Christmas With Billy and Me

After finishing Billy and Me a couple of days ago, I decided to read “Christmas With Billy and Me” straight after so I could continue Sophie and Billy’s story while it was all fresh in my mind, plus I wasn’t ready for their story to end!

“Christmas with Billy and Me” is a short novella set in the lead up to Christmas. Sophie now owns the little tea shop in the village in which she grew up and she gets an anonymous email asking whether “the proposer” can use Sophie’s tea shop to propose to his partner on Christmas Eve. Of course Sophie says yes, and this novella leads up to Christmas and tells the story of Sophie, Billy, Sophie’s mum, Colin (Sophie’s mum’s partner), and Colin’s children as they prepare for this mysterious event of the year. But who is “the proposer”?

“Christmas With Billy and Me” as a great little book. It was much shorter than I remember it this time through though! But I still really enjoyed it and it was nice to have some more story with the characters I’d grown so fond of in “Billy and Me”!

All in all this is a great little book and I love it. My only complaint is that is isn’t long enough! XD

Billy and Me

The chances are you’ll have heard me talk about “Billy and Me” before. If I’ve told you what my favourite book is, or I’ve recommended a book to you, I may well have recommended this. Since I read this before I was blogging I decided it was time to pick it up again and read it so I could share it with you on here.

“Billy and Me” is written by Giovanna Fletcher, wife of Tom Fletcher from McFly/also an author himself. Many people think that Gi just gets her fame from who her husband is, but they’re wrong. She actually writes great chick-lit books. OK, some of them haven’t been as great as others, but the “Billy and Me” series (Billy and Me, Christmas With Billy and Me and Always With Love) is definitely her best.

I was first recommended Billy and Me by a friend who had also read and enjoyed it, I had a look on Amazon, loved the sound of it so ordered it.

Sophie May lives at home with her mum in a quiet little village where everyone knows everyone. She works in the little teashop in the village with her friend Molly, until one day a filming crew turns up to film a new version of Pride and Prejudice. Sophie goes about her day as usual, when Billy Buskin (the star of the film) walks in and befriends Sophie, and before long they’re going on their first date and have fallen for each other. But after time Billy has to move back to London for his next project and Sophie moves with him. But will Billy stay by Sophie’s side or will the fame get to him?

I absolutely adore this book. It is one of the cutest, soppiest, easiest books I’ve ever read. Gi does such a fantastic job of shaping the characters making them all incredibly lovable and easy to relate to. Yes, OK many people think it is just your typical silly boy meets girl love story but I love it. I think there is so much more to it than that. You see the perceptions of a “normal” girl as she enters the world of fame, as well as Billy trying to stay down to earth for Sophie, as well as all the negative press that goes along with someone “famous” dating someone “normal” if that made any sense?!

Billy and Me has a lovely storyline and yes some may say it is a little predictable but aren’t all chick lits?! Billy and Me is just a wonderful book where Gi has tried to create a really down to earth, caring Billy who isn’t phased by Sophie and her anxiety, which I think is fantastic to see!

Basically I think everyone should read this book, and the sequels that go with it! If you do decide to give this a read, please do let me know what you think of it as I’d love to see if other people love it as much as I do! 🙂

After You

Caution, this review contains spoilers for Me Before You!!!

Today I thought I’d share with you my thoughts on the latest book I’ve read. It’s taken me a while, but I’ve finally finished “After You”, the sequel to Me Before You.

After You takes place a couple of years after Will has passed away at the end of Me Before You. Lou is now working in a bar in an airport in London, not really “living” life. She’s still grieving the loss of Will, then one day Will’s daughter turns up on her doorstep. Following her own accident Lou starts to change her life and pick up the pieces of Will’s daughter’s life. Then along comes Sam, a paramedic who Lou falls in love with. But is she ready to move on?

I enjoyed this book for the most part and I think it is a great sequel to Me Before You. A lot of the time you get disappointing sequels, but this wasn’t! The characters are just as good as the first book and it is a really good storyline. Plus we get to see how Will’s mum and dad have got on since he ended his life.

All in all this was a great book and not at all disappointing which I know some people are concerned about with sequels to books such as Me Before You. If you’ve read (or seen) and enjoyed Me Before You and want to know what happens to everyone following Will’s death I recommend this book to you.

It’s a Kind of Magic

I’ve finally finished another book! This one seemed to take a while to read again though! 😦

I love Carole Matthews, and was looking forward to finally reading this after I’d picked it up on a second hand book stall. Although this is another chick lit book, it was a very bizarre one! I’m not saying I didn’t like it, it was pretty good, but just unrealistic and random!

Emma and Leo have been together for goodness knows how long… But they’ve been more off than on as Leo is an incredibly unpredictable and unreliable boyfriend. When Leo turns up at Emma’s 30th Birthday Party, drunk and incredibly late Emma has had enough. Then on his way home Leo meets Isobel, a fairy! Leo starts to change while with Isobel and realises how much of a naff boyfriend he has been, but will he let go of Isobel?

