Following a number of Waterstones vouchers I received for Christmas in 2017, and seeing a lot of reviews for great books as well as just being enticed in by a pretty cover, this year saw me buy quite a few books.
However, with starting a new job which tires me out a lot, moving in with my boyfriend, having a lot of plans to keep me entertained, and being sucked into numerous TV shows, I’ve not spent as much time as I would’ve liked to with a book in one hand and a cup of tea in the other. So I’m making it my mission to read these books (and hopefully more) in 2019.
It Only Happens In The Movies
“Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies…”
I’ll be honest, I bought this book entirely because of the name. I didn’t read any reviews or recommendations, I didn’t even read the blurb until I started writing this blog post so thank god I want to read it even more so after educating myself what it’s actually about, though I still think the title is pretty self explanatory.
‘One very ordinary day, Maya Flowers sees a new commuter board her train to London, and suddenly the day isn’t ordinary at all. Maya knows immediately and irrevocably that he is The One.
Every day they go through the same routine; he with his head in a book and her dreaming of their happily-ever-after. But eventually, Maya plucks up the courage to give Train Man a note asking him out for a drink.’
This was a random book shop browse, blurb reading purchase. I had some time to kill in town one day so I of course ended up in a book shop where I ended up buying another book I didn’t need. It sounded like it was right up my street so I couldn’t resist. I did start reading this, and got a couple of chapters in but was interrupted when I was gifted the first Harry Potter book to finally read as I’ve never read them!
‘August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school – until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face.’
I saw the trailer for this film and when I found out it was based on a book, I was straight onto Amazon to buy it. I wanted to read the book before I watched the film, and since I still haven’t read the book, I still haven’t seen the film. Come on Hannah, get it together!
Big Little Lies
‘Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…
A murder…a tragic accident…or just parents behaving badly?
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what?
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads.’
Similarly to Wonder, I bought this book when I found out it was a TV series and wanted to read it before I delved into watching it. I still have yet to start either, but after all the interesting things I’ve heard about the story, I’m very excited for when I eventually do so.
A Man Called Ove
‘A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse.’
This doesn’t sound like the type of book I usually go for. For starters, the protagonist is an old man and not a 20/30 year old woman working in London or going to college/University and trying to find the love of her life (I looooove ChickLit). I picked up this book after reading the blurb in Waterstones so again, I had no reviews or recommendations to go on so fingers crossed its a good read! I think it will be though, and I can already tell I’m going to love Ove.
‘Lexi Angelo has grown up helping her dad with his events business. She likes to stay behind the scenes, planning and organizing…until author Aidan Green – messy haired and annoyingly arrogant – arrives unannounced at the first event of the year. Then Lexi’s life is thrown into disarray.’
Okay, technically this one was a gift but my friend bought it for me on the basis that it was likened to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell which I absolutely love and am currently re-reading (yes, despite the fact I have this massive pile of books waiting to be read for the first time!)
Have you read any of these books? Did you love them? Hate them?