BOOKS: Mini Book Reviews #1

I've never really spoke in detail on here about my passion for literature or my book reviews and I'm really not sure why as reading is a pretty big part of my life. I've always adored books and I've been writing book reviews over on my professional blog for around a year and a half now and began writing my reviews for the site Judging Covers over a year ago. I thought I'd start doing mini book reviews in here, for anyone that's interested I will leave the link to all full reviews for the books I mention so you can read more if you want. Obviously all opinions expressed are my own and just because I like or dislike something doesn't mean to say you will! I will provide a star rating (out of five) for each book as well. Before I start I'll have to make a little apology in that the photo's for these posts won't be mine most of the time as I read a lot of things on my Kindle which is only black and white and I think it will look better if you can actually see the colour cover, sorry.

I'm going to kick start this little series with the four books I've read over summer whilst I've been home from uni, these are An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington, The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz, Black Diamonds and A Street Cat Named Bob. For some reason I've been all about non-fiction this summer!

 An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington
If you were a fan of the show you need to read this. Littered with typical Karl Pilkington humour this book never failed to bring a smile to my face. Forget what you thought you knew about the Seven Wonders of the World and let Karl take you on his adventure, which I should mention he pretty much hates it 99% of the time!
This is the perfect book for sitting back and relaxing with and forgetting about everything.
Full review here.

 The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz by Denis Avey
This is the fascinating and sad true story of Denis Avey's time spent as a POW in WWII. After spending time in a POW camp right next to the concentration camp known as Auschwitz III and witnessing how Jewish people suffered at the hands of the Nazi's, Denis swapped places with a Jewish prisoner on two separate occasions. For decades Denis lived with the horrors of what he witnessed, not telling anyone about his story. I'm a firm believer in the fact that know one should forget what happened in places like Auschwitz III and books like this will allow that part of history to live on.
Full review here.

Black Diamonds by Catherine Bailey
Black Diamonds is the story of the crumbling and forgotten Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire and the family that once lived there, the Fitzwilliams. I don't live that far from Wentworth so I found this book really interesting in terms of local history but for anyone with an interest in this sort of thing I would recommend giving this book a go. At times it focuses a lot on separate stories that have been woven around the story of the Fitzwilliams', this didn't bother me but some readers may not be expecting it.
Full review here.

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
When James finds Bob in the doorway of his sheltered accomodation, his lifestyle as a busker on the streets of London and a recovering heroine addict leaves no room for a pet, but James can't resist nursing Bob back to health and soon the two of them become great friends. I was pleasantly surprised when reading this as the book focuses on James' life too and how finding Bob changed him. This is a simple yet heartwarming story of friendship left me completely in love with Bob  and with a happy feeling at the end.
Full review here.

What do you think to these mini book reviews, would you be interested in seeing more? Have you read or do you plan to read any of the books mentioned in this post? Let me know!


  1. Ahhh I loved Karl Pilkington's travel diaries, they made me laugh so much. I've heard good things about A Street Cat Named Bob, but never picked it up, I really should after such a glowing review! xxx


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