Book Review: The WAG’s Diary by Alison Kervin

As I mention in my last blog post, I have been reading a lot more during lockdown and loving it! Therefore, I thought it was only fitting to follow that with a book review on one of the books I’ve read in the last couple of months. Which brings me to writing this book review. Something you may need to know about me is that I can read books A LOT faster than I can read them! I specifically have a habit of looking at books in charity shops and buying them based on their cover or just because I’ve read the blurb and decided I would probably enjoy it. If I’m honest, I’m much more likely to pick up a book from a charity shop that I wouldn’t normally buy so easily if it was in a bookstore, because let’s face it, books in charity shops are usually only around 50p or £1 per book, sometimes even less. So I feel like if I buy the book and don’t enjoy it, I don’t feel like I’ve lost too much! This is exactly what happened with the book I am reviewing today. It’s a book I picked up randomly in a charity shop a good couple of years ago and thought ‘That looks and sounds like the kind of thing I’ll enjoy, it’s only 50p, why not? I’m buying it!’.

As you can tell from the title of this blog post, the book I’m reviewing is The WAG’s Diary by Alison Kervin. This is a book that I have never seen being talked about on social media such a blogs or on Youtube, which is why I wanted to do a review on this book in particular. Now that could be due to the fact it was published back in 2007, so maybe back then it was a popular release, who knows?! But I don’t tend to look at when books have been published when I pick them up, I don’t often read many new released, as I said earlier I just pick up a book if I think it sounds interesting! So here is my review, I’ll include the synopsis of the book, in my own words, as well as my opinions and the star rating I gave the book. Now all that rambling is out of the way (I do that a lot, I’m sorry!), here is my first ever book review on this blog!

Synopsis:

The WAG’s Diary by Alison Kervin is a contemporary/chick-lit book. It is based on a footballer’s wife .a.k.a. a WAG, named Tracie. She lives with her husband Luke, who is captain for Luton, and her daughter Paskia Rose. Tracie has very specific things in mind that she thinks a girl/woman should do, or rules they should follow, if they wish to be a good and successful WAG. Therefore, she decides to write a book so that she can pass on her WAG knowledge onto aspiring and current WAGs. Tracie’s life is very eventful, and this diary-style book, which is written from Tracie’s perspective, follows Tracie’s life as a WAG and her writing the book for WAGs.

My opinions:

As I just mentioned, this book is written in diary form, which meant it already had plus points for me. I would say at least half of the books that I own are written in that form, and therefore, I enjoy these kind of books. I find them very easily to follow, therefore I can focus more on the actual content/storyline, rather than worrying about whose perspective the story at that time is from, making it a very easy read.

Despite the style this book was written in, I did find it hard to get into this book at first. The most obvious reason is that I didn’t relate to the main topic of the book, which was being a WAG (I’m far from being a WAG!). The other reason was that I was not a fan of Tracie at all. I thought her character was very shallow minded, due to her thoughts and opinions on particular things, and I just found her really annoying. However, as I persisted with this book I ended up really getting into it and I really enjoyed it!

Tracie got a lot less annoying throughout the book. You begin to slowly find out why Tracie is the way she is, I actually began to feel sorry for her and the more I found out about her, the more I grew to find her character rather likeable. The book also had a couple of turns that I wasn’t expecting, which is always good, as I find with ‘chick-lit’ books, they are usually very predictable, which I don’t dislike. It was just a nice surprise to have those unpredictable turns of events within the book.

Overall, this book was funny and a light-hearted, easy read. It gave me such a ‘Bridget Jones’ vibe! So if you like those books, or the films, then I reckon you’ll really enjoy this book too. Despite my views at the beginning of this book, the ending actually left me wanting more! So as you can imagine, I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that this book is the first within a series, the second book of the series was added to my TBR list immediately!

My star rating:

Based on my overall opinion of the book. I ended up giving this book 4 STARS on Goodreads. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was because I didn’t find it easy to get into at the start of the book, but if that hadn’t been the case, then it definitely would have easily been a 5 star read for me! So if you love ‘chick-lit’ books, I would definitely recommend that you read this, I would love to see more people reading it despite how long ago it was published.

Have you read this book before? Do you enjoy reading ‘chick-lit’ books? Let me know in the comments if reading this blog post has made you want to read this book, and if you read it or have read it let me know your opinions on this book! Also, if you have any book recommendations for me within in this genre let me know in the comments too, I’m always look for more contemporary/chick-lit books to read!

Thank you so much for reading! Until next time…

Clara x

Lockdown Re-Kindled My Love For Reading!

Recently, I have been trying to find the positives of lockdown. There are the obvious positives like it’s protecting people’s health, but I am finding there are few more positives that have come out of being in lockdown. For example, it’s given me the chance to think about what I want in the future long-term, it’s making me more grateful for the small ‘everyday’ things that we all once took for granted and I’ve been focusing on saving and budgeting, just to name a few. However, one positive that I wasn’t expecting was that since being in lockdown, I have re-kindled my love for reading!

