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Lots of Books!

Back in December I knew I wanted to join this linky as it's something I wanted to put into practice for the following year.
Now we're in 2016 I've been really pressing on with my goals (2015 Favourite Reads are here) and my papery goals were to read more, because I always loved having a read when I was younger. Wind and the Willows and The Chronicles of Narnia were my favourites and I still hold special copies of them all now - I couldn't ever part with them as they hold so many memories. I even read Wind and the Willows to Freddie bump when I was alone in our first home and felt it was probably too quiet for a little jitter bug! - so I made sure to read a bit out loud and there's something magical about a classic like that.

So, each month I'm going to share what I've been reading and giving you a little mini review as well as any buys of any papery/stationery kind.
I've read a total of 2 books so far in January (I can't envision it being 3 as I'm only half way through my 3rd at the moment). One on my Kindle which was The Other Son by Nick Alexander and in book form Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. I asked for a Kindle for Christmas as I love the idea books are all stored on there instead of trying to house so many paper copies, however, I do love a paper copy, but I love my Kindle! I think it's got to be a tie!

I really enjoyed them both, but I have to say I was slightly disappointed in The Other Son - it didn't seem to really go anywhere. It wasn't dramatic but I suppose it did hold a life affirming moments for the characters. It was a comfortable read following Alice through her family life as a nearing OAP with a Husband she's not happily married to and her two grown sons; whom have taken two different paths in life - seemingly very different personalities too. Throughout the book she realises that she doesn't want to be in her relationship anymore and tries to find a way out - when her violent Husband strikes after finding a mystery bank card in her name. She escapes and tries to find her way with the help of her two sons. After a out of character experience she finds some peace.
It was a really interesting read, it was usual and I liked Nick's style - I wish there was a little more going on in the in between parts. 



Me Before You was given to me in the October Book Swap and it was a writer I had heard a lot about, but had yet to read any of her stuff but I was intrigued to get started as the blurb sounded like my type of thing. I have seemingly found a genre that suits me which is girly really, romance with a side of mystery and drama.

This fit the bill and my days, I cried buckets at the end of this one!
We follow the story of Lou Clark who ends up out of a job and finding a temp job working as a carer for a disabled guy called Will. Will's really quite handsome but he's frustrated with his life, restricted to his chair with minimal movement from the chest down he feels his life is over. Lou begins working for Will and the reception is very frosty but over time they introduce each other to other thoughts and activities. It wasn't a fast paced story, it was slow and gradual with lots of sidelines such as Will's medical carer and Lou's Boyfriend but over time they actually like each other and fall in love, only for Will it's not enough to keep him from what he feels he needs to do which is end his life. Lou tries her hardest to show what could be the biggest change of his life but things don't always work the way you want them too.

I guess the reason so many got so emotional over this story was because it doesn't end like you want it to. It doesn't end in the true way most other love stories end and despite it being slow, it picks up in the 2nd half for me and it's beautifully written. I really want to get my hands on the follow on story!


Earlier this month we ended up in town for breakfast and we took a little walk around the shops and I found these 4 books in The Works. I love it when you've got time to be slow and just soak in whats around you, you've no particular agenda but it's pretty lovely to float around which is exactly what I did and picked up these bargains. I thought they'd be more than they were but was only £6 for the lot. I'm currently reading Better Together by Sheila O'Flanagan which I am thoroughly enjoying!


If you read this post, you'll know that I was surprised by some Anonymous Post - only I found out after NetMums Books emailed to say 'hope it arrived to you well' - I had forgotten that I had in fact signed up to review this book for them, so my surprise left me feeling very silly. Although, I admit I didn't think I'd have a chance to get hold of it so it was exciting in that regard and I can't wait to read it after Better Together - it keeps calling me. Truly does look like my type of book!

That's my round up of January - I can't wait to share with you February as I already have exciting things in the pipelines. See you next month!


The Reading Residence

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like it's been a good month - and six pounds for four books is an absolute bargain! #paperypeep

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    1. This month has been a good one for starting my goals. Nothing like a resolution to kick you into gear!
      I know! For the 3 it said £5 but when I got to the till they we're further reduced! Really happy! Xx

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  2. A lovely month for reading then, so pleased you've managed to get back into it. Looks like you've some great books lined up ready, too, and that was some fab surprise post there! Thanks for sharing with #PaperyPeep

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    1. It's been very fun reading this month. I have a big TBR pile which I'll be sharing more next week :) I'm really excited to read Strictly between us! Xx

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  3. What a lovely thing to do - reading a classic out loud to your baby bump. I've got a Goodreads target of 7 books to read this year. I think that's realistic for me, given everything else that I take on. And yes, there's nothing quite like browsing books when you've got the time! #paperypeep

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    1. It gave some noise for when it was only us, didn't want him living in silence :) Aww that a good target to have! I haven't put a target other than beating last year's amount which was 8! Xxx

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  4. I've heard good things about You Before Me, but I rarely get the chance to sit down and read a novel these days. Interested to know what you think of the Jane Green book once you get round to it, I used to love her very early stuff, but I think some of her more recent books have been quite hit and miss. Xx

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    1. You Before Me is really emotional, but it's so lovely to read. They're adapting it into a film and I'm pretty excited about this!
      I will keep you updated on the Jane Green book, my pile keeps growing! Xx

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