Your Next Favorite Read

Your Next Favorite Read

100th.pngHello and happy Wednesday. I never thought that I would be here, gushing about just how awesome Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella is and how you should totally definitely read it, but here I am.

I read this book between March the 2nd and the 16th and gave it a five-star rating. The reason why I loved it so much and I think other readers will too is that this is straight up a funny book. I was thoroughly entertained by it, so I think it would be great if you want to steer clear of the super serious reads for a while. It was also relatable to me. We all know that I love me some shopping.

British authors just get to me. I don’t know what it is about their style that differentiates them so much from American ones, but they manage to write in this fresh and fast way that keeps the reader hooked. I am also impressed by how descriptive they are. I think this is why when I watch the movie adaptation of a book by a British author I always feel that it falls short. To me, the book provides so much more. By the way, I tried to watch the movie adaptation for Confessions of a Shopaholic and I literally stopped it two minutes in. I could tell that the essence of the book had not been captured at all. If given the choice of reading the book or watching the movie, choose the book.

The only downside to this novel was the typos and editing issues that I found here and there. You know how picky I am with that, and how that stuff annoys me. Of course, it’s not the author’s fault, but it’s something that publishing houses should be more careful about, especially since this book is a bestseller.

I loved this book so much that I copied a quote from it and I want to share it with you. In the comments below tell me what you thought about it and whether it encouraged you to add this novel to your TBR list.

“It’s not just Luke, and it’s not just my new job with Morning Coffee (even though every time I remember it, I feel a leap of disbelieving joy). No, it’s more than that. It’s that I feel like a completely new person. I feel as though I’m moving on to a new stage in life -with a different outlook, and different priorities.” 

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

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Pass the Tissues

Pass the Tissues

Hello and happy Wednesday. I thought about this title, and then I was like, “well, technically you didn’t cry THAT MUCH reading this book,” but whatever, let’s just go with it. Today I’ll share an in-depth review of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, and I hope you really appreciate it. Let’s get started, shall we?

When I say “in-depth” I mean that I usually just share my thoughts in a very superficial way, telling you what I liked and didn’t like, and that’s pretty much it. I share the notes I take as I read the book, but in the case of Me Before You I took a shitton of notes, way more than the average.

I was shocked from the start by this book because I started reading it kind of expecting to hate it. It had all the disappointing elements, you know? It had been a bestseller and was turned into a movie with basically the most gorgeous actors available, and that’s the kind of combination I tend to steer clear from, at least until the whole fuss goes away. Basically yes, I was predisposed to not like this book.

I say I was shocked from the start because what we get to read first, the prologue, is the narration of how Will’s “accident” happens. I don’t want to let out too much about it, but I just always thought, based on the movie trailers I’d seen, that we were going to read about a skydiving adventure gone wrong or something of the sort. I like when from the get-go a novel manages to surprise me and prove my preconceptions wrong.

Will is Lou’s patient, and Lou is our main character. To me, she was a very refreshing character for various reasons, the first one being her age. She was 26 years old when the narration of the novel starts, and I love that because as much as I love my YA, it’s nice to read about characters my own age. She also lives with her parents, which is something we usually don’t see in new adult novels because 26 year-olds are supposed to have their shit together and have their own place.

This novel was seriously addictive, and I think it was the author’s style what did it for me. I feel that British authors tend to be way more descriptive than American ones, and that makes stories all the more believable because they’re easier to picture in my mind. Now, obviously the fact that there’s romance involved helped influence my love towards the novel, but here I have to stop and clarify something. This novel is about love, it is about true love and I had never before seen a more clear representation of it. If you’re looking for kisses and touches and sex, then look elsewhere because this is not that kind of book.

I also felt personally connected to the story because through Lou’s narration we get to understand the struggles people on wheelchairs have to endure sometimes. My uncle is in a wheelchair, and I know what it is to become aware of how unprepared the world is for people with certain disabilities, and how urgent some adaptations are.

Now, here are some trigger warnings. You should not read this book if you have serious issues regarding suicide attempts. There is one in the novel, and it is described with some detail. There are also mentions of rape, or at least sexual assault. These scenes are not fully described in the story, but there are mentions of it and one can infer that one of the characters could have been sexually assaulted.

This is not a trigger warning per se, but a personal opinion. I hated the way Lou’s family treated her. I cannot talk about verbal or emotional abuse, but I can tell you that sometimes their comments were straight up mean. This affected Lou and her self-perception to the point where she was convinced she wasn’t a smart person.

As you have been able to read, Me Before You definitely surprised me in several ways. I must admit that it was way deeper than I’d initially anticipated. I was also surprised by the chapters told from other character’s perspectives. We get Will’s mom, Nathan, Will’s dad, and Lou’s sister. I would’ve liked a chapter from Will’s perspective as well, if I’m being completely honest.

Now, this story is truly heartbreaking, but it didn’t straight up made me cry from page one or anything. I feel it mostly reminded me of things from my own life that did made me cry, you know? Also, yes, the last pages made me straight up cry like a sobbing mess, but I knew that was bound to happen.

