REVIEW COPY OF Still Me (Me Before You#3)

STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND FANGIRL WITH ME. 

Today I received a review copy of Still Me by Jojo Moyes. People who have been reading my blog for a while now will know I am obsessed with the Me Before You books!! The book does not officially come out till the end of January 2018!

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I am so freaking excited I could scream and cry continuously. Thank you so so much to Penguin (in particular Michael Joseph) for sending me this!!
 They also sent me this super cute bookmark and tote bag, which I cannot wait to use. AHHHHHHH the bees.

Have you read Me Before You or After You?

Being trusted by the big brand publishers! ⭐️

Today I received Still Me by JoJo Moyes to read as PREVIEW copy! I was shaking with happiness and anticipation. Imagine Louisa’s face when she pulls out the black and yellow tights…that was me when the first chapter was downloading. tumblr_o8ezgqIxoU1vvkt72o1_500.gif

As you will all know by now, I AM OBSESSED WITH Jojo Moyes, especially her Me Before You books featuring my all time favourite protagonist Louisa Clark. Ahhh what a wonderful character she is.

I instantly stopped my day and devoured the first chapter, forever eager for more knowledge of Louisa and her travels. I can already tell that this book is going to give me what I want (and need!) Book two offered me the initial closure after the heart-shattering events in book one but I still long for more.  Louisa is off to America for this next story and I am SOOO excited to see what adventures she goes on this year and I hope more of her quirky and awesome personality shines through in this one.

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What do you think of the cover? I personally LOVE IT.  I love the ‘black and yellow stripes’ look and the little bumblebee.

I am also really excited about more Louisa and Nathan, as I really liked their relationship.  Honestly, in the second book I was a little disappointed in Louisa – I completely understood her loss and felt compassionate but I just missed happy go lucky and charming Louisa. I missed her go-get-it attitude at the end of book one, I just wanted to jump into the book and tell her to live the life Will wanted her to.

This chapter is already so telling – she has upped her life and moved to America, she is exploring the unknown and pushing herself. I LOVE IT and wish Jojo Moyes could release a book a year about Louisa because I feel like she is my friend.

I also hope we hear more about Lilly and Sam in this one!!!!

You will not be disappointed… Louisa is back and is as charming, wonderful, kind, strong, quirky and curious as ever.

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Lets chat all things Me Before You, After You and Still Me — Have you read the books or watched the film? What is your favourite quote? What is your favourite part? If you didn’t enjoy them, why?

My next reads…

 

Asking for It by Louise O’Neill 

The second work of Young Adult Fiction from Louise O’Neill, Asking For It is an uncomfortable but important read that shines a light on rape culture and victim blaming. It would have been an easier read if O’Neill had written it about a smart, sweet girl who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is not. It is about Emma O’Donovan, a nasty, shallow girl from a small Irish town who has in the past encouraged a friend not to bring rape charges to those who violated her. She is a girl who loves male attention, who is a bully and who lies and cheats. She is a girl who goes to a party, who dresses provocatively, who drinks too much and who takes drugs. And she is a girl who wakes up on her front porch the next day in extreme pain, stinging with severe sunburn, peppered with bruises and sticky with vomit. She been clearly abused, and there are photographs of it all over the Internet. But as social media shares her shame, Emma blames only herself – it’s not just society that thinks she was asking for it, she does too. This is a fearless novel about sexual consent, and its discomfort is in part due to the fact that the reader will, even if fleetingly, some point wonder whether Emma was indeed at fault.

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One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

One single mum

With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to . . .

One chaotic family

Jess’s gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’s teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone. Sometimes Jess feels like they’re sinking . . .

One handsome stranger

Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it’s like to be lonely. And he wants to help . . .

One unexpected love story

The One Plus One is a captivating and unconventional romance about two lost souls meeting in the most unlikely circumstances.

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Twist Me by Anna Zaires 

Kidnapped. Taken to a private island.

I never thought this could happen to me. I never imagined one chance meeting on the eve of my eighteenth birthday could change my life so completely.

Now I belong to him. To Julian. To a man who is as ruthless as he is beautiful—a man whose touch makes me burn. A man whose tenderness I find more devastating than his cruelty.

