Almost Love

Almost Love

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

When Sarah falls for Matthew, she falls hard.

So it doesn’t matter that he’s twenty years older. That he sees her only in secret. That, slowly but surely, she’s sacrificing everything else in her life to be with him.

Sarah’s friends are worried. Her father can’t understand how she could allow herself to be used like this. And she’s on the verge of losing her job.

But Sarah can’t help it. She is addicted to being desired by Matthew.

And love is supposed to hurt.

Isn’t it?

Thoughts:

I really like Louise O’Neill’s writing, because she pushes some very controversial subjects. Her stories are known for not being the most light and fluffy books that you could read. I’m always expecting a lot when I pick up a book by Louise, whilst I enjoyed this book. I didn’t think it was as good as her other books. Before you go into this book, be aware that you’ll possibly really dislike the main character. She’s awful.

Almost Love centres around Sarah who falls in love with an older man. He is a parent of a child that Sarah teaches. Even though he doesn’t treat Sarah well, Sarah is still drawn to him. Her friends and family try to get her to stay away from him, but there’s just something about him that keeps pulling her in.

I wasn’t a fan of Sarah, if I’m totally honest. I don’t often ‘like’ characters in Louise O’Neill’s books, but that doesn’t usually affect my enjoyment of the book. It did with this one. I just thought Sarah made idiotic decisions. The man that she is obsessed with completely uses her. She knows he will never love her but keeps going back to him to be used awfully. I think I could have felt some compassion for Sarah if she was nice to others in her life. She treats her friends, her father and her boyfriend awfully. I really didn’t like her attitude towards others.

What I do think that Louise O’Neill did well, is to show how easy it is to make the same mistakes over and over again. It’s easy to ignore advice even if the people mean well and are thinking of you. I can imagine that many people can relate to this relationship. This book is raw and I expect true to life for many.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

I thought this book was going to be a 5 star read for me, but it didn’t move or affect me as much as I usually expect with a Louise O’Neill book.

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This Week In Books #117

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW

Almost Love

I usually really lap up Louise O’Neill’s books. They push the boundaries and intrigue me. I’m enjoying this book, but it’s not the 5 star that I thought it might be.

THEN

The Killing Type: A short story from the bestselling author of My Husband’s Wife

I read this short story before I started Almost Love. I enjoyed it and wished it was longer! My review is up already as it was an ARC from May. Oops. See my review HERE.

NEXT

The Last Piece of My Heart

After reading two heavy going books, I’m in need of some light fiction!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Stacking The Shelves #193

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:

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)

I am SO excited to read this book which I’m going to read before my other books that I’m ‘meant’ to be reading. It’s Becky Albertalli! It seems silly not to…

I Was Born For This

I didn’t like Alice’s debut as much as her second novel, but her second novel gave me high hopes for this one!

The Surface Breaks

This picture does not give the stunning cover justice It is seriously one of the most beautiful covers I’ve seen in a while. I am so excited to read Louise’s reimagining of The Little Mermaid. 

Seven Days of You

I meant to read this book last year but never got around to it, due to some less favourable reviews. I want to give it a chance though.

What did you add to your shelves this week? Feel free to let me know or leave a link to your posts!

Stacking The Shelves #188

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!

This week it’s been my biggest book haul for a while! Oops. I was approved for quite a few books on NetGalley and I bought some books on pay day! 😉 Naughty me!

NetGalley

A Thousand Perfect Notes

I have had this book pre-ordered for quite some time now. When I was approved to read it, I was a very happy Chrissi. I have heard great things about this book already!

We Are Young

I absolutely adore Cat Clarke’s writing. I love how dark it is and how it covers important issues. Looking forward to this one!

Little Liar

I was intrigued by this book’s synopsis. It sounded like it might have a Pretty Little Liars vibe. I do see it’s rated low on Goodreads, but I’m happy to give it a go and make my own mind up! After all, it’s only got 2 ratings so far.

The Liar's Room

I really enjoyed The House by Simon Lelic. This book sounds like a fabulous thriller.

The List of Real Things

I have read Sarah Moore Fitzgerald before. I thought this book sounded like a fantastic middle grade read.

Bought

The Visitor

I have heard so many blogging friends talking about this book. I couldn’t resist!

RoseBlood

I absolutely love the covers that A.G Howard is blessed with. This is influenced by The Phantom Of The Opera, as you may guess by the cover!

Almost Love

Louise O’Neill’s writing is bloomin’ brilliant. Can’t wait to read this one.

The Girl of Ink and Stars

I have high hopes for this book which I’m reading at the end of the month as part of my kid lit challenge with my sister, Beth!

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

Book Tag- Shelfie by Shelfie #1

I was tagged in Beth’s Shelfie by Shelfie book tag. I thought it was a great idea… so here we go!

The idea of the tag is that you share a picture (‘shelfie’) of one of your shelves and then answer some questions about them.

1.) Is there any reason for this shelf being organised the way it is or is it purely random?

It’s my favourite shelf. Meaning every single one of these books is a favourite read of mine. On it is….

