Books I finished in February 2017

I did a bit better with my reading in February than I did last month, but I’m still finding it challenging to knuckle down and finish books instead of having several on the go at the same time.

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Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

I’d heard good things about Liane Moriarty and picked this up on a whim in a charity shop. I was glad when it turned out to be less “chick lit-ty” than I feared. It was an intelligently-written look at relationships, bullying and the damage that secrets can do. I loved the interview snippets from the supporting cast of school parents and although you know early on that there has been a murder, I didn’t guess the identities of the victim or the perpetrator. I wonder whether everyone relates to a different character (mine was Madeline)? I’ve since found out it’s been made into a star-studded TV series (my copy doesn’t have the photo cover). It would make a great book club book.

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The Positive Birth Book – Milli Hill

I was lucky enough to read a preview copy so I could interview the author for The Green Parent and have since been recommending it to all my pregnant friends. Whatever a positive birth means to you, this book will make you believe you can do it. It contains everything you might ever want to know about birth and is written in a relaxed, chatty style. I wish I had read it before I had my two children! It’s due out in March.

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Clutterfree with Kids – Joshua Becker

This wasn’t quite what I’d expected – I was hoping for a more practical step-by-step guide to decluttering, a sort of “KonMari with kids” – but it was an easy-to-read overview of minimalism as a whole with some focus on families with children. Is it even possible to be clutter-free with kids? You might need a bit of an extra push to actually get started on the toy cull, but at least you’ll know why it’s a good idea.

 

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