I’ve been reading books ever since I remember. My first ever book I read was ‘Anne of Green Gables’ and I literally inhaled the entire collection of what must have been twelve or more books. I was probably about ten years old. Nowadays it’s a bit harder to find time to properly sit down with cup of tea and good book and just relax and unwind that way. So reading has become a part of my everyday commute to and from work. Time goes much quicker and what would often be a frustrating and tiring commute turns into a bit of an enjoyable ‘me time’ instead.

In today’s world of ebooks, ITunes and Audible, I still think there is nothing better that the good old paperback. There’s just something really calming and almost old fashioned in turning book pages. Having said all that, I currently own just a handful of books. Most of them are on my IPhone, for two reasons. Because I have no space in the flat to store them and because it’s just simply more convenient when reading on the go. Today’s technology allows us to always be able to find time to read (or to listen for that matter). Whether we’re driving (that’s when Audible comes in handy), cleaning the house or just commuting. So I thought I’d share some books I’d recommend, in case you’re in need of a new one.

I’d like to make it a regular occurrence on my blog and share books that I really enjoyed, that inspired me in one way or another and that I wouldn’t mind reading again in the future. I’m kicking it off with Jojo Moyes’s ‘Me before You’. The movie based on this book gets released in cinemas from 3rd June, so that may give you a better idea whether it’s worth reading or going to the movies.

I read this book a good couple of years ago and whenever I come across it again, it’s all coming back to me. That’s when you know that the book is really good and worth reading, if after all this time, you still perfectly remember what it was about. It’s not one you’ll easily forget and it’s not one that you’ll be reading for weeks. I don’t care how slow of a reader you may be, this is a page turner and it ill suck you in. I guarantee.

Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes invites you to read about the relationship of two people, Will Traynor, who after suffering a spinal cord injury is wheelchair bound, and Louisa Clark, who despite lack of experience lands the job of his carer. Two completely different characters, backgrounds, viewpoint and two different ways they live their life. Yet the more time they spend together, the more they learn from each other and teach each other what the meaning of life really is. They both come out of their comfort zones because “You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as full as possible”.

Beautifully written, funny and emotional, unforgettable and a true weeper. “Some mistakes…Just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen. It touches on so many life situations that most of us experience to some degree. That’s what makes this book different and much more meaningful.

Jojo Moyes 'Me before you' book review

This isn’t one of those typical love stories that you read and swiftly move on to the next book. I recommended it to my friend who just like me reads while commuting. I did say to make sure she isn’t sitting anywhere on the bus when she gets to the end. I made that mistake and it was not pretty and did no good to my (non waterproof) mascara. She didn’t think she would get that emotional and ended up weeping all the way to work. It took a few deep breaths and a cup of coffee before she could start working. This book truly brings out a lot of emotions and very strongly puts things into perspective.

Jojo Moyes 'Me before you' quotes

I cannot recommend it enough. Just make sure you have some tissues around you and preferably are not in a public place… Trust me on this one… I don’t consider myself a cry baby and cannot remember last time I cried reading any book…If you’re planning to go to the movies, again, tissues will come in handy. You will definitely enjoy it and you will remember it for a long time afterwards. Although it’s emotional, it is all in a very positive way. Beautiful story and a very strong message. Simply excellent read.

Or perhaps you’ve already read it?  If so, I would love to know your thoughts and how many tissues you had to use… I consider my little book club Open…


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