20 Books of Summer – Books 11 and 12 – Potty Training in One Week and All the Hidden Truths

I’m a little late with these reviews but hey ho. These are the last two reviews of the challenge and I was very pleased that I managed to squeeze two more reads in.

Book 11


Many parents experience a long and bumpy ride along the road to a nappy-free existence. Advice on offer from grandparents, friends and professionals is often conflicting, leaving parents unsure of how and when to potty train their child.

In Potty Training in One Week, bestselling author Gina Ford sets out a simple, easy-to-follow programme that works quickly and avoids many of the common pitfalls parents encounter.

This clearly organised book makes potty training easy, and even fun. Including updated information on:
– How to know when your child is really ready
– How to make potty training fun for your child
– How to reward
– How to deal with accidents
– What to do when you go out
– What to do at sleep times

Guess what we will be doing shortly? That’s right, potty training. Although the official training won’t begin for another month I was given this book to help me prepare.

As a training book it is concise and covers everything you could possibly want to know about potty training. The case studies were helpful to read and I’ve found that the whole process of training seems a lot less daunting now.

We shall see if it works, we’ve already had a couple of successful trips to the bathroom as we are following stage 1 but October half term is where the real fun begins.

How did you find potty training?

Book 12


All the Hidden Truths is the story of a tragic shooting at an Edinburgh college and its aftermath. It is narrated by three women at the heart of the story – the mother of a victim and the mother of the shooter, and DI Helen Birch who is tasked in solving the case. The book is both a “knotty crime novel” and a story of grief “trying to make sense of something that defies reason”.

Readers of Kate Atkinson, Denise Mina and Susie Steiner will love it – along with anyone who wants their fiction both moving and gripping.

I knew I needed a good crime story to finish off my summer reading and I am very pleased that I picked this one. Told form the POV of three women we learn how the shooting at Edinburgh college occurred.

I had my reservations initially because I wasn’t sure what more could be said once you knew who the shooter was and who they had killed but Claire Askew manages to take the why and the fall out to a new level. I often found myself asking what would I do if I was in the shoes of the victims or the shooters mother? You like to think you know but I guess until you are faced with the scenario you can never be certain.

Whilst the aftermath of any shooting is morbid, emotional and tragic I never once found this a depressing read. Yes there were emotional parts and the writing reflected that but it also showed the strength of the female characters. All in all this was a good read and one I’m pleased to of squeezed in at the last minute.



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