Title: Speed Reading – Learn to Read a 200+ Page Book in 1 Hour

Author: Kam Knight

Pages: 118 Pages

Publisher: BooksGoSocial

The Blurb

#1 Speed Reading Book on Amazon for 2 Straight Years

This has become the go to book for students, teachers, educators, professionals, and home-school parents & children to rapidly improve their reading.

It offers simple tips to not only accelerate reading, but comprehension and memory.

Unlike other books that merely teach you to skim & scan, this book taps into your brain and eyes’ amazing power to naturally read more words in a shorter time.

In fact, this isn’t your average speed reading book.

I spent years to refine the techniques to double or even triple you reading speed with a few simple shifts. No skimming, no scanning, but reading every word with double or triple the speed.

Then with the additional tips and exercises, you will raise that level until you are comfortably reading a 200+ page book in 1 hour.

The Review

I am a quick reader. I read an awful lot of books per year yet my TBR pile never seems to go down (and my NetGalley percentage never seems to go up). I saw the title of this book and how it could teach me to read a 200 page book in one hour and my curiosity was heightened.

Some of the techniques that are taught in this book are really impressive and when you try them out you see that Kam Knight, the author, is on to something. For me, I found reading between the spaces to be the best technique and I am going to practise that one much more.

Speed Reading is definitely worth reading and giving a go. I plan to and hopefully my TBR pile will decrease.

Speed Reading – Learn to Read a 200+ Page Book in 1 Hour by Kam Knight is available now.

Title: The Man Who Died Twice

Author: Richard Osman

Pages: 336 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

It’s the following Thursday.

Elizabeth has received a letter from an old colleague, a man with whom she has a long history. He’s made a big mistake, and he needs her help. His story involves stolen diamonds, a violent mobster, and a very real threat to his life.

As bodies start piling up, Elizabeth enlists Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron in the hunt for a ruthless murderer. And if they find the diamonds too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus?

But this time they are up against an enemy who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can The Thursday Murder Club find the killer (and the diamonds) before the killer finds them?

The Review

What a triumph. The Man Who Died Twice is brilliant.

I will admit I was worried that the sequel wouldn’t live up to the brilliance of The Thursday Murder Club but Richard Osman has struck gold again. The same cast of brilliant characters along with a few new faces and a brand new case to solve. What more could you want.

With The Man Who Died Twice we delve deeper into our favourite characters backgrounds and we begin to see more and more why they are aging (sometimes disgracefully coughs Joyce coughs). This latest caper involves drugs, diamonds and the mafia among many other things and Ron, Ibrahim, Elizabeth and Joyce use their sleuthing skills yet again.

What is reassuring is that there are so many other characters to explore which leaves the option for Richard Osman to write several more books.

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman is available now.

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Title: Consent

Author: Vanessa Springora

Pages: 216 Pages

Publisher: 4th Estate

The Blurb

The devastating and powerful memoir from a French publisher who was abused by a famous writer from the age of thirteen

‘A gut-punch of a memoir with prose that cuts like a knife’ Kate Elizabeth Russell, author of My Dark Vanessa

Thirty years ago, Vanessa Springora was the teenage muse of one of France’s most celebrated writers, a footnote in the narrative of an influential man. At the end of 2019, as women around the world began to speak out, Springora, now in her forties and the director of one of France’s leading publishing houses, decided to reclaim her own story.

Consent is the story of her stolen adolescence. Devastating in its honesty, Springora’s painstaking memoir lays bare the cultural attitudes and circumstances that made it possible for a thirteen-year-old girl to become involved with a fifty-year-old man.

Drawing parallels between children’s fairy tales, French history and the author’s personal life, Consent offers intimate insights into the meaning of love and consent, the toll of trauma and the power of healing in women’s lives.

