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.



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! 😀

Girl Online: Going Solo

Having finished both Girl Online and Girl Online: On Tour I decided to carry on reading the series while it was all fresh in my mind still.

I debated long and hard about whether to buy the Kindle edition of this book for £2.99, or whether to splash out £6.50 on the physical copy! Because I’m a bit obsessive with my bookcase I decided that I’d like the physical book so I could put the series together on my bookcase 😀

Noah has disappeared from the face of the Earth leaving Penny to carry on without him. As Penny starts to get used to his absence, Callum falls in to her life providing Penny the opportunity to move on. Penny also makes a new friend, Posey who is studying at the same drama school as Penny’s friend Megan. But will Noah feel ready to return to the “real world”?

I enjoyed this book, however it definitely wasn’t my favourite of the three books in the series. I think I just hoped to see more Penny and Noah adventures and not just Penny getting on with her life. Don’t get me wrong, I love Penny as a character and liked where this book was heading, but I love Noah and Penny more 🙂

Again, I think Zoe Sugg does a great job in this book of highlighting some of the issues facing her target audience (teenagers), from bitchy friends, to family issues to boyfriend issues. But like the other two books it does a great job of emphasising the importance of friends and family when everything else in your life isn’t going how you might hope!

I haven’t got much to say tonight, apart from I loved it and wish we could have more in the future! But I’m going to leave you with one of my favourite quotes from the book.

“… everything happens for a reason, so whatever downs you may encounter, the ups will even them out – and everything will work out in the end.”

Girl Online: On Tour

Having finished (and enjoyed) Zoella’s first book “Girl Online” I decided to read the sequel straight away while all the characters and the story were still fresh in my mind.

Penny and Noah are getting on well and still enjoying being boyfriend/girlfriend, and as Penny finishes off her GCSEs she is looking forward to heading off with Noah (and his band) on the European stretch of the tour that he is support act for. To begin with everything is going great for Penny and Noah, and they’re enjoying being together… but then Noah starts to change and Penny questions whether she is cut out for life on tour.

Girl Online: On Tour was brilliant. I think I enjoyed it more than the first book in the series, and it was great to see Noah and Penny’s relationship put to the test. I honestly can’t say it was predictable either. Maybe I just assumed it would be a “and they all lived happily ever after” story, but how wrong was I?! But I really enjoyed that! I think Zoe Sugg highlights well the fact that not all relationships are “happy ever after” and that people are not who you think they are, but that at the end of the day family and friends are everything.

On top of this the book does great at highlighting one key point, that no matter how much you love someone and want to support them in their dreams, it is unbelievably important that you still have the time and opportunity to pursue your own dreams. There is no point being with someone who doesn’t let you chase your own dreams. Never forget that! 🙂 I think this is a key message to those teenagers who this book is aimed at, which Zoella does great at getting across.

All in all, this was a great book and do not underestimate it, nor underestimate the subtle (but important) messages that Zoe is trying to get across to her (teenage) audience. It is OK to follow your own dreams, in fact it is a necessity in life, and it is OK to question what you are doing and it is so OK to feel anxious and worried… Just know that your family and friends are there to help you on your way.