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Monday, 22 April 2019

Why I Love Book Depository: 5 Reasons Why You Will Too

Why I Love Book Depository: 5 Reasons Why You Will Too


Before we jump into today's post I need to let you know that I'm an affiliate for Book Depository which means I'll earn a small compensation if you buy though the links in the post. That said, I'd be doing this post even if I wasn't an affiliate for them because Book Depository is awesome! 

What is Book Depository?

This is what they have to say about themselves:

Book Depository (bookdepository.com) is a leading international book retailer with a unique offer -- over 20 million books and free delivery worldwide (with no minimum spend).
We ship thousands of books every day from our fulfillment centres in Gloucester, United Kingdom, and Melbourne, Australia, to more than 130 countries across the world -- displaying prices in 26 different local currencies.
Our vision is to provide “All Books Available to All” by improving selection, access and affordability of books.
Book Depository was acquired by Amazon in 2011. 

Why I Love Book Depository


1. Free shipping worldwide


Book Depository offers FREE international shipping. Now I'm pretty sure that is a plus for anyone but for people like me that live in countries where English language books are limited, and often expensive, it's a HUGE bonus. 

I recently went to one of the big name bookstores here in Rome and found a book from my wish list. I found the same book on Book Depository for much less.



2. Fast Delivery


Book Depository also has one of the best delivery services I've ever come across. Not only is it free, it's fast too! 

The Italian postal system is not great. In fact, to be completely honest with you, it sucks... big time. Despite this, Book Depository always manages to get my orders delivered to me in a matter of days. 

Even when I placed an order on 12th December for The Snowman, the book arrived in time for Christmas. My kids love reading along with the audio CD included with the book. Italian postal system + Christmas and it got here on time. That's as close to a miracle at you can get! 

The books are always well packaged and in perfect condition. 

3. Bookmarks


With my recent orders Book Depository have gifted me some free bookmarks too as an added bonus. 

I'm looking forward to seeing what ones I get with my next orders. I collect bookmarks so this is a lovely extra for me. 

4. Great Selection of Books


With over 20 million books available on site there's plenty to suit everyone's reading tastes. 

They have a great selection of books available for pre-order too.

5. Affiliate Program


As I mentioned at the start of this post, Book Depository has an affiliate program. This is great news for book bloggers as it means we can earn a little commission on the books we post about. 

When you sign up you get an affiliate link. Mine is https://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=JoLinsdell. Whenever someone buys a book by using your affiliate link you get a commission. 

Why I Love Book Depository: 5 Reasons Why You Will Too

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Friday, 19 April 2019

Series I'm Obsessed With: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes



Book Series I'm Obsessed With: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes


I recently talked about my book obsession with the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. This week I'm sharing my love for the Me Before You series by Jojo Moyes. 

Warning some small spoilers ahead for those of you that haven't read the series yet.

Reasons Why I love the Me Before You series:



1) All the feels


This series ripped out my heart and stomped all over it, but at the same time made me laugh, made me think about life, and had me screaming at the pages. It was a roller-coaster of emotion all the way through.

2) Great characters



This series had a colourful cast of characters, each bringing their own something to the story. 



Each one of them seemed real. They were complete characters, quirks and all. 



3) Thought provoking

This is definitely a series that makes you think. It'll have you questioning your beliefs, and wondering what you would do if you were ever in the same situations. 

This series deals with some heavy topics, but it does so beautifully. It had me wanting to hate Will but at the same time feeling sorry for him and understanding why he did what he did.

Louisa has to make some big decisions as she goes through her journey of self discovery. It really made me think more about my own life and what I want to do. 

This is a series that stays with you long after you've finished reading it. 


Favourite characters:

Louisa Clark - The protagonist of the series that I couldn't help but fall in love with. Lou is a simple girl that grows so much, and on so many levels, throughout the series. I also loved her colourful, sense of style. 


Ambulance Sam - Can anyone say fictional crush? Sam is awesome. Good looking, kind, patient, caring, understanding... this man is the whole package. He did lose points briefly in Still Me but regained his yummy status back by the end. 

Camilla Traynor- I loved seeing the different sides of her character as the series progressed. At first she came across as cold and uncaring but her real character comes out slowly as the story moves forward. 


