May Review Schedule

My review slots for may are full so I’m going to share the schedule for May today.

  • The Greenmen, by Linden Forster
    • Rachel’s Random Resources
    • Fantasy
    • 3rd May
  • Dear Jane, by Allie Cresswell
    • Rachel’s Random Resources
    • Historical
    • 8th May
  • The Dream of the Tortoise, by Nyako Nakar
    • Authoright
    • Children’s book
    • 10th May
  • Retriever of Souls, by Lorraine Mace
    • Rachel’s Random Resources
    • Extract Post
    • 12th May
  • White Gold, by David Barker
    • Love Books Group Tours
    • Crime Thriller
    • 15th May
  • Blood List, by Ali Carter
    • Random Things Tours
    • Crime
    • 19th May
  • The Comedy Club Mystery, by Peter Bartram
    • Random Tings Tours
    • Crime
    • 24th May
  • Children in Chains, by Lorraine Mace
    • Rachel’s Random Resources
    • Extract Post
    • 29th May

Review: ‘The F#ck It Diet’, by Caroline Dooner


The anti-diet bible that calls time’s up to poisonous beliefs about food, weight and worth.
Not long term. In fact, our bodies are hardwired against it. But each time our diets fail, instead of considering that maybe our ridiculously low-carb diet is the problem, we wonder what’s wrong with us.
But it’s time we called a spade a spade: Constantly trying to eat the smallest amount possible is a miserable way to live, and it isn’t even working. So f*ck it.
Caroline Dooner tackles the inherent flaws of dieting and diet culture, and offers readers a simple path to healing their physical, emotional, and mental relationship with food. What’s the secret anti-diet? Eat. Whatever you want. Trust that your body knows what it is doing. Oh, and don’t forget to rest, breathe, and be kind to yourself.
Irreverent and empowering, The F*ck It Diet is call to arms for anyone who feels guilt or pain over food, weight, or their body. It’s time to give up the shame and start thriving. Welcome to the F*ck It Diet. Let’s Eat.

My Review

Thanks to the publisher, HQ, for sending me a copy of this book. It’s much appreciated.

We’ve been told by the media and diet industry that we need to bee skinny and not eat, and if we just follow this diet or take this supplement we’ll be thin and happy and finally worthy of love and success. *Head-desk*

You may have noticed I’m fat. and yet I’m not diabetic, don’t have high blood pressure or cholesterol, and until my accident in 2012 I could shoot a bow all day, walk or swim for miles without rest, then get up and do it again the next day. Strange that. I should be a couch potato who never leaves the house and should be dead if not severely ill from ‘weight-related conditions’. And yet, I’m not. How odd.

Well, not really. Genetics and epigenetics has a lot more to do with our weight and health than a lot of things we do. Social beliefs can affect our bodies, and their reaction to food. Restrictive eating makes us obsessed with food because the body is in famine mode – we need to eat to survive and starving ourselves makes our brains go ‘must find food, now!’ until you eat – binge – and then you feel like crap. Been there, done that.

I have a history of dieting and binging, and have tried to stop it often but I still get into restrictive, punishing habits. These aren’t good for me. Mentally, I get obsessive, and physically, as I discovered reading this book, my body goes into famine mode, and I get obsessed with food. And I was always hungry! Seriously, Weight Watchers was seriously bad for my mental health

This book is the result of a moment’s existential misery and years of self-care, writing and reading. The author strongly supports the HAES movement and science-based health, and fat activists.

Caroline Dooner has written an easy to read, entertaining and thoughtful (if sweary) book about not dieting, anti-dieting. It’s probably good for your mental health to give it a read. I found parts of the book brought up some of my own struggles and I cried now and then.

Review: ‘The Beautiful Side Of The Moon’, by Leye Adenle

Published By: Hoatzin Books
Publication Date: 21st February 2019
I.S.B.N.: 978-1-912563-01-2
Format: Paperback


Marking an exciting new departure by award-winning Nigerian author Leye Adenle (Easy Motion Tourist, When Trouble Sleeps), The Beautiful Side of the Moon raises an entirely unexpected and intriguing question – what would happen if God went on holiday?

In order to get a better understanding of what it’s like to be human, and to taste humanity’s joys and sorrows, God decides to have a holiday as a human being. During the course of his time off, though, he completely forgets that he’s God, which leads to some utterly unpredictable outcomes…

A delightful, playful, thoughtful adventure in speculative fiction by one of Nigeria’s most exciting new writers.

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Review: ‘Divine Invention’, by Linden Forster


Most stories begin with either an unforeseen turn of events or a problem.

Krank has a problem. For centuries, the people of the island have lived on the animals and plants to be found there. It was bliss and so the population grew. It was not until very recently anyone noticed that the quantity of plants and animals had not. The delicate balance of the ecosystem has tipped and food is dwindling.

The King assigned the island’s two resident self-proclaimed geniuses, the Creators, to find a solution. The fruits of their labour ripen into the invention of the world’s first aquatic transportation device and promises to provide passage from the island to search further afield for food and resources.

So, there it is. Problem solved. End of story. Barring any unforeseen turn of events…

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Non-Fiction Bonus Reviews #2: Five (mostly about women) from Pen & Sword

And this is my second attempt at writing this post. I got it finished and everything I’d written this evening (third book onwards) disappeared. So, I’m trying again…

In have a plan. I have soooooo many Pen & Sword books that I’m going to do a twice monthly joint ‘non-fiction’ review post of whatever I’ve read in the time between posts, about two weeks. I have five for you this time:

  • A History of Women’s Live in Scunthorpe, by Carole McEntee-Taylor (that’s a local interest one for me)
  • Life of a Smuggler: Fact and Fiction, by Helen Hollick
  • The Violent Abuse of Women in 17th and 18th Century Britain, by Geoffrey Pimm
  • The Women who Inspires London Art: The Avico Sisters and Other Models of the Early 20th Century, by Lucy Merello Peterson
  • Images of the National Archives: Suffragettes, by Lauren Willmott

So, lets get going, shall we?

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