My captor is an enigma. I don’t know who he is or why he took me. There is a darkness inside him—a darkness that scares me even as it draws me in.

My name is Nora Leston, and this is my story.

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Nocturnal Animals by Austin Wright

Many years after their divorce, Susan Morrow receives a strange gift from her ex-husband. A manuscript that tells the story of a terrible crime: an ambush on the highway, a secluded cabin in the woods; a thrilling chiller of death and corruption. How could such a harrowing story be told by the man she once loved? And why, after so long, has he sent her such a disturbing and personal message…?

 

Starting a new book. 📚

I’ve decided to pick up a book to read today that isn’t a course book…yay! Recently, I have been reading a lot of intense pieces of literature that are critically acclaimed within the English Canon for my degree, so it is always lovely to just wind back with an easy read book.  

For those of you that have followed my blog for a while will know how much I ADORED ‘Me Before You’, so I thought I would pick up another one of JoJo Moyes books.  

  • Have you read any of her books, other than ‘Me Before You’ and ‘After You’?? Got any reccomendations?? 🙋🏼
  • Or any reccomendations for me.   

 

Hope you are all having a lovely day and I have exciting news…⭐️🌟 I am going to try and blog everyday in September, please encourage me- do you have anything you’d like to see on this blog ? ⭐️🌟 

BOOKISH BOOK LOVER TAG

Thank you to the amazing ‘The Bookie Monster’  for tagging me in this tag, it looks awesome. Thank you Tasha!!

The Rules

Use the original banner.
Answer the questions.
Use lots of book covers
Tag your friends!

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What book are you currently reading?

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I was sent this book to review and am currently devouring it and enjoying it so far.

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What’s the last book you finished?

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Favourite book you read this year? 

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What genre have you read most this year?

Young Adult for sure.

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What genre have you read least this year? 

Properly historical fiction.

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What genre do you want to read more of?

Once again historical fiction.

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How many books have you read this year, and what’s your goal?

So far I have read 51 books and want to read 115.

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What’s the last book you bought?

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What book are you saving up to buy next?

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These Harry Potter books.

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How many books did you check out last library visit?

About 20 for my last assignment.

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What’s a book you can’t wait to read?

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Harry Potter of course.

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Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more?  

Jojo Moyes all the way, I have only read ‘Me Before You’ and ‘After You’ so I do have a lot of her books to read.

Going to also say Gillian Flynn, I know they are completely different but I love both of them.

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A few books your heart adores?

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig, The Harry Potter series, The Twilight Saga, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

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What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?

I am going to have to say ‘The Selection’ as well like Tasha.

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What books are on your wish-list?

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I tag  – 

Okay, okay I got a bit carried away with the tags. If you have done it before, don’t worry about it.

Poppy books- Here 

Ravenclaw Bookclub-Here

Away in Neverland-Here

Not Capulet –Here

The Bandar Blog-Here

DriftingLexi –Here

Drizzle and Hurricane Books-Here

Written word Worlds -Here

My Passion is Happiness –Here

Clockwork Bibliophile – Here 

In Case of Bookishness – Here

Me Before You day out…

Hello,

 GUESS WHAT…GUESS WHAT…GUESS WHAT????

 

I have seen Me Before You.

 So, it comes out properly on Friday (the 3rd of June) but I got to see it. For some reason, I was looking at the Bristol cinemas and they just did not have the times up for  it to book. I was devastated- I actually cried a little bit and then frantically searched the internet for other possibilities.

I was thinking whyyywhyyywhyyy can I not watch my favourite book be beautiful transformed into a film. Why are you doing this to me, Bristol? But, I found a solution. Oh, yeah I did.  A little cinema in Bath (not far from Bristol) was showing ‘Me Before You’ for students only – for free!!!! So, not only did I get to see the film, but I got to see it for FREE and the bus for only 4.50.

I also got to spend the day in Bath, which was lovely. Check out the following two pictures I took of the city. It is such a quaint place.

  How cute are these umbrellas? I want some to hang from my bedroom ceiling- they just instantly make me think so summer.   

We watched it in this cute little cinema (below) and we were soo lucky with the seating because my flatmate and I got the last two seats!!

 Here we are waiting for the film to start…AHHHH!!! My heart was beating fast in anticipation, I had high expectations of the film.

