Book Review: One Day by David Nicholls

One Day

‘I can imagine you at forty,’ she said, a hint of malice in her voice. ‘I can picture it right now.’

He smiled without opening his eyes. ‘Go on then.’

15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. 

So where will they be on this one day next year? 

And the year after that? And every year that follows?

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Where do I start? This has been one of my favourite reads so far during my summer and one hell of a emotional roller coaster. I applaud David Nicholls for writing such an excellent novel. It was a different and new kind of romance for me and I enjoyed every moment of this book although at one point David Nicholls was playing with my sanity and I really wanted to hunt him down and slaughter him. However, I really like the idea of the book, each chapter revolving around them each year on the day they met and it is such an excellent book because as you work your way through the chapters you grow along with the characters and watch them grow. Just like watching your own children grow and feeling that connection and love grow and I loved it.

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One Day also is a movie featuring Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway, I watched it right after I read One Day and although it’s not as good as the book it is an amazing adaptation and I liked the movie immensely too and has now probably become my favourite movie. I loved the emotion and chemistry between the two actors.

Overall, I think it should become a modern classic. It was a great book and you should read it if you enjoy bittersweet romance or romance in general.

My Rating: ★★★★★

– H.E

Books I bought this half term (27/03/15 – 12/04/15)

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So as you can see, I’ve bought a lot of books this half term. I’ve recently been visiting charity shops quite often and their books are not only extremely cheap but most of them are in good condition. I added up the price of these books and it came to £12.44 and with that money I could only buy one book and there wouldn’t be enough left for me to buy another one and out of all of these 18 books; 3 weren’t bought from charity shops, 3 have cracked spines and most of them look new. I decided that I would stock up on books before the summer as I’m, sadly, not going anywhere which means 6 weeks of staying at home along with some exercise. I’ve basically planned out what I’ll be doing this summer, read read and ever more reading. I’m kidding, I’ll probably be doing some exercise as well since I need it. I’ll probably also be painting as that’s one of my other hobbies. Anyhow I decided to buy a ton of books to read this summer and I am so excited for it! The reading, that is.

In order from left to right and top to bottom.

Empress Orchid – Anchee Min (Part of a five books for £1 deal, Charity)

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones – Alexander McCall Smith (Part of a five books for £1 deal, Charity)

Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare (I had a gift voucher from prize giving that I attended recently so it went from £7.99 to £1.99, Waterstones)

Lucy in the Sky – Paige Toon (£1.99, Amazon)

Cherry Tree Lane – Anna Jacobs (It was originally £2 and I thought that was cheap but then when I actually bought it, on the receipt it said £0.06 because they were doing discounts as the shop was closing down, Budgens)

The First Time I Saw Your Face – Hazel Osmond (80p, Charity shop)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K Rowling (I got this to complete my set of Harry Potter books that my cousin gave me, it was missing the first book. £1, Charity)

The Haunted – Jessica Verday (80p, Charity)

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden (Part of a five books for £1 deal, Charity)

Man and Boy – Tony Parsons (Part of a five books for £1 deal, Charity)

Bared to You – Sylvia Day (80p, Charity)

Alice in Exile – Piers Paul Read (80p, Charity)

Some Day I’ll find You – Richard Madeley (80p, Charity)

Eats, Shoots and Leaves – Lynne Truss (Part of a five books for £1 deal, Charity)

The Girls’ book, How to be the best at everything – No Author (Given to me)

Since you’ve been Gone – Anouska Knight (80p, Charity)

The Girl you left Behind – Jojo Moyes (80p, Charity)

the Last Letter from your Lover – Jojo Moyes (80p, Charity)

And that was a total of 18 books, I have a lot to do this summer. I may start a new line of blog posts Book reviews. Maybe once every month maybe? I shall think about it.

~ H.E

Why I love reading.

I spent a while thinking about what I’d like to post first and then I saw something that literally gave me the answer, books! I thought about it long and hard and whether I should start with this because I didn’t want to be just another account that just talks about books because I still want to talk about many other things but I then thought, this is just one post and there are many others to come, well I hope there will. I shall start it before I start waffle as everyone tends to say about me.

So if you bothered to go check out anything about me you’ll find that I absolutely adore books. So in this post I will be explaining my love of reading because I think people have different reasons for their love of reading. I have many reasons to why I love to indulge myself in books and the list could be endless but I’m just going to say the ones that come to mind while I’m writing this.

“Reading books is the most glorious pastime that human kind has yet devised.”

– Wislawa Symborska

One of the reason I enjoy reading is because it gives me the freedom I long for. Coming from an Asian background my parents are fairly strict and I don’t always get the freedom I want but being at home constantly and with nothing to do it kicked off my love for reading, I would pick up a book and get trapped in a world where I can be who I want to be and can imagine what I want. When I say I forget the time when I read, I actually mean it, I get so caught up in reading that I forget every worry, every problem, every sadness and it’s so soothing because it’s an escape that I can afford.

Another reason I love reading is because I like seeing the happy endings or not so happy endings for the characters in the book even though it may end up with a character that we really loved dying. I just enjoy seeing the characters with such happiness in their lives and sometimes me may want to kill the author and curse them because they killed off a character or they did something unexpected but I think these are all joys of reading; the emotions we feel throughout the book, the pain we feel when something bad happens, the happiness when the characters finally end up together.

“Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.” 

– Unknown

Honestly, I think not enough people read in the 21st Century, you get people who absolutely detest the thought of sitting down with a book on a Sunday afternoon and just let go. I know a few like that but I don’t blame them, sure I get a tiny bit irritated when they talk about how boring it is but clearly they’re the ones missing out on a whole other world that we who read have the privilege to experience it so it’s not something I get too worked up about. They’re depriving themselves on what really matters and something that will be of value throughout the whole of time.

I’m pretty sure I haven’t finished describing my love for reading but I think this should be appropriate for the time being.

– H.E