lauraslovesblog

This is a blog about all the things I love in life, and sharing them with you.

Book Review Month 4 – When Breath Becomes Air and Michelle Mone – Might Fight to the top — April 9, 2018

Book Review Month 4 – When Breath Becomes Air and Michelle Mone – Might Fight to the top

Hello everybody,

Can you believe its April already!

I’m back with another book review, and again I’m also procrastinating. I have lots of project work to do but I just can’t seem to focus on them. So I am writing a review of the books I read this month.

Now as some of you may know, I said that I would read a book a month and blog about it, well this month I managed to read 2. I think it’s habit forming, I was never used to reading religiously but the more I make a habit of it the easier it is getting and more I am choosing to do it.

So this month I read 2 very different books but both telling a personal story. I tend to gravitate towards those kind of books.

The first one I heard of through Terrie McEvoy, an Irish blogger who reads loads!

When Breath becomes Air is a book by Paul Kalantini, a gifted neurosurgeon who finds himself on the other side of the fence when he is diagnosed with cancer in his mid thirties.

When breath becomes air

He tells how he has to come to terms with a diagnosis he was expecting, being in the position he was, he knew what his symptoms meant even before the results came back. He had to become the patient when he was so familiar with the doctor. The trials and tribulations of a cancer diagnosis particularly in someone so young. I was concerned that this might be an incredibly sad story so I was surprised when it was written in such a matter of fact matter with an air of empathy. He wasn’t concerned with how the cancer would affect him in a self pity way, he was concerned what his diagnosis meant for his family and he handled it in a very dignified and inspirational way.

The saddest chapter of the book is the last chapter which was written by Paul’s wife shortly after he died. And even that chapter in written in the same matter of fact style but perhaps more emotion.

This a book to inspire, for people to realise what’s important in life and even facing the greatest of obstacles, stay positive and optimistic even when the inevitable is staring you in the face, you just never know, so live you life on the motto of what if!

The second book I read was one that was on my list for a while. I work in marketing so I am always interested to hear how people built up there brands, and the story behind them. Michelle Mone – My Fight to the Top was high up on my list for quite some time and it didn’t disappoint. Michelle’s story is one of complete rags to riches but with a hell of a lot of hard work and pure determination in between. Her brand Ultimo lingerie was born after she was made redundant while on maternity leave and has since grown to become one of the worlds biggest lingerie brands. It hasn’t always been plain sailing, the trials and tribulations of business and how she overcame them.

Michelle is incredibly honest in the book, she doesn’t try and hide anything which makes her story even more refreshing.

Michelle Mone

If you have any interest in biographies or business stories, then I would highly recommend both of these books. Two very different life stories but both equally as fascinating.

I got both of these books from https://www.bookdepository.com/

I better get back to this project work now 🙂

Lots of Love

Laura

Xxx

Advertisements
“Behind Closed Doors” by B.A. Paris – Book Review Number 3 — March 18, 2018

“Behind Closed Doors” by B.A. Paris – Book Review Number 3

Hello everyone,

I hope you have all recovered from your St.Patrick’s Day festivities.

I was very good this year and didn’t venture out, two reasons I’m not a big fan of messy nights out (Paddy’s is always one of them) and I have a college report due this week that I need to write.

So me being the queen of procrastination that I am, I’m here writing a book review for you instead of my report. I’ll get to the report next, they always get done, 🙂

If any of you read my other reviews you will know that I made a new years resolution to read more books for fun. I said I was going to read 1 book a month and review it here so that I would stick to the plan. I’m in March lads and I’m still sticking to it. The New Years Resolution has lasted longer than my Lent commitment 🙂

For the first two months I read books that I had received for Christmas

Jackie’s Girl by Kathy McKeon: Read here and Philomena Begley – My Life, My Music and My Memories: Read here

So for this month’s book I wanted to read something fiction based. I chose “Behind Closed Doors” by B.A Paris which I got on the Book Depository.com

This book was recommended as being similar to “The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lapena and I had really enjoyed that book.

The story begins with a girl called Grace who meets a guy called Jack while in the park with her sister Millie.

Grace and Jack quickly develop a relationship that moves at a very quick pace. He is everything that Grace has dreamed off and the perfect gentleman.

Everything in Grace’s life is going like a dream and then she and Jack marry. This is when her world changes forever. Jack drops his perfect husband facade and reveals his true colours behind closed doors. To the world they really are the perfect couple but everything is not always as it seems.

What I enjoyed about this book is that I couldn’t put it down. I don’t have much time for reading as a pass time hence why one book a month was a task but this book I literally couldn’t leave down. I was walking around the house with my book in my hand. I read half of the book in one evening because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. There are quite a few twists and turns in the book and some surprises.

This is a brilliant and beautifully written book. If you like thrillers with twists and turns I would highly recommend this book.

Available on the Behind Closed Doors – The Book Depository.com

Lots of Love,

Laura

xx

Book Review – “My Life, My Music, My Memories – Philomena Begley” — February 19, 2018

Book Review – “My Life, My Music, My Memories – Philomena Begley”

Hey guys,

So I’ve stuck to the new year resolution so far and book 2 of the year was Philomena Begley’s biography “My life, my music, my memories”.

