Fat Chance by Nick Spalding

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Any of you who read my other blog will know that I am currently undertaking a weight loss mission. So, when this blog popped up on my kindle ‘recommended reads’, I thought I’d give it a go. Really glad I did. This book is not only well-written and hillariously witty, but also heartfelt and extremely motivational.

The book is written in a diary format, telling the story through a thirty-something couple who embark upon a local radio station weight loss competition (a bit like the Biggest Loser). Zoe and Greg Milton are likeable characters, and their tales-of-woes regarding their lives and their dieting escapades left me in stitches, whilst still appealing to the reader with their sincerity. The relationship between both protaganists and the reader is strong in this book; I could relate to their story (as I’m sure many others will) and that obviously stuck a chord. Not only that, the characters themselves have a wonderfully endearing relationship that will pull at the heartstrings of many who read this.

From tales of embarrassing and awkward encounters in both Marks & Spencer and IKEA, as well as a ‘stiff upper lip’ approach to humour, this book is undeniably British humour at its’ best. There is also a strong message within this novel, which on a personal level I found extremely motivational with regard to how I should approach my own weight loss journey and goals.

For anyone on a diet, has ever been on a diet, or just enjoys a feel-good comedy read, I urge you to give this book a go, you won’t be disappointed!

4.5 out of 5 stars 🙂

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Night Music by Jojo Moyes

Having already discovered and devoured ‘The Last Letter from your Lover’ and ‘Me Before You’ (I shall hopefully make time to write about both of these novels), I have become a firm fan of Ms. Moyes’ works and therefore decided to try one of her previous novels.

‘Night Music’ tells the tale of Isabel Delancey and her children who acquire an old, dilapidated home (known to the reader as ‘The Spanish House), left to them after a distant relative dies. The house, despite its state of disrepair, has other jealous onlookers, who feel that they have a right to ownership.

Sounds like a basic plot, but when you get into the twists and turns of this book and the different characters that it explores, you soon realise that there is far more to this story than the simple story of a family moving into an old house!

I found this, like other works of Moyes, very easy to read and very difficult to put down! The fact that not all of the characters are likeable (in fact some have tremendous flaws) only adds to the story, as they become real and believable to the reader. Moyes has a fantastic way of drawing in the reader in such a way that it is as if it no longer seems like a story, but a situation that could be happening next door!

My only slight critique would be the end of the book, the crescendo of the final few chapters builds to a dramatic scene, but I personally somehow felt disappointed by how things were ‘tied up’ at the end, particularly during the epilogue. I don’t want to ruin the ending for anyone, but I was left with a slight feeling of ‘is that it…?’ when things drew to a close.

Despite this, ‘Night Music’ remains an excellent read for fans of romantic drama novels. Moyes has a gift for making characters come to life, and this novel is no different. Her later work, from what I have read so far, remains my clear favourite, but this does not mean that this book should be in any way overlooked. It is well developed, the characters are realistic, you are quickly drawn in and kept in by the story. Emotional, heart-warming, thrilling, tragic and exciting, ‘Night Music’ delivers a mixture of emotions on a plate.

A great read. 4 out of 5 stars.

Char 🙂

Birth into the world of blogging!

So here I am, taking my first breath into this new, ever-so-slightly intimidating world of blogging!

I cannot remember a time when I have not felt a huge buzz from reading and writing… it’s a passion I’ve grown up with – from writing stories at school and reading them to other children, to becoming consumed in a novel so much that Dave, my fiancee, has to remind me to sleep!

I have to admit, however, that the latter is the one that I have committed far more of my time to in recent years. So I’ve set up this blog as a mission to change that… and what better way (or so I thought) than to write about reading!

This blog is a way for me to convey my thoughts and feelings on books that I have read, loved and cherished, as well my opportunity to critique. I also plan on resurrecting my passion for creative writing… so please, feel free to read and critique my own work.

I’m hoping that this will be informative to others who also love reading and writing, and hopefully give a little sprinkle of inspiration along the way!

Char 🙂