One of my goals for 2015 was to read more. I know for a lot of people that might sound easy peasy because they get through two or three books a week, but I knew that I wouldn’t be able to manage one book a week let alone two or three. So I decided to set myself a goal of reading one book each month as it seemed more realistic and do-able. I’m happy to say that I’m actually sticking to it (apart from a slight blip I had with my second book – but I’ll talk about that in a bit).
The first book I chose to read was Me before You by Jojo Moyes. I loved everything about this book and it grabbed my interest instantly. So I was on to a winner with my first book of 2015 and it even exceeded my expectations. The story is about a small town girl who loses her job at a local cafe and also a high flying businessman who becomes paralysed after a motorcycle accident. Their lives come together in an unexpected way and throughout the book we see how they each have a massive impact on each other’s lives. It’s basically an unusual love story, which I think is why I love it so much. I also felt like I could connect with the characters and didn’t want the book to end. I can’t wait for the movie. Excited! This is the first Jojo Moyes book I have read and it definitely won’t be the last.
The Year of Taking Chances by Lucy Diamond was the second book on my reading list. I have to be honest, I did struggle a bit with this one and it took me a lot longer to finish than I hoped for. So my aim to read one book each month resulted in a bit of fail as I didn’t quite finish it until the following month. As the title of the book suggests it’s about taking chances in life and that’s what the three main characters of the book do when they all meet for the first time on New Years Eve’s. They end up becoming great friends and help each other when their lives take unexpected twists and turns. Its a story about friendship and love and even though I did enjoy it, I did find it a little predictable and felt like the ending wrapped up in a bit of a rush.
For my third book, I wanted something a little different, especially as the first two were ‘Chick-lit’. I felt that something gripping and with suspense would be a good choice. The Girl on the Train kept popping up online so I decided to give it a try. The story focuses mainly on Rachel who travels on the same train every day. She begins creating an imaginary life for a couple she sees through the window of the train. She has given them names (Jess and Jason) and perfect lives. Then one day she sees something upsetting that turns her life upside down. Everything is not all that it seems with this perfect couple and Rachel for that matter. When Jess (real name Megan) goes missing, Rachel becomes obsessed and it takes over her life. We then read from Megan’s point of view and then Anna who is Rachel’s ex-husbands, new wife. I’ve got to say I did really like this book, although the first few chapters didn’t hook me in completely. That soon changed the more I read and I enjoyed the guessing game it created. There were many moments throughout the book when I thought I had it worked out, the author would then throw in another twist, but then quickly turning that on its head and making me second guess again. You should definitely give this book a read.
I’m really enjoying my goal of reading this year and look forward to discovering more great books along the way. I’d love to do more posts like this where I can share with you the rest of the books I read throughout the year. If you have any recommendations of what I should read, please let me know.