Some of My Favourite Quotes:

“You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” - Me Before You

“Some mistakes... Just have greater consequences than others. But you don't have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You, Clark, have the choice not to let that happen.” 
- Me Before You

“I will never, ever regret the things I've done. Because most days, all you have are places in your memory that you can go to.” 
- Me Before You

“You are scored on my heart,Clark. You were from the first day you walked in,with your ridiculous clothes and your complete inability to ever hide a single thing you felt.” 
- Me Before You

“The thing about being catapulted into a whole new life--or at least, shoved up so hard against someone else's life that you might as well have your face pressed against their window--is that it forces you to rethink your idea of who you are. Or how you might seem to other people.” - Me Before You

“You learn to live with it, with them. Because they do stay with you, even if they’re not living, breathing people any more. It’s not the same crushing grief you felt at first, the kind that swamps you, and makes you want to cry in the wrong places, and get irrationally angry with all the idiots who are still alive when the person you love is dead. It’s just something you learn to accommodate. Like adapting around a hole. I don’t know. It’s like you become … a doughnut instead of a bun” - After You

“Books are what teach you about life. Books teach you empathy. But you can’t buy books if you barely got enough to make rent. So that library is a vital resource! You shut a library, Louisa, you don’t just shut down a building, you shut down hope.” - Still Me

“There is a great consolation in simply doing something you love.” - Still Me

“Know first who you are and then adore yourself accordingly.” - Still Me


My reviews of the books:

Me Before You

After You

Still Me

Have you read this series? Who were your favourite characters? 

Not read them yet? Grab your copies here:







Book Series I'm Obsessed With: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes


You might also like: Book VS Film: Me Before You

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Book vs Film: Me Before You


If you've been following my blog posts you'll know that I loved the whole Me Before You series of books. 

In case you missed them you can find my book reviews of each book here: Me Before You, After You, and Still Me.

When I had just finished reading the first book, Me Before You, they showed the film version on the TV. Obviously I had to watch it. 

Book VS Film


Watch the video to see what I thought of the film adaption of what has become one of my favourite books. 

 

The film of Me Before You was directed by Thea Sharrock and won the 43rd People's Choice Awards for Favourite Dramatic Movie in 2016

The cast:

Louisa Clark: Emilia Clarke

William Traynor: Sam Claflin

Camilla Traynor: Janet McTeer (in my opinion the the best casting choice of all the characters)

Stephen Traynor: Charles Dance

Katrina Clark: Jenna Coleman

Patrick: Matthew Lewis

Nathan Steve Peacocke 


Book vs Film: Me Before You




I'd love to hear what you thought of the Me Before You book series and the film adaption. Which characters do you think were cast well? What did they get right/wrong in the film adaption in your opinion?

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Monday, 15 April 2019

Book Review: Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Book Review: Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Why I loved Still Me by Jojo Moyes



You can find my reviews of the previous books in this series here: 








Book Review: Still Me by Jojo Moyes
Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She has been hired by the superrich Gopniks—Leonard and his unhappy, much younger second wife, Agnes—and finds herself amid a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. But Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and this very privileged New York life. 


As Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets—not all her own—that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?






Some of my favourite quotes:


“Books are what teach you about life. Books teach you empathy. But you can’t buy books if you barely got enough to make rent. So that library is a vital resource! You shut a library, Louisa, you don’t just shut down a building, you shut down hope.” 

“I had a choice. I was Louisa Clark from New York or Louisa Clark from Stortfold. Or there might be a whole other Louisa I hadn’t yet met. The key was making sure that anyone you allowed to walk beside you didn’t get to decide which you were, and pin you down like a butterfly in a case. The key was to know that you could always somehow find a way to reinvent yourself again.” 

“I thought about how you’re shaped so much by the people who surround you, and how careful you have to be in choosing them for this exact reason, and then I thought, despite all that, in the end maybe you have to lose them all in order to truly find yourself.” 

“There is a great consolation in simply doing something you love.” 

“It's almost impossible to feel crap after eating a really great spaghetti bolognese.” 

“I felt something rise inside me then, a feeling of joy and anticipation so great that it seemed as if this world had briefly stopped turning, like there was just me and the universe and a million good things that could happen if you only hung on in there.” 






Book Review: Still Me by Jojo Moyes


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