Books that I come back to again and again…

I have been hearing a lot recently about books that have made a big impact on us, books that means somethings too us and books we come back to again and again and one name I keep hearing again and again is Harry Potter. Now, I have seen the films and I guess when I was growing up I somehow missed the Harry Potter boat but after hearing what I was missing out on I decided to read the books which before you start guys yes I loved. But this isn’t about what everyone else loves I wanted write about the books that have stayed with me throughout my life and the ones I want to go back to again.

Goosebumps by R.L Stine

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I remember being a child and loving the Goosebumps books scaring my self silly and thumbing the pages again and again. If for some Harry Potter ignited there love of reading the Goosebumps series definitely helped my fire grow into a roaring blaze.

P.S I Love You by Cecila Ahern

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 I love, love, love this novel which I later found out was Ceceila Ahern’s debut written at the age of twenty-one. It is the story of Holly and Gerry two people who were just meant for each other that is until Gerry dies of cancer (not a spoiler), and the series of love letters he leaves behind.  This book is the first book I ever read where I both laughed and cried and I mean real sobbing; it’s beautiful and is still (it has been some years since I first read it) the first book I recommend to people who are after a romance. When the movie came out (sigh) and I know it happens to all of us when our favourite books are adapted into movies but Hilary Swank was just not how I picture Holly and to top it off my favourite, belly laugh moment and tear jerker moment had both been cut from the movie. All I’m saying guys is that the film does not do the book justice read it trust me it will stay with you forever.

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Hilary Swank as Holly

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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My favourite of all Austen’s novel but for me it was the character of Elizabeth Bennett who stayed with me- a strong, independent and free willed woman she is one of my favourite fictional women of all time. I couldn’t mention Pride and prejudice with out at least mentioning Mr Darcy (sigh) I love a good Austen adaptation as much as the next gal but Mathew McFadden will always be Darcy too me. (Sorry Colin)

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Elizabeth and Mr Darcy (2005)

You Had Me At Hello

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This book is a classic case of the blurb does not do it justice and I fear I won’t be able to either but the feels guys oh the feels… You Had Me at Hello is about two best friends who meet at university (boy/girl situation you know the deal) anyway in their last days of university there is some mis-communication leading them to lead very separate lives. Ten years later they are reunited… The story is told in both the past and the present leading up to what separates them and the now. I have read this book so many times, every time my heart is broken and every time I come back for me. It’s probably my favourite contemporary romance novel of all time.

Summer in February by Jonathan Smith

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One of things I love about Summer in February is that it is a true story adapted by Jonathan Smith from the diaries of the main character Captain Gilbert Evans. The book follows a famous colony of artists which included A.J Munnings and Laura and Harold Night. This tragic tale follows the love triangle between A.J Munnings, Captain Evans and A.J’s wife Florence. The books is full of love and art and tragedy and whats more it all true. It been adapted to film starring Dan Stevens and Emily Browning.

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 Gilbert and Florence A Summer in February 

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

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I have only just read and reviews this book so I don’t want to go on about it too much. The reason Me Before You makes it onto this list is that it has stayed with me every where I go Me Before You is in the back of my mind and every time I try to start something new I put it down again because nothing compares to the world I have left behind. Me Before You = Book Hang over.

These are all books that either mean something to me or have stayed with me over time I would love to hear about yours. x

Me Before You – Review (Spoiler free-ish)

Book – Me Before You

Author- Jo Jo Moyes 

Genre – Contemporary Romance

Rating – 4/5 Stars

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Firstly I think I should say I don’t read a lot of ‘Chick Lit’ I do hate to give any book that label because lets be honest it’s just so god damn condescending but for the sake of time and throwing all morals all out the window lets just say that’s what Me Before is (it’s not it’s so much more).

When it comes to Contemporary fiction as a whole weather there is romance or not I am picky and reluctant to pick it up in the first place on the whole I find it all a bit predictable maybe that’s a stereotype (it definitely is!) But whatever.

