The Last Anniversary – Liane Moriarty

So this is the first book I actually took from my bedside locker…

Liane Moriarty is a crime/fiction writer who is probably best known for “The Husbands Secret” which I believe may be making its way to the big screen fairly soon. Moriarty tends to write lightly on the side of crime which tends to suit me as I get scared quite easily!!!!

This particular story brings us through the mystery of the Munro Baby, as the story go’s two young girls went to the Munro house one afternoon to find the baby there all alone. Her parents apparently having vanished, the chair upturned and blood splattered on the floor…

Connie and Rose two sisters who live on Scribbly Gum Island took the baby in naming her Enigma and raised her as their own. Scribbly Gum Island was written for me, a romantic island that came into the Doughty family through their great grandfather won it on a bet. Ever since the population of Scribbly Gum has been relatives of the Doughty family, that is until Connie dies leaving her house to Sophie Honeywell a girl who used to date her nephew Thomas.

While this story is circled around the mystery of the Munro baby for me it was more about friends and family and love. It speaks about getting your dream in different ways then you may have expected. I really enjoyed it and it definitely helped me get back into reading again.

There is nothing better then winding down the day by climbing into bed and reading a few chapters before falling asleep.

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FAIL

Okay so I may have bought another book the other day, I was walking through a bookshop on my way to the bathroom and there it was staring at me as I walked past. I actually made a comment to one of the girls working there about the fact that I was NOT going to buy it (I know these people I am not weird) and yet a couple of hours later as my work shift was just ending (I work in a card shop) I found myself back in the bookshop buying a book and a bar of chocolate. What can I say?

I had experienced quite a stressful day and I was dealing with some personal turmoil and so I saw this light fiction book that looked like it had a happy ending and I saw this romantic scene of me curled up on my couch with a hot chocolate on the table and my yummy bar of chocolate as I sat and read this book that would surely restore my faith in love!! Yes I know pathetic!!! Instead of course I came home and sulked my way through a night in front of the television before turning in early to face another day. This is the problem with bookaholics, we see the wonderful worlds we can escape into and it is so accessible!! So instead of getting through my four books I now have five.

I have managed to start one of the books on my locker (The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty) and I don’t know if it is just the way my mind is working right now but I can’t get into it. I have barely started it and while I am reading it I am enjoying it but I have been so busy at work and stressed out with other things I haven’t had time to just sit and relax and read. So maybe I will get the chance this weekend? I do plan on going shopping on Sunday but I swear NOT to buy another book. NO NO NO I won’t even go into a bookshop!!

Is anyone else as insane as I am? Do you get comfort from picking up a book and flipping through the pages? The smell is something I love most of all (although some books just smell down right wrong like old cheese) but when it has that particular smell? It really does have a calming effect. The fact that I MUST have a book in my handbag at all times probably says a lot about me. I may not look at it for the entire day and yet just knowing it is there gives me comfort.

Okay must, try, harder!!!

US – David Nicholls

David Nicholls is a well respected writer who has been hugely acknowledged for previous novels such as “One Day” as I mentioned in a previous post. His style of writing is very unique as he almost becomes the character that he is creating. In his latest novel “US” Nicholls creates quite an unlikeable character, Douglas. Douglas is an awkward person who is very set in his ways and his beliefs. Being a scientist he sees things such as love and the love of a child as being that of a scientific equation.

In this story we are brought through Douglas’ past present and future in aspects of his love for his wife Connie and his son known as Egg as they set out across Europe for “the grand tour”. Douglas is completely unsure of his future with his family and wants to use this time to get them back on track but of course things do not go according to plan.

I commented in an earlier post that I didn’t quite fall in love with this story but I definitely have great appreciation for it. Writers are very lucky people who have the ability to create worlds and characters and while I believe all writers have a huge sense of empathy and the ability to put themselves in any situation I don’t think I have ever quite seen someone capture a character in this way that Mr Nicholls has done. Writing this entire novel from Douglas’ point of view and in Douglas’ words really captures the essence of the character.

I feel like it is as close to acting as you can get without jumping on stage. I didn’t love the character Douglas’ but as I continued on to the end of the story I realised I am really not supposed to. To be able to feel how annoyingly awkward he was is actually a wonderful compliment to the writing of David Nicholls and when I look beyond those annoyances it truly is a heart melting story. I found the latter part of the book a lot easier to read and that is when it became a page turner for me. I could see the way in which this love story unfolded and feel the happiness and heartache.

I would recommend this book to others because it is something that deserves to be read. It may not be a page turner but there is so much to appreciate. There is so much in this book that makes you think about your own love life, your own mismatches and how your own life may unfold.

If anyone else has read this book and would like to give their opinion I think a friendly online debate would be fantastic 🙂

US – Will I fall in love??

When I saw this bright red covered book on the table in Eason’s St Stephens Green (Dublin Ireland) I felt a surge of excitement!!! Booker prize winner 2014!! I needed to have this.

Reading his previous novel “One Day” had moved me in a way that I never expected. I fell in love with the epic story that did not end in happily ever after.

I decided to keep “US” for the coming winter figuring it would be a delicious read on those cold nights tucked up in bed…

Not so much!!! I am currently on page 286 and I have battled and dragged myself through these pages wishing and hoping that something will make me fall in love with this story. I’m not sure if it is the way in which it has been written that is turning me off or the character Douglas being less than lovable.

The writing itself of course is filled with beautiful language but I find it descriptive to the point of boring in places. The story being that of a failing marriage feels bland. I understand the fact that a scientific man of “Douglas'” stature is not going to blurt out completely romantic blurbs but come on!! It’s supposed to be a story of self discovery and love.

Will I end up loving this book????? Will I find myself in a place where I suddenly get it??

Anyone else out there who has read this book please offer your opinions!! No spoilers as I do plan to finish it!!!! I feel frustrated by the fact that I don’t actually love this book.

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I am a bookaholic and I am not afraid to admit it…

I don’t know about you but being a book addict means that I currently have four books on my bedside locker waiting to be read, I have one that I am reading, I have a bookcase full and of course there are also piles of books on the floor under my desk as I can’t fit them on the shelves. My drawer in my locker also has maybe five or six books that I haven’t read either…….. the problem is this does not in any way stop me from buying more!! So peeps I am vowing here and now not to buy anymore books until I at least have the ones on my bedside locker read!! Gah the pain this is causing me 😦 On this blog you will find book reviews, difficulties of being a bookaholic, my favourite bookshops and basically all things book related 🙂

So here are my bedside locker books : )

The Last Anniversary – Liane Moriarty

Apple Tree Yard – Louise Doughty

Girl Online – Zoe Sugg

The One Plus One – Jojo Moyles

As you can see my taste in books varies quite a lot!!! My choices really depend on my mood at the time!!

I have been a book lover my entire life and I have tried very hard to make it part of my carrier. I worked in a bookshop for many years and ended up having to leave because of a back issue. I did internships with publishing companies and also with a children’s charity that concentrates on the promotion of children’s literature and finally I did my masters in Library Information and Management Sciences which is the direction my career is heading in currently!! Books make me feel calm and provide an amazing escape into different worlds and lives that I may never have experienced had I not been a reader!

I hope you enjoy my blog and that you feel free to comment and suggest books to me 🙂