Book review of the month – The Joy in Small Things by Hannah Jane Parkinson.


Hi! I’m Helen Gambarota and I am delighted to be back with Jo’s Weekly Workout Family to share my love of books with you.

I am a total book nerd and an avid reader and a compulsive book buyer, although I do need to slow down on the book buying as there are piles of books all around the house. I started reviewing books on Instagram as @BestBookFoward almost 4 years ago and I love chatting about books and sharing my passion for reading.

Each month I bring you my recommendation of a must-read book. I read a variety of genres so it could be anything from fiction, non-fiction, romance, historical fiction or a thriller and I really hope that you’ll enjoy each of them as much as I do.

If you’d like more book inspiration you can find my reviews on my Instagram account which is @BestBookForward, on Facebook or on my website


As we find ourselves in uncertain and stressful times again I’ve really been struggling to find a book to recommend for you this month and so I thought I’d go for something completely different.  I hope you’ll love it.

The book is The Joy in Small Things by Hannah Jane Parkinson.

I often have books that I can dip in and out of by my bed and if I’m feeling really anxious or stressed I find them really soothing.  I loved this one as the chapters are very short and there are so many that I could really relate to.
When I finished reading this one I sat and wrote a list of the small things that give me joy and just making that list made me feel really happy.  As we’re coming into my favourite season here are a few of things that bring me joy:
  • Feeling the sun on my face; even when its a bit chilly out its just a wonderful feeling.
  • My nine year old twins still wanting to hold my hand.
  • Blossom on the trees
  • Hanging my washing outside
  • Naps – oh I love a nap
  • The feeling you get after doing one of Jo’s workouts ❤️
I wonder what might be on your list?  I hope you enjoy reading it


You can buy your copy from Amazon here, or from all good bookshops.