Friday, June 17, 2016

Sophie's Book Corner - April & May

I avoided doing a book corner post last month, because I blogged seperately about two out of the books I actually read. Instead, I've decided to combine April & May together for a jumbo book corner post!

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

I'd seen a lot of bloggers reading this recently, and I am so glad I picked it up. Matt is a genius, and this book was a raw, honest account of his journey with depression. As someone who hasn't personally suffered from depression, but has known a fair few people that have, it was a welcome eye-opener, and I am so glad I gave it a chance.

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan*

This proof copy was sent to me by the lovely team at MyKindaBook, and I wrote a full review of it here. The story was so well written, and had me not wanting to put it down (which doesn't work when you read on the journey to and from work!). I found it a fairly easy read, and finished it fairly quickly for my reading speed at the moment. I put that down to the fact that it was full of energy, inspiration and was just beautifully written. It's out now, so if you like what you hear I'd definitely pick up a copy!

The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern

After meeting Cecelia in March, I knew I wanted to read another of hers, and then spotted this one on my Audible! I loved The Marble Collector, as it was incredibly touching, and made me full of emotion. Sometimes I find audio books much nicer than reading, especially when they have the write people reading them. All of Cecelia's have an Irish reader, which is perfectly fitting.

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

This was another audio book, and was one that I was recommended by a few people. I really like Drew Barrymore, and listening to her talk about her life and growing up was so interesting. She's been through a lot, and tells a lot of eye-opening stories about going from child actress to where she is now.

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood*

This was another book sent over by the team at MyKindaBook, and another YA book that I absolutely loved. At first glance, I knew that this book would have been the kind of thing I'd pick up in my teens, and I knew that I was going to enjoy it. The storyline itself was a little bit magical, but in an extremely realistic way. It was believable, it was relatable and it was just beautifully written. It's definitely one I'd read again, and I'd urge you to grab a copy if you're a YA fan! My full review of it is here.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

This was a re-read of one of my all time favourite books, because I wanted to squeeze the book in again before watching the movie. I'd last read it back in October 2014, and so I wanted to have it a little fresher in my mind before watching the film, in order to do a good book to screen comparison. I loved it just as much as I had read it the previous time, if not more, and once again fell in love with both Lou and Will. It's such a wonderful read, and I really would urge you to read it if you're interested in seeing the film!

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

So Kelsey urged me to read this, and I am SO SO glad I did. I loved it, and honestly could not put it down. I stayed up until the early hours finishing it, and I then wanted to read it all over again. I don't even know what else I can say about it, other than it's so perfect, and everything I could want in a book, so good and read it.

Always With Love by Giovanna Fletcher*

Again, this was a proof copy that was sent to me by the lovely team at Michael Joseph. I have loved all of Giovanna's previous books, and was so excited to be revisiting Sophie and Billy from Billy & Me in this latest novel. It was such a wonderful read - I ended up finishing it within 24 hours of picking it up, and was laughing and crying the entire way through! You can find my full review of it here.

Have you read anything recently you'd recommend? Let me know! Also, if you're on Goodreads feel free to give me an add!

Sophie x
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