The Review

Consent by Vanessa Springora is a memoir about her time as a real-life Lolita. Springora describes her life and her relationship with a celebrated writer in France and how as she has grown up she has realised that their relationship was not one based on mutual affection but one that was manipulated by an older man taking advantage of a younger girl. She looks at the power dynamics and how her innocence was lost to this. Springora also looks at the changing attitudes of the time and how something that happened to her wouldn’t be seen as socially acceptable as it was perceived at the time (not completely accepted but far more so than in today’s society).

Consent is part memoir part social commentary about relationships, society and power. Equally, it is about claiming back your own existence and taking your power back. It is only a short book but it is a powerful one.

Consent by Vanessa Springora is available now.

For more information regarding Vanessa Springora (@VSpringora) please visit her Twitter page.

For more information regarding 4th Estate (@4thEstateBooks) please visit www.4thestate.co.uk.

Title: All My Mothers

Author: Joanna Glen

Pages: 473 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

The Blurb

MEET EVA MARTÍNEZ-GREEN, AN ONLY CHILD FULL OF QUESTIONS ABOUT HER BEGINNINGS.

Between her emotionally absent mother and her physically absent father, there is nobody to answer them. Eva is convinced that all is not as it seems. Why are there no baby pictures of her? Why do her parents avoid all questions about her early years?

When her parents’ relationship crumbles, Eva begins a journey to find these answers for herself. Her desire to discover where she belongs leads Eva on a journey spanning decades and continents – and, along the way, she meets women who challenge her idea of what a mother should be, and who will change her life forever…

The Review

My favourite tropes in books are, in no particular order: 1) coming of age stories; 2) road trip/travel stories; and 3) family mystery stories. I was rather fortunate then to read All My Mothers by Joanna Glen which uses each of these tropes.

All My Mothers is the absolutely gorgeous story of Eva Martinez-Green. Eva does not feel right. Things feel off in her life and she cannot quite figure out why. When she compares her family to others she sees that there is a disconnect. This makes her desire for a “normal” family all the more intense.

Throughout All My Mothers we see Eva searching for her identity and in doing so she uncovers information about herself and her family that leads her down a path of self discovery. The book follows her from a small child to adulthood and we see her development physically and emotionally.

I adored this book. Joanna Glen is so good at painting a picture that you want to live in yourself and she had me hooked from the very first page.

All My Mothers by Joanna Glen is available now.

For more information regarding Joanna Glen (@JoannaGlenBooks) please visit her Twitter page.

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Title: Freckles

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Pages: 352 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

The Burb

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

When a stranger utters these words to Allegra Bird, nicknamed Freckles, it turns her highly ordered life upside down. In her current life as a parking warden, she has left her eccentric father and unconventional childhood behind for a bold new life in the city.

But a single encounter leads her to ask the question she’s been avoiding for so long:  who are the people who made her the way she is?  And who are the five people who can shape and determine her future? Just as she once joined the freckles on her skin to mirror the constellations in the night sky, she must once again look for connections.

Told in Allegra’s vivid, original voice, moving from Dublin to the fierce Atlantic coast, this is an unforgettable story of human connection, of friendship, and growing into your own skin.

Five people. Five stars. Freckle to freckle. Star to star.

The Review

Due to the success of her first novels PS I Love You and Where Rainbows End I think I have come to expect certain things from Ahern but I must say that she has surprised me with Freckles – her latest release. It is a bit of a strange one. I think I was expecting a big love story but that wasn’t necessarily what I got.

Freckles focuses on Allegra Bird. She is a bit of a loner living in Dublin working as a traffic warden. She has left all she knows to find out who she is. Through a chance encounter Allegra sets out to figure out who she is through the five people most important to her. However once you have opened Pandora’s box you can never close it.

Cecelia Ahern has created an interesting coming-of-age story. Allegra is your classic flawed character. There are parts of her personality that are unlikable yet her vulnerability shines through which does make you root for her.

It is a bit of a conundrum because Freckles has not been my favourite Cecelia Ahern novel but it was an enjoyable read.

Freckles by Cecelia Ahern is available now.

For more information regarding Cecelia Ahern (@Cecelia_Ahern) please visit www.cecelia-ahern.com.

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