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The Language of Kindness: A Nurses Story – Christie Watson

28 Jan


Format – Audiobook

Synopsis – Christie Watson was a nurse for 20 years. Taking us from birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, The Language of Kindness is an astonishing account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness.

We watch Christie as she nurses a premature baby who has miraculously made it through the night, we stand by her side during her patient’s agonising heart-lung transplant and we hold our breath as she washes the hair of a child fatally injured in a fire, attempting to remove the toxic smell of smoke before the grieving family arrive.

In our most extreme moments, when life is lived most intensely, Christie is with us. She is a guide, mentor and friend. And in these dark days of division and isolationism, she encourages us all to stretch out a hand.

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book from audible as it was on the Daily Deal for a day. The book is a memoir of Christie Watsons life as a nurse, the career that she has had and patients that she has treated. What makes this book really good is that she narrates it herself which for a medical audiobook can only be a good thing. You could tell with her as a narrator that she understood the medical terminology well and was able to explain it in a really easy to understand way.

This book is called ‘The Language of kindness’ and it really made me reflect on the times that I have been in hospital both myself as a patient and with my children. For example – I had my tonsils removed when I was five – over 20 year ago now and I can still remember the kind male nurse who looked after me in recovery. When my Son was born the kind nurses in the special baby care unit that care for him while I was recovering. The kind nurses that calmed me down when I had to have an emergency c-section early when my daughter was distressed and when she was readmitted to hospital at just 2 weeks old who cared for her so kindly.

I really feel that the author has captured what it meant to be a nurse. It was also quite thought-provoking in places – she was working really hard, being a mum and an author and still only just making ends meet. I honestly believe that nurses should have more funds available to them – but with the NHS the way it is at the minute I can see why this doesn’t happen.

Overall this was a really good book – one I would recommend.

Rating – 5/5

2019 Reading Challenges

12 Jan

This year I’m going to continue with the 3x long-term reading challenges I have on the go, Ultimate Book Guide, Ultimate Teen Book Guide and Ultimate Book Guide 2nd Edition.

Although I’m still working my way through the older challenge posts I will hopefully finish these soon. So at the beginning of the year this is where I am at with these challenges.

Ultimate Book Guide

  • Books Read – 34/672
  • Books TBR – 6
  • Books Wishlist – 25
  • Percentage Complete – 5.07%

Ultimate Teen Book Guide

  • Books Read – 37/691
  • Books TBR – 35
  • Books Wishlist – 43
  • Percentage Complete – 5.37%

Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition

  • Books Read – 44/782
  • Books TBR – 19
  • Books Wishlist – 32
  • Percentage Complete – 5.63%

My goals in relation to this challenge are quite simple

  • Update lists and keep them updated
  • finish reading challenge wraps
  • Do the genre pages
  • Read 12 books from each challenge – roughly 1 a month


2019 Goals

9 Jan

This year I want to achieve lots! I am quite positive about sorting my life out this year and becoming a more chilled and happier person with it all.

By the end of 2019 I want to  . . . .

  • Read/listen to 52 books
  • Have TBR fully updated
  • Post 4 book reviews a month
  • Post on Instagram 2x a month
  • Read 12x Challenge Books
  • Complete A to z Challenge
  • Pay off CC1 – only £130 to go on this so achievable.
  • Pay off around £500 of CC2 – More would be a massive bonus.
  • No new debt.
  • Make outgoings more streamlined.
  • Complete accountancy course 1 and enrol on number 2
  • Achieve 1 task a day – no matter how small!

December 2018 Reading Wrap Up

8 Jan

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December was a pretty disastrous month for me reading wise – I hadn’t anticipated quite how busy I would be. What with all the Christmas preparation , working full-time, two small children and everything else I didn’t have much free time at all. Even over the Christmas period I didnt read much at all – I was far too busy building my Hogwarts Castle – but more about that in another post. I did listen to 4 audiobooks this month – however I didnt manage to read much physically at all!

The 4 audiobooks I did listen to this month are,

38)The Last of the First – Ian W Sainsbury. This was the final book in the trilogy that I have been listening too and it was really good. A very enjoyable read and I’ve got more of this authors books on my wishlist.

39)Strangeways: A Prison Officers Story – Neil Samworth. I enjoyed this memoir about being a prison officer a lot.

40) The Secret Child – Kerry Fisher – A really good thriller that I enjoyed a lot.

41) Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – J. K. Rowling. I really enjoyed listening to this again.

This brings my total for the year to 41/52. Ideally I would have liked to have reached my goal but with so many other life happenings this year I am really pleased with that.

Currently Reading.

In book form I’m still reading Does My Bum Look Big in this? by Arabella Weir for the Ultimate Teen Book Guide Challenge. I have to say I’m really not enjoying this book but I’m nearly through it now.

