Showing posts with label Cecelia Ahern. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cecelia Ahern. Show all posts
Monday, February 05, 2018

On Sophie's Shelf | January


I know I said I'd be blogging more regularly, but life got the better of me and I've just not got round to it. I promise I'll get better this year!

One of my goals for twenty-eighteen was to read twenty-six books, which is the equivalent of one every two weeks. Last year I aimed for fifty-two, and lets face it, I failed badly. I went for the smaller goal this year, because I have no idea where this year will take me, and how much time it'll give me to curl up with a good book.

To my surprise, I got ahead of the game in January, and managed to get through FOUR books. I'm super happy to be ahead of my target, and I thought I'd share what I'd been reading with you guys!

The Sun In Her Eyes by Paige Toon
Now, if you've seen any of the books I've read and reviewed before, you'll know I'm a HUGE fan of Paige's writing. This book was no different! The Sun In Her Eyes was beautifully written, and I absolutely adored it. I really loved Amber. She was likeable and was very easy to relate to, but at times she also made really stupid decisions, just like any human does. When it came to the two main guys in the book, I definitely had my feelings towards them at the start completely opposite to what I thought of them at the end. The entire book was like that, really, as I had a few ideas of what I thought might happen, and in the end I was completely wrong. If you're a fan of Paige's books, or if you're wanting to give one a try, this is definitely one to pick up!

Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern
I'm also a really big fan of Cecelia's books, and have read a few of hers. Lyrebird has been sat on my shelf for a little while, so I decided to give it a go. I really liked the plot of this book, as it was so different to anything I'd read before. It was warming, funny, and also made me cry at times. I loved Laura, and seeing her personality come to life. I also loved Bo, and reading about how her feelings towards Laura grew, but it broke my heart to see her treated the way she was. I'm not sure if I'd put this up there with my top three Cecelia Ahern books, but I definitely enjoyed it!

Dare to Dream by Izzy Judd
I thought I'd give the fiction a bit of a break within the month, and decided to read Izzy's book Dare to Dream. Although I'm personally not going through the struggles of starting a family, I am a fan of both Izzy and her husband Harry, and that's what encouraged me to read it. It was heartbreaking but also incredibly warming, and it was wonderful to read after knowing that they've got their two little ones Lola and Kit. There were many bits of the book that really tugged on my heart strings, but I think the hardest part for me to read was hearing Izzy talk about her brothers accident, and how much it changed her family's life. For those of you that don't know, my brother also had a bad accident a fair few years ago now, and it was also a brain injury. Thankfully he made a full recovery, but the emotions that Izzy spoke about when it first happened and when he was in hospital were a little too familiar. All in all, it was a really interesting read, and whether you're going through your own fertility struggles or not, it's encouraging and warming, and gives you a great insight into what it really is like going through it.

Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz
Now, if you follow me on any form of social media, you'll know that I am a BIG fan of the musical Hamilton. At the time of writing this, I've seen in twice, have listened to it hundreds of times, and have tickets for another three shows booked. I'm addicted, I'll admit it. My lovely friend Katie bought me this book for my birthday in January (because I'm not allowed to buy myself any at the moment!) and I couldn't wait to get stuck in. I absolutely love the story between Alex and Eliza in Hamilton, and to read more about how their relationship began was wonderful. I fell in love with the pair of them even more, and this book left me laughing and crying throughout. I can't wait to read more Hamilton inspired books in the future!

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I read in January. If you want to keep up to date with what I'm reading, feel free to give me a follow on goodreads!

Sophie x
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Sophie's book corner - June

When it came to reading in June, I started the month so well - I'd actually read the first three books by the time I got back from my holiday on the 12th, but then didn't end up reading anything else for the rest of the month. This could have been a perfect month to catch up on my goal (I've read 22 books but should have finished book 26 this week) but I just had so much going on that I didn't feel like picking up another book. Hopefully I can catch up a little over the next few months!

