Top Ten Tuesday- Books With Red, White and Blue On The Covers

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about celebrating the 4th of July! I’m not American but the UK has the same colours in its flag. I’m not going to comment on the books individually. I’m just going to appreciate the pretty covers! So here we go…

I’m not as creative as some who I’m sure are going to make it look like the US flag! I’ll just appreciate the pretties.

The only book out of this selection that I haven’t read is The Life Lucy Knew. All of the others I can recommend! Especially One and Me Before You. 

What did you do for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Still Me (Me Before You #3)

Still Me (Me Before You, #3)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world. 

Before she knows what’s happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. In Still Me, as Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets–not all her own–that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?

Thoughts:

This book is going to be incredibly tough to review. I make no secret of the fact that Me Before You is one of my favourite books of all time. I wasn’t sure about it having a sequel. I really wasn’t. I missed Will desperately even though I knew he couldn’t be a main character. Then when I heard there was going to be a third book, I really didn’t think I’d read it. I have though. I wanted to finish Louisa’s story. I’m pleased I read it, but I’m still not a fan of the series as a whole. I just wish Me Before You was a standalone.

Louisa moves to New York to assist a wealthy socialite named Agnes. Agnes isn’t very well liked in her social circles because her husband was once married to the friend of the other socialites. Agnes is a younger woman and not as well respected as her husband’s ex-wife. Louisa finds herself running around New York and attending fancy events. Her life couldn’t be more different. However, Louisa wants to maintain her relationship with boyfriend, Sam. He’s incredibly busy as a paramedic. The insecurities between them grow more and more over time. Louisa meets Josh who looks scarily similar to Will. Over Louisa’s year in New York she experiences new friendships, new challenges and both funny and sad situations.

I liked how there were references to Will in this book. He hasn’t been written out of Louisa’s life because he was clearly a massive part of it. I liked how Louisa gained strength from things that Will had said to her. That itself warmed my heart. I loved how Louisa was desperately trying to find herself. It was interesting to follow her journey after Will. Is it still bad that I’m pining after him?

As for Jojo’s writing, I can’t really fault it, she is a wonderful writer. I think I was personally satisfied (although devastated) at the end of Me Before You. It’s nice to see Louisa move on, I’m just not sure her story was engaging enough for me. She stood out in Me Before You and in my opinion, could just be any character in women’s fiction in the next two books. That said, I do think there’s a lot to enjoy in this series, which is why I’d still recommend it, it’s just the follow ups just didn’t work for me.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

An easy to read book that continues Louisa’s story. It didn’t work as much as I wanted it to for me, but still lots to enjoy!

Top Ten Books That I Loved But Won’t Reread

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about books that we enjoyed but we don’t see ourselves re-reading. I have quite a few of these in mind! In no particular order, here are my choices. Book images go to Goodreads!

Wideacre- Philippa Gregory

Wideacre  (The Wideacre Trilogy, #1)

This is almost like a period drama! I thought it was fabulous at the time but don’t see myself reading it again.

The Other Me- Saskia Sarginson

The Other Me

Loved this book! It gripped me, yet I don’t see myself reading it again!

Boy In The Tower- Polly Ho-Yen

Boy In The Tower

A very unique read. I enjoyed it but wouldn’t rush to re-read it!

The One Plus One- Jojo Moyes
The One Plus One

This was a very charming read. I rated it highly but wouldn’t necessarily rush back to it. I’m not a big re-reader.

A Kiss In The Dark- Cat Clarke

A Kiss in the Dark

Cat Clarke is such a great writer. Her books always grip me.

Half Bad- Sally Green

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)

I loved the first book in the series, but I didn’t get on with the sequel. Therefore I wouldn’t reread it!

Lies We Tell Ourselves- Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves

I absolutely loved this book. I just don’t have time to reread it!

Golden Boy- Abigail Tarttelin

Golden Boy

I loved this but I wouldn’t want to put myself through it again! It’s intense!

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

I loved this book but it’s not an all time favourite. It is incredible though!

These Broken Stars- Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

I don’t intend to continue with this series, so I won’t reread this again.

