About the book – Me Before You

Me before you

Second month of book club, and I asked for some recommendations. I even looked into book club lists and this book popped up. It’s a New York Times number 1 bestseller, and was recommended by my librarian friend. I’m already excited to read it! From what I hear from others it is one that is hard to put down, might be tricky with a 10 month old, but still keen to try!!

I haven’t read any of Jojo Moyes work yet, but feel I may have been missing out!  The book was first published in 2012 and has been made into a film. I would be interested to watch the film, but definitely want to read the book first! Sometimes films don’t quite match the books, and I don’t want to have an image of it all in my head before I read it! Do you prefer watching the films first or reading the books? The synopsis of the book is as follows:

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

I purchased my paperback copy from Amazon, it is currently in their 3 for £10 deal. You can also pick it up for the Kindle there if that is your preferred reading method!

I will write my thoughts for this book in a post on Monday 26th September, am looking forward to hearing your thoughts and sharing the book with you!

Happy reading 🙂 x

Me before you

 

Thoughts on ‘Instructions for a Heatwave’

Maggie O'Farrell

Maggie O’Farrell is definitely one of my favourite authors, so when I saw this book, I thought it was well worth a read!! And boy was I right! I loved it! Her style of writing is just so readable, and it never feels like a chore – in fact, I’m always gutted when her books end!

I loved the family dynamic in this book, it’s not all singing and dancing happy families, this is a family who all have secrets and things they hide from each other. It’s a character who barely appears in the book who has the biggest secret though and one that is uncovered as the book unfolds. I love her ability to drop in little nuggets of information on the characters which just build and build until you have the whole picture. Jumping backwards and forwards in time, but never in a confusing way.

The middle child, but oldest sister, Monica is a very controlled character who does not reveal much and tries to be in control all the time. I loved the description given when it was explained she did not want children:

‘Monica was seized with a horrified fascination at the devastation childbearing wreaked. The slack pleating of stomach flesh, the slivered scars that found their way over dimpled legs, the deflated sacs of breasts.’

It’s just a brilliant description of what happens, and far from being bothered by this, it had me laughing out loud – yes, yes, how true! Monica is an interesting character who seems to take life incredibly seriously, there seems to be a weight on her for the majority of the book. It’s almost like she has got stuck, and despite her younger sister Aoife being a wild child and the black sheep, I feel it was Monica who was most lost in the story. Aoife also had her own secrets to hide, but I loved her nature and lust for life. The difficulties between the different family members is raw, but something that is easy to relate to – families can fall out and it is often a mystery how or why!

‘Aoife sitting with a face like that. And Monica over by the sideboard, doing that tossing thing with her head and fiddling with a basket of laundry. The pair of them not looking at each other. As if they were strangers.’

The mysteries which are revealed throughout the book give the story momentum and keep you interested. I could not put it down! The observer says the book is ‘addictive…told with real humanity, warmth and infectious love’ and I just cannot put it any better than that. It is absolutely true! Well worth a read.

Did you join in with the book club this month? What were your thoughts on this book? Did you like/dislike the characters? Let me know your thoughts!

Maggie O'Farrell

A Book a Fortnight for a Year

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A few years back I started writing a bucket list. I was trying to get to 100 things, although I feel I could write a few lists and still want to do more. There are so many things I want to do, but I wanted to try and make my bucket list reachable, things I could achieve. Once I have done it I want to create a scrapbook as memories of each activity, but I’m still making the finishing touches to the list (some years in the making!) So one of the things I wanted to do was to read a book a fortnight for a year, and I achieved it a few years ago. I loved it! I wanted to read as many different genres of books as possible, so the list is a bit random! It was a really enjoyable thing to do, and once my little man is bigger, it is definitely something I want to redo! Maybe I could go for a book a week for a year when he is much bigger!!

Here is the list of what I read:

  1. ‘The White Queen’ by Phillipa Gregory
  2. ‘The Daughter of Time’ by Josephine Tey
  3. ‘The Return Journey’ by Maeve Binchy
  4. ‘Her Fearful Symmetry’ by Audrey Niffenegger
  5. ‘Dizzy’ by Cathy Cassady
  6. ‘The Shell Seekers’ by Rosamunde Pilcher
  7. ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert
  8. ‘You’re the One That I Don’t Want’ by Alexandra Potter
  9. ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ by Stieg Larsson
  10. ‘Knots and Crosses’ by Ian Rankin
  11. ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ by Trisha Ashley
  12. ‘Artemis Fowl’ by Eoin Colfer
  13. ‘Sapper Martin’ by Richard Van Emden
  14. ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ by Robert James Waller
  15. ‘Tears of the Giraffe’ by Alexander McCall Smith
  16. ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime’ by Mark Haddon
  17. ‘The Hand that First Held Mine’ by Maggie O’Farrell
  18. ‘Danny the Champion of the World’ by Roald Dahl
  19. ‘If You Could See Me Now’ by Cecelia Ahern
  20. ‘Wives ‘v’ Girlfriends’ by Katie Agnew
  21. ‘Chocolat’ by Joanne Harris
  22. ‘The Single Girls To Do List’ by Lindsey Kelk
  23. ‘The Island’ by Victoria Hislop
  24. ‘One Day’ by David Nicholls
  25. ‘The Italian Girl’ by Iris Murdoch
  26. ‘Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone’ by J.K. Rowling

Next time I definitely want to get more classic books in! You know, the ones on those lists of ‘books you should read’, maybe I can work some into the book club!!

What books have you read recently? What are your favourite books? Have you read any on my list?

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