Where Rainbows End / Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

I read this book back when it was called Where Rainbows End, and decided it was time to re-read it as I love the movie Love, Rosie so much. I actually got it with my Audible credit in June, and although I probably would have been better off reading it (it's completely written as letters/emails etc.) it still worked really well as an audiobook. I absolutely LOVE the story, and I completely forgot how much more there was to it than the movie. I loved listening to the relationship that Alex and Rosie had unfold, and there were so many moments when I was so annoyed at them not being together. I also loved that Rosie's daughter was so incorporated into the storyline, and just how much had really gone into it. It's fairly long, but I really really enjoyed listening to it, and it's definitely up there as one of my favourites.

The One We Fell In Love With by Paige Toon

I said this in my June Favourites post last week, but I am so glad I picked this book up. I was technically on a book buying ban, due to having so many books on my to-be-read shelf, but as a huge Paige Toon fan, I couldn't resist this one. As I said, I am so so glad I picked it up. I read it on my holiday in Valencia and read it so quickly because I just couldn't put it down. The story focuses around triplets - Phoebe, Eliza and Rose - and Angus, the guy next door that they all fell in love with. It's honestly quite possibly the best book I've read this year (it's at least in the top three) and I ended up crying in the middle of a park in Valencia reading the ending. The book is split across the three sisters, and it's so interesting hearing each of their voices. If you're looking for a new book to read this year, this is definitely my recommendation of what to pick up!

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot

Now this book gave me all kinds of teenage Sophie feels because I was OBSESSED with Meg Cabot/The Princess Diaries as a teen. I religiously read the books as soon as they came out (and was even a Meg Cabot Ambassador as a teen), and coming across this continuation of Mia's story but in an adult book, as opposed to something 13-year-old Sophie would have read, was a delight. The story focusses on Mia in the build up to her marriage to Michael (finally!!) but of course obstacles get in their way, including a rather large royal scandal. It's pretty much everything I could have hoped an adult instalment of the series could be, and I am so glad that I can continue reading a series that had a very dear place in my heart growing up.

That's all for this month, but I'm already on my way with July's books. If you want to know what I'm reading as I read it, feel free to add me on goodreads.

See you next month for more books!

Sophie x
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
Monday, April 04, 2016

Sophie's Book Corner - March & Meeting Cecelia Ahern

So as much as I've tried to stick to my book goal this month, I've found it pretty hard to read at all, with everything that's happened. I decided to try and listen to a couple of audio books, and managed to listen to two which I absolutely loved. I love audio books, and have listened to a fair few on Audible now. If you struggle to read a lot, then definitely give them a try.

Here's what I listened to in March:

The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes

After reading Making It Up As I Go Along in February, I knew I wanted to read another Marian Keyes book, and remembered I had this on my Audible already. The book flips between the present and the past, and you also hear extracts from main character Stella Sweeney's book One Blink At A Time. The story was an eye-opener, as you see Stella lose the life she had and eventually find a better one. I was laughing, crying and full of a mixture of emotions reading this, and I can't wait to read more by Marian. 

Thanks For The Memories by Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern was another author that I'd read a few books by, including P.S I Love You and Where Rainbows End (which is now more commonly known as Love, Rosie) and I wanted to tick another off my list before the event of hers that I went to. Thanks For The Memories is about Joyce, who slips down the stairs and loses her unborn baby. After waking up in hospital, strange things start happening, and Joyce can speak languages she's never learnt before, knows lots about art and architecture and has dreams about a young blonde girl that she's never met before. The book was full of excitement, and although not completely realistic (it has that magical aspect that Cecelia's books often have) it kept me gripped the entire way through.

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

As well as listening to those two this months, I also went to Cecelia Ahern's event at Waterstones for her debut YA novel Flawed. Cecelia was lovely, and answered lots of questions about her novel, as well as her previous books. I went with Gemma from Gem's Country Life and it was a lovely evening with super yummy cupcakes. I'm a little gutted my picture with Cecelia was at such an awkward angle on my part, but she was absolutely lovely to meet.

I'm excited to read Flawed this month, and if you're a fan of YA books then I'm already pretty certain I'll be recommending it as one to pick up!

Sophie x