What I’ve been Reading this Last Week

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had a few spare ‘rare’ moments where I’ve picked up a book and a novella for reading. When I was asked if I wanted to review Let Them Eat Dirt by B Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta, it was not a book I could turn down. I have always been interested in Science especially diseases, microbes and health since my biology teacher at school introduced me to cells! I do think in another lifetime I would have entered a career in the Science field. As a matter of fact it was only a couple of years ago that I had to stop doing my Open University degree in the Sciences due to limiting funds.

I have also been catching up on a little novella by Australian author Bridgett Leslie called Twelve Bells. If you love reading as much as I do but have limited time, novella’s are wonderful short stories that are perfect to fill a little gap.


Let Them Eat Dirt

What drew me to this book was the title –  Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World
This is exactly what I used to do as a kid – eat dirt, and god knows what else!

I grew up on my parents small holding, so was constantly roaming over the fields picking up dried cow pats and using them as frisbees, playing in the massive gravel pit we used to have. Which was actually all the waste from the tin old mine’s I lived across from. I used to go and collect the eggs in the chicken houses, which I think I was allergic to as I used to come out in hives and rashes but it never stopped me. Over the years I suppose going in and out the houses made me build up some resistance to it because by the time I was about 9 it never used to affect me anymore.

What I've been Reading this week - Let them eat dirt and the novella twelve bells

Book Description

Our over-sanitized world threatens children’s health, but parents can change their environment into one where they’ll thrive.

Babies and young kids are being raised in surroundings that are increasingly cleaner, more hyper hygienic, and more disinfected than ever before. As a result, the beneficial bacteria in their bodies is being altered, promoting conditions and diseases such as obesity, diabetes, asthma, allergies, and autism. As Let Them Eat Dirt shows, there is much that parents can do about this, including breastfeeding if possible, getting a dog, and avoiding antibiotics unless necessary—and yes, it is OK to let kids get a bit dirty.

My Review

I really enjoyed this book. It’s a fascinating read for parents. It’s not written in a formal kind of way like Science books, so makes it easier to understand. I believe that kids need to build up their own immune systems and by letting them roam around outside in mud will do that. So long as their hands are washed before they eat.

Let Them Eat Dirt is full of tips on how to keep your children and the home as healthy as possible. It does go into a lot of detail starting with conception all the way to birth and beyond. The sections on antibiotics are very intriguing. I have always had the way of thinking that if we take too many antibiotics that our bodies will become to immune to them and they will be less efficient in the future when you may really need them. I try to avoid them like the plague and have rarely taken them in my life.

This book does make you think, maybe we our bringing up our children in too much of a sterile world. As the title suggests – Let Them Eat Dirt, once in a while!

I have given Let Them Eat Dirt by B. Brett Finlay & Marie-Claire Arrieta 5 out of 5 stars

Paperback 288 pages

Published 2016 by Windmill Books

Twelve Bells – A Novella

I love to read novella’s short stories with lots going on! Quick and easy to read which is a must for busy parents!

Twelve Bellsis written by Bridgett Leslie. It’s a short novella at 49 pages about speed dating.


Book Description

In her struggle to heal the emotional torment caused by her ex-fiancé, Lynette Frank attends a speed-dating event to give herself a psychological edge in her quest to find the right man. Each man she meets challenges her to fully resurrect her dating life. But is it all too much too soon?

My Review

I loved the concept behind this novella. Lynette is a strong woman who decides to go on a speed dating session, she meets 12 men who are all different but more or less want the same thing – Lynette! The pace is very fast, but I suppose speed dating is like. No sooner as you feel you get to know the man she is chatting to and the bell goes and she’s onto the next.

I feel this novella could be the start of a book series about Lynette and her love life. She is a fantastically written character that could hold her own in a full length novel and to see her develop. I’d love to know the answer to who she decides out with on a date!

I found it fascinating to discover the different and interesting people that turned up to the speed date with Lynne. Twelve Bells is great as an introduction but would love it to be turned into a full book. I believe there is scope for the author to do that.

I have given Twelve Bells 4 out of 5 stars ( just because it was too short!)

Kindle Edition – 49 pages


*This post contains affiliate links. I was sent Let them Eat Dirt and Twelve Bells in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own as always.

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2 thoughts on “What I’ve been Reading this Last Week

  1. Ooh now a novella sounds perfect for me as I can never quite manage a whole novel nowadays. This sounds like one I would enjoy. However, the first book sounds really interesting too! Ekks might have to get both 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by Emma. Yes Let Them Eat Dirt is a very interesting read for parents. I’m a huge fan of novella’s now as I’m time short a lot of the time! xx

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