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    The Note by Zöe Folbigg

    The Note Zoe Folgigg Review
    (photo credit : Africaanahbookblog)

    I didn’t know that The Note was a true story about the
    author Zoe Folbigg until after I read this book, and began doing a little research
    for this review. I’m not sure if that would have made me think any different of this
    book, but it does put a smile on my face, and also peaked my interest so I stalked her a little.


    The Note, is a very well written story about a woman named Maya
    who works in fashion and falls in love with a guy she sees on the train, ‘Train
    Man’.

    After the first time she saw Train Man, he become a regular
    every morning commuter and she fell in love. Don’t get me wrong, it seems a bit
    irrational to fall in love with someone you don’t know and this threw me a little.
    Not only is this book about romance, and it’s also uplifting
    and inspirational. Throughout the book you learn about Maya’s job and her
    personal life. You follow her through her journey of making massive life
    changes and going through bereavement.
    I managed to read The Note in a few days, so if you’re after
    an easy read to pass the time. Then I would definitely recommend.
    Want to know whether Maya had the courage to speak to Train
    Man and how the story ends? Then buy it here for as little as £5.59 & free shipping.
    Have you read The Note, if so what did you think?
    ♡ 🌍
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    Book Club // The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan

    ★★★★★
     
    Easing myself into the new year with a book review, and yup it’s a good one.

    Even though I don’t work for in a library, my office is based in one so I get to walk past all the new arrivals every day and this book The Sunlight Pilgrims was one of them. I had heard of this book and it has been on my Goodreads list for a while now, so I snatched it up pretty quickly. I got through TSP in a week, and that was only because it was a pretty big book and didn’t want to carry it home so I read it on my lunch breaks and whenever I could.

    The Sunlight Pilgrims is primarily a book about the end of the world. Stella is a 12 year old transgender, and she’s growing up quicker than she would like to. Dylan ran away from his life in London and heads to Scotland to grieve his mother and grandmother and Constance is getting through life by her daughters side.

    For me TSP wasn’t JUST about the end of the world, for me it was about friendships, relationships, love and general life. The way Jenni Fagan constantly made me feel cold throughout the whole book really sold it for me. I have a perfect image in my head of what the caravan park looks like, and the scene of the iceberg as its approaching.

    Stella is a very relatable character and the way she was perceived was brilliant, and I would definitely recommend this book to someone who is going through the same transition.

    Without giving too much away, but the ending was very chilling and perfectly written.
    I have started a book club with my gals, and this will be top of my recommendations.
     
    Has anyone read The Sunlight Pilgrims? What did you think?
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    2018.

    I
    don’t make resolutions/goals. Not because I won’t stick to them or because it’s
    cool too but because I feel like it doesn’t have to be a new year to do/change
    things you’re not happy about. 2018, will be the year I carry on doing me. I don’t
    do it well, but I survive.

    Last
    year, I travelled to some of the world and I wrote about. I finally pulled my
    finger out of my ass and did it and it felt so good to be creative and to
    create content. I then had a few shit months, and so many of my scheduled posts
    didn’t make the publish button and are now deleted.

    I’m
    moving house in 4 days and I feel like I need to start afresh. New home, fresh
    mind.
    I want to push myself out of my comfort zone and clench that thirst for
    adventure. Crikey, that sounds so cliché but it’s true. I have a love/hate
    relationship with change and it’s something I’ve struggle with the past couple
    of weeks/months but now it’s here, I can’t be more excited.
    I
    want to create something I’m proud of, that I want to show the whole world. So,
    here goes.
     

