The Book Count #2

Hey all!
Over the past few weeks I’ve been super busy with the kids or I’ve been keeping to myself taking care of the house and ticking things off the list!
Here’s another round up of the books I’ve been reading since the last book count. The total is now at 7!


I was sent the book And then I smiled…. by the lovely Mr Miller himself a charming gentleman with a childhood of fishing memories and a life time of figuring out the world writing a long his way. This book is compiled with many short phrases, poems and stories all in the aid of making you take time to think and smile. A philosophical kind of book that makes you look up from the page and notice all the wonders around you. It made for great light reading whilst having a coffee! This was an absolute beauty of a book to read having just finished Philomena which isn’t exactly on the cheery side. You can follow Dean over on twitter @DeanKMiller and I am sure he would have no problem in answering any of your questions and queries about the book.

Philomena. Wow. That is one blighter of a book. Have you ever found that one book that you can’t put down; overwhelmed by the urge to find out what happened next? This is one of those except I had to put it down. I found my self welling up with tears combined with the nervousness of any parent watching their childs first steps. It made me feel heart broken, frustrated, impatient and at one time physically sick. This story is based on a real life search of a mother and son trying to find each other after a forced adoption in Ireland back when the church had A LOT of say on what was acceptable and what was not. The church had more power than the government which is an incredibly scary thought. What hit home the most about this book was the idea that 50 years ago if I had lived in a different part of the UK I would have been shipped away as an unmarried pregnant teenager and eventually been made to give up my child for adoption; allin the name of saving my soul. Philomena Lee is a real person who fought so hard for what was right and I still things went wrong. I won’t spoil the ending but it hurt to read. If you can handle the emotional roller coaster then read this book it’s written beautifully and maybe by sharing the story more children will find their parents once again.

Thanks for reading and until next time stay random!

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