Me Before You

-Review-

Hello lovelies.

Well this is finally getting posted!

Here is my first book review on the blog. I promise with these reviews to either avoid any spoilers or at least give fair warning of them, go in depth about the story line (more than the blurbs) and give you my honest and critical thoughts.

I’m so excited to do this review. I’ve read so many myself and now its my turn to have my say.

So let’s start with  ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes.


This novel introduces us to the main character and narrator-Louisa Clark. A 26 year old going no where in life who suddenly lands a job she never imagined after becoming unemployed.

The job is essentially acting as a companion to a man named Will Traynor who is a quadriplegic. As you can predict this is a romantic story but that’s all I’ll say for now.

Here’s my first problem with the book. It’s quite predictable. Sure from the blurb you can tell she will have her life ‘turned upside down, have a major epiphany and of course fall in love- but a sort of forbidden love’. Typical easy read rom-com read.

My next issue is the the context of the characters circumstances. I mean seriously Jojo Moyes. You decided to write about a 26 year old no where near ready to walk down the aisle with no degree and basically living her life through her boyfriend before letting her be controlled by another whom she falls in love with but can’t have a future with. This man being the one who pushed her to step out of her comfort zone, use her brain and actually look at her life and all the possibilities it contains.

I don’t necessarily love the idea of allowing someone to make you happy or to tell you what to do with your life etc… but I can get past it if I feel that this person makes you a better you, and Will Traynor did just that for Louisa.

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The other problem though is that he couldn’t stick around,he couldn’t reciprocate the feelings, not truly. It’s like she’s a dog, he put the lead on her but didn’t take her for a walk. (weirdest reference i know but stick with me here!)

This book was good. But just that…good, not great, not inspiring not a spectacular profound change your life read. It wasn’t a complex read. It was written well though. I appreciated getting inside Lou’s mind and getting to know the characters from her point of view.

I can’t completely shut it down though. I did skim through it quickly and I did laugh at parts. This is a heartwarming story-line, and for that I would still recommend others to give it a read. There were moments where Lou was sassy and I loved it! This is where the character really shined, in my opinion and Moyes’ skillful writing showed.

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I’ll even admit I teared up at the end, well not quite the ending but rather the epilogue. I won’t say much more hear just that if you’ve read the book you’ll understand what I mean here.

Despite my critic I was looking forward to see what comes next for Lou in ‘After You’. I’ll be doing a review on this novel too, it’s only fitting right?! And actually I loved this book, so much more than the first so keep your eyes out for that!

With all that said I give this book a solid 3 stars ***

Until next time!

xo

-G

P.s comment below what you’re currently reading or what’s next on your book-list

*photo credits to google images and myself, edits done by me*
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A lady of literature.

“Reading is dreaming with open eyes”

So this weekend I have had a revelation of sorts. I stumbled upon booktube. For those that aren’t aware there are a multitude of youtube accounts created by booklovers dedicated to sharing their opinions and recommendations on the literary works they have read. And it’s quite magical.

I can’t believe I never knew about all of these videos. I honestly feel like an idiot for never looking up a review to a book I had read or intended to read before now.

This is definitely a place I want to be a part of.

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If you don’t know I am an English student. I am a lover of books and thoroughly enjoy the experience of delving into a new world on the comfort of my couch with a cup of tea.

Since finding booktube and also joining Goodreads (How and I mean HOW did I not sign up to this app sooner?!) I have a looooong list of books that I’m more than eager to read.

So I’ve decided that today I’m going to share with you the list of books I intend to read in the next few months. This is just the start though,  the list will surely continue to grow!

1.After You by Jojo Moyes  (I’ve already read Me before you earlier this summer)

 

2.Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

3. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

4.  We don’t know what we’re doing by Thomas Morris

5. A little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

6. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

7. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

8.Ctrl Alt Delete by Emma

9. It’s kind of a funny story by Ned Vizzini

10.The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

I plan on doing reviews on all of these books as soon as I finish them. I really want to introduce these type of opinion posts to the blog as well as film reviews.

