Life Begins When The Kids Leave Home and The Dog Dies by Barb Taub #BookReview #AmReading

Yes, another day, another book!

This time I am reviewing Barb Taub’s hilarious book, Life Begins When The Kids Leave Home And The Dog Dies. It is a collection of essays written by Barb through her life as a columnist for several papers, and if you enjoy it, there are so many more on her blog!


I met Barb for the first time at the second Annual Bloggers Bash Awards in London, way back in 2016. I had won a competition and was awarded a special bracelet to commemorate one of her fiction works from the Null City series.

Check out Barb’s books here.

I can confirm she is as bubbly as her blog posts sound!

I have also read Do Not Wash Hands In Plates – a memoir of hers from travelling around India which was fantastic too.

This book I had on my Kindle, ready to read, then one day I received a package! Lovely Robbie Cheadle of Bake and Write fame, had won a copy of the book, but not wanting to put postage costs up for Barb (as she lives in Sout Africa) she nominated me as the recipient of her prize. Thanks Robbie!


It took me a while to get round to reading it (that tbr pile is literally teetering by my bedside, as well as on my kindle!) and I am so glad I did.

Here’s my review.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Now, I am not quite at retirement stage, not looking out for grandchildren, as my own kids are still young, thankfully, but I enjoyed reading Barb Taub’s collection of essays immensely!
The articles about motherhood resonated deeply, and I have to say I snorted with laughter at many!
Barb Taub has a way with words, her humour is brilliant and these short essays keep you turning the pages.
You could dip in and out of this book, but I was so immersed, I read it continually (when my own children would allow) until the very last page!
Definitely recommended!

My Amazon Review here.

My Goodreads Review here.

Buy Life Begins When The Kids Leave Home And The Dogs Died here.

26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. OIKOS™-Redaktion
    Aug 22, 2018 @ 20:40:33

    Thank you for the review of this nice titled book.;-) Also amazing your last bitmoji! lol Best wishes, Michael.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Jennie
    Aug 21, 2018 @ 19:54:04

    Great review, Ritu! Barb is hilarious.

    Liked by 1 person


  3. shelleywilson72
    Aug 21, 2018 @ 06:29:07

    Great review!

    Liked by 1 person


  4. willowdot21
    Aug 20, 2018 @ 15:56:02

    Great review, great book 💜

    Liked by 1 person


  5. writerofallthingscreative
    Aug 20, 2018 @ 12:43:56

    This sounds like a great book! I love your style of writing it makes an interesting read 😀 If you have the chance I would love for you to check out my blog. I’m just starting out so only have a few pieces posted and would love your opinion and a follow if you like what you read. Thank you 😀

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Darlene
    Aug 20, 2018 @ 12:31:38

    A great review. Barb is the funniest author I know. I quote her at parties.

    Liked by 1 person


  7. barbtaub
    Aug 20, 2018 @ 10:53:24

    Reblogged this on Barb Taub and commented:

    I’m still dancing around the kitchen after reading this wonderful review from the even-more-wonderful Ritu!

    Liked by 1 person


  8. rachaelstray
    Aug 20, 2018 @ 08:49:18

    It sounds like such a good read.

    Liked by 2 people


  9. Don Massenzio
    Aug 20, 2018 @ 08:08:19

    Reblogged this on DSM Publications and commented:

    Check out this review of the book, Life Begins When The Kids Leave Home and The Dog Dies by Barb Taub as featured on the But I Smile Anyway blog.

    Liked by 2 people


  10. TanGental
    Aug 20, 2018 @ 07:47:11

    Yes to all of the above. Anyone reading who hasn’t a copy GETONENOW

    Liked by 2 people


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