Book Review. Don’t Tell Me To Be Quiet by Christina Hart.

Your attempts at happy are half-assed and that works for you because you don’t think happy is meant for you anyway, do you?

Don’t Tell Me To Be Quiet Christina Hart

Don’t Tell Me to be Quiet asks of the reader Did you question what you ever did to deserve this? But you know you have to keep going, don’t you? Do you wonder what made you hard to love? Do you know you are worth more than the answers you may never get? and more.

But this isn’t a quiz and there are no answers, it’s enough to reflect on the metaphorical questions whichever of those might apply to you personally and take something from them.  

I found this collection heartening and stirring.

Usually you swing and miss but hope has a shiner on its right eye from the last time you socked it

Don’t Tell Me To Be Quiet Christina Hart

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Short Story Review. The Town Talks by Isabelle Kenyon.

I was so absorbed in The Town Talks, I had forgotten I was reading a short story until I reached the final page. The title ties perfectly into the story too. The writing was superb. I’m interested in families and their dynamics, always unique, and The Town Talks had the characters written well. Both the main and supporting characters.

The Town Talks was published by Wild Pressed Books and their titles are very affordable. The Town Talks can be downloaded for £1.99 on Kindle or borrowed with Kindle Unlimited.

THE TOWN TALKS explores the lives of twins Michael and David, removed from their father as babies and later separated from each other when Michael is abducted.

Michael and David live separate lives and David only finds out the truth when he discovers Michael’s autobiography, learning his twin’s date of death.

Judith, their mother, never gives up on finding Michael. The story is told in short chapters from her perspective as she navigates single parenthood, the loss of her child, and life in a new town.

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Book Review. Small Ghost by Trista Mateer Illustrated by Lauren Zaknoun

Small Ghost by Trista Mateer helped my depression brain. It validated how I felt. In parts, it reads off too – like when you’re feeling depressed and nothing feels right. There are a few hopeful poems too, a reminder that feeling like shit does not last forever. It comes and goes.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

she can’t remember why she’s trying to take care of herself

so instead she buys funfetti cake mix, popcorn and frozen pizza

Small Ghost by Trista Mateer

Small Ghost is a brief collection of poetry by Trista Mateer, featuring a narrative about depression and anxiety, with a central focus on coping mechanisms. It approaches the exhausting reality of mental illness with blunt emotional honesty, self depreciating humor, and cute illustrations.


thinks about airports and train stations and how rain makes everybody feel a different way

Small Ghost by Trista Mateer

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Doctor Who and the Zarbi. Book Review.

Ian is really ratty in this story. The Doctor dipping his school tie in an acid pool must have pissed him off more than it first appeared to.

As much as I bang on about how much I love good dialogue, I also love a good setting the scene chapter and this had that. It was intriguing, and atmospheric. Then it fell apart and become a standard Who adventure.

It must be great as a writer, to be given a blank slate of creating a planet, its landscape and life forms. The Zarbi were essentially ants and did a large amount of nothing in the later part of the book.

There were good ideas, at first, in the story but there’s too much of nothing of substance. I liked the illustrations. It’s a shame they were largely dropped for subsequent books.

The Doctor was called Doctor Who throughout the book, and that was annoying, and the ending was abrupt, which was disappointing.

Overall, a difficult book to get through.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Affected by a strange force, the TARDIS is dragged down to the desolate planet of Vortis. Until they can discover what is holding them there, the Doctor and his friends are trapped on the planet…

The Doctor, Ian and Vicki are captured by the Zarbi – huge ant-like creatures controlled by the parasitic alien Animus. Meanwhile, Barbara runs into a group of Menoptra, butterfly-like creatures that have been driven from their home planet by the Animus, and plan to return with an invasion force. But the Zarbi know their plans and are waiting for the Menoptra…

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 13 February-20 March 1965.

Featuring the First Doctor as played by William Hartnell with his companions Barbara, Ian, and Vicki

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Book Review. Dreaming in Blue by Anne Brooke.

Anne Brooke writes poetry on everyday happenings, observations, with a focus on nature. It’s full of insight and wisdom, and wit too. It makes you appreciate what you have. Brooke’s poetry is exactly what the definition of poetry is.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

the only real cure


is half an hour at the allotment,

where the wide earth sings


and skies unfurl

for a warm blue evening

Dreaming in Blue Anne Brooke

This poetry collection focuses on the relationship between women and the world around them. Discover one woman’s search for the perfect life balance, and discover what is lost and what is gained on the journey. Can nature really soothe our minds, what is the role of people in our lives, and where can our freedom be found?

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