Wrap-Up | January

I haven't done a wrap-up in a good while now because I haven't been reading as much as I would have liked, but with a New Year comes new motivation and I've taken to my books in a big way again!

Five books might not be a lot to some people but I'm really happy with the total, I like to read before bed at night usually but I try to cram in some reading time whenever I can!

I won't go into a full synopsis of these books, I'll just do a brief one otherwise this post will be very long!

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I've previously done a review of this book, which is my favourite book of all time, so if you would like to then you can give that a read here, it's a spoiler free review so don't worry about me spoiling it for you.
I re-read this book because A) the movie is coming out soon and I wanted a refresher before I go to see it and B) the sequel has finally come out and I pre-ordered it but wanted to read Me Before You again straight before I dived into the sequel.

This book has lost none of its magic the second time around for me, I love it and it's a lifetime favourite for me, Jojo Moyes is an incredible writer and her characters are second to none, they're never perfect but they're still likeable, she has a way of making them seem so real.
Rating - 5/5

After You by Jojo Moyes
This is the aforementioned sequel to Me Before You and this was a difficult book for me to read, I love Jojo Moyes and none of this was the fault of her writing but I think I'd made the characters so real in my head that I was almost too emotionally involved to accept what was happening in this book.
I won't give too much away because that would spoil the first book for a lot of people but I didn't enjoy this sequel as much as the first book, I didn't expect to if I'm honest, the same way I'm not expecting to enjoy the film as much as the book but I still loved the ending of this book and Jojo Moyes wrote in her typically brilliant way, funny but tragic but frustrating but a million other things too.
Rating - 3.5/5

Fables Vol.2 Animal Farm by Bill Willingham
I got into the Fables series of graphic novels because of the Telltale game series The Wolf Among Us which I LOVE and have played through about 4 times.
Bigby Wolf is a crush of mine despite the fact he's a cartoon man (don't judge) so I needed some more of him in my life and these graphic novels give me that!
Snow White is also a lot more kick ass and likeable than she is in the game and you get a lot more background on the character so I will keep reading these until Telltale decide to make The Wolf Among Us season 2!
I just wish Fables would bring out a compendium of all the issues because buying them one by one is going to be a pricey process.
Rating - 4/5

The Bones of You by Debbie Howells
I read a lot of thrillers and I especially like psychological thrillers by female authors so I'm always trawling Amazon for the new releases in this genre and this one caught my eye.
Briefly this is about a teenage girl called Rosie who goes missing and is told in a dual perspective between her and an older lady who she is friends with called Kate who takes it upon herself to find out what really happened to Rosie.

These kinds of books are all about the twist, and I felt like the twist was quite predictable but I am usually quite good at guessing things like that so maybe it won't be as predictable for other people. 
The writing style also jarred me a little bit because it was quite flowery, a lot of complicated, unnecessary words and quite poetic descriptions of things which I don't mind in small doses but when it's constantly it gets a bit annoying!
I did still enjoy the book though and would recommend it if you like books like Gone Girl or Girl on the Train.
Rating - 3.5/5

The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern
Cecelia Ahern is probably my favourite author, it's a toss up between her and Jojo Moyes but I've been reading Cecelia Ahern books for longer so maybe she just edges it.
I always enjoy her books, they're pure escapism.
This book had a bit of a different vibe to it than her other ones, it was based more on friendship and the individual rather than a love story.
The cover is absolutely beautiful, she always puts so much effort into her covers and I really appreciate that. 
This book is about a girl called Jasmine whose whole life is her work, until she gets unceremoniously fired and finds herself paying attention to things she's never noticed before, like her nuisance neighbour Matt and her neglected garden.

It's not my favourite Ahern book but it was still a quick, easy read and I really enjoyed it.
Rating - 3.5/5

1 comment:

Lovely to see you :) Thanks for commenting!