  • The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time
  • The Constant Princess
  • The Other Boleyn Girl
  • The Boleyn Inheritance
  • The Virgin’s Lover
  • The Queen’s Fool
  • Sarah’s Key
  • If You Could See Me Now
  • P.S. I Love You
  • Lord Of The Flies
  • Rebecca
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • The Last Leaves Falling
  • Cross Your Heart
  • Me Before You
  • The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
  • The Class That Went Wild
  • Reasons To Stay Alive
  • One
  • Thirteen Reasons Why
  • A Monster Calls
  • Only Ever Yours
  • Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda
  • Good Me Bad Me
  • The Reason I Jump

2.) Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you i.e. how you got it/ a memory associated with it etc.

That’s a tricky one as all of these books are special to me. The Class That Went Wild has a special place in my heart as it is a childhood favourite. I have fond memories of Beth reading it to me when I was younger. I used to love being read to by my big sister!

3.) Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?

I think perhaps Thirteen Reasons Why. I have a really weird relationship with this book, which I’ll address in a blog post and some point.

4.) Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?

I hate this question! I would want to save them all, please? No? Hmm… I think it would have to be Me Before You. I push that book so very much that it has to be saved!

5.) Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time?

P.S. I Love You. I read it when it first came out!

6.) Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?

Good Me, Bad Me read this year and promptly added to my favourites!

7.) Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read (or re-read if this is a favourites shelf?)

Me Before You… will it still be a favourite after a re-read?

8.) If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it.

Above the shelf are some ornaments that my friend (and wonderful author Alex Bell) got me from a holiday to many different locations. There’s so many cute trinkets from places in Europe. I also have a teaching assistant teddy from a child that reminds me of when life was easier as teaching assistant! 😉 I also have some Tinkerbell stuff from my nephew who knows I love Tinkerbell, I also have a best teacher wine glass. I may not drink, but it was the thought that counts!

9.) What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?

My favourite books range from chick-lit and historical fiction to psychological thrillers and a few classics!

10.) Choose other bloggers to tag or choose a free question you make up yourself.

There’s so many that I’d like to tag, so I’d just say if you want to do it, please do and leave me a link if you do! 🙂 Please check out Beth’s original post HERE!

Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are ten books we feel differently about after time has passed. This has been a tricky one, but good to look back and reflect.

(Images go to Goodreads!)

More of Me- Kathryn Evans

More of Me

Initially, I gave this book 3 stars, but looking back on it, it should have been lower. I really didn’t enjoy it. It was such an interesting concept, but

Another Day- David Levithan

Another Day (Every Day, #2)

I don’t think this book added much to the story of Every Day. It would’ve been fine without it!

All The Rage- Courtney Summers

All the Rage

I should have rated this book higher. I absolutely adored it!

Dear Killer- Katherine Ewell

Dear Killer

Here’s another book that I should have rated higher. I was so torn between it, as I absolutely hated the main character. However, this book still makes me think about it months on!

Of Scars and Stardust- Andrea Hannah

Of Scars and Stardust

I really enjoyed Of Scars and Stardust it was unique and an interesting reading experience! I should have rated it higher.

This Girl- Colleen Hoover

This Girl (Slammed, #3)

I initially really liked this book, but mainly because I was attached to the characters. It wasn’t really necessary to the series.

Only Ever Yours- Louise O’Neill

Only Ever Yours

This book still makes me think and question long after reading. It should have been a 5 star from me!

Cruel Beauty- Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe #1)

I read Cruel Beauty on holiday last year and raced through it. I should have rated it higher!

What We Left Behind- Robin Talley

What We Left Behind

This book just did not sit right with me, which was a shame as I loved the author’s debut.

After You- Jojo Moyes

After You (Me Before You, #2)

I was torn between reading this book or not, because I absolutely adored (and still adore) Me Before You. I wish I hadn’t read it as I don’t really think it was needed. I missed Will way too much!

What have you put on your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

Top Ten Best Books I Read in 2015

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten books we have read in 2015. This was a hard list to put together, as I have read many brilliant books this year!

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

The Other Me- Saskia Sarginson

The Other Me

I didn’t expect to be so invested in this book, but I thought it was absolutely fantastic. Such a gripping story. It’s full of drama.

I’ll Meet You There- Heather Demetrios

I'll Meet You There

Last year I discovered Heather Demetrios. I was really excited about reading her release this year. It didn’t disappoint!

The Giver- Lois Lowry

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

I devoured this book! I know I’m very, very late to reading it, but I’m so glad that I eventually got around to it!

I Let You Go- Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go

This book surprised me with its twists and turns. I do love reading adult fiction, and this is a thriller done very, very well.

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

This book is absolutely beautiful both inside and out! (Look at that cover!)

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I swear my face turns into the heart-eye emoji every time I think of this book. Hands down one of my favourites of the year.

The Last Leaves Falling- Sarah Benwell

The Last Leaves Falling

This is a powerful, emotional read which really touched my heart.

Only Ever Yours- Louise O’Neill

Only Ever Yours

If you haven’t read Louise O’Neill before I highly recommend that you do!

Everything, Everything- Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

It seemed like everyone was talking about this book. I loved it- which was unexpected because I usually end up being disappointed by hyped books!

Under My Skin- James Dawson

Under My Skin

James Dawson is one of my favourite authors. It seems like he ups his game with every single book he releases! I adore this book.

What are the best books that you’ve read this year? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!