Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Hiya! So here's another monthly books post! Like I mentioned before, I like reading books, and writing about them. With that also comes the constant hunt for some new good books, and that's the reason why I'll write these monthly book posts, for someone who might be in the same situation as me and is just looking for some nice books to read!

One) A Snow Garden. - Rachel Joyce.
"In the course of a fortnight at the end of a year; a woman finds a cure for a broken heart where she leasts expects it; a husband and a wife build their son a bicycle and, in the process, deconstruct their happy marriage; freak weather brings the airport to a standstill on Christmas Day; a young woman will change her life by saying one word; a father foolishly promises his sons snow; the most famous young man in the world goes back to his childhood home; and a law-abiding old man discovers guerrilla gardening..."
A snow garden is a collection of short stories. And it's actually the first book with short stories that I've ever read. The book contains 7 short stories, however, they're all linked together through some tiny details.
The stories themselves are all well written, and I personally really enjoy the fact that the writer shows all different situations about winter/christmas, and not just the 'we're happily sitting by the fire while having the christmas tree in the background' situation.
I'd highly recommend reading this book during the winter (obviously) because it just gives you that cozy winter and christmas feeling were you just want to snuggle up under a blanket with a nice cuppa of tea, while watching the rain hit the windows.

Two) Three Amazing Things About You - Jill Mansell.

"Hallie has a secret: she's in love. He's perfect for het in every way, but he's seriously out of bounds. And Hallie doesn't have long to live. Time is running out.
Flo has a dilemma - she likes Zander, but his scary sister really doesn't approve.
Tasha has a problem. Her new boyfriend is the adventurous type. and she's afraid one of his adventurous will go badly wrong.
As Three Amazing Things begins, Hallie is about to be given new lungs. But whose?" 
Having read books by Jill Mansell before, I just knew that I'd like this book before I'd even started reading it. I just really enjoy Mansell's writing style since it's always very warm and airy, so perfect if you're just looking for a light read.
The reason I like this story so much is because all the people in getting connected with each other throughout the story, and because it's a tad bit different than just your average 'they lived happily ever after' love story.
Also, I've got to admit that I'm jealous of Carmel and Joe's love story because that's just legit goals.

Three) Everything I Never Told You. - Celeste NG.

"Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James lee. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue - Marilyn wants her daughter to become a doctor rather than a homemaker, while James desires only that Lydia be popular at school; a girl with a busy social life and the centre of every party. But Lydia is under pressures that have nothing to do with growing up. Her father is an American born of the first-generation Chinese immigrants, and his ethnicity and hers, make them conspicuous in any setting, especially in the 1970s small-town Ohio.
When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, James is consumed by guit and sets out a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to make someone accountable, no matter what the cost. Lydia's older brother, Nathan is convinced that local bad boy Jack is somehow involved.
But it's the youngest in the family  - Hannah - who observes far more than anyone realises and who may be the the only one who knows what really happened" 
Everything I never told you is a story about family, secrets and the pressure to be someone you're not.  "It's a family portrait, uncovering the way in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives, struggle all their lives to understand one another." (goodreads)
In contrast to my expectations, I did actually quite like this book. It indirectly gives you something to think about, and I also feel like you get a small insight of how people from a different ethnicity might be feeling/looked at. The story is quite different from any book I've read so far, and I suppose that that might also be the reason as to why I liked it as much as I do.

Four) A Year Of Marvellous Ways - Sarah Winman.

"This is the story about Marvellous Ways, an eighty-nine-year-old woman who sits by a creek in Cornwall, waiting for a last adventure. And it's about Francis Drake, a young soldier who washes up there, reeling from war and broken-hearted. It's about the magic in everyday life and the lure of the sea, the healing powers of storytelling and sloe gin, and how we carry on when grief comes snapping at out heels."
Again, I feel like this is yet another book that just somehow makes you feel wiser, and makes you think all sorts of philosophical things about life. Just like the Alchemist and The Five People You Meet In Heaven.
However, this book might seem pointlessly long at some times, it is definitely worth it to keep reading because it takes an interesting turn towards the end of the story.

So that's it for last months' books! Sorry it was a bit delayed, but hopefully I'll be able to get the one from next month up in time! love, demi x.

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