Mini Book Reviews: Dear Reader | No Win Race | Invisible Women | Let’s Do It

I’ve got so behind on writing reviews on the books I’ve been reading so I’ve decided to share some mini reviews in an attempt to catch up!

Dear Reader by Cathy Rentzenbrink

I really loved this book; it’s such a comforting and relatable read. The author discusses events in her life alongside the books that got her through and it’s a book that everyone will find something in; it’s really a love letter to books. Like Cathy, I’ve always turned to books throughout my life and they rarely let me down – they are my constant. Cathy talks about the awful times in her life through to how she got to where she is now and the part books have played all the way through. This is such a gorgeous book and is one I will not only re-read myself in the future, but will continue to buy copies to give to my friends as gifts. I highly recommend this one!

No Win Race by Derek A. Bardowell

I’m a huge football fan so was very interested in reading this book from that perspective. What I got was a fascinating, and at times heart breaking, memoir about what it is to be black and british in the UK. There is so much to this book and I would recommend it to everyone, you don’t need to be a sports fan to get something out of this book. The author relates how he felt when certain sporting events happened, and how he came to understand that black athletes were treated differently. He takes the reader from the Brixton riots to Brexit and covers so many things that happened in between. Derek is so open and honest in his writing and really brings it home how things have felt to him. I found this book devastating to read at times but I got so much out of it. I recommend this book to everyone.

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez

I’ve wanted to read this book for ages and am so glad that I finally picked it up. Invisible Women looks at how the world was designed for male bodies, and so everything is more perilous if you have a female body: medicines have always been tested on men, cars are designed around an average male height and weight so that seatbelts don’t off as good protection for women. It is an anger-inducing read! The chapter that really made my blood boil was the one that discussed how scientists think viagra may help women with severe period pain but they mainly tested it on men and discovered the benefits to men and so that’s as far as it went! I’m still furious about this! This is such an insightful book and one that people need to read though, we need to know these things and I’m so glad I read it.

Let’s Do It by Jasper Rees

I’m a huge fan of Victoria Wood’s work, I remember being allowed to stay up late to watch her TV show back in the 80s when I was still a child. It felt like such a treat to watch it with my mum every week. I was delighted to get an ARC of the audio book of this biography from NetGalley and I very much enjoyed listening to it. Victoria’s friends and co-stars share narrating duties and it really brings the book to life. It’s quite a long biography but it didn’t ever feel slow. I loved hearing about Victoria’s childhood, and how she got into comedy. I particularly loved listening to the stories behind Acorn Antiques as I loved that show. This is a must-read biography for fans of Victoria Wood. I enjoyed it so much that I bought a hardback copy for my mum-in-law for Christmas (along with a DVD of Acorn Antiques)!

15 thoughts on “Mini Book Reviews: Dear Reader | No Win Race | Invisible Women | Let’s Do It

  1. I love it that you have such varied interests, Hayley. I think the one that interests me the most is Dear Reader. I really enjoy learning about the way other readers think of books, what they get from books, and so on. The rest look great, too, though.

  2. My middle son and his fiancée gave me Dear Reader for Christmas. I loved it too. Yes, it’s a perfect book to give to anyone who enjoys books.

  3. I’ve just finished Invisible Women and I’m shocked at how the world is and how little we talk about these issues in our societies. Was definitely a big eye opener. I have asked for Dear Reader for my birthday so I’m hoping to start it next month. I really enjoyed reading this and will check out some of the other books.

    • I found Invisible Women to be such an eye opener too. As I was reading I kept messaging my best friend to tell her what I’d just read and she was just as shocked as I was. It’s awful that we don’t know as much as we should about these things and that they’re not spoken about more. I hope you get Dear Reader for your birthday and that you love it as much as I did.

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