With daffodils sprouting, Mini Eggs in the shops, and many of us having been stabbed with the glorious first dose of the vaccine, maybe you’re feeling a bit more hopeful? Or maybe not…


Truth is, it’s hard to keep your eye on the prize right now, tough to stay upbeat and positive when we’re still treading water, but I’m going to try my very best for you. How about a joke to kick us off? What’s brown and sticky? A STICK. Haha! *cries forever*


I know you’ve come to expect hilarity in my review, but honestly, I’m struggling to laugh much lately. Like so many of us, I’m tired. I live on my own, I haven’t seen most of my friends for a year and I was made redundant at Christmas. Also, I just turned 39 and the dog can’t bloody well sing Happy Birthday. My mum got me a balloon though. Yay.


Anyway, I’m trying not to be a misery guts, because no one likes a misery guts, but I just wanted to let you know that it’s ok to not be ok right now. Lots of us aren’t. And that’s why I chose this month’s books – for the fact they’re brimming with hope, positivity, love and light, and we all need that wherever we can get it. It’s why, for example, I am so excited about my dental check-up this week. It’s A DAY OUT. I’m even going to put make-up on and, unlike when I donned a red lip to take my four-year-old niece to feed the ducks, no one will ask me why I’ve bothered. Hooray!


So without further ado, let your resident Eeyore crack open the pages of book number one…


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