I’m back! Long time no see and the dreaded exams are finally over! I’ve got to be honest and say that this exam season felt like it wen very badly, hence why you’ve not heard from me for a while but today I finally made it to the end so it’s back to blogging! A did a little poll over on twitter asking what you guys wanted to see and being the bad student/blogger I am, I forgot the outcome. Oops. However, I do remember that there was a significant number of you interested in some more books reviews so today I’m not just going to be reviewing one book, I’m going to be reviewing a whole author who I discovered during my revision time out!
I’m not gonna lie, romance novels are usually my way forward as I find that they’re easy to read and the pages kind of turn themselves. However, I wanted something different and something that might cheer me up and by chance I stumbled across the author Nick Spalding on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited which I am currently trialling. The book was called Bricking It and I decided I might as well just give it a go. The story is based around a brother and sister who inherit a house and decide to renovate it in order to earn as much money as they can. Imagine Grand Designs in book form and you are probably spot on! Whilst being unlike anything I’ve read before, the plot didn’t initially wow me but, being on the hunt of new genres I decided to give it a chance. Boy am I glad I did! I can honestly say that this is the funniest book I think I have ever ever read. Now I definitely don’t normally find ‘humorous’ books funny but this book induced side splitting, laugh out loud, can’t get your breath hysterics from me! It was so bad that Tom banned me from reading or listening to it at night as my laughter kept him awake! It takes a lot for me to leave a 5/5 rating on Goodreads but this truly deserved it for lifting my spirits!
With Bricking It going down a storm, I decided to see if Spalding’s other books affected be just as much. So next on the hit list was Mad Love a rather ingeniously thought out novel about a couple getting married at first sight through an online dating agency. Having never used one of these sites myself I do find the concept a bit odd but I love numbers so for some reason, an algorithm working out your perfect match does intrigue me in a nerdy way. The couple in this book couldn’t be further apart though, she’s an American with a healthy outlook on life and is studying for a nutritional degree and he’s a typical Brit who both works as a computer games journalist and naturally has an unhealthy addiction to video games. What could possibly go wrong? Everything of course! This again induced quite a bit of snorting and loud laughter from me, particularly as I love hearing about dating disasters! I’m gonna say that this didn’t quite top Bricking It but it was still hilarious!
So 2/2 for Nick Spalding, it was definitely looking like a new reading addiction had formed! I decided that third’s the charm so I picked up Fat Chance and got stuck into reading it straight away. Each of the books seem to be based on a British TV show with this one definitely synonymous to The Biggest Loser. The idea is that there is a radio competition challenging couples to lose the most weight each month with the winning couple earning £50,000. I love the way this mocks peoples attitudes to dieting, going through all the fads, exercise tools and weird restrictions that we convince ourselves are going to work! We follow one couple in particular who have been childhood sweethearts but have grown complacent and hence have piled the weight on. It was 3/3 for Spalding as this too had me in stitches! Every time I see a new fad diet advertised now, I can’t help but think of some of the hilarious outcomes Spalding penned into this book. I would imagine that this could be quite a good one to read if you are dieting too and feel like a bit of a pick me up as it definitely takes a lighter look on things and makes you realise what is important!
I have read two more books by Nick Spalding and they have been equally as good but these are my favourite! To read 5 books, one after another, by the same author in the same month must show you just how much I loved his writing! I would definitely recommend you give one of these a go as they are by far the funniest books I have read. Let me know what you do think if you manage to read one!
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