This was another Christmas present. Anyone who knows me will know my love of country music and there is no question that Philomena is the Queen of the Irish Country music scene. I have been lucky enough to meet her on a quite a few occasions and know what a character she is.

Her book very much documents her life which you would expect for a biography. Her early years, her start in the music world, and the beginning of her life on the road.

It jumps between the the mania of life on the road and the relative calm of life at home for Philomena and her family.

While I enjoyed this book and Philomena’s story, I think the structure of the book was a bit off. For a lady who had just marked 50 years in the business I’m sure there were many more stories to be told. I would like to have heard more about life on the road, the best gigs, her most memorable performances. Now don’t get me wrong there are stories from the road in the book but I just feel there are many more to hear about.

What I did like about this book however, is it showed a completely different side to Philomena that we are not accustomed to seeing, the wife and the mother. For someone who leads such a showbiz lifestyle, her home life is the complete opposite. She clearly relishes in her role as a mother and now a grandmother.

If like me you are a country music fan, this is an enjoyable light read.

You can buy here

I am moving away from the biographies this month and have started a thriller “Behind Closed Doors”.

If you have any book recommendations, I would love to hear them,

Hope you enjoyed this,

Lots of Love

Laura

xx

 

Book Review – “Jackie’s Girl “ — January 17, 2018

Book Review – “Jackie’s Girl “

Hello everyone,

So it’s been a little while since I have written a blog post. Mainly because my life is super busy at the minute and I just didn’t have time.

Now book reviews are not something I would have done before but I do like to read every now and again and especially on holidays. I could read 2 or 3 books in a week when I just sit down and relax on holidays. This year I made a New Year’s Resolution to read one book a month and to make sure I do it I’m committing now to doing a blog review on each of them. 🙂

Now when it comes to books, I like easy reads, if I am re-reading sentences to understand them, you’ve lost me. I also really like Autobiographical books, the human interest or just nosy streak in me. Last year I read Jo Malone’s autobiography and loved the conversational style of writing and just telling her story. Another good autobiography is Tamara Mellon “In her Shoes” The Story of Jimmy Choo. Again another story told in such a simple manner. On the non-fiction side I read “The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lepena which was recommended by Terrie McEvoy. I couldn’t put it down. It was brilliant.

For Christmas my sister bought me a book about an Irish woman telling her story about her life as PA to Jackie Kennedy. Jackie Kennedy is one of my icons so she knew this book was right up my street.

The story is very much the life story of Kathy McKeon, a young woman from Monaghan who immigrated to New York when she was 19. She began working with one of the world’s most famous ladies shortly after JFK’s assassination. She gives an honest insight into the lives of the Kennedy’s and also how the Kennedy lifestyle impacted on her own life.

Again it has a very conversational style, you get lost in the story and can almost imagine her sitting in front of you relaying the story.

If you are buying this book thinking you are going to hear all about the Kennedy scandals or drama’s then don’t. It’s very clear from the way in which the story is told Kathy and Jackie O’ had a deep respect for each other. She is honest about their relationship but there is still a very obvious unsaid affection for one another.

Kathy lived so close to some of the biggest moments in recent history but tells it from the point of view of family. When Robert Kennedy was assassinated the story Kathy told was very much of two little children who had lost an uncle they viewed as a father figure having already lost their father.

This is a lovely story to just sit down and read of a Sunday afternoon. I would definitely recommend it. If I had to make one criticism of the book, it would be I would like to read a little more about her life after the Kennedy’s to find out what happened next.

Jackies Girl

I hope you liked this one, let me know if you do or if you have read it.

Lots of Love

Laura

xxx

Dirty Dancing – The Musical — February 12, 2017

Dirty Dancing – The Musical

Happy Sunday guys,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend, I spent it chilling as I had a really busy week.

With having Pippa’s Fashion Factory on Sunday and then on Tuesday night my sister and I headed to the Bord Gais Theatre in Dublin to see Dirty Dancing – The Musical.

I am a massive Dirty Dancing fan, my favourite film of all time, I know it inside and out. I have watched it countless times and still never tire of it so I was really excited to see the musical.

The plot is almost exactly the same as the film, with a few extra scenes added in to change it up. The acting and dancing is brilliant. It is a little more theatrical than the film but it is theater so I had to tell myself stop comparing it to the film. Once I did that, I fell in love with the whole thing again, I got lost it. I even turned to my sister at one point and said I wish I was in my pj’s sitting watching this.

The music and the singing was superb, the cast selection is very true to the film so it doesn’t stray too far away. The dancing, ooooh! I would love someone to teach me the steps so I could dance like that too.

The audience was a complete mix, all ages, women and  men (even if the men were dragged along lol)

My stand out favourite moment from the show was that iconic line “Nobody puts Baby in the corner” , I have told everyone about this. You could literally feel the anticipation just before he said it, the audience sitting on the edge of their seats holding their breath, willing Johnny to say those 6 little words. The split second that he did, the whole place erupted in cheer and applause from the crowd. It was electric.

So if like me, you are a Dirty Dancing fan, I would highly recommend going to see this show. Especially if you weren’t able to go to the cinema to see the original when it was first released.

Has anyone seen it? I would love to know what you thought!

img_2135

Lots of Love

Laura

Xxxx