Sophie’s Book Club #7 & GIVEAWAY

It has been an embarrassingly long time since I have done a book post. However, to make up for the loss, I am making this one extra special. You’ll see how, at the end.

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Jojo Moyes- The Girl you left behind

‘In 1916 French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to go fight at the front. When her town falls into German hands, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything…Nearly a century later, 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. ‘ Copied from the back of the book, so you really get a feel for what its about and don’t have to guess from my what-would-not-do-it-justice-summary.

I LOVED this book. Having read a couple of Jojo Moyes’ books before I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed. I really loved how it was set in two different time periods and I really got attached to the characters. It got to a point in the book where I was really torn and could see the situation from both sides. I didn’t know what the outcome would be and that’s what made it such an addictive read.

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Laura Marshall- Friend Request

‘Maria Weston wants to be friends with me. Maybe that had been the problem all along: Maria Weston had wanted to be friends with me, but I let her down. She’s been hovering at the edge of my consciousness for all of my adult life, although I’ve been good at keeping her out, just a blurred shadow in the corner of my eye, almost but not quite out of sight. Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston has been dead for more than twenty five years.’

I actually bought this book at the airport but because the flight wasn’t very long I didn’t get a good way through it. When we got home, my Mum started reading it too. Let me tell you, its difficult to share an addictive book. Neither of us wanted to put it down. Of course, I finished first, I just had to have a couple late nights. One thing we could agree on is that we both LOVED the book and neither of us were expecting the ending. We also had a few debates about our opinions on the characters. Honestly, thriller type books aren’t usually my go to but Laura Marshall has swayed me.

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On to the exciting part of this post, I want to start giving away the books I’ve read so you can enjoy them too! Starting with this one.

Heres the situation in bullet points to make it clearer…

  • Pick either ‘The Girl You Left Behind’ or ‘Friend Request’
  • Let me know in the comments which book you’d like. Leaving me a social media username (or email) so I can contact you.
  • After 24 hours (Sunday GMT 18:00). I’ll use a random name generator to pick a winner for each book.
  • You can only enter if you live in the U.K (not quite ready to do international giveaways just yet)
  • Would be much appreciated if you were following my blog. (I’m so close to 900 followers!)

Hope that all makes sense! 

Lots of Love,

Sophie

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Sophie’s Book Club #6

Ooops I may have said I was back to being fully committed to blogging but then didn’t post for over a week. But I’ve now got a list of blog posts I could do that would take me up to December, soooo I’m thinking I’m organised again.

Anyways, when I was on Holiday, I managed to read two books that I thought would be perfect to put into my book club series…

IMG_3649The first book I read was ‘Every Day’ by David Levithan. It’s about a character called ‘A’ who wakes up in a different body everyday. He doesn’t know who it will be but he already knows how to handle it; to not get too attached and to leave things as they were. Until he wakes up in a body who has a girlfriend; Rhiannon. Someone that A wants to spend more than one day with.

This book is definitely unique. It pulled on the heart strings because he couldn’t just lead a normal life but at the same time I felt immense empathy for the other characters in the book. Whilst I loved the ending of this, it’s definitely not one you’d expect, I was also left with so many questions…How does this soul/spirit/body changing happen? Why does it happen? Surely he must have a body of his own to return to? I guess that’s just the joy of reading and it can be left to your imagination. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone, and its definitely one that would spark a discussion, at least it did with my Mum and I.

 

IMG_3648The next book I read was ‘Ten Big Ones’ by Janet Evanovich. It’s about Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter, who’s next on a local gangs hit list. She’s out to find a ruthless killer, before he finds her first.

I don’t end up reading these types of books very often because they seem so hard to find. But I love how light hearted it was and after urging my Mum to read this too, she also agreed. It had us both in laughter, with both of our favourite characters being the Grandma. I found the Stephanie very relatable, because we all have times when everything seems to be going wrong. I would 100% recommend this book, it was such a great read.

Once again I don’t think I’ve done these books any justice. But let me know what you’ve been reading recently.

Love, Sophie

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Sophie’s Book Club #5

I can’t believe that the last time I did a book club post was March!? That just solidifies that I need to read a heck of a lot more books during the Summer.

