I have always had a deep-seated love for books and will sink my teeth into just about any genre, in fact when I get going I’m an absolute book devouring machine!  However, sometimes I find on the vet course, this can be a passion which easily falls to the wayside…. I mean sometimes, the last thing you want to do after using your brain all day; reading, digesting and pouring over lecture notes is to use it some more to work your way through a book! However, I have recently rediscovered my passion for reading after a stint of unsettled sleep. I don’t know what lead me to try piking up a book before bed, but do you know what? A light bit of reading without fail sends me into a peaceful, undisturbed slumber!  I would heartily recommend to any self-proclaimed insomniac out there to get away from the TV and computer screens, disregard Netflix and pursue a good read instead!

If you’re not much of a reader, or on the days you feel your brain is so fried it would struggle to comprehend even the most basic literature….Amazon has created the answer to all problems in the form of Audible! I am completely sold on this concept and have absolutely annihilated so many books, a large proportion I’ve really enjoyed and would have never selected to read them myself!! It’s fab for long car journeys when the radio isn’t cooperating and you’ve exhausted your CD collection (which is often the case when I’m travelling to placements) and at the moment you get a month’s free trial so I implore everyone to check it out who hasn’t already….Trust me, it’s a life-changer!! https://www.audible.co.uk

So here begins a rather unusual post for me…. It’s not animal or travel related at all, in fact I appear to be branching out into “Lifestyle Blogging” (ooo-eerrrr!). This post is going to be a quick gallop through the books I’ve picked up this month and my musings surrounding them. Hopefully it’ll give some of my readers some bookish inspiration and encourage a few more to begin a journey travelling through book shelves rather than countries of the world …. or maybe to do both together!!

The Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerman

Goodreads Rating: 3.44         The Baby-vet’s Rating:  4.5

Purchase Here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Zookeepers-Wife-unforgettable-story-major/dp/0755365038/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1522420133&sr=1-1&keywords=zookeepers+wife&dpID=51PzFaTqNtL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

I FINALLY FINISHED IT!!! So….. I’ve been reading this book since the plane journey back from our summer escapades in Eastern Europe. It’s been slow going, but not at the book’s discredit at all!! I was inspired to pick up this read while in Budapest after a holiday learning about the toll world war II had on Eastern Europe, in particular the impact on the Jewish communities (if you want to read more on this check out my posts here…. http://travelsofababy-vet.com/category/europe/eastern-europe/ ) and although this book is set in Warsaw, Poland, it addresses similar issues faced by most of Eastern Europe.

It is a FANTASTIC read!! Diane Ackerman has cleverly moulded true historical events, memoirs and diary entries into an easy to read story about the extraordinary lives of and the many people they rescued or hid from the ghetto and the Nazis. This true account was incredibly thought provoking and made me consider what sort of person the war would have brought out in me….. I can only hope I’d have been half as brave as and her family! The book has recently been produced into a fantastically gripping film which I would also recommend.

I love books like this that make you think about human nature, it perfectly highlights the worst and the best in humanity and I feel, though difficult at times, it’s important to reflect on events from the past and on our own actions to ensure atrosities like WWII  are never allowed to happen again.

If you liked this book: Try reading or watching the book thief – A story about what it was like to be a non-Nazi German during WWII and the struggles people often forget that they too faced!

The Maddie Diaries – Maddie Ziegler 

Goodreads Rating: 4.06        The Baby-vet’s Rating:  3.7

Purchase here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Maddie-Diaries-My-Story/dp/1471164969

As a dancer prior to my uni years, i watched ‘dance mom’s’ on the occasion as a guilty pleasure. The next thing i knew, one of the teeny tots i’d watched pirouetting for the judge’s pleasure had grown 3 feet and was in one of the most iconic music videos of our time (chandelier by sia incase you were unaware). Maddie ziegler’s career had definitely accelerated at f1 speed and at only 14 years old (a decade younger than me – eeeek!!)! Sure she has a lot of help, but still it’s a commendable effort how much she’s accomplished at such a young age, i mean my sister’s 15 and it’s a struggle to get her out of bed in the morning to do anything!! So while looking for an easy read i stumbled across her book (what has this child not done?!) And thought i’d give it a go… After all i’m at a stage in my life where i’m about to begin my career and …i’m not ashamed to take advice from an incredibly driven teenager!

I found this book actually quite inspiring and it did make me take a bit of a look at myself and aspire to be more hard-working! It made me think about what I want from my life and what I want from myself, how I can go about accomplishing these things and be a better me for it. So, thanks Maddie! You’re one tough act to follow…. But your book has made me want to try!

If you liked this book: Try reading any one of the other ‘Dance Mom’s’ stars autobiographies (you’ll see I took my own advice and read another myself!) or go right on and read Maddie’s second book ‘The Audition’.

The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling 

Goodreads Rating: 3.94         The Baby-vet’s Rating:  3.9

Purchase Here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jungle-Book-Second-Wordsworth-Classics/dp/1840227559/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1522420177&sr=1-5&keywords=jungle+book&dpID=51bS7YSONWL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

This was an audible original and one I’ll have to admit I would have probably never picked up myself because….. well, I’ve seen both Disney adaptations so I’ve got the plot down right? WRONG! I was amazed to find the plot was soooo different to the Disney versions we know so well, but this actually kept the story quite interesting for me – It was a great bed time tale. I read this book because there are so many novels, like the jungle book where I’ve seen the film as a child but never got around to experiencing the story in book-form. Now I have audible I’m trying to essentially re-trace my steps from childhood and tick off all those great books that I just never happened to read.

If you liked this book: Try some of the other puffin classics such as The Secret Garden, The Wind in the Willows, and another Disney classic; Peter Pan!

Girl on Pointe – Chloe Lukasiak

Goodreads Rating: 4.18        The Baby-vet’s Rating:  3.5

Purchase Here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-Pointe-Chloes-Guide-Taking/dp/1681197375

Ok, so I won’t lie, I was intrigued to read this book as from even transiently watching dance mums, it’s obvious Maddie and Chloe had this unspoken rivalry and both seemed desperate to go down the same sort of career path. I picked up Chloe’s book  after surprisingly enjoying Maddie’s and wondering if there would be similarities and to see if I could gauge anything about their relationship as the girls have grown and left ‘Dance Moms’. I admit to struggling a little more with this book as it was definitely directed at a younger audience (says the girl who re-read the Beatrix Potter Collection last month for nostalgia…) and I found the language a little trying at times. I can tell you however is that from this book I can see that Chloe is an incredibly nice girl and what I got from it is she wanted to encourage others to pursue their dreams and to give support to those who felt a little out for sorts while struggling through the battle field of teenage years…..Now who can complain at someone wanting to do that?!

If you liked this book: Try reading any one of the other ‘Dance Mom’s’ stars autobiographies like ‘Kenzie’s rules for life’ or ‘JoJo’s guide to the sweet life’ or try your hand at another autobiography with a similar taste such as vlogger and influencer Saffron Barker’s book ‘Safron Barker Vs real life’ or ‘Love Tanya’ by youtube sensation Tanya Burr.

For more reading inspiration check out ‘The Baby-vet’s Best Blogs of March’ for something a little more unique to sink your teeth into: http://travelsofababy-vet.com/baby-vets-best-blogs-march/ 

So I hope I’ve given you a bit of reader inspiration! Hopefully I’ll be back next month with more from Babyvet the Bookworm…. But for now, I’m off to stick my nose in a good book!

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