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7 Must Read Books

So before I give you my top 7 must read books I need to let you know that I have cheated. My BFF over at did all the ground work for me, she read them, she reviewed them, she even lent most of them to me which I am yet to return. The Book depository is the best place to buy books because they are super cheap, do free worldwide delivery and are often quick to arrive.

1. You – Caroline Kepnes

Ok if I had to rate the books then this would be the best. It’s really fast paced inner dialogue (I think people who know stuff about books say first point of view) from the viewpoint of this seriously psycho dude. He works in a bookshop and is so obsessive and dangerous, really good if you’re a fast reader and you get frustrated with slow books where you want to skip pages to find out what happens next. The author announced on twitter recently that this book is getting made into a movie, or tv show, can’t remember which one. I could not put this down. I was hooked, little bit R rated so be prepared.

2. Hidden Bodies – Caroline Kepnes

The second book to you. Really good, he is in a different place, different girl he obsesses over. Ending I wasn’t 100% happy with but if you loved reading the first book (which you will) then you basically have to read this one because you need to know what happens to him!

3. The Girl in 6E – Alessandra Torre

This is pretty hardcore, not for your average book club. It’s quite sexual in a sex worker confronting way. It’s not something I would suggest my mum should read, (she gasped once when she saw a woman eat off a knife on TV). She is a sex web cam worker (the main character, not my mum) and she’s also a psycho so she has not left her unit for years. The ending is good and satisfying, the kind where you want to skip pages because you need to know. The second Girl in 6E whilst not officially on my list was pretty good too. Much like reading the second caroline kepnes you book, you just want to know what happens.

4. Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

If psycho erotic twisty books aren’t your thing and you’re into a bit of drama then this is the book for you. About a group of mum’s with their kids attending their first year of school. They have really interesting private stories and then right at the end BAM it all comes together with a big twist. I read the book then watched the TV mini series (10 out of 10) then read the book again.

5. What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty

Same author as big little lies, light-hearted entertainment. Alice bangs her head and forgets 10 years of her life and everything has changed and she is a completely different person but thinks she is the same person from 10 years ago. It is great because it shows not to take your life for granted blah blah. I mean it’s just a good story. Alice seems a bit ditsy which is annoying (because she has amnesia) so if you don’t like idiots, be prepared for a little frustration. I was happy with the ending, makes you feel all good about it.

6. The Kind worth killing – Peter Swanson

A book I could not put down and read in a couple of days while camping. Just let me check the blurb. Yes, totally remember now. This dude meets a woman who offers to help him do something illegal. He finds out something so takes her up on her offer. There was a twist. Good story. Can’t quite remember the ending but I guess that doesn’t matter because it would have just spoilt it anyway. Read it.

7. Luckiest Girl Alive – Jessica Knoll

I just read the blurb of this book and kinda remember what it’s about but not really so best read the synopsis. I do know this was another book I destroyed in like 3 days while we were camping. I could not put it down and at one point my heart broke for her because what happened to her was horrible. It all comes together at the end when justice is served. Makes you feel better about being upset earlier.

8. Room – Emma Donoghue

OK sorry had to add another one in so officially there are more than 7 must read books BUT this is really good and different. It’s from the point of view of a little 5 year old boy locked in a room with his mum. His language is so simple and sweet and this book was made into a movie which was pretty good too. Not in a blockbuster way but in a ‘I don’t have anything to do on a Saturday afternoon’ way.

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Perth Baby Spa

Everybody loves a spa day and babies are no different. If you’re looking for a baby shower gift then this is it. The Perth baby spa opened this year and baby G was lucky enough to attend yesterday with his friends.

Located in Subiaco on Coghlan Road the baby spa is in a beautifully restored character building with parking for customers at the rear. One of the owners, Anita welcomed us and took us to the calming nurture room so the babies could have a feed before their treatment.

The treatment room designed for babies 8 weeks – 6 months is clean and bright with two hydrotherapy pools set to 34 degrees. There are baby massage stations surrounding the room where nappies and bathers are provided for you to use. Flotation devices are placed above the babies shoulders and they are carefully dipped into the water.

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Baby G gave a few initial delighted giggles then completely zoned out and floated for just over 10 minutes. The flotation device was removed and he free floated with his therapist, kicking and splashing in the water. The relaxation was temporarily interrupted when baby G was taken out of the water and cried because he did not want to get out. He was wrapped in a fluffy towel and given to me to calm down, after a few tears and a brief feed it was time for his massage.

I think baby G thought I was trying to put him to bed when I laid him down on his back (he only ever bathes before bed) so there was a protest until I put him on his tummy. He relaxed again and enjoyed his massage while looking at himself in the mirror.

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Within a minute of getting dressed he fell asleep in my arms so I took him back to the nurture room and placed him in the hanging cradle where he slept for 35 minutes. I relaxed with the other mums and we had iced lemon water and herbal tea. One thing I loved is that we weren’t rushed out the door, we felt welcome to stay as long as we wanted.

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Usually Baby cries in the car but he was relaxed and quiet for the 45 minute drive home. This treatment came at a good time because he’s teething and he was definitely easy to deal with for the rest of the afternoon. He skipped his afternoon nap which is unusual but went to bed without any fuss at 6:30pm. He was talking to me one second and asleep the next. No peep out of him until 10pm when he woke for a dream feed before quickly falling asleep again.

Overall I think this is a fun day out with your mothers group and I would have attended earlier had I known this place existed! Newborn babies are welcome and have individual hydrotherapy treatments until they have received their vaccinations at 8 weeks.

Check out the Perth Baby Spa here: