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This Week In Books (March 30th)

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This Week In Books is a great meme hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found where you sum-up what you’ve been reading during the week.

My growing TBR has made it hard for me to choose which books to pick this week!

∧ Then ∧ Me Before You, Jojo Moyes

Is a blurb still needed? 🙂
I am still unsure of what happened between me and this book. I read it in two days and felt absolutely nothing. Nada. No tears. No sadness. Nothing at all. Everything was there though; nice characters, a good storyline (even if not original) a sad ending. This mix should have made me feel something. I liked it, but I could not connect to the story. I suspect my recent medical issues to have built up a gigantic wall against my emotions to help me deal with what’s going on. Either that or I’m a heartless monster. I can’t say I’m disappointed in the book, I am disappointed in myself for missing out on the story.

Rating: 3/5

≈ Now ≈ The Ex, Alafair Burke / Theft, A Love Story, Peter Carey

I’ve got 50 pages left on The Ex, and enjoying it tremendously. I love the struggle Olivia finds herself in.

Blurb for Theft:
Michael “Butcher” Boone is an ex-“really famous” painter, now reduced to living in a remote country house and acting as caretaker for his younger brother, Hugh. Alone together they’ve forged a delicate equilibrium, a balance instantly destroyed when a mysterious young woman named Marlene walks out of a rainstorm and into their lives. Beautiful, smart, and ambitious, she’s also the daughter-in-law of the late great painter Jacques Liebovitz. Soon Marlene sets in motion a chain of events that could be the making–or the ruin–of them all.

This was a random pick from the library. It turns out the Canadian and Australian authors are on the same shelf and I came across this one while looking for Margaret Atwood. I chose it because of the neat white cover (I know, never judge a book by its cover, but I love living dangerously!). I only have read the opening so I can’t really give any judgement yet.

∨ Next ∨ After You, Jojo Moyes

Blurb:
Lou Clark has lots of questions.
Like how it is she’s ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places.
Or why the flat she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home.
Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago.
And will she ever get over the love of her life.
What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change.
Then, one night, it does.
But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for – or just more questions?
Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe.
Open it and she risks everything.
But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she’s going to keep it, she has to invite them in . . .

I did like the story and the characters created by Moyes, so I have decided to read the sequel fast enough to see if there is something to save or if I should just get a heart.

Have you read any of those books? What’s next on your reading list?
Happy reading!

19 thoughts on “This Week In Books (March 30th)

  1. I felt the same way about Me Before You! I did ugly cry at the end but I agree, there was nothing really special about the story. I think it might’ve just been wayyyy overhyped for me and it just couldn’t live up to the expectations I had.

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    1. I was surprised about how detached I felt all the way, and this is the only explanation I found :-/ I hope to get over this to fully appreciate my next books. I’ll check your post now! 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

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  2. Sorry you didn’t like Me Before You,I liked it.I didn’t know there’s a sequel,I hope to find it.

    Can’t share my link because I’m using my phone now but recently read November 9,currently reading Anna and the French Kiss and Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers 🙂

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    1. I didn’t know about the sequel either, then I stumbled upon it right after I finished Me Before You and thought it’d be great not to wait before reading it. I checked your posts 🙂 I’m really looking forward to reading November9 but Anna and the French Kiss will have to wait, I have more urgent reads 🙂 Happy reading!

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  3. Me Before You didn’t move my hugely either. You’re not a monster! I guessed pretty early on how it was all going to turn out and so didn’t get upset. I thought it was good, well-written, but I didn’t love it as much as many people seem to. I’m not sure I’ll read After You because I liked where we left Lou at the end of book 1 and like to imagine her still swanning around Paris having a nice time.

    Thanks for visiting my WWW (https://clairehuston.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/www-wednesday-30th-march-2016/) and happy reading!

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    1. I’m relieved! I’m not alone! 🙂 I was questioning my reaction as I could not really point any flaws but could not connect to it nonetheless. True, the ending of Me Before You was on point and sequel can ruin that. I’m hoping for some emotional reaction this time, we’ll see! Happy reading!

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  4. Thank you for not being blown away my Me Before You; it makes me feel less bad of thinking the same after I finished it. It’s not a bad story, but like you I couldn’t really connect to it. I recently got a copy of The Ex, so it’s good to hear you are enjoying it! I hope you’ll enjoy your books this week. 🙂

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    1. Glad I’m not the only one who had a connection problem with Me Before You! I hope you’ll enjoy The Ex when you get to it, I’m glad to say it did not disappoint me 🙂 Happy reading!

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  5. Oh my, there are 2 polarising opinions on this book, I haven’t read it yet but I’ve been holding out mainly because I am not prepared for an emotional book! I guess I have to adjust my expectations on how emotional I’ll feel 🙂

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