52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge

52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge

Before I had Finn I used to be a real bookworm, I’ve managed to read 10 books on a 1 week holiday before now. I even queued at midnight on the nights a new Harry Potter book came out. A combination of being a busy working mum & a social media addict though has meant that I barely make time for reading anymore, so this new year I set myself the target completing the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge to hopefully find my love for reading again. I’m currently reading book 16, so I’ll talk you through the ones I’ve read this year.

Currently Reading

‘The Power’ Naomi Alderman

This has been described as a cross between The Handmaid’s Tale & The Hunger Games so I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into this.

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‘The Life Changing Magic of not Giving a F*ck’ Sarah Knight

I really enjoyed some elements of this book and will definitely be taking on board not worrying so much and deciding what’s important. I think it’s a book you dip in and out of rather than get really stuck into.

‘The Goddess Revolution’ Mel Wells

I really enjoyed this book & it’s a refreshing approach to always being on a diet & tied to the scales. I loved Mel’s honesty about her own struggles with her weight, body image & mental health.

The Other Child’ Lucy Atkins

This was a bit of a mixed one for me, really gripping in parts & a bit slow in others. There was a lot of unanswered questions. I wouldn’t really rush to recommend this one.

Baby Doll’ Hollie Overton

This was quite a gripping read and a good book for holiday when you’ve got time to read it quickly. I really loved Room by Emma Donoghue and this reminds me a bit of that.

‘While My Eyes were Closed’ Linda Green

I really enjoyed this thriller, you are kept guessing throughout. Lisa closes her eyes while playing hide & seek with her daughter. When she opens her eyes she finds her daughter gone, it’s really gripping and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happens.

‘How to Stop Time’ Matt Haig

I absolutely loved this book, so beautifully written, I fell in love with a lot of the characters. Matt Haig is brilliant writer who links the whole story so cleverly. I’ll definitely be reading some more of his books.

‘The Rules Do Not Apply’ Ariel Levy

I started reading this on the plane on the way home from holiday and really got into it, but then was a bit slow to finish it when I got home. I enjoyed her story & writing style but just felt like she jumped from different aspects of her life for me. Still worth a read but not my favourite.

‘ The Keeper of Lost Things’ Ruth Hogan

I really enjoyed this book, the relationships & friendships that develop are lovely and it’s a heartwarming story. I did find the whole twist to it a bit strange though.

‘ Mum Face Grace: The memoir of a woman who Gained a baby and lost her Sh*t’ Grace Timothy. I loved this book it was the perfect mix of funny & serious. It was like having a chat with a mum friend you can be perfectly honest with, all the things new mums are scared to admit.

Kevin & Sadie series Joan Lingard this series consists of 5 books The Twelfth Day of July, Across the Baricades, Into Exhile, A proper Place, Hostages to Fortune. I loved these books and read them all over a few days. We were in Belfast when I started reading them and wanted to learn more about The troubles. These books are all about Sadie a Protestant & Kevin a catholic and the difficulties they face trying to have a relationship in the North of Ireland.

‘Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine’ Gail Honeyman

This is a beautiful book & one that will stay with you for a long time. It really brings home to you the importance of kindness & compassion, Eleanor is a character I think we can all relate to in some ways.

‘The Trap’ Kimberley Chambers

This was a really easy but gripping read, based on 2 brothers in the East of London in the 60’s & 70’s who run a gang. I’ll probably read the rest in the series.

Dr Dawn’s Guide to your Baby’s First Year. 

Dr Dawn’s Guide to your Baby’s First Year. 

I was recently sent a copy of Dr Dawn’s Guide to your Baby’s first year and Dr Dawn’s guide to Toddler health .  Dr Dawn Harper is a GP, Mother of three and famous for shows like Embarrassing bodies and Born Naughty? 


I really enjoyed reading both of her books. They both offer no nonsense straightforward advice on your child’s health. In this review I will talk about the book Your  Baby’s  First Year. 

I love how Dr Dawn introduces herself  she is immediately relatable. Despite being a GP it is obvious she has the same new Mum fears we all have at some point.  I knew her advice wouldn’t sound patronising or unachievable like some parenting books. 

The book contains tips for looking after yourself, this is so important and something we all forget. 

I also loved Dr Dawn’s practical weaning tips, there is so much conflicting advice now a days it is nice to hear advice from a GP who you know is giving you the facts. 

I read the whole book from start to finish in one sitting but I know I will keep referring back to the advice given. Especially the A-Z of infant ailments. 

I wish I would have had these books when I first had Finn as I would often worry and turn to Google if Finn was ill, which made me worry even more. This book offers sensible advice and you know you can trust a GP.I particularly enjoyed the sections on travelling with a baby and sleeping as these were worries of mine. 

There is a handy developmental checks and milestones timeline, Dr Dawn explains what will happen at each check which again is perfect for a worrier like me. 

The section on vaccines is very informative but not an overload of information. It would be useful for anyone who is unsure if to let their baby be vaccinated as all the side effects and reasons why we vaccinate are explained. 

I would definitely recommend every parent to be or new parent buy this book. It would also make a brilliant book for any parents to be. 

Finn’s Top 10 Books 

Finn’s Top 10 Books 

Here’s the top 10 Books we are currently loving. 

Cave Baby Julia Donaldson & Emily Gravett 

There’s definitely a Julia Donaldson theme we love her. I love the story but also love the detail of the illustrations, this is definitely a book older children and baby’s will enjoy. 


The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler 

Finn’s choice for world book day. Againthe illustrations  are beautiful and I can see as Finn gets older he will love searching for all the characters. 


Stick Man Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler 

Even me and Stu were gripped on the story and urging Stick Man to hurry up and make it home. This is another book I can see us reading for years to come. 


Pass it On Sophy Henn 

This book is beautiful, all about finding and sharing happiness. It’s a lovely message to pass to your child and I can also imagine as Finn gets older we will be able to use it to discuss any things that may be bothering him and the importance of kindness and finding happiness in the smallest of things. 


We’re going on a Bearhunt Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury 

An absolute classic, I have fond memories of reading this with my parents and now I love reading this to Finn. Although I can guarantee as he gets older he will be requesting Daddy to read this every time as he is so much better at the voices and sound effects.


Superworm Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler 

Super worm is another Julia Donaldson favourite. It’s a lovely story with beautiful pictures and another book I can see us reading for many years to come. 



Night Monkey Day Monkey Julia Donaldson 

This is one of our newer books and the story is lovely I can imagine it will be really nice to read with older children who have fears about bedtime. 



Thomas & Friend’s Rolling Wheels 

Finn loves Thomas so the fact that this book is really interactive is brilliant. He loves the sound effects and the rolling wheels. I love interactive books like this as it gets even young children interested in reading. 


Animal Opposites Big & Small 

This is another favourite due to the fact that it is interactive also Finn loves looking at the pictures. 


That’s not my Owl 

We love this book Finn loves all the different textures, this is another book where even young babies can get involved and discover a love of reading. 



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