THESE BOOKS CHANGED MY LIFE

A not so secret fact about myself is that I am a sucker for an emotional narratives. It feels like a good book when my heart is penetrated by emotion and I left paralysed by long lasting thoughts. Anyone else feel this?

So I thought I would write a post today about the books that did just that and more… evidently I love a bit of sadness and romance.

  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. tumblr_nbqeo7YtmY1t0h4iro1_500.gif
  2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes tumblr_o2wzo4siN61tvwtbwo2_540.gif
  3. After You by Jojo Moyes 565460tumblrinlinen9lux5wo6V1si5usg.gif
  4. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult tumblr_munj4dk3xT1skktn6o1_500.gif
  5. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher 1.gif
  6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak tumblr_n3qqikAkad1s51xako3_500.gif
  7. The Life and Death of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood 997d2901a513e94d5e60cfcb0d2d6fc3.gif
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 2.gif
  9. Atonement by Ian Mcewan tumblr_lmv3l9v2NR1qzeiyio1_500.gif
  10. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 91220636d-cc0c-4f49-b8ba-bfaa5d71d317.gif

Lucky for me 9 out of 10 of these books are films (which also BROKE ME and my poor little heart). Come on After You I am here and waiting for a movie version. I need visual closure as well. Each one of these books absolutely ripped my heart out and made me cry pools and pools of tears. I probably could have filled a swimming pool of tear after these books.

  • Have you read these wonderful books or seen the films?
  • I live by the fact that you have to read the book first but it is okay if you have not…lets chat.
  • What books broke you?
  • Can you recommend any books for me based on these books?
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My favourite books of 2016

These are my favourite books of 2016 

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  • Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes
  • Lolita by Vladimir
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • Reason to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
  • Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica knoll
  • The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L.Armentrout
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
  • Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them by J.K.Rowling
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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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 ? ⭐️🌟 

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.

 

T5W- Characters you are most like

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  1. Louisa Clark from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Firstly go and check out my review for this book. Here. 

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Louisa, Louisa, Louisa. My spirit animal. I hope I come across like her;she is quirky, fun and kind. It has been a while since I have actually picked up a book and finished  it in  one sitting and fallen madly in love with the protagonist. I connected so much with this book and am counting down the days till I get to see it in the cinema.

2. Hermione Granger- Harry Potter-  My childhood best friend. 

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The girl who taught me to be myself. She is amazing…end of.  Like her, I love to study and lose myself in books.

3. For anyone that actually knows me, would have expected this one to be at the top because of how obsessed I was as a teenager. Bella Swan – Twilight Sage.

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She taught me to accept my introvert ways and that it was okay not to fit in.  I like to think I am loyal like Bella and protective like her. I am also super awkward like her, so yay me.  I always found her to be sarcastic and I can totally relate to that.

4. Cath Avery – Fangirl. 

fangirl-button2-1.png I am just a total fangirl, about a lot of stuff in my life. I cannot just like something like a normal person, I become obsessed. She is also sensitive and kind which I could relate to.

5. I am saying this one because in freshers week at University, someone told me I was just like her. Karen from Outnumbered. (The TV show)

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Hahaha, I am going to take it as a compliment. Sometimes in my life, I adopt a f*** it attitude and act like I don’t care. I am also a very to the point and honest person when it comes to my friends and family, so if I am up front with you, it is because I care.

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

 Trailer for film…

I started this book last night and could absolutely not put it down, I was drawn in to the lives of Lou and Will. I had invested emotions and I was irrevocable in love with the book, that I devoured every single utterance and I finished it this morning.

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Ahhh! This book was so beautiful and so powerful. 

Book blurb…

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.

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Book review…

As I write this, I have an avalanche of tears bombarding my face. Why do some books have such power over a person? I always so fascinated by it, I am always at the mercy of a captivating book and this was no different.

Firstly I need to express my admiration and love for Louisa, the main protagonist of the novel. She is amazing, quirky and extremely relatable. (I have a sudden urge to own a pair of bumblebee tights.) At many point throughout reading it, I would stop and think of how much I loved her character and how I could see myself in her.

As for Will, he broke my heart. I just wanted to jump inside the book and hug him. I felt the raw desperation that surrounded Will, the absence of his previous life and the suffocation of the wheelchair. He is a really powerful character that I feel will stay with me for a very long time, words cannot express why he has impacted me so much. Perhaps, his ability to change my view on going to Switzerland to end your life.

Aforementioned,  the characters and the books has had a massive impact on my life and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second books. I need more Lou in my life, I need to know if she went to University, I need to know she is okay. Another wonderful thing about this book is that fact that although it is sad (not going to lie) it is also an extremely uplifting and rewarding read.

The book is also being made into a film!!! (Excuse me while I die of excitement) I can already tell I am going to adore the film while sobbing. I am soo happy with the choices of actors, Sam Claflin is extraordinary; one of my favourite actors. He was also amazing in Love Rosie, so I have high hopes!!! I must also admit, I have watched the trailer about 100 times since finishes the book.

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Do not be scared to read it, it is incredible. Buy it here !! It is super cheap as well.

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