Love Poems for Married People by John Kenney | Book Review

Short, pithy and forgettable are all perfect adjectives to encapsulate Love Poems for Married People.

In this collection of poetry, Kenney delves into the mundanity of married life, presenting from a medley of perspectives the arguments and tedium that are never brought to light in books or media. While perfectly pleasant and relatable, nothing about this poetry collection pulls at the heartstrings, and it lacks the punch to make a reader want to know who Kenney is. These poems fits easily into the category of enjoyable and forgettable: expect short-term, bite-sized pleasure.

This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay | Book Review

Never has there been a more apt time to read about the trials and tribulations of being a doctor than in 2020, when billions around the world are on lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

This Is Going To Hurt tells the true story of Adam Kay, a prior NHS doctor in England, through a collection of diary entries and personal musings. Kay’s book is a page-turner and approachable read for even the most book-averse of people, and adding a comedic twist to otherwise gruesome anecdotes seems to be Kay’s forte. Dark humour emerges even in the most difficult and emotional moments in the book, as Kay expounds on the difficulties of the profession. While the book never loses its light tone, it heavily criticises the way healthcare professionals are neglected by politicians and the existing healthcare system. It is impossible to read this book without emerging with a sense of new-found appreciation and respect for what many already know is a difficult career path to follow, and this is a must-read book for people across all walks of life.

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens | Book Review

Finally, a book worth the hype! Composed of equal parts beautiful prose and compelling plot line, Where the Crawdads Sing is a book that will capture your heart. Set in the 1960s and alternating between the past and the present, the book tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl living in the marshes of North Carolina, as she becomes the prime suspect of the murder of Chase Andrews, a local celebrity in the fictional town of Barkley Cove.

Owens’ style of writing perfectly captures the essence of North Carolina, her prose cracking open a door through which to glimpse the unruly nature that thrives in the South. While the book is ultimately a coming-of-age story, the trials and tribulations that Kya encounters seamlessly weaves heavy themes of class division, domestic abuse and what it means to be female, into a story that keeps the reader guessing until the end who the killer of Chase Andrews really is. This is the story of a young girl who learns to stand alone, falls in love, and experiences heartbreak. It is relatable, encapsulating, and emotionally all-consuming.

Kudos to Owens for writing a masterpiece, I eagerly await her next book.