BOOKS: Recently Read 01

Friday, 11 December 2015


After You by Jo Jo Moyes. (£12.99)

Having read Me before you and falling head over heels in love with the book I, like many others were keen to get stuck into the sequel offering from Moyes.Once I finished October's book club book (Read about that one here), I got stuck right in, it was an easy to read and I finished it relatively quickly, however I have to say I wasn't as impressed with it as I thought I would be.  Maybe I expected too much due to the fact Me Before You was bloody amazing imo..but...You know when you read something and think, you should have left it there, You didnt need to add to it? I feel that way about After You.  I don't want to give too much away incase you are someone yet to read it... Lets just say Louisa's character frustrated me so much with her choices and actions in After You. There were sub plots which felt a bit unnecessary, and other parts a bit dragged on (Lily's story). I wont lie, I bloody loved Will as a character in Me Before you (Love him even more now that Sam Claflin is playing him in the film!) so maybe that is one reason why I couldn't get as excited about this book?  I dont know! I didnt hate it, I did like it  but I'm dissapointed it didn't live up to my expectations..By all means read it if you are a fan of MBY and form your own opinion though!

Still Alice by  Lisa Genova (£3.85)

Still Alice is a book that touches on the subject of Alzheimers disease, something that I was quite interested in when we read Elizabeth is missing for book club. When  a book is turned into a film I have pre expectations that it will be good. In this case it was. I really enojyed reading about Alices journey from the disagnosis through to how she copes living with the condition. Not only does this story touch on what the carrier of the disease is feeling, it also helps get more of an understanding how close family and friends adjust to the situation. It was a book I could dip and out of easy, this wasnt one where i longed for my commute so I could read a couple of chapters like other books have done, but definately one that I looked forward to picking up and getting stuck into each sitting. With its scientific references in regards to Alzheimers I found this book quite informative, helping me understand a condition that really I dont know much about. Its written really well, I could definitely feel myself getting attached to Alice, willing her to remember where she left her books, or what way to turn to get back home. This is one I would definitely recommend to others if you fancy reading something that has that hard hitting realness of  life and the unexpected things it throws at you.

Have you read either of these books? If you have any recommendations of books I should try, leave the titles and authors in the comments.

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