Anyways, onto the couple of books I have managed to read recently…

IMG_3201I actually ended up reading Split Second by Sophie McKenzie a few months ago and really enjoyed it. The book made me a nervous wreck from start to finish. Its about a teenage girl, Charlie, who’s life gets torn apart by a terrorist attack, She meets a boy, Nat, whose family has been devastated by the attack. But once you start reading, you learn that Nat knows more about what happened than he’s letting on. I honestly think that’s all I can say about the book without giving away any spoilers. But if you like that type of fast paced, on the edge of your seat kind of story then this is one to read.

There is a sequel to this, so it does end on a bit of a cliff hanger, I haven’t read the second book yet but its definitely on my list.

IMG_3202When I saw this book in Tesco, I was so excited. It’s because I had read the first book ‘Flawed’ a while back and I couldn’t wait for the second one ‘Perfect’ to be released in April. (Okay, so I forgot about its release but I’ve got it now.) I actually did a quick review in my last book club post about ‘Flawed’, that if you want to, can read here.

Anyways, without giving anything away, the sequel carries on with Celestine’s journey being ‘Flawed’ and the unbelievable struggles she faces. This book well and truly scared me, I’m pretty sure it was a mixture of heart stopping moments and the fact that its so surreal and bizarre it scared me to think of it being our reality. I’ve loved every Cecelia Ahern book I’ve read so I knew this one was never going to disappoint.

What was the last book you read?

Love, Sophie

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Rapid Fire Book Tag

Finally, a longer post is appearing on this blog. I’m so excited to actually have the time to write this post, she says writing this post far too late in the evening. Anyways, what was even more exciting was getting tagged to do the Rapid Fire Book Tag by the lovely Hannah Grace (blog: hannahreads2001.wordpress.com). I love reading Hannah’s post, I’d like to think I haven’t missed one of her uploads yet. If you’re not already following Hannah Grace, you must definitely should.

On to the post, if you know me by now, you’ll know I need to include pictures in EVERY post, I just have to, okay, its just not complete otherwise. So as I’m answering the questions, I’ll be including pictures of some of my favourite books I own.

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1. EBooks or Physical Books?

Physical. I have tried EBooks but its just not the same. I think I just prefer having actual paper pages to turn.

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2. Paperbacks or Hardbacks?

I like both but probably paperbacks since the majority of my books are paperback.

3. Online or in store book shopping?

In store. I don’t think I’ve ever actually ordered online for books.

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4. Trilogies or Series?

Neither, I pretty much just read stand alone books.

5. Heroes or Villains?

Heroes obviously because they’re the good guys. But you have to admit Villains make the plot more interesting.

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6. A book you want everyone to read?

Flawed- Cecelia Ahern. I don’t think I will ever get over that book. I’m currently in the process of getting others to read it too.

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7. Recommend an Underrated book.

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella- I’ve mentioned this book in numerous posts now.

8. The last book I finished.

Finding Audrey– Sophie Kinsella. (I reviewed it in my most recent post of Sophie’s Book Club)

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9. Weirdest thing you have used as a book mark?

Don’t hate me, but I usually just turn the corner of the page. I think when I was younger I used a school picture when they print it off really small. Clearly that’s just vanity at its finest for you.

10. Used Books, yes or no?

YES of course, why ever not? I only occasionally have a book in mind that I want to read, that I go out and purchase. Other than that, both my Mum and I don’t mind scouring a charity shop to pick up books. Yesterday, we bought 4 books for a £1, so you can’t really go wrong with 25p a book.

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11. Top 3 Favourite Genres

Romance. Mystery. Drama.

12. Borrow or Buy?

For sure buy. I usually end up loving most books I read and as soon as I fall in love with a book I don’t tend to want to let go of it. I think it would be cool if I had someone other than my Mum to swap books with but I’d probably end up buying myself a copy of whatever I borrowed.

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13. Characters or the Plot.

I would say the characters because I do like to be able to connect to them in some way and really visualise myself from their perspective. However, if there’s no storyline going I can become disinterested very quickly. So I’d say both.

