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

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Summer update (2nd August 2015)

For students in the United Kingdom (and probably America) it is currently the summer holiday, the six or seven week break from late July till early September. I am ‘relaxing’ during summer holidays (which means reading a lot) but I feel like this summer is intense since I am not going back home this year (which I am extremely upset about) I also have a list of things to complete.

Firstly, lets talk about my driving lessons. My driving lessons are downright stress, I can’t drive more than 30 miles per hour, I can’t even reach 30 miles per hour because I feel like it’s too fast even though I\m going granny speed. I can’t see over the steering wheel at times because I’m just so god damn short (4’11) and the fact that I keep stalling is frustrating especially when there is line of cars behind me. I always forget to step on the clutch before stepping on the brake and for the people who don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t worry it’s better if you don’t. I don’t hate driving but I feel so stressed about it since I have to get my licence before the end of the year and since I’ve failed my theory it’s not looking good and I still need to rebook it.

Secondly, I have volunteered at my local library to help out with their Summer Reading Challenge which is a program run by libraries to encourage children to read more often. Although I don’t hate it or even dislike it, it’s just that I sit there until a child comes up to me and then I file their name which is a pretty boring job as it’s not that busy. However, what cheers me up is that there are children who actually enjoy reading and their parents will spend time to ensure they read and there are around 400 children who have signed up for it. I genuinely think that children do not read much and that is very dissapointing to me since reading is such an amazing thing to do. I barely have any friends who even read which is disappointing but I do try to persuade them to read.

Although those things seem like pretty drab things to do during summer, my summer isn’t all too bad. My cousins have come over from Malaysia and one of them has the same passion for reading as I do and we’re also into the same books and for once in my life there is someone that I can discuss books with who doesn’t roll their eyes and tell me to ‘shut up’ but actually joins me in that excitement. Also them coming to England means that we visit more places since we take them out. We’ve visited Hampton Courts, Lavender fields and been out to London which we barely do if there is no one over. The pictures I’ve taken at Hampton Courts are beautiful and I absolutely love them.

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Last but not least is READING. I’ve read so much and I cannot contain my excitement. I nearly read a book a day now and it is amazing. My favourite books so far are One Day by David Nicholls and the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I will probably do a separate post and review them since I’m only on the 3rd book for the Lux Series so I’m going to do it after I’ve finished all five which is probably soon.

Anyways, aside from my unpredictable summer I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and enjoying their time off school unless you live in New Zealand which means you’ve started school and it is not summer.

– 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