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Gloomy Weather Book Recommendations


There’s something about gloomy weather that my brain links with scary stories. So as soon as the skies start darkening early and my nose starts to feel frostbitten after a twenty second venture outdoors, my bookshelf antics turn to the fearful. If you, too, enjoy the pull of the creep, here are some recommendations on what to read…

… And how best to read them.

Recently Reading // 7 Mini Book Reviews

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There are currently three books in my bag. One in my work desk. I have no idea how many on my shelves at home. And seven that I am about to review. It’s possible I read too much.

If you are looking for something new to get you through the colder months (hallelujah Autumn) one of the following may – or may not, there have been a couple of those too – be for you…

After You Book Review

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I loved a man who had opened up a world to me but hadn’t loved me enough to stay in it

― Jojo Moyes, After You

Long before Emilia Clarke’s eyebrows tried to break free of her face, there was a tearjerker of a novel named Me Before You. Funny, touching and ultimately heartbreaking, Me Before You was a huge hit, and a story I got very very into. (Full disclosure: Thanks to the movie trailer I can no longer listen to this song without feeling weepy. Almost related: Ed Sheerchin.)

Me Before You Book Review


All I can say is that you make me… you make me into someone I couldn’t even imagine. You make me happy, even when you’re awful. I would rather be with you – even the you that you seem to think is diminished – than with anyone else in the world.
― Jojo MoyesMe Before You

I literally sobbed when I read this book, I feel it’s important that I start with that – tissues are a massive requirement, and you might leave feeling as though your heart has been through a blender… but it’s worth it, in my opinion. The way One Day was worth it back in 2009, a story from which I still haven’t fully recovered.

Me Before You, an international phenomenon that I picked up this weekend having just become obsessed with the movie trailer, follows the story of 26 year old Lou, a small towner with a quirky dress sense and a can do attitude, as she loses her job at local cafe, The Buttered Bun, and is forced to reconsider her career options. A few trips to the job centre via a chicken factory and the suggestion of pole dancing leads her to Will, a former fast living quadriplegic with one steadfast mission – to take his own life.

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