Like I said this was a very bizarre book. One minute Emma wanted Leo and kept calling him, then when he phoned her back seconds later she hangs up and changes her mind! Then the fairy thing… That was weird! I tried to forget about the fairyness and think of Isobel as a normal person, but it’s a little hard!

I loved most of the characters, and I wish we’d seen more of Leo’s neighbour Dominic who seemed like a lovely guy! But why write a fairy into a book like this?! Very strange! Anyway, fairy aside this was an OK book. It definitely isn’t one of the best chick-lit books I’ve read but it was still an OK, light read.

 

 

All The Bright Places

I picked this book up last summer as it was part of Zoella’s book club she did with WH Smith. I thought it would be a great book… But how wrong was I?! It’s taken me quite a while to finish this book, partly because I’ve been so busy with uni I haven’t had much time, but also because I didn’t like it…

Violet meets Finch. Both are completely messed up, Violet has lost her sister and Finch has had an unhappy upbringing. They meet at the top of the school bell tower where they talk each other down from jumping. Together they go on an adventure to see new things, to see all the places that their US state has to offer. But as Violet sees the light and her life gets better, Finch goes downhill…

I think you’ll get a major spoiler from what I’m saying here, but I just assumed this would be a “and they all lived happily ever after” book. I mean boy meets girl, girl saves boy from depression and suicide. But no… It deeply shocked me actually and I hated the last few chapters. I mean Finch obviously loved Violet so why the hell did he do what he did at the end. Yes I know full well what depression can do to someone (having watched a couple of family members go through it), but it really shocked me. I suppose it just shocked me because I thought the author could have given the same message in a different/better way at the end.

In terms of characters I liked Violet, and I mostly liked Finch… until the end anyway! But it made me so cross that even though Finch was seeing his school councillor, who knew full well that things weren’t right… He made no real attempt to get him help, which is so negligent. I think that’s what annoys me about this book!

Anyway, basically I didn’t enjoy this book and it was a real struggle to read it through to the end. I know people talk about how good it is, but it really wasn’t for me.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

One Wish in Manhattan

As you may or may not have already guessed I’m a sucker for chicklit/romance type books… especially ones set in New York! So when I saw Glücksgeist was reading it this month for her book club I couldn’t help myself but have a look in to it. It sounded just like the sort of book I would read, and even better it was part of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited/Lending Library… So I could effectively rent it for as long as I wanted on my Kindle! Awesome!

Hayley is a single parent, and mother to a pretty cool 9 year old daughter (Angel) after a one night stand in New York. Angel is an intelligent 9 year old though and all she wants this Christmas is to find her dad. With Hayley’s brother living in New York, Hayley decides to take Angel to New York for Christmas to visit her uncle… and to search for Angel’s dad. But as much as Hayley tries she has little luck finding Angel’s father, and a certain billionaire, Oliver Drummond comes in to her life and wants to help Hayley fulfil her wish of finding Angel’s father. But will Hayley find love and her daughter’s father while in New York?

I have to say I was incredibly skeptical picking up this book as I’d never heard of the author (Mandy Baggot) before so I had no idea whether this book was going to be any good. I won’t lie it took me a little bit of time to get in to it, but then once I was in I couldn’t stop reading. This book was awesome! I really really loved it, such a lovely little story with great characters and a very unpredictable plot to it! In fact, I loved it so much I really wish there could be a sequel to it, and I could quite happily go back and read it all again right now.

Basically this book was brilliant, and I’m so glad I took a chance with it. I can’t wait to read more of Mandy Baggot’s books (I’ve already eyed up the next one to read) in the future.

If you love chicklit/romance books, and books set in New York, especially at Christmas, then this book is for you! 😀

Scrappy Little Nobody

I first knew about this book when AnHistorianAboutTown spoke about it in one of her blogs, but apart from that I had no idea that it had come out! I then asked for it for Christmas and my brother bought it for me.

Firstly I’ll say that I like Anna Kendrick in the films of hers I’ve watched (Into the Woods, Twilight and Pitch Perfect) but I’m not an Anna Kendrick super fan by any means! But I do love her incredibly witty tweets!

In this book Anna Kendrick takes us through her life (so far) of how she’s always been witty, struggled to keep her head above the water while pursuing her acting career, and… small. From child Broadway star to now famous Movie Star, this book gives us an idea of the trials that Anna Kendrick has faced to get to where she is now.

I won’t say that I loved this book. I mean there were parts that kept me reading, but other parts I found quite, well… strange! I find it a bit weird when people as young as Anna Kendrick write autobiographies… I mean there isn’t that much to cover really (although now I’ve just looked up how old she is and she’s older than I realised)! I’m not saying it is a bad read, in fact I think it would be a great read to anyone wanting and trying to make a break in the acting world, in the sense that I think it would motivate people not to give up.

There were parts were I couldn’t stop myself from laughing and it was mostly an enjoyable read. I’d say it is a good read if you want to know more about Anna Kendrick’s rise to fame, but don’t expect to hear about loads and loads of things that have happened in her life! And if like me you expected to read quite a lot about Pitch Perfect, then you’ll be disappointed!

Have you read this book? If so what did you think?