I’m so sorry I haven’t blogged since returning home this week. I actually feel a little overwhelmed as I look at the amount of photos and videos I took of our honeymoon. Sifting through them and deciding what goes onto the blog is daunting and seems like an impossible task right now because I just want to share it all! Blogging problems! Ha!
When I look back at our trip, I cannot get over how much we did and all the places we got to discover and experience in just 3 weeks. It was one giant adventure! When I look at our itinerary, I am even more shocked that I not only got time to read, but I ended up reading 5 novels.
I love reading. It’s a form of escapism for me and my imaginative mind gets exercised. It reminded me of how little reading I do in my every day life. Well, let me rephrase. I guess I am constantly reading – various articles online, blogs, news, research for my shows and so on, but sitting down with a novel, autobiography or other book is a rare thing for me these days. I miss it.
I thought I’d share what I read with you. Before I left, I asked on Facebook and Twitter for novel suggestions and I had an incredible response.
I love books – I love the pages, the cracking of a spine, turning the pages… but carrying physical books around is not fun on travels. It’s far too heavy and space consuming. I decided to randomly select some of the book suggestions and download them onto my iPad Kindle app – much easier to travel with.
When I downloaded the 6 books, I laughed at myself thinking I was being over ambitious during my 3 week break.
The only physical novel I travelled with was my James Patterson & David Ellis’ book, The Mistress.
James Patterson is one of my favourite authors and I love a good Thriller/ Crime Thriller. I loved this thriller and just as I thought I had figured out what the outcome could be, there was a plot twist – twice!
The next 4 books I read came from your suggestions.
I read One Day by David Nicholls. I couldn’t put it down and I found myself completely engrossed in these 2 characters lives. One day, twenty years and I found myself completely emotional at the end of the book. Proper rolling tears.
After feeling emotional, I switched genres and read The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza. Since I had just been to London, it also changed things as I read the book and tried to picture the scenes even more vividly. This was a page turner and I didn’t get who the serial killer was, until the very end. Gripping would be right!I then changed genres again and read the book that a lot of you suggested: Me Before You, Jojo Moyes. Oh my goodness. I couldn’t put this book down and I found myself stealing moments to read on trains, ferries. When we were on the beach, I didn’t even want to swim, (even though I was dying of heat) because I wanted to keep reading. What a story! I found myself constantly trying to put myself in the shoes of the characters, and I actually didn’t know which way the book was going to end. Even though I knew there was a sequel called After You. Was that Lou’s life after Will, or Will’s life after Lou. If you haven’t read it. Do it.
I was so bloody excited to see that Me Before You was one of the films on offer on my flight home. I watched it and I was left disappointed (isn’t that always the case with books and movies?) Characters were left out and the way it was written and the emotion and descriptions of her thoughts, weren’t able to come across. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the film and if I had watched it without reading the book, it would have been perfectly fine, but the book and then the movie, well… there we go.
I actually hadn’t downloaded Me After You onto my Kindle app, so I quickly got onto the wifi and did that. I finished the book and thoroughly enjoyed it, although the whole “couldn’t put it down” notion wasn’t as strong as the first. I’m still glad I read the sequel.
The books I had downloaded and didn’t get to read (yet) – Lauren Groff’s Fate and Furies and Colleen Hoover’s Hopeless.
What are you reading at the moment?