In audiobooks I’m currently listening to The Forth Friend Joy Ellis. This is the third book in the Jackman series and I’m really enjoying revisiting this series.

Books Brought – I don’t think I brought any books this month – I’m going to add my Christmas books onto my January haul as I’m so far behind on posts!

This year wasnt a too bad reading year – I really want to hit my target of books next year though!


November 2018 Goals – Catch Up

4 Dec

For November I set myself some goals – I’m now going to go over these to see if I achieved them!

Reading Goals

  • Listen to at least 3 audio books Achieved! I managed 4!
  • Read at least 3 books I only managed two books however still pleased with this!
  • Unpack library – we have just moved and I’m itching to unpack my books. Done!
  • Sort through read books – decide what to keep and what to donate. Done!

Blog Goals

  • Finish Reading Challenge Recaps (there is about 20 to write!) I’ve still got another 10 or so to go!
  • Write up the genre pages in the reading challenges I’m not starting this until I’ve finished the recaps
  • Make blog more streamlined Still need to do this
  • Design Graphics for blog I’ve started this but need to work on it more
  • Look into social media for blog I’ve set up an Instagram but need to use it more!

Money Goals

  • Save £200 towards Christmas Achieved!
  • Pay off at least £50 of CC1 (Remaining balance £266.51) I managed £54.36 which I’m pleased with
  • Stop using credit cards for silly purchases I only used my credit card for a couple of work related things so these will be paid off this month!

House Goals

  • Finish listing DS clothes on Ebay that are outgrown Just a few left to do
  • Sort through DD clothes and list on Ebay that are outgrown Need to do this still
  • Organise playroom Need to continue this
  • Organise DS bedroom Nearly done on this
  • Organise DD bedroom Achieved!

Asterix Series – Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo *Reading Challenge Recap*

16 Oct


Challenge – Ultimate Book Guide #2/672

Books in the Series – There are 37 books in this series so I’m not going to list them all but I found them all on Wikipedia.

Synopsis – The series follows the exploits of a village of ancient Gauls as they resist Roman occupation. They do so by means of a magic potion, brewed by their druid, which gives the recipient superhuman strength. The protagonist, the titular character, Asterix, along with his friend Obelix have various adventures.

My Thoughts – I read a few of this when I was growing up – my dad had a few of these on the shelf and I can also recall borrowing a few out of the library. It has probably been about 15-20 years since I read these so my memory is a little hazy but I wanted to log this for the challenge as read but I do remember the books being very funny in places with really good illustrations. I think it was probably one of the first comic books that I read properly. If I came across these books I’d definitely read them again!

Rating – I’m not going to rate them as it was so long ago but I definitely enjoyed them!

Recommendations – Tintin Series – Herge (Challenge book), Nicholas series – Rene Goscinny and Jean-Jacques Sempe (Challenge book), My Mums Going to Explode – Jeremy Strong (Challenge Book), Horrible Histories Series – Terry Deary (Challenge Book)

September 2018 Reading Wrap Up

8 Oct

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So September has been and gone now and I’m writing this a little late due to my early new arrival! I had a really good reading month in September – probably the best I’ve had for a number of years. I managed to read and listen to 9 books which is pretty good going for me!

19) When the Curtain Falls – Carrie Hope Fletcher. This was ok – good chick lit to fall into.

20) Their Lost Daughters – Joy Ellis – This book has really hooked me into audiobooks. I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel of this that is released this month.

21) This is Going to hurt – Adam Kay – a really good insight into what its like to be a junior doctor in the nhs.

22) Delirium – Lauren Oliver – A really good first in the series trilogy

23) Children of the deterrent – Ian W. Sainsbury – Really good young adult book.

24) Pandemonium – Lauren Oliver – Really good follow-up book to the first in the trilogy.

25) The Visitor – K. L. Slater – I didn’t enjoy this one too much

26) Requiem – Lauren Oliver – I was a bit disappointed with the books ending.

27)Differently Morphous – Yahtzee Croshaw – I didn’t really get this book.

There was a total of 4 normal books and 5 audiobooks.

Currently reading

In book form I’m currently reading Delirium Stories by Lauren Oliver as it was part of the box set I brought. I’m hoping that it will wrap up some of the loose ends to the final book of the trilogy.

In audiobook form I’m currently listening to Halfheroes by Ian W. Sainsbury. This is the next in the series to Children of the deterrent.

Books Brought

I didn’t really keep a track of what I brought this month so I’ll log better next month.

Reading Challenge Updates

I’ve been working this month at getting the 3 different lists updated and ready for me to start to get posts written about the books that I’ve already read. I’ve also got a few drafted ready to go live once my last list is finished!