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Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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 this book because I assumed, from the cover, that it would be a very uplifting story.  In many ways it was but it was also an emotional rollercoaster for me.  It is hard to really discuss the book without spoiling it for others (and trust me this is the kind of book that you don’t want spoiled, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to re-read it).

It is and it isn’t a ‘romance’.  The two main characters fall in love.  Lou and Will have amazing chemistry and I spent most the book waiting for them to kiss.  However, this book is much more than a cheesy romance.  It makes you think about things, sometimes uncomfortable ones.  Will, despite all his wealth, is not living the life he wants.  Neither is Lou, but she doesn’t realise it until well into the book.  The premise of the book is that Will wants to commit suicide.  Lou doesn’t want him to.  Therein lies the conflict to the story.

I loved this book.  I actually couldn’t put it down, because I just wanted to know how it all worked out.  The characters are complex and the humour in the book really keeps you going.  This is a book that I think everyone should read, because it tells an important story – one that is current and controversal.  It makes you think about the day-to-day realities of news stories and really see it from another point of view, without being preachy.

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30 Day Book Challenge – Day Four: Book that makes you cry

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Okay, so I will be hard on myself here, because most books make me cry.  I never cry at the telly (and I’ve watched that episode where Buffy’s mother dies fyi) or a movies.  I’m going to pick just one though.

The High Lord by Trudi Canavan

The Black Magician Trilogy follows the story of Sonea (a slum dweller) who finds out that she has magical powers and has to go to the Magician’s Guild and learn how to control them.  I’m not going to go into a long expiation of the series, or The High Lord for that matter, because I intend on reviewing them on this blog soon.  However, I will say that the trilogy, while targeted at young adults, is actually very dark.  The High Lord is an example of that.  I can’t really say what happens here without spoiling it, but I will say that I cried mainly though the entire last part of the book.  The Guild were just so helpless and the fight was both dramatic and appropriate.  The end is a shocker, it really is.  Big characters die in awful ways… I’m going to stop there 🙂

30 Day Book Challenge- Day Three: Book that makes you laugh out loud

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This question is so easy to answer – any book in the Discworld novels series by Terry Pratchett. If I had to pick just one then it would be:

Witches Abroad

This is by far the funniest Discworld Novel in my opinion.  Basically it tells the story of the three original witches- Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat – as they travel through various fairytale-enchanted places while hunting down Granny Weatherwax’s estranged sister Lilith.  Along the way Pratchett parodies the Lord of the Rings in the funniest river scene ever, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.

30 Day Book Challenge – Day One: Favourite Book

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Picking out my favourite book is a really tough one.  I pretty much love or at least like all the books I read.  I can’t possibly name just one book, so I’m not going to.  Here’s my small list of the books that are my favourites:

1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I love, love, love Wuthering Heights.  I first read it years ago when I was fourteen and I just fell in love with the atmosphere of the novel.  It is like a storm or a bonfire on a winter’s night – otherworldly and uncontrollable.  The characters are fascinating, and even though Heatcliff and Catherine (the first) are possibly the most unlikable mains in the history of literature, you can’t help but feel their romance.

2.  Wild Swans by Juan Chang

 

Wild Swans blew my mind when I read it.  It highlights so much about China, both good and bad.  For me, it turned a place I knew very little about into something that I could begin to understand.  This is a heartfelt memoir first and foremost, and it is through Juan Chang’s story of her grandmother, mother and herself that the reader learns about the recent history of China.  Lots of books are good, but fade with time for me.  Wild Swans is the opposite – I can’t forget it.

3.  The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop

If you were to look back at my older posts here you would see that this choice is inevitable.  I’ve already reviewed the trilogy, so I’m not going to really elaborate on why I love it.  I just do, despite the flaws.  I love that hope is a serious theme in the series along with animal and human abuse.  Satean, Daemon and Lucivar are three amazing characters, and the humour in the series, despite the serious tone is heartwarming.

Change will Come

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This is a bit of a weird one, but I’ve decided to give blogging another go.  I missed it! Which came as a surprise, but anyways… So far I’ve decided that this new blog is actually an amalgamation of sorts between I Remember Delight (my book blog) and Carved by the Shadows which was a blog I had about living with depression and agroaphobia months ago.

 I’ve imported from Blogger to WordPress, but that is the least of the changes I want to make to this blog.  I want to post more often, but not compromise my reading.  So I’m not going to just stick to just book blogging.  I just can’t read that fast.  I have a lot of respect for those who can.

Also, and this is probably the biggest reason for my return, I now have a camera.  I’m so excited as to what I’m going to do with it… my family are camera allergic so I have to be creative here!