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I have had this book on my TBR for a while but I guess it got forgotten amongst all my other books UNTIL I found out that it was going to be a film with Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones as a massive Game of Thrones fan I immediately picked it up and boy I was not disappointed. Having just just finished a high fantasy novel this book was the most terrific pallet cleanser I fell into the world of Will a quadriplegic and Lou his twenty- seven year old carer. This book his a love story but it is also a story of family and a beautiful two sided discussion about the right to die.

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First Look at Emilia Clarke as Lou

I loved this book, it was beautiful I finished it last night and I’m still thinking about Lou and Will and their own separate and mutual plight. Before reading many reviews told me I would cry- I did not cry so I was slightly disappointed on the tear jerker front of things. (But I feel this says slightly more about me than it does the book)

All the characters were totally three dimensional and I loved Lou and Will – his sarcasm made up a lot of the book humour for me – also Nathan his carer – Brilliant! He provided such a great third party perspective.

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Lou and her boyfriend Patrick (it’s only bloody Neville LongBottom!) 

I did not love Lou’s family they were well written I just didn’t like them I personally found them selfish and were so hard on Lou and expected her to provide for them including her sisters child. – But that is just one perceptive and they were still a loving family. (And just because I didn’t like them doesn’t mean that other reader won’t.) As you can see I could talk about this book forever, I loved it, please read it, let Lou and Will into your hearts and never let them go.

Great book/read it/NOW! 4/5 STARS

Station Eleven- Review (& Bout of Books Rap up)

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel is in it’s most very basic form a group of Shakespeare actors who are performing King Lear and then… The End of The World happens! Truly though while the Shakespearean actors are one set of characters in this novel the book is about a group of characters including the actors -all linked by a character who dies in the beginning of the novel (don’t freak guys this is sooo not a spoiler).

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No doubt this is a great book BUT I personally have my issues with it. It’s brilliant and original no question but the narrative structure is such that it is really hard to fall in love with, root for, or hate/dislike a particular character. This being so I did sort of lose interest about 3/4 of the way though, but this is just my personal preference – I enjoy having a character to root for.

I would still recommend this book to a friend but the right friend. From afar I could appreciate this book for what it was (a superb piece of writing), up close I was just looking forward to my next read.

Over all I gave it a Goodreads rating of 3/5 stars.

While reading Station Eleven I was participating in bout of books 13.0 I think my reading list was a bit ambitious as I have had a busy week but I managed to get though Station Eleven and Saga Volume one which was brilliant! It was my first ever graphic novel and I was, before reading a bit unsure about the whole medium but I was so wrong. The art was fantastic, the story was so great, I was torn between flipping through the pages as fast as I could to find out what happened next and gazing at the amazing art work for as long as possible.                                                                                                                      515jeiadAzL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

I gave it a Goodreads rating of 5/5 stars! (Would definitely recommend to graphic novel newbies! But be aware of adult content.)

Overall I didn’t get though as much as I wanted too in bout of books 13.0 but there’s always the next read-a-thon 🙂

Top 5 Wednesday – Summery Book Covers

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @gingerreadslainey. The Goodreads group is run by Lainey and Mindy @mindyreads. There are a lot of people (including booktubers and bloggers) that participate weekly.

Here are my Top 5 Summer book covers!

1. Summer covers 1 There is No Light in the Darkness by Claire Contreras

2.Summer covers 2 Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Madson

3.16143347 We Were Liars by E.Lockhart – My We Were Liars Review –  https://goo.gl/lGkWwv

4.Summer 4 Alienated by Melissa Landers

5.Summer covers 5 On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves (I constantly recommend this book to people it’s a must read!)

Happy reading x

Bout of Books Day 2 Recap

Day two for the  Bout Of Books 13 read- a-thon turned out to be pretty poor… My first book for the read-a-thon (still a-hem un-finished is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandal. I like to blame my slow reading status on a full time job and not enough hours in the day but come what may I will finish Station Eleven tonight (GMT).

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Books on My Bout of Books Reading list

Station Eleven by Emily St. John

Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K Vaughan

Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince by J.K Rowling #Ambitious

Happy Reading everyone x

Bout of Books 13!

Hi Guys,

I am participating in the Bout of Books 13 read-a-thon so I hope I can tempt you to sign up and have fun with me.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

Happy reading! X