If you want to follow me along with my reading then you can check out my Goodreads account at gurlthinking.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/58601492

Happy Reading!

-G

p.s… Please let me know in the comments what books you love and recommend, what you’re currently reading and what your Goodreads username is, I’d love to follow more accounts.

Summer Time

Hello lovelies.

So my last post, while I found it good to do a more intense real life type post I thought I would do a more chill down time snappy read one today.

But if you did like what you read first all thank you! And second of all there’s definitely more to come.

So here’s the things that make up a great summers day for me…

In no particular order leeego… 🙂

1. Good Reading Material

So for some reason I do most of my book/novel reading in the summer time.

I just find it so relaxing to take a break from my phone and fall into another world. Focus more on the characters problems than my own 😄

These are a few books on my summer reading list:



2. The Playlist🎶🎶

Very very important. What is summer without the tunes that turn  our days into movie scenes.

Spotify is my go to for music. There’s so much to choose from. Now I am a cheapskate so I have to deal with the ads and a limited number of skips. But besides this barely tolerable factor I like using the app.

This playlist is a working progress but I’ll suggest it here anyways. A for effort 😄

Now this one isn’t mine but there’s a good variety of club summer like tunes here. ☀️
And who doesn’t love a bit of throwback to the old favourites.


*For more see my Spotify @gurlthinking. Also some playlists are collaborative so feel free to add to them!

3.The shades.

Sunglasses are my favourite accessory, along with chokers. And when the sun breaks through the sky you have to have the perfect pair so as not to let down your cute ass outfit, consisting of white de-stressed shorts, basic tee and maybe even a kimono.  These are some of my faves, ones I own and some you can buy online.

These are from Charlotte Russe

 

Primark/Penneys

Unfortunately I don’t have links to these but below are two sunnies I have my eyes on!

Image 1 of Quay Australia Class of 89 Round Mirror Lens Sunglasses

LOVE these!

http://www.asos.com/quay-australia/quay-australia-class-of-89-round-mirror-lens-sunglasses/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6525318&clr=Black&SearchQuery=sunglasses&pgesize=36&pge=3&totalstyles=773&gridsize=3&gridrow=10&gridcolumn=2

 

Image 1 of Hindsight Vintage Round Metal Sunglasses

http://www.asos.com/hindsight-vintage/hindsight-vintage-round-metal-sunglasses/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6396480&clr=Tortsilver&SearchQuery=sunglasses&pgesize=36&pge=3&totalstyles=773&gridsize=3&gridrow=8&gridcolumn=3

4. Hurr

I’m very lazy when it comes to my hair. I don’t like doing too much with it or putting too much product on it. I like to have it very natural looking. A new fave of mine is sea salt spray. This emphasises the waves my hair already has, but giving it more volume and a soft feel and textured look.

I use the Tony and Guy Casual Sea Salt Spray. It’s a 75ml bottle that I have-perfect for travelling. It lasts me a while too because I don’t use that much at a time. I use this after I’ve washed my hair while it’s still damp, it doesn’t work with dry-trust me! 🙂

 

 

So that’s all I think of for now. I thought this would be a fun post to share what I love during the summer.

ByEEEEE

-G xo

Mayhem?

Well hello there lovelies!

I feel so tired from this month- May has certainly used up a lot of my energy and kept my mind buzzing.

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The first week of May marked the end of my first year in college…WaaaaaaT! It doesn’t seem real, I keep asking myself where that year went. I already have made lots of plans for my second year already! This includes planning events for the NUI Galway Style Society, the society blog and other groups I’m volunteering for.

One things for sure, I am very happy to see the end of all the study. The Leaving cert’s will hate me for saying that but don’t worry guys ye’re almost there!Watch this space because in August I’ll be doing a post about what to expect when you start college. 🙂

The high of finishing exams was also met with warm welcome of the sunny summer weather Ireland saw at the weekend (of that first week).


My brother was home from England for a couple of days so I stayed at home hanging with the family and getting my tan on. Some days my snapchat read 17/18’c but I swear it would feel hotter. We went for a brunch on the Sunday to this cafe in Galway called Tosnú. It’s on Abbeygate street beside the juice cafe raw. The staff are so lovely, they do an all-day breakfast AND it’s very reasonable, you could even say student pocket friendly. Unfortunately I forgot to take snaps of the menu or my meal but I will be back and hopefully will remember to then!

Now the beginning of my summer holidays also marked something else- the rush to get a job. I won’t go on and on about this because you’ll all know about it by now from my past posts. But there have been some signs of hope…This week I have been going to a few different trials at businesses around Galway. I want to talk about this again though because I’m thinking of doing a few tips posts about job hunting, interview clothing attire and I want to do a CV how to post also.

Long story short, it was a really great experience to work for a day in these places; I went to a retail shop, cafe’s and I did a group interview also. This was all organised and completed within the space of three days, so you can imagine by Thursday I fully understood the meaning of the word exhausted. Now I just have to play the waiting game and hope that  get that call! I was told it could be a few days so I’m trying not to glue my eyes to my phone-well, no more than usual at least 🙂

May Loving

-Television-

Well this is too easy. My reality tv obsession is definitely being attended to with the juicy drama of shows such as Made in Chelsea, Geordie Shore and the return of The Hills to Mtv (just a re-run not new episodes). What more could I ask for! I’ve also fallen for First Dates Ireland which is so cute and cheesy, it really reinforces my love of the Irish humour and the special characters that live on this island. The bad news that May TV brought was the finale of season 12 of Grey’s Anatomy. ***SPOILER ALERT*** who else is absolutely shipping Riggs and Mer, and oh my the intense birth of Jackson and April’s baby<it’s a girl aww 🙂 > wonder what they’ll call her?!

Literally my face while I’m watching (Steph/lucy drama was !!!!) S11 is the most dramatic yet I f***ing love it 😀

-Fashion-

Now that the sunshine has arrived- on and off yes but still it’s there- I have returned to my love for sunglasses. For my birthday my sister bought me these gorgeous mirror silver shades from the thrift market in Galway, they’re from a local Galway business called Cotton Face Vintage (Link below). My birthday was in September, but I didn’t want to waste these sunnies on dreary days of no sunshine. I put them away to save them for the summer and now they are out and shining! I’m not 100% sure but I think they cost €15 but don’t hold me to that, I’m sure if you message Sinead at Cotton Face she’ll let you know!

FB link: https://www.facebook.com/shopcottonface/ and http://www.cotton-face.com/

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-Reading-

I do the bulk of my book reading this time of year. I actually have a summer booklist that I’m putting together for June/July/August. I  might even do a post about it. Currently though I’m reading ‘Lucky’ by Alice Sebold. She also wrote the book ‘The Lovely Bones’. This story is about when she was raped while in her first year of college. I haven’t finished it yet but I will say that it is an intense read and I will warn you that there is graphic imagery. On my to read list is actually the popular book ‘The Luckiest Girl Alive’ by Jessica Knoll, which also deals with a girl dealing with her youth past and her rape. Unbeknown to readers at first this book is actually based on Knoll’s own experience of her being raped. I would recommend as preparation for this book that you read Sebold’s. If you’ve read either of these let me know what you thought of them in the comments below but please *NO SPOILERS!*

-Spending my time…-

Blogging and taking pics. I have to say I am really proud of the pictures I took for the post about the facial scrub. My dad has a Canon EOS 1100D camera and lately especially I’ve really been enjoying whipping it out and posing objects and taking pics. Don’t get me wrong, the iphone camera is very good, but there’s something special about taking a quality professional camera and just snapping away. It’s so fun and allows me to be so creative, in a different way writing allows me to. And because the days are longer means more opportunities to snap the day away. I also feel like good quality pictures will elevate my blog.

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I don’t yet have plans for June. I’m hoping that I’ll be working, blogging, doing more photography and enjoying myself.

Oh and more sunshine so I can get a proper tan 🙂

Did you do anything interesting this May? I’d love to hear, or even list some ideas on how to spend the summer!

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Laters Lovelies,

-G xo