Book Review // SHINE

How are you all enjoying Get Caught Reading Month so far? If you missed my post last week, you won’t know anything about what I just asked you! Get Caught Reading Month is a nationwide campaign to promote the fun of reading books for all ages. I won’t go into too much detail here, as I spoke quite a lot about it within the post.

Today, I am sharing my thoughts on SHINE thanks to participating in the Book Blog Tour hosted by The Book Publicist, I am the fifth stop on the Blog Tour. Now before I get into my review, I just wanted to speak a little about SHINE this is definitely a book that is a little different from the normal books I read. I love anything Supernatural, Thriller and even Mystery but this is completely opposite at non-fiction.

When I was approached by Jessica Jones over at The Book Publicist, I was intrigued especially when it was mentioned about rediscovering your energy, happiness and purpose. The book also reveals unique remedies for epidemics such as Fake Stress, Busyness Disease and Irritable Bastard Syndrome. These jumped out at me so I wanted to join the tour with six other bloggers.


SHINE? Let me tell you a little bit about it;

What do you get when you cross a Scottish stand-up comedian with England’s first ever Doctor of Happiness? A new book that will have you laughing out loud whilst learning some serious science behind positive psychology, the value of inside-out thinking and practical tips for those in need of an energy transfusion.

Authors Gavin Oattes and Dr Andy Cope describe SHINE as ‘self-help comedy’. It’s a rip-roaring tour through big issues of the day-social media, technology, 24/7 news their impact on our lives and relationships. Offering practical and humorous advice on how to take them head-on.

Could you be suffering from one of these 21st Century epidemics?

From the very first chapter of SHINE, I was in love! As I mentioned above, this book is a little different from what I normally indulge in but it left me wanting more every chapter. It’s crazy how much you relate to each chapter, SHINE speaks a lot about ‘normal life moments’, even helping you to push through the barrier to achieve. SHINE is very much Andy and Gavin speaking to you about common problems.

What I loved the most was how you’re able to relate to most of the things that are spoken about, of course, we’re all different so something I’m unsure of might leave you feeling completely different. For me, this is a good thing and one of my main loves, also this keeps you going and want to read until the end. Once I started reading I could not stop!

Also, I’ve never met or heard about Andy and Gavin until coming across this book, but now I feel like we’re friends and that I’ve known them for a while. The way they speak to you is like you’re on the same stage as them and not higher or lower like some books. It does remind me a little of how Deadpool speaks, breaking that fourth wall which makes you feel so much more a part of it.

SHINE looks at some common problems in our world, I love this as it opens your eyes to what could happen but also how you can change your life to be that little bit happier. Throughout the book, you’re instructed to do different things, like writing your own list of bad stuff, completing a Huge Unbelievably Great Goals pyramid and drawing your wild thing.

These little things, help to make you feel that bit more connected and understanding of what both Andy and Gavin are speaking about. I also love how they introduce one another, it’s just like you’re a fly on the wall and listening to their conversations. Also, the introduction is great, it leaves you wanting more and to continue to see how the rest of the book pans out.

SHINE is a great read and will leave you wanting more each chapter. I’m sad that it’s over but I’m very glad I read SHINE and opened up to a new genre.


How about a little about the authors, Andy Cope and Gavin Oattes:

Andy has spent 12 years researching positive psychology, culminating in a PhD in Happiness from Loughborough University and is the UK’s first Doctor of Happiness. He works globally, delivering wellbeing workshops for business and schools. Andy is also the author of the best-selling Children’s book series Spy Dog, the personal development Art of Being Brilliant Series and Happiness.

You can follow Andy Cope on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram as well as his official website.


Gavin is an award-winning comedian, best-selling children’s author and former Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Gavin was part of award-winning comedy group The Colour Ham and had four sell-out Edinburgh Fringes in a row. He is now Managing Director and owner of Tree of Knowledge, one of the UK’s most exciting people development organisations.

You can follow Gavin Oattes on Twitter, Facebook as well as his official website.

There are a lot of bloggers on the SHINE Blog Tour so I would love for you to check out their reviews! You can do this by following The Book Publicist on Twitter, as they will be retweeting all the posts. As well as giving some love to Andy Cope and Gavin Oattes. If you can not wait any longer to read it for yourself, you can buy SHINE to read from Amazon. You can also find it on Goodreads now!

I hope you have enjoyed this little review! I highly recommend SHINE to all those who would like to rediscover their energy, happiness and purpose


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*Thank you, The Book Publicist, for hosting SHINE Blog Tour. A hardback copy of the book was kindly sent to me for free, in return for an honest review. The feature image and those included in the post were sent to me
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