What books have you loved but don’t want to reread? Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Favourite Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is about our favourite book quotes. I’m not one for remember book quotes so I had the help of Goodreads for this one!

“You can only actually help someone who wants to be helped.” – Jojo Moyes, Me Before You
“You can be okay again. Just a different kind of okay than before.”- Emery Lord, The Names They Gave Us
“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” – J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”- Neil Gaiman, Coraline
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” -Dr Seuss, Oh The Places You’ll Go!
“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.” -Nicholas Sparks, A Walk To Remember
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” – J.D Salinger, The Catcher In The Rye
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” -Dr Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut
“Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.” – Markus Zusak, I Am The Messenger
“You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” -Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

I absolutely loved looking up bookish quotes from some of my most favourite books. I absolutely love the quotes from Dr Seuss. What a genius that man was! 

What are your favourite bookish quotes? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books That I Absolutely Adore

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is a love freebie, just in time for Valentine’s Day. I decided to promote my favourite books! There are more than 10, so it took me a while to narrow them down! But here they are…

As ever, click on the book image to take you to Goodreads!

Me Before You- Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

This book will always be one of my favourites. It broke me! I didn’t enjoy the sequel as much which was a shame.

Lord Of The Flies- William Golding

Lord of the Flies

I first read this at school and I’ve reread it numerous times since.

To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

Another school read that I’ve reread often!

Rebecca- Daphne Du Maurier

Rebecca

I adore this classic ❤

Goodnight Mister Tom- Michelle Magorian

Goodnight Mister Tom

A very special, moving book.

One- Sarah Crossan

One

I absolutely adored this book about conjoined twins.

A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

Another heart-breaker!

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Love, love, love. I am so intrigued to see what the film is like.

The Girl Who Walked On Air- Emma Carroll

The Girl Who Walked On Air

Most of Emma Carroll’s books could’ve made this list.

Reasons To Stay Alive- Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive

I adore how raw this book is. A very special read.

What have you done for your Top Ten Love freebie this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

 

Stacking The Shelves #184

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Bought:

The Innocent Wife

I have read some fabulous reviews of this thriller, so I’m looking forward to reading it at some point hopefully soon!

Still Me (Me Before You, #3)

I had mixed feelings about Jojo’s After You, the second book in the Me Before You series, but I’m so willing to give the next book a go.

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

 

A mega fan’s opinion of the Me Before You film

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I was really nervous about watching this film which is adapted from one of my favourite books of all time, Me Before You. I always get worried when a favourite of mine is made into a film. I worry it’ll be ruined for me. So that’s why it’s taken me so long to watch it. Did I enjoy it? Yes. I think it was a generally faithful adaptation.

If you don’t know the story of Me Before You it centres around a character called Louisa Clark ‘Lou’. She comes from a rowdy British family. Lou needs a job and takes one as a carer for quadriplegic Will Traynor. Will was a party boy until he was paralysed in a motorcycle accident two years prior. Will is sarcastic and quite standoffish to Lou at the start, but as their relationship grows, Will softens and opens up more to Lou. They share some great times together. Lou is a distraction from Will wanting to end his life at a clinic in Switzerland. When Lou finds out she is determined to show him that life is worth living. But can she do enough to change his mind?

I thought Emilia Clarke was so well cast as Lou. I remember really liking her character in the book. I loved how caring she was and how determined she was to show Will a good time despite the challenges that came with his disability. I wasn’t as keen on Will, as he wasn’t how I pictured him, but this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the film.

I have read a lot about how some disability groups weren’t happy with this film. They didn’t like the ending of the film and didn’t think it was an accurate representation of those living with a disability. I can totally respect that, but I do believe that it was right that they showed that Will had a choice. He is one disabled man and doesn’t represent a whole community.  I also think it’s important that there are more films with disabled characters. Why on earth shouldn’t there be?

Personally, the film didn’t hit me as hard as the book did. But it was still incredibly moving and it’s one I’m glad that I gave a chance. It may not include every single thing in the book, however, it is quite faithful and that I appreciate!