to explain how to become one who doesn’t give a fuck about what happens. It also explains how to do this without becoming an asshole which was a fun section.

Granted, there are people who may not find the use of the F-word something they don’t like. However, it is a welcome change to the other self help books out there. Rather than being full of facts and statistics, it goes into the nitty gritty of how we work ouselves up into a state over the smallest, most insignificant things.

Today, there are so many people who suffer from anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses. It is diffiult for people to deal with and it’s books like this that have helped some people take that first step to living with their mental illness and taking control.

All that can be said is to get this book and enjoy it. Sarah Knight has used her own experiences to help others and I definitely found this book a big help. So much so that I bought her other books which will be reviewed.

Gave this book the good ole 5 pawprints.

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My Favorite Murder Rocks Glasgow!

Saturday night brought true crime fans to the Theatre Royal for a live show of the popular podcast My Favorite Murder. Karen Gilgariff and Georgia Hardstark were absolutely amazing and had the audience eating out of the palms of their hands. Georgia started with the story of Renee and Andrew Macrae who disappeared in 1976 and were never seen again. The story took an interesting turn when Georgia explained that an arrest was made in the case in September this year. William MacDowell was arrested and charged with the murders of Renee and Andrew.

William MacDowell was Renee’s husbands accountant and it was discovered after the disappearance that Renee and William were having an affair and Andrew was his son.

Karen covered the case of Peter Manuel who murdered seven people in Scotland between 1956 and 1958. He was dubbed “The Beast of Birkenshaw”. He was the last man to be hanged on the gallows at Barlinnie Prison.

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Even before the event began, the atmosphere was electric. Karen and Georgia cover the subject of mental illness in their show. They have helped a lot of listeners deal with anxiety and the community they’ve created called “Murderinos” are close and help one another. In their podcast, they say that it is great to hear of fans attending the shows on their own which helped me as I attended the show solo. I met a lovely Murderino and we had a great chat and have kept in touch. After the show, I went to the meet and greet. It was such a lovely experience and the girls were amazing and immediately made me feel at ease.

If the show comes to a venue near you, don’t hesitate. If you’ve never heard the podcast, then I suggest once you’ve finished reading this, listen to it. You won’t regret it. Each episode is like hanging out with your best friends and talking about a topic that a lot of people considered taboo. So many people have lived believing that talking about true crime was wrong but this amazing podcast had changed all that. Now we can listen to this podcast and have a community of like-minded people to discuss it with.

Thank you to Karen, Georgia, Steven, Vince and Jay for everything that you do for us Murderinos.