My ‘Me Before You’ brief film review

First things first, the film broke me. I was prepared, I was ready but my heart was not. In the adverts, I whispered to my flatmate ‘I am not emotionally ready, I cannot do this’.  She hasn’t read the book – but came to Bath with me anyway to watch the film and for the day out, so she looked at me like I was absolutely crazy for crying before the film even started.

I thought the cast was perfect, they made the adaptation so special and heartfelt. Lou was perfect. Emilia Clarke was amazing as her, she was hilarious and cute and Sam Claffin was incredible as Will. They both captivated my heart and made me feel the story in my bones. I know that this story will stay with me for ages, if not forever. Lou is still my spirit animal. 

Jojo Moyes made sure that the film stayed true to the book and that is something that is really really important to me. Maybe I am naive in thinking that it is hard to stay true to the book but it shouldn’t be.  Don’t get me wrong there were slight changes- for example, Mr. Traynor wasn’t having an affair. Well, I guess it was implied and I got the reference because I had read the book but it was subtle so it could have been easily missed. I am okay with slight changes like that and am soo happy that there wasn’t anything major.

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I have heard a lot of negative comments regarding the film- shaming it for misrepresenting disability. Even now after seeing it, I can positively say ‘IT DOESN’T… IT REALLY DOESN’T’. It is a raw, realistic and relatable story and oh boy did it tug hard at my heart strings.

Here, is a hideous picture of me after the film- as you can see the film made me cry. I cried all the way through but I also laughed and cried more with laughter.  The setting of the film was stunningly beautiful. Luckily my flatmate’s hometown is where the film was set, so in the summer, she is going to take me there. (Knowing me, I will be overwhelmed with emotions and cry)

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In conclusion, go and see the film on Friday when it comes out but PLEASE if you enjoy reading – make sure you read the book first but otherwise it will ruin it. It is also quite a short, easy reading book, so you would be able to easily devour it.

 

Nearly half way…

I am nearly half way through my Goodread reading challenge of 100 books for this year. Some of the books I’ve read are not on my yearly reading list, (I know it’s naughty but I cannot help myself 😜) 

So far I have read – 

  1. You before Me by JoJo Moyes 
  2. As I lay Dying by William Faulkner 
  3. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 
  4. Paradise Lost by John Milton 
  5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Scwab 
  6. Grief Is Thing with Feathers by Max Porter 
  7. Lolita by Vladimir Nabovok 
  8. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (read again) 
  9. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (read again) 
  10. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg 
  11. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (read again) 
  12. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens 
  13. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon 
  14. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld 
  15. All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher (read again, I love it!) 
  16. Love, Tanya by Tanya Burr (read again) 
  17. Ripples of Hope by Josh Gottheimer 
  18. City of Bones by Cassandra Claire 
  19. The Lovely Bones (read again) 
  20. The Pictures of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 
  21. Tender is the Night by F.Scott Fitzergald 
  22. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell 
  23. The Jugle by Upton Sinclair 
  24. Anthem by Ayn Rand 
  25. The return of the King by J.R.R Tolkien 
  26. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 
  27. Room by Emma Donoghue 
  28. Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy 
  29. Lucky by Professor Green (finally finished it, left it at home 😭) 
  30. The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff 
  31. After You by Jo Jo Moyes
  32. Where she Went by Gayle Forman (read it again) 
  33. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven 
  34. The bees by Carol Anne Duffy 
  35. Sylvia Plath: poems selected by Ted Hughes by Sylvia Plath
  36. A Book Addict’s Treasury by Julie Rugg 
  37. The Widow by Fiona Barton 
  38. The Cambrige introduction to F.Scott Fitzgerald by Kirk Curnutt 
  39. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (read again) 
  40. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi 
  41. F.Scott Fitzgerald and the Art of Social Fiction by Brian Way

I didn’t realise that I was reading so many again, I just sometimes cannot resist picking up a beloved book of mine. 

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I want to read more and post more but my second year at University is getting on top of me-  I promise I will after my exams in May!!! 

  
(How I feel when I look at my books – them waiting for me to start reading them)  

Comment below if you have read any of them and your thoughts and even better-recommend books to me ☺️