[Book Talk] My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

my-not-so-perfect-lifeBook Details:

Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
Read: February 2017


Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.

Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

My Thoughts

Whenever I start a new Sophie Kinsella book I wonder, is this going to be the one Sophie Kinsella book I hate? And you know what? It NEVER happens! She’s amazing! And within just a few pages of reading a new book, I fall in love with the writing, the characters, and just with Sophie in general. Her books are taking over an entire shelf on my bookcase and I’m so happy about it. My mom used to love Danielle Steele and I feel like Sophie Kinsella will be my Danielle Steele.

This book was amazing. I loved Katie — Kat — and her struggles trying to find out who she is and make her mark on the world. I loved her boss and her love interest, and everything they went through together. Her boss was definitely like something out of The Devil Wears Prada, but I feel like the whole book was about not judging a book by its cover. It’s like Facebook — everything can seem perfect on the outside, or by what we post to share with friends, but we’re all just human underneath and we all have struggles.

I loved everything about this book, but I think my favourite thing was that I felt like I was there. When Katie was in London, I felt like I was there with her, and when she was on the farm, I felt like I was there, too. I could picture it all in my head, and I could feel the breeze on my face. I know it sounds cheesy, but Sophie Kinsella just writes such a good story that I can’t help getting sucked up into it. And now that I’ve finished, I want her next book to be released soon. I look forward to everything she puts out and she will definitely always be on my auto-buy list and a favourite author!

[Book Talk] The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty

the-hypnotists-love-storyBook Details:

Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Read: February 2017


For fans of Emily Giffin, another wonderful book from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, THE HUSBAND’S SECRET…

Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who works out of the eccentric beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents. It’s a nice life, except for her tumultuous relationship history. She’s stoic about it, but at this point, Ellen wouldn’t mind a lasting one. When she meets Patrick, she’s optimistic. He’s attractive, single, employed, and best of all, he seems to like her back. Then comes that dreaded moment: He thinks they should have a talk.

Braced for the worst, Ellen is pleasantly surprised. It turns out that Patrick’s ex-girlfriend is stalking him. Ellen thinks, Actually, that’s kind of interesting. She’s dating someone worth stalking. She’s intrigued by the woman’s motives. In fact, she’d even love to meet her.

Ellen doesn’t know it, but she already has.

My Thoughts

I’m starting to realize that Liane Moriarty’s books aren’t fast-paced thrill rides. They have an element of thrill to them, that bit of mystery to keep the reader hooked on the story, but it’s definitely a slow burn. I haven’t enjoyed everything I’ve read by her, but some of her stories just intrigue me so much that I can’t put them down and this one, with the premise being about Ellen in her happy relationship, inconvenienced by her boyfriend’s crazy stalker, kept me wanting to read the story to find out what was going to happen, even though it really wasn’t overly exciting.

While the whole story could have gone any other way — I mean, it is about a stalker, and Patrick’s ex definitely has a crazy side — I found that it went the way of moving on, friendship, loyalty, etc. It was different than what I thought it would be and while I enjoyed the story as a whole, I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. There were lots of things I thought would happen that never did and I just can’t figure out if that’s good or bad. Patrick was dreadfully boring and all too agreeing with Ellen, and yet she remained happy. Their relationship took an interesting turn at a few points, but even though the book is supposedly about Ellen, with her being the hypnotist, it kind of isn’t.

Anyway, I feel like I rambled on incoherently about my thoughts on the story and they really do remain jumbled. I’m still not sure if I really like Liane Moriarty’s books or not, but she definitely has me interested. And I was creeped out at certain points of the story. I didn’t love it, not as much as I’ve loved previous books, but it was still a good read.

[Book Talk] When I Fall In Love by Miranda Dickinson

when-i-fall-in-loveBook Details:

Format: Audiobook
Source: Bought
Read: January 2017


Elsie Maynard never expected to be starting again…

…but eighteen months on from the biggest challenge of her life, she is doing just that –because she made a promise to the person who believed in her the most.

Determined to step into her uncertain future, Elsie meets handsome Oliver Hogarth, who seems intent on winning her heart; she inadvertently founds a choir, and overcomes obstacles – most of which involve arrogant Torin Stewart.

Then a heartfelt request brings her to Paris – and the final item on ‘The List’ that she never dared complete.

Can Elsie follow her heart and put her past to rest?

My Thoughts

Oh my goodness, I loved this book! I think I had found it when I was looking for Christmas books and the requests always seemed to take me to British authors. I had some credits to use up at Audible and thought I’d get one of the higher rated titles with a credit and I was so glad I picked this title! I think I’ve found a new favourite author in Miranda Dickinson.

What did I love about this book? What’s NOT to love? The narration was amazing and so British, which I loved – as was the book. I loved all of the characters, all of them in love or searching for love, but in the meantime they decided to form a choir. Being a music lover, this was great. I only thought I was missing out by not hearing any of their renditions via audiobook (seriously, how cool would that be?). There’s loss, love, friendship, relationships between siblings and parents … I loved it all. And the romance! This was a bit of a tricky book with that, since I don’t want to give anything away, but the romance was good – so freaking sweet and lovely. It was nice that it wasn’t just a silly chick lit novel, but there was some major heartbreaking substance to it.

I can’t wait to read more by Miranda – she’s right up there with my favourites, Sophie Kinsella, Lucy Diamond, Jenny Colgan. If I wasn’t on a book buying ban, I would totally go and buy all of her books right now! As it is, I can see myself requesting lots of them from the library!