Twizzle Brown and Lenny Sparkle – Cassie Stafford
This one is my own and I am adding it to the book corner as a great deal of love, time and patience went into creating this book and its something I am so very proud of achieving. I hope that children are still enjoying it.
This area is not only for books that I feel have helped me on my health journey, but also books that I have read and loved, and sometimes have even read more than once, because its a great read and sometimes superbly written, or a laugh out loud, or a really gritty story that shocks you, but you cannot put it down! its the four bar KitKat saying – once you’ve had two fingers, you really cannot resist the other two (or is that just me?).
A Boy made of Blocks – Keith Stuart
A Boy made of Blocks by Keith Stuart – I’ve read this twice. I bought it at an airport an impromptu buy that only left my hands during meal times and when I went to sleep. If I remember correctly, it was rated high on the Richard and Judy book list that year and quite rightly so in my view.
A heartwarming and funny story about a neurotypical father, who struggles to connect with his autistic son. The story is actually inspired by the authors own life experiences with his son. I was drawn to this book as our son had been diagnosed with autism a couple of years before this was published. After reading various articles and books to help us to understand how we could best support our boy, it was still such a minefield. Even though I worked in a school setting supporting children with special education needs, (SEN) it felt different to be on the other side. Because our son wasn’t classically autistic and had a dual diagnosis of ASD and ADHD, we found it hard and sometimes quite lonely. We did have people around us to support us and for that we were always so grateful. I guess it was nice to find a book that really delved into the challenges of what it is truly like to be a parent of a child with autism, but to also share the joy, love and at times the heartache of the journey, while also finding the humour. Anyway, I’m rambling, its a lovely book, read it!
Treating Arthritis the Drug-free Way
Treating Arthritis The Drug-free Way by Margaret Hills and Christine Horner – I bought this before I got a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia in an attempt to help me tackle my daily muscular aches and joint pain. It is really insightful and begins with the story about a 21 year old Margaret Hills, who enjoyed a full life before being struck down with acute rheumatoid arthritis in 1947. At the time Margaret had been studying to be a nurse. After this life changing event she was told by doctors not to dance, cycle, run, (to not expect too much from her life) and to not return to complete her nursing training.
What I love about this book – Margaret took absolutely no notice of the medical advice she had been given and after three months of dancing, swimming and cycling, she found that she was actually doing okay. She asked to return to her job as a trainee nurse. Adopting this, I’m going to do it anyway attitude served her well and ignited her passion for finding a way to treat herself and help others, her research made way for ‘The Margaret Hills Programme’ the book is a testimony to how many people she has helped.
The Mindful Art of Bread Making
The Mindful Art of Bread Making by Pauline Beaumont – I haven’t finished reading this book yet, I listened to a podcast on the ‘Deliciously Ella’ app where Ella interviewed Pauline. I have added the recording to the ‘Useful Resources’ section. So far I am really enjoying it. I will post a full review when I have finished, but if you love the art of bread making, its a no brainer.
Lily Allen – My Thoughts Exactly
Lily Allen’s ‘My Thoughts Exactly’ is in my opinion, an excellent read. It gives great insight into Lily’s life growing up and shares stories of experiences she had when starting her career in the music industry. At times it was shocking to read about what she went through, but clear that she has gained so much strength from it all. I finished it and I thought wow, what an amazing woman! Have a read.
Rosie Jones – The Amazing Edie Eckhart
I loved this book! It was so refreshing to read a book based on a main character with disabilities. The character Edie Eckhart shone like a beautiful bright star all the way through. I wonder how much of Rosie’s own experiences as a child helped her to write this. She really did bring this character to life. Yes, it gave insight into what it is like to be a teenager with disabilities, but mostly I felt that although Edie has Cerebral Palsy she is very much like every other teenager starting secondary school unsure of how to navigate a new school, making new friendships and discovering who she is and what she likes. I was absolutely rooting for Flora and felt complete when I turned the final page. Thank you Rosie Jones for this beautiful story. P.s biggest lol moment on page 151, you will know what I mean 🤣
Just Started, and loving it so far!