I rarely have time to read anymore because of uni/studying but I really want to make an effort for I love reading and writing has always been a passion of mine. So in an attempt to get myself reading more often these days, I’m going to try and track my reading progress through my blog 🙂 My goal each month is to read 2 books – and that is somewhat pushing it as I have loads of pharmacy articles to read and memorize. They honestly love piling those on us, urgh. I’m normally stuck reading those on my way to train instead of a book 🙁
So every fortnightly or monthly on a Sunday, I’ll be reviewing the books that I’ve read. I don’t foresee this going well but I’m going to do my best 😀
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes (Goodreads Link)
Author: Jojo Moyes
Title: The Girl You Left Behind
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Rating: – 5/5
Summary: What happened to the girl you left behind?
In 1916 French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything – her family, reputation and life – in the hope of seeing her true love one last time.
Nearly a century later and Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting’s dark and passion-torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened…
In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most – whatever the cost.
The summary piqued my interest, as it was a parallel book – something that after reading ‘Bitter Greens by Kate Forysth’ (my favourite book of 2012) I was very much interested in seeing as a narrative device.
It was a little slow at the beginning but right after the first chapter, I absolutely adored Sophie Lefevre. I mean a woman who disguises a pig as a baby right under the Kommandant while they were being accused of ‘harbouring livestock’ is my kind of woman. As Sophie’s tale drew on, I felt my heart ache at all the troubles she experienced. Set in the early 20th century, it deals with what small towns and what women in France had to deal with during WWII. I quickly devoured each word, until we reached a cliff-hanger and are met with another character, the female lead from the present, Liv.
Part 2 of the story was a little disorientating at first, for I had become invested in Sophie’s story. I had expected to not like Liv, a recent widower but her story was just as equally compelling as Sophie’s had been. Through her, and the painting, we are allowed glimpses of what happened to Sophie. But she doesn’t serve as just a vessel to continue Sophie’s story – no, I found the aching parallels between her life and Sophie’s very cleverly done.
As the story progressed, I was on the edge of my seat, waiting and hoping that both characters would receive their happily ever after. It was a utterly beautiful, compelling novel that I pretty much read in one day.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (GoodReads Link)
Author: Jojo Moyes
Title: Me Before You
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Rating: – 5/5
Summary: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
Quote: “You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
After reading her previous book, I went looking for other books by the same author. My next book of choice was ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes.
Let me state beforehand that this isn’t a ‘chickflick’, despite what the cover looks like and the summary. It deals with a controversial matter which I won’t state what it is for it may spoil the book. It is a love story though that’s not the focus of the story. It’s more of a coming of age book, an inspirational book.
I found myself captured by this book as well. Lou, the main character, is funny and witty. Will, the male lead, is bitter and sarcastic though understandably due to his condition – he eventually does become quite loveable. I am glad that I didn’t read too much into the reviews or the ending, for I wouldn’t have read the book if I did. And that would have been completely stupid of me 🙂 Because the characters of this book, much like ‘The Girl You Left Behind’ left my heart aching, laughing and smiling. I absolutely loved this book and kept looking at how much I had to go because I didn’t want it to end.
The ending of the book inspired me, as much as it was bittersweet – it left me wanting to widen my horizons and go explore the world.
The questions are somewhat related to the issues brought up on the book – without spoiling too much 😉
- What was the last book you read?
- What is your most important item that you own and why?
- If you knew that your life was going to be changed and that your quality of life was going to be affected, what would you like to do beforehand?