It is December! And it is the first day of Blogmas! Oh my god, I am so excited! I am kicking off Blogmas this year with a book review! today it is all about Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay. Let’s do this!
As you all probably know by now, I don’t read a whole lot of non-fiction. And by that I mean, I don’t read non-fiction. It isn’t a genre that appeals to me in general. But earlier this year I picked up This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay on a complete whim and I absolutely loved it! So when I saw that he was realizing a new book centered all-around Christmas, I had to get it and I had to read it!
I will be completely honest and admit that Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas is not as good as This Is Going To Hurt. It just isn’t. Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas is a lot shorter and because it isn’t following a strict timeline, it is just within the space of December, six years running, there isn’t as much depth or development to it. you would definitely struggle reading it if you haven’t read This Is Going To Hurt (which sounds strange for a non-fiction book). but, it was still an enjoyable read. while it didn’t make me laugh as much as This Is Going To Hurt did, there were still a few times when I just lost it. one story made me laugh so much that I had to put the book down for a few minutes because I was laughing so hard that I couldn’t see. This book did also manage to make me cry. There was one story that Kay included in this collection, that actually had a prewarning to it, that was so hard to read and so moving that I did end up in tears. I am weirdly glad that Kay decided to include it as it really showed the reality of the trauma that doctors can suffer due to their jobs. It was heartbreaking to read, but also very important to see.
What I did really like about this book is that it gives a real-life look into the NHS and the lives of those who have to work over Christmas. it really helps to shine a light onto these unsung heroes, without who, people would literally die. This whole book kind of felt like Kay’s way of thanking the doctors and nurses who give up their Christmases to be there when we need them, and reminding the rest of us to thank them too. it was a beautiful book because of that.
All in all, while this book didn’t quite live up to its predecessor (I honestly don’t think that anything ever will) it was still a really enjoyable little book. I am glad that I have read it. even if I will never be able to look at a pint of beer the same way again.
4 out of 5
And there we have it. day one of Blogmas and my first festive book review of 2019. Have you read Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas? what did you think about it? Have you read This Is Going To Hurt? I hope that you have enjoyed today’s post and I will see you all again tomorrow.