14. Long or Short Books.

Somewhere in the middle? Otherwise, if its the type of book I can’t put down then I feel like I could carry on reading it for a lifetime. At the same time if a book is too short then I get a bit disappointed because I haven’t had time to grow with the characters.

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15. Name the first three books you think of.

Me before you- jojo moyes

Paper Towns – John Green

The perks of being a wallflower- Stephen Chbosky.

16. Books that make you cry or laugh?

Cry. I know its been a good book if its managed to make me bawl.

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17. Our world or fictional worlds?

With everything going on in our world at the minute, I’d probably say fictional worlds. In the books I read there seems to be less tragedy there.

18. Audio Books yes or no?

No. Just no.

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19. Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

Hard to tell, I guess I do in some ways otherwise I’d be reading the back of every book I see.

20. Book to Movie or Book to Tv adaptation?

Book to Movie. I don’t think I’ve read a book that’s been turned into a tv series.

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Series or Standalone.

I haven’t read too many series. Usually I’m quite content with a standalone book and prefer that the author has included everything in one book.

One ‘series’ (if you can call it that) is the one by Cecelia Ahern. She’s recently brought out a sequel to ‘Flawed‘ called ‘Perfect‘ I’m so excited to read it since I adored the first. Just got to get my hands on it now…

Anyone who wants to complete this tag, feel free to!

Hope you enjoyed this blog post, its definitely a longer one. I’m currently at work whilst this is up but I’ll reply to any comments and basically just become active as soon as I can. See you soon.

Love, Sophie

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Sophie’s Book Club #3

So I started this little series during the Summer. And I do mean ‘little’ I’m pretty sure it consisted of all two posts. Within them posts I managed to read 6 books. I wanted to started it up again after having received plenty of books to read at Christmas. 

Just before Christmas, I read this beautifully written book ‘Will you Remember Me?‘ By Amanda Prowse. 

It’s about a Mother of two, who gets diagnosed with Breast cancer. The book is about the journey, and hardships she faces, especially since all she’s ever done before this was look after other people. 

I’m pretty sure through the last quarter of the book I just cried. No book has ever made me cry as much as that one did. Don’t get me wrong this book also made me laugh out loud. But DAMN this book tore at my emotions. There were some points where I just sat like “HOW COULD THAT HAPPEN”. Anyways I’m losing track of the point. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone that can have tissues to hand. 

Also FANGIRL moment…

No joke. I always freak out to my Mum if my tweets or posts get noticed. Sorry Mum, but thanks for always pretending to get as excited as me. 

The next book I finished reading last week was ‘Holding up the Universe‘ by Jennifer Niven. I had previously read ‘All the Bright Places’ and LOVED it. So I was keen to get through this one. By no means did it disappoint. 

It’s about two characters; Libby who’s going back to school after having tremoundous issues with her weight. And Jack Masselin, a cool kid in school. But he hides a secret; he can’t recognise faces.

I found myself so intrigued with the characters that, that made me read on. It made me realise that as I sit here now in my College Resource Centre I really have no idea the backgrounds of the people that surround me. It was a beautifully written book, one that I’ll remember for a very long while. 


Sophie’s Summer Book Club #1

Sophie’s Summer Book Club #2

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. I’m so grateful to have read some incredible books recently. I love writing review posts but I always feel like I can never do the book justice in what I have to say. Also, I never managed to thank you all for 600 followers. That’s crazy and a very lovely early birthday present (it’s FRIDAY IM VERY EXCITED). Anyways, see you soon. 

Love, Sophie

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June Favourites 2016

Firstly, where has this month gone? I mean I’m grateful because this means exams have finished. Anyways, its my Prom tomorrow and I’m very excited about it (also slightly nervous) and I’ve already planned two posts from the pictures I can take tomorrow. So, this month, with the whirlwind of finishing school, not knowing what to do with myself and the excitement of what’s to come, I realised I haven’t really had many favourites this month. But enjoy…

june 2016 2This is an obvious favourite to those who read my previous post. With time on my hands, I have turned to reading. I don’t feel quite so lazy if I’ve picked up a book and immersed myself into a character that’s either helped the Civil Rights Movement or solved and investigation. So far, I have read 5 books and I only officially left school 9 days ago…

Lukas Graham

I am absolutely obsessed with their album. I heard one of their songs, ‘Mama Said’ on the radio and immediately adored it. Especially after their other hit ‘7 Years’ I knew I had to see if they had any other songs. So you can imagine how happy I was to realise they had an Album! I can’t pick a favourite song because they’re all so catchy and meaningful.

