My Current Reading List!*


I love reading! 
I love that you can just escape into a whole new world, a whole new reality and forget about the world you are living in. It's something that I don't do enough of as an adult. I really used to be an avid book worm as a child and get through so many books - especially through the summer holidays. But then the internet, phone and all other electronic devices took over instead and I became so lazy. 

One of my goals for the year was to get back into being a book worm, because I really do miss it! So I have devised a reading list* - hoping that I'll actually manage to complete all the books on it very soon and write reviews on them.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” 
― George R.R. MartinA Dance with Dragons

1) After You - Jojo Moyes

I've read the first book and absolutely adored it! So I couldn't resist it when I saw this one!
I hope it's as good as the first book, I really fell in love with the characters!

Lou Clark has lots of questions.
Like how it is she's ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places.
Or why the flat she's owned for a year still doesn't feel like home.
Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago.
And will she ever get over the love of her life.
What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change.
Then, one night, it does.
But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for - or just more questions?
Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe.
Open it and she risks everything.

But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she's going to keep it, she has to invite them in

2) Chocolat - Joanne Harris

I adored the movie when I was younger, so decided to purchase the book and see if that was as good as the film - or even if the film is as good as the book! 

When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite the church, Father Reynaud denounces her as a serious moral danger to his flock - especially as it is the beginning of Lent, the traditional season of self-denial. 
As passions flare and the conflict escalates, the whole community takes sides. Can the solemnity of the Church compare with the sinful pleasure of a chocolate truffle?

3) A Daughter's Secret - Eleanor Moran

 I thought the title was intriguing, and in fact the blurb drew me to the book straight away. It seemed like a book I would really enjoy reading! It kind of reminds me of a Jodie Picoult book.

Mia is a high-flying child psychotherapist, hoping to be made partner in the thriving practice where she works. But then she takes on a case which will change her life for ever, and bring back the past she has done her best to bury.
Thirteen year old Gemma was the last person to see her father before he went on the run, fleeing from a major criminal trial. The police are desperate to track him down, pressuring Mia to tease the information out of his angry and reluctant daughter. But what does Gemma really know and how hard can Mia push without betraying her?
Both are hiding devastating secrets. Both need the other to survive. Will they learn to trust each other before it's too late?

4) You're the One that I Want - Giovanna Fletcher

This one has been on my radar for a little while! I watch Giovanna's YouTube Vlogs and have always always wanted to read the book, but have only recently got my hands on it. I know a lot of people have become very invested in the characters and it seems like the type of book I'll enjoy reading. 

Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob - the man she's about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben - best man and the best friend any two people ever had.
And that's the problem.
Because if it wasn't Rob waiting for her at the altar, there's a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?
Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it...

5) The Notebook - Nicholas Sparks

The film, the film was just beautiful! I think it was my first Nicholas Sparks that I watched. It made me sob!!! Like properly sob, it was just such a beautiful story that I wanted to own the book as well as the DVD! So I ultimately know what's going to happen in the book, but I want to read it! 

How far can love endure?
Noah Calhoun has just returned from World War Two. Attempting to escape the ghosts of battle, he tries to concentrate on restoring an old plantation home to its former glory. And yet he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met there fourteen years before, a girl who captured his heart like no other.
But when these distant memories begin to slide into reality, the passion that had lain still is ignited once more. Though so much is in their way, the miraculous force of their love refuses to fade.

6) Written in the Stars - Ali Harris

Another book that I saw and thought would be right up my street! I often do judge real books by their covers and by their blurbs - I really liked the cover, the title and the blurb really appealed to me.

Have you ever wondered 'What if…?' What if you'd taken that other job, gone on a date with that sweet guy, moved to a different city? Would an alternative life path have led to a happier ending? Now imagine if you could have taken both paths… When Bea Bishop slips while walking down the aisle on her wedding day, she is momentarily knocked unconscious. And in a flash, her world splits and two separate parallel lives take her on two very different journeys. In one, Bea flees back down the aisle and out of the church. In the other, she glides blissfully towards Adam, her intended. Each path will take her on a very different journey. And each will see her life change for better and for worse. But which story will lead to her happy-ever-after

7) The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion

This book has come recommended several times over, by several different people. My mum gave it to me and said you'll love this book - it's so good! However, I'm yet to sit down and read it. But it's now on my list and by the end of the year - there'll be a review about it too!

'I'm not good at understanding what other people want.'

'Tell me something I don't know . . .'

Love isn't an exact science - but no one told Don Tillman. A thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don's never had a second date. So he devises the Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie - 'the world's most incompatible woman' - throwing Don's safe, ordered life into chaos. But what is this unsettling, alien emotion he's feeling?
  8) The Years of Loving You - Ella Harper

Again, the cover and the title of the book drew me to this one! I'm not sure why, but it made me happy to see the cover! So I picked it up and ended up buying it! This will be the first book I've read by Ella Harper and I'm looking forward to getting my nose stuck in.  

What if your first love was your only love?
When Molly is diagnosed with a life changing illness, it feels like her whole world has come crashing down. She hopes the news will make her marriage to Sam stronger. But why does Molly always call best friend Ed in a crisis?
Ed. The very same Ed that Molly fell in love with at a party when they were teenagers, underneath a star-filled sky. Then life took them in very different directions. They could only ever be friends.
Suddenly Molly starts to question every decision she’s ever made. What if they could turn back the clock? Back to the very beginning. When the only certainty they shared was each other 
9) The Last Song - Nicholas Sparks

Of course I've watched the film, with Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. Who doesn't fall in love with those two as a couple in the movie. Again, like The Notebook, I know what's going to happen but wanted to read the book. 

New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father . . . until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church.
The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story about love in its myriad forms - first love, the love between parents and children - that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that deeply felt relationships can break our hearts . . . and heal them.
  10) The Girl You Left Behind - Jojo Moyes

I got this book at the same time as Me Before You! Still yet to start it though! It does look good! 

France, 1916. Sophie Lefevre must keep her family safe whilst her adored husband Edouard fights at the front. When she is ordered to serve the German officers who descend on her hotel each evening, her home becomes riven by fierce tensions. And from the moment the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie's portrait - painted by Edouard - a dangerous obsession is born, which will lead Sophie to make a dark and terrible decision.
Almost a century later, and Sophie's portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston, a wedding gift from her young husband before he died. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth, and its troubled history. A history that is about to resurface and turn Liv's life upside down all over again . . .
Have you read any of these books? Or are on your reading lists? I'd love to know!
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