    Amy x

     
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    Book Club // The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

    ★★★★
    After getting stuck in that YouTube hole that I often find myself in, I found myself watching book reviews and this was one of them.  I’m not really a sci-fi kinda gal when it comes to books, but everyone was raving about it and to be fair the cover pulled me in.
    As this book is obviously set in space, and it’s a very heavily character based book Angry Planet starts off slow, and quite a difficult to read. But I stuck it out and I ended up loving it. By slow I mean, I couldn’t keep up with all the characters and their species and what planets they were from. But as with any book, you do eventually remember who/what they are.
    From the title of the book, you know exactly what it’s about but the concept behind it, is brilliant. The characters are different religions, it has interspecies relationships and also LGBT characters.
    I know Becky Chambers has another book called A Closed and Common Orbit which on my ‘to read’ list so keep your eyes peeled.
    Has anyone read this book? Did you love it/hate it? Let me know!

     
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    Book Club // Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

    “I’ve always had this deep-down conviction that I’m not like everybody else, and there’s an amazingly exciting new life waiting for me just around the corner.”

    ★★★
    I’m going to be honest here, I didn’t actually read Can You Keep A Secret? but I listened to it. I was scrolling YouTube one day and came across some free audiobooks and this was one of them. Listening to audio books is a great way to get through boring admin days in work, and I just put my headphones in and get on with it.

    Emma Corrigan works in marketing, where she works with her boyfriend Connor, has a not so close relationship with her parents and she has a lot of secrets that she wouldn’t want anyone to know. Emma has a business trip in Scotland, and on the plane journey she spills all these secrets to a stranger. But is he?
    I enjoyed this book, it was an easy read and funny at times. I grew to like Emma as a character and defintely relate to her. The story line was very predictable, I knew what was going to happen within the first few chapters but I liked the few suprises throughout. I have read a few of Sophie Kinsella’s books and all are an easy read. Are there any that you would recommend?
     ♡

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    Book Club // Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

    “They always call depression the blues, but I would have been happy to waken to a periwinkle outlook. Depression to me is urine yellow, washed out, exhausted miles of weak piss.”  
    ★★★★

    Sharp Objects is another of Gillian Flynns books, which as you would of seen by now I quite enjoy.
    Sharp Objects is a chilling novel about a women called Camille Preaker who is a Journalist based in Chicago. In Wind Gap, Missouri a girl has been brutally murdered and another has gone missing so Camille has had to return to cover the story. You soon come to learn that Camille has had a hard life with her sister dying, her troubled mother and step sister who is an actual mean girl with a dark twist.

    This book has a lot of twists and turns and had me gripped, from the very beginning.
    I’ve recently read that they are turning this into a series, not sure how I feel about that but I’m quite intrigued to see how it turns out. I also read that Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson are going to play Camille and her mother, both actresses I really like!

    Have you read this? What did you think? 

    I have got 3 books that’s on my ‘next up’ shelf, but I’m in the mood to buy some more. If you have any recommendations, please comment below!
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    Bookclub // Girl Online by Zoe Sugg


    “Every time you post something online you have a choice. You can either make it something that adds to the happiness levels in the world—or you can make it something that takes away.”  

    ★★(half a star)
     
    I have this vivid memory from when I was a teenager of sitting at my computer desk at home and randomly coming across a YouTube video of a girl that I was instantly jealous of, the girl was telling the camera what she had bought whilst out shopping. 8 years later I still watch her videos, and I’m still jealous of her. I wanted to read this book for a long time, but as I’m reluctant about buying books these days (lack of space) and the library never had it available, but a few weeks ago, it did.
     
    I am going to be really honest, I’m not quite sure what to think of Girl Online. As you will know by now, I am a sucker for an easy read and a corney love story but I just felt the book dragged and was very predictable. I know Zoe has a young captive audience but I got the sense throughout that this was written mainly for them.

    The one plot in the book that I did connect with, was that Penny the main character suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. As a girl growing up with social anxiety but never realising that’s actually what it was and feeling really alone and different, I connected with Penny as I knew exactly how she was feeling. I felt like this could of been explained a little better and not just glossed over.

    All in all the plot was good, but a little sloppy at times. I’m still debating whether I want to read the follow on books. I think there are 2 more? But if I do, you shall know.

     
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