I searched for the movie, but it isn’t on Netflix, so I guess I’ll have to keep looking. In the comments below, let me know whether you’ve read any books from Jojo Moyes and what you thought of them.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

Oh So Cute

Oh So Cute

 

Hello and happy Wednesday. I don’t know about you, but I feel like sometimes when I’m in some sort of mood, books just *find* me. I’ve been oddly happy lately, and The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) by Kate Winter was a perfect companion for that odd state of happiness. You probably have never heard of this book, have you? Well, that’s exactly why I’m talking about it today, to share the love and maybe get you interested in reading it. Let’s get started, shall we?

I think the reason why I got so into this book so fast was the writing style. It was super fresh, with lots of humor. Besides that, it was an easy read. You know what I mean by that: I didn’t have to reread everything to understand what the author meant or anything, I just read and enjoyed.

Rosie, the main character, was so relatable and so likeable, at least in my opinion. I love the fact that she was so open at how messy her life was at times and how real her thoughts and feelings were. That, to me, is refreshing; to read a book and go “oh, this character is just like me, I so would’ve done that” because I feel that more often than not we read about these perfect characters with perfect lives, who always make the right choices, and isn’t that super boring?

I think you’ve already guessed by the title that Rosie is in fact dead, but the story alternates between the present day, and Rosie’s past, when she was alive. You know I live and die for flashbacks, and I think the ones in this novel were perfectly placed. I also loved that every detail was described, which helped me picture just about everything the author wrote about. This is the kind of book I’d really enjoy being turned into a movie.

We all know that there’s something I haven’t mentioned that will make this book one of my favorites. Did someone say “romance”? Yes, that’s exactly what this novel gives us, but it’s slow-cooked and oh so good. And, of course, we are left waiting til the last pages, where we’re greeted with basically the cutest ending ever, and a read that you’ll love like it’d happened to you.

In the comments below, tell me about nice summer reads that make you happy.

Happy reading!
Love, Miss Camila

 

 

That Title is a Mouthful

That Title is a Mouthful

Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I want to share with you my thoughts on Will You Won’t You Want Me? by Nora Zelevansky. I was provided an ARC of this book via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, so before I begin I’d like to thank both NetGalley and the author.

When I started reading this book, I immediately got this Young Adult vibe. I mean the movie Young Adult, starring Charlize Theron.

The beginning of the book, and by that I mean the first three chapters, at least, was super cliché, which made the story predictable and sort of boring.

There was another bit at the beginning that reminded me of Walk of Shame, starring Elizabeth Banks. Seriously, you probably should start making a list of this movies and do a marathon when you’re done reading this post. That bit was funny and it took the novel on another direction, one that I liked better.

Our main character, Marjorie Plum, has to change her life completely in the course of two days after she gets fired from a job she hates, and then gets told by her roommate and best friend that she’s moving out to live with her boyfriend. This gets Marjorie into a series of situations the reader will find out about as the story progresses.

Marjorie, for example, ends up subbing for her new roommate as a private tutor for an eleven-year-old girl. That’s kind of cute, no? It’ also original. I was enraged, though, by the fact that Marjorie starts giving “boy advice” to her pupil. No, that’s just wrong.

This story is your typical “girl does a 18 on her life and discovers true happiness” kinda deal, but it grew on me. I liked the fact that, despite what the title might indicate, this novel doesn’t revolve around romance. Yes, there is romance, but the main focus of the story is the main character’s life and the decisions she makes as her situation changes.

In general, all the characters were likeable, except for Marjorie’s former boss, whose name I can’t remember, and the Vera and Brian, Marjorie’s former best friend and roommate, and her boyfriend.

All in all, I enjoyed this book. I was annoyed by the editing (or lack thereof), but then again, I was given an advanced copy, so I assume it wasn’t the final edition.

Have you read a book similar to this one? Would you recommend it? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

 

First Impressions: Roomies

First Impressions: Roomies

First Impressions (1)Hello and happy Wednesday. Today I bring you another fun little post in which I share my thoughts on a sneak peek I was provided by BookishFirst. I had the chance to read chapters 1 through 4 of Roomies by Christina Lauren, and now I’d like to tell you all about my thoughts on this book. Let’s get started, shall we?

From the beginning I could tell this was a contemporary novel. I think it’s under the “new adult” category, but I’m not entirely sure. Anyways, it’s got this chick lit/ romantic comedy vibe that I enjoy from time to time if the story is well-written and proves to be original and “not your typical” NA novel. And the few chapters I read did it for me, they made me want to come back for more in the future.

I think one of the reasons why I enjoyed this sneak peek so much is the fact that I could relate to Holland on many different levels, especially regarding her love life, or lack thereof. She’s literally obsessed with a guy who plays guitar at the subway station, and though my crushes have never reached that level, I could relate to the fact that she learned his schedules to know when to show up and catch a glimpse of him. Yes, I used to be kind of a stalker.

There are some situations in this story that are a bit absurd, and some others that can be predictable, but I guess that’s common in chick lit. I mean, I can see this turning into a movie I’d watch on a Sunday afternoon. Still, it’s so funny, that I let the clichés and the WTF moments slide.

All in all, this is a super fast, pleasant read you’ll go through in a weekend; just make yourself some tea and popcorn and you’re good to go. I’m definitely looking forward to reading this whole book and sharing my full thoughts with you. While that happens, and given that this story is about an unusual crush, tell me about one of yours, or let me know in the comments whether you’d like me to tell you about some of mine.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila