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3 Books I’ve Enjoyed Recently

I’ve always loved reading, ever since I can remember. I used to be the most excited kid in the world when those book fairs came to school, do you remember those bad boys?

I used to save up for ages and come home with the latest Jacqueline Wilson book and oddly, a Goosebumps, that I never used to read, because I’d absolutely crap myself, but y’know it was cool to buy them, so I did, and pretended to read them, until someone asked you your favourite part.. err the first page?!

Nightmare.

However, that all changed when I went to Comprehensive School, because of you, y’know, boys and things, also good ol’ MSN messenger came a callin’ and well, I got busy being an adult, or at least trying to be, anyway.

But I miss being absorbed in to a book and believing those characters are real for those hours that you spend reading it, so I set myself a goal to read more, and well it’s going pretty damn well, so I thought I’d share some little gems I’ve been reading recently..

THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN

OH MY GOD. Before I begin, get the tissues at the ready. It’s bloody beautiful, sad, thought provoking and well, it gives you all the feels. Read it immediately!! I actually didn’t buy this book, my boyfriend’s lovely Mum got me this little gem for my birthday, and well I applaud her! She pre-warned me it was sad, so I thought I’d read a few pages every day.. well that didn’t go to plan. 3 hours later and I’m wondering where my day has gone, but in the best way!

The story follows the life and death of a maintenance man named Eddie. In a heroic attempt to save a little girl from being killed by an amusement park ride that is about to fall, Eddie is killed and sent to Heaven, where he encounters five people who had a significant impact upon him while he was alive.

It really makes you think about the people you meet in your life and the impact they have – GOODBYE NEGATIVE PEOPLE. It’s absolutely perfect for these cosy autumn nights in, where you really don’t want to leave the house.

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CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC

So admittedly, I’m a bit late to the party with those one, but MY GOD I’M SO GLAD I FOUND IT! It’s the first one in a series of books, and has actually been made in to a film, which I’ve saw multiple times, because hello Hugh Dancy.

However, I thought I’d give the original book a try, since I loved the film so much and I was not disappointed!

The book is utterly fantastic, hilarious and just god damn brilliant. Sophie Kinsella is just the queen of chick flicks!

Seriously, if you want to be snorting with laughter, read it. However, it does have the opposite effect of the main character and actually makes you want to go shopping – problem? Errrr, I think not!

So if you’ve been living under a bit of a rock, much like me, it focuses on the main character Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist, who is in a serious amount of debt, in her quest to find romance, her dream job, financial freedom, oh and the perfect Denny and George scarf!

We’re with you girl. 

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I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER

Following on in my chick-lit theme, (can you tell me favourite type of novels yet?!) I had to go on the search to find some more Sophie Kinsella books, because hello, she’s a genius.
(And yes, I’ve read the rest of the shopaholic series)

I snapped this one up during my weekly Tesco shop, with the plan to have a sofa day, with a massive mug of hot chocolate, with my favourite throw wrapped around me. As snug as a bug, in a rug, y’know?

Alas, I feel asleep before even picking up the book, because it was seriously freaking comfy, but when I woke up, I realised my plan for the day and actually picked the book up, safe to say it was brilliant. I even downloaded a copy on my audible account, so I could listen to it at the gym – lol, on my drive to work.

It’s a fantastic story, very romantic-comedy, but with plenty of laughs, just as you’d expect from Sophie Kinsella. Seriously, she’s my favourite author now.

I loved it, and got some strange laughs on my commute to work, when I was snorting coffee out my nose, attractive, I know!

 

It follows the story of the adorable, Poppy Wyatt, who loses her engagement ring, which has been in her fiancé’s family for three generations (shit), on the day that his parents arrive from the US and also ends up losing her phone. (Awkward) She finds an abandoned phone in a bin and decides to keep it so that the hotel where she lost her ring can phone her if they find it. However, the owner, businessman Sam Roxton wants it back and Poppy and Sam find that their lives become increasingly entangled.

If you fancy a light-hearted read, you won’t be disappointed.

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Let me know your favourite reads!

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  • I’ll definitely have to check out some of these, great post!

    • JessEllen

      Thanks Holly! 🙂 Let me know if you read any! x

  • Loved the shopaholic series! Have downloaded the five people you meet in heaven – will let you know what I think!

    • JessEllen

      Ahhh, it’s fantastic isn’t it? I just love Becky Bloomwood! I want her to be my best friend. Ha! Ooh yes, please do!! It’s lovely! x

  • Ive heard the shopaholic story is good, might try and find this 🙂 x

    • JessEllen

      Oh my gosh! It’s brilliant! You won’t be sorry, but be prepared to lose large chunks of free time ha! x

  • I like Sophie Kinsella books, yet to read a poor one!

    • JessEllen

      Same here, Helen! She’s fantastic!!! xx