When I was younger, as I mentioned in my first blog post, English was one of the things I enjoyed the most at school. I enjoyed the creativity it gave me through writing, but I also absolutely loved the reading side of it, and then analysing the books that I’ve read. The middle school I attended between the ages of 9-11 was one of 3 middle schools in my local area, and once a year they held a book quiz where all 3 of the middle schools went head-to-head against each other, with one representative from each school year competing (so 4 students from each school). I was the representative for my year all 3 years I was at that school. When I mentioned to my Nan the other day that I had been reading a lot more during lockdown her response was, “You always had your head in a book when you were younger”. So I’m sure those facts give you some kind of image of the type of child I was and how much reading was involved in my life. As I entered secondary school, reading was still something I very much enjoyed, and English Literature in particular was actually one of my best grades at GCSE, and definitely one of my favourite subjects. However, I did find that from the point that I started my GCSEs, I read a lot less than I originally had due to the amount of time my school work and other commitments outside of school took up. Then as I progressed to college reading didn’t even cross my mind, I guess because I had got out of the habit, and I had found other things to focus on. I always have put my all into one particular thing .e.g. assignments and work, maybe even a bit too much. I did start to pick up books and start to read a bit more during my summers breaks while I was at university, but as I’ve been in full time work it is definitely something that has been pushed to the side again.

Now as you can imagine, like many others, I have had a lot more time than normal during lockdown, due to not being able to work. Even though I haven’t been reading as much the last few years, I’ve still never stopped buying books, and I definitely buy books at a faster rate than I can read them. So at the beginning of lockdown, I decided that I was going to try and get through as many un-read books on my shelves that I can! Looking back since the start of lockdown, this is where I’ve realised that my love for reading has been re-kindled. I’ve noticed that reading has also become a source of comfort for me. It has been my time to take myself away from social media. It has helped me get to sleep easier. It’s given me a sense of achievement, as I love the feeling of completing a good book (then finding another book to read, and starting the process all over again!). And it is definitely something that has helped me mentally, as it helps me escape to another world, when I need a break from the chaos that sometimes goes on in my head! From now on and once ‘normal life’ resumes, whatever that may be, I am going to try my very best not to get out of the habit of reading regularly again. I am obviously aware that I will have no-where near as much time as I have now to read, and I would never let it take focus away from my commitment to work, as I’m just not that kind of person, but I know that I can find at least 10 minutes a day to read just a few pages! Because I can see, for me, the benefits of reading lie a lot beyond just enjoying a good story. It’s a form of escape, that has been especially welcomed in this uncertain time!

I would love to know if you have re-kindled your love for something during lockdown? And if you enjoy reading, do you just read for the enjoyment of a good story? Or do you find it has other benefits that lie beyond that? 

Thank you so much for reading! Until next time…

Clara x

 

Hello Blogging World!

I have pondering for a few days, since completing the designing of my blog, about the topic of my first blog post. I debated whether to do an ‘introduction blog post’, or whether to just jump straight in and write one of my many blog post ideas. As you can probably guess from the title, I’ve decided to opt for the ‘introduction blog post’, because as a reader of many blogs, personally I am much more drawn to a new blogger if I know a little bit more about them and about the reasoning behind them starting up their blog. For me, it sometimes feels a bit more friendly, personable and relatable when reading a blog post when you have this information, rather than just reading words written on a screen. So I’m hoping that I’m not just the only person that feels like that!

So, in that case… hello blogging world! Allow me to introduce myself:

My name is Clara, I am 24 years old, and I love all things dance, theatre, books and travelling, just to name a few. I am currently working as a dancer on a holiday park (well when there is no pandemic happening that is!).

When I was at school, English was always one of my favourite subjects, I just loved the creativity of writing, reading and analysing that it involves. I’ve come to realise that I’m one of very few people (I imagine), that miss the writing side of education since leaving it and going into the big, scary, adult world. And when I say this, I do not mean I miss exams (I hated those!), but the task of researching, writing and completing coursework. Basically, I love undertaking a good project, from the initial idea to completing it – and everything it involves in between! Since having a lot of time (definitely to much time!) to overthink due to the current pandemic that is happening in the world at the moment, I’ve realised how much I crave that sense of a new project, and I especially miss the freedom and creativity that writing gives you – I have definitely always been much better at expressing myself through writing than speaking out loud. I read a lot of different blogs anyway, I love reading about different topics and discovering new things through reading a blog post. I would love to get more involved within the blogging world/community and hopefully give someone else something interesting or entertaining to read, like so many others do for me.

So that is what has brought me to creating my blog and writing this blog post today, it seemed like a win-win situation to me! This blog is going to be like a little insight into my life and me. I’m planning to write about all things that interest me; theatre, books, travel, and anything in between. So, if that sounds like your kind of thing, then I’d love it if you could stick around! I’m looking forward to getting stuck into this, and for my writing to gradually improve over time too, as it’s definitely been a while since I wrote anything substantial life this (does saying that make me sound old?! haha!)

Leave me a comment down below to let me know you’ve been here! If you’ve got a blog yourself then I’d love to check it out, and also let me know, why did you start blogging? I’m really interested to know how people’s reasons differ or mirror mine. Or if you don’t have a blog, have you ever or would you ever consider starting one?

Thank you so much for reading! Until next time…

Clara x