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What I read in October

What I read in October

This is gonna be another fairly short what I read in post, because I really have been in a bit of a reading slump this last couple of months. I dunno what it is but I've been really struggling to lose myself in a book, I think I need to be inspired so if you have read something really great recently, please let me know in the comments, and share the love.

The Lido - Libby Page ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life, but everything she knows is changing. Only the local lido,where she swims everyday, remains a constant reminder of the past and her beloved husband George.

Kate has recently moved to Brixton and works on the local newspaper covering the sort of stories that have a tiny feature on page 15. She is racked with anxiety, doubts her ability and in fact doubts if anyone would notice if she was there at all, including her colleagues and the people she lives with in a house share.

That is until she's assigned the story of the possible Lido closure, and meets Rosemary who at 86 has lived her entire life in Brixton and swims at the Lido everyday. Kate decides to help fight for the Lido and for Rosemary, the rest of the community that use and love the Lido, and for the memories of those past. Kate and Rosemary become friends, and Kate starts to at last become part of the community and starts to believe she can really make a change. The two women help each other in different ways and are just what the other needs despite the age difference. 

This story is really heart warming and uplifting and often emotional, well worth a read. 

Good Omens - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman ⭐⭐⭐

According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, witch - the world's only totally reliable guide to the future, written in 1655, before she exploded- the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, infact. Just after tea.....

Armageddon only happens once you know, and you have to get it right. People have been predicting the end of the world forever but this time it seems the forces of good and evil really are planning on Judgement day, and use an Angel and Demon living on Earth to make the arrangements, except these two have known each other several thousand years and actually quite like each other and have grown a fondness for Earth and the humans they pretend to be. They try to follow the instructions from up above and down below but things go wrong, and it seems good and evil might not get the war they are after, after all.

I liked the concept of this book more than the execution, although at times it was enjoyable and even amusing, I often found it difficult to follow, as it jumped from different times and characters and often left me wondering what was going on. Maybe it's just me as many of the reviews I read rave about it!!

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  1. I've heard so many great things about The Lido - I really need to give it a read! Have you watched the Amazon Prime version of Good Omens? It's so good!

    Steph -

    1. The Lido is such a lovely book. No I haven't seen the Amazon version perhaps I'll like it better than the book x


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