Sunday, 28 February 2016

Me Before You By Jojo Moyes

"You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as full as possible."

I had this book on my shelf for well over a year before I finally got round to picking it up. It was only when I saw the trailer for the film adaptation that is being released later this year, that I knew I had to read it.

The novel focuses on the life of Louise Clark, a twenty-something women who has lived in the same town all her life. When she unexpectantly loses her job, she lands a position working for a former adrenaline junkie, Will Traynor. Will suffered an accident which took away his desire to live until he meets Louise that is. Louise Clark bursts into his life with a swirl of colour. Together, they change each other for all time.

It's hard to describe the plot of the story without giving too much away, however, there really is more to this novel than meets the eye. In my opinion, this story is heartbreakingly beautiful, and unlike any other novel I have read before. The trailer for the film adaptation can be seen here, although I feel this does present the story as more of a romantic comedy, although I imagine this is to not give too much away. The story deals with both moral and ethical issues that really absorb the reader.

Overall, I would rate this book a 5/5, it is an extraordinary story that is gripping and believable. Jojo Moyes has a way of making the reader become completely absorbed.

As part of a monthly series, I will be posting about my book of choice for the month. Have a particular book you would like me to read? Let me know in the comments!

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Sunday, 21 February 2016

15 lessons I learnt in 2015

2015 was a big year for me, I pushed myself a lot and ended up learning so much about myself, other people and (as clique as it sounds,) the world. After reading the brilliant Rhianna's '15 things I learnt in 2015', I was inspired to write my own post about lessons I had learnt throughout the year. As I said, I grew a lot as a person so it was hard to get it my list down to just 15, but here they are:

1. Your dissertation may feel like the most painful thing to research and write but you will never feel as proud as the day that you finally hold the finished piece of work in your hands.

2. People you never thought could hurt you will in ways you never expected and worse than you ever expected.

3. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger (see above)

4. Keeping in touch with long distance friends should be natural

5. Graduation is the most enjoyable day of dress-up, ever.

6. Fictional characters will break your heart

7. Travelling around Europe with a bunch of strangers leads to making friends for life and fantastic memories

8. Deciding what to do after finishing Uni is extremely daunting

9. Having a best friend who lives in Sydney is highly inconvenient

10. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone can only lead to amazing things.

11. Nothing beats Italian Gelato

12. Not everyone understands that we don't all have money trees.

13. Getting a full-time job, even if it's not the right job, can make you grow in a way you never expected.

14. Vampire TV shows are surprisingly great.

15. There ain't no party like an S Club party

Undoubtedly sure I will learn even more lessons in 2016.


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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Millie's Giant Birthday Cookie

Having a best friend who lives 200 miles away is pretty rubbish, especially when you can't afford to see each other regularly. It often means that Birthday and Christmas presents are stored away until they day we reunite, in fact, I still have her Christmas presents wrapped and in the bottom of my wardrobe!

Last week, after a long day out at the Zoo for my 22nd Birthday, we returned home to a large parcel in my back garden. I was pretty sure I hadn't ordered anything but was curious to see what was inside. Lo and behold, it was a giant Millie's cookie from my long distance bestie, I was so surprised but was really excited to try it. Not wanting to ruin the lovely design, I managed to wait until the next day before I devoured it. I've never had even a small Millie's cookie before, but I had high hopes after hearing so many people rave about them, and they weren't wrong, it absolutely bloody delicious.

The icing on top really sweetened the cookie, even making it a little sickly at times if you cut too big of a slice like me! I absolutely love the idea of this as a present, they are great to order online and send to the special people in your life who live too far away. I particularly like that you can add a personalised message as I think it means a lot more. I loved that Louise opted for 'Fifi' as it's something only my Dad and her call me so I knew as soon as I opened it who it was from.

I will definitely be looking for any excuse to send them to people in the future, new pet? Had a french manicure? Or remembered to cleanse tone and moisturise? Cookies all round!


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