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I am aware this is just a sample size/tester but until I use it all then I’m not going to go buy the bigger size (..cause I’m that cheap.) But in all seriousness, I don’t actually use a ton of this because it is quite dark for my skin tone. However, I have gained a bit of colour so my normal foundation is a bit pale for me. Therefore, I have been using this L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream to mix in with my foundation. I was honestly so happy with myself when this worked in my favour and I felt like Einstein (or some other smart person) for thinking this up. I know its not a new trick to the makeup world, but let me off, I’m slow, ok…

Itv Hub App (& Love Island)

This is two favourites in one because I use the Itv Hub App to watch my new favourite show; Love Island. I am in love with the itv app because its so handy for me to watch any shows I’ve missed. I also really like that there’s a lot less adverts which is always amazing. Furthermore, if you don’t watch Love Island you’re missing out. Personally, it would never be my type of show but I thought why not since I have all this spare time. If you do watch it, I think my favourite would be Sophie because she is just so straightforward and my favourite couple would have to be Nathan and Cara. Although, if you don’t watch Love Island you won’t have a clue what all that meant so that’s awkward… moving on.

june 2016I’m doing my own makeup for Prom and since its tomorrow I’ve been practising. I really wanted to try out false eyelashes because if you didn’t already know my natural eyelashes annoy me so much because they’re so straight. I have enjoyed trying out different ones, even after prom I think I’ll carry on wearing them because for once they give me decent eyelashes.

Hope you enjoyed this post, feel free to comment a link to your favourites post or just comment what your favourites have been this month. See you soon,

Love, Sophie

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Sophie’s Summer Book Club #1

With the long period of time I have off for Summer, I really want to have a couple of series going on, one of them being a Book Club. Every so often, I will write up a post giving my opinion of a collection of books I have recently read. Here’s the first group…(I promise no spoilers.)

summer 2The first book I picked up this Summer was ‘Me Before You‘ by Jojo Moyes. If you have no idea what this book is about (which is probably very unlikely) its been made into a movie. So instead of me trying to explain and just not doing this beautiful book justice, feel free to watch the trailer. This has definitely got to be one of my all time favourite books, the storyline is completely different to anything I’ve read. I am scared to watch it in Cinema just in case it doesn’t live up. However, I would rate this book 9/10, it is amazing but in my defence it takes a lot to make a book 10/10 for me.

summer 3The next book I read was ‘Go set a Watchman‘ by Harper Lee. I will be completely honest when I say this is a very intellectual read compared to the writing of other books I pick up. But nonetheless, I loved it, I found it so inspiring and could completely relate to the characters thought process, although with different issues at mind. Because if you don’t know this book is set in America in the 1950’s during the Civil Rights. It’s about a woman who returns home and soon realises changes that’s been made because of the progressing world she lives in. I read this book in a day and I would rate it 8/10. Personally, I adored the book, I just would have hoped for a better ending, a solution should I say,  without spoiling anything.

summer 1Finally, I finished this book yesterday which is ‘The Dress Shop Of Dreams‘ by Menna Van Praag. I started reading this book completely blinded not knowing what to expect and it did surprise me in the sense that I ended up really enjoying it. To summarise, its about a young woman who has so far cut off all emotions until she starts investigating her parent’s death. Along the way, her heart begins to open and with her Grandmother’s help she solves the case not just with her parents but in love too. I would rate this book 7/10, I couldn’t put this book down although at the start I found it difficult to keep up with the numerous characters involved. It may have just been me, but it wouldn’t stop me recommending this to anyone.

Hope you enjoyed this post. I know that I’ll be reading a plethora of books during the Summer so I thought this would be the perfect set of posts. Comment down below, any suggestions of books you’d like me to read. Or any of the three books you might have read, what did you think of them? It’s one of my favourite things having a discussion with someone about a book I’ve read.

Love, Sophie

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