If you know me you will probably already know that i'm a little bit of a bookworm. I love books, actual books, not e-readers. I do have an e-reader but only for when i'm travelling and having 5 paperbacks is not practical. I read from a book every day without fail. I read everything from the classics, to crime, to poetry, fiction, non-fiction, most books i will give a go .. Although i'm dreadful at starting a book then getting bored or forgetting about it and going on to a new one. I love the words, the magic that some people can create is amazing just from the placing together of a few words, i'd love to be able to write like some of the authors i've read. My favourite book is One Day by David Nicholls. It's a perfectly beautiful love story. But a more real love story. Not like the crap you get in 'chick-lit', i hate 'chick-lit' it's all so predictable, and often, badly written (do not get me started on the atrocity that is 50 Shades of Gray). One Day is a story about two best friends and where they both are in life at exactly the same day (15th July) throughout the years starting from the day in which they meet and become best friends and unbeknownst to them (well Dex anyway), become soul mates. Dex and Em, Em and Dex .. i love these characters. It's a hard book to write about because the story sounds simple and somewhat 'chick litty' but it isn't. Some of my favourite quotes are from this book:
"What are you going to do with your life?" In one way or another it seemed that people had been asking her this forever; teachers, her parents, friends at three in the morning, but the question had never seemed this pressing and still she was no nearer an answer... "Live each day as if it's your last', that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn't practical. Better by far to be good and courageous and bold and to make difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance."
"Dexter, I love you so much. So, so much, and I probably always will. I just don't like you anymore. I'm sorry."
"In eight years not a day has gone by when she hasn’t thought of him. She misses him and she wants him back. I want my best friend back, she thinks, because without him nothing is good and nothing is right."
"Occasionally, very occasionally, say at four o’clock in the afternoon on a wet Sunday, she feels panic-stricken and almost breathless with loneliness. Once or twice she has been known to pick up the phone to check that it isn’t broken. Sometimes she thinks how nice it would be to be woken by a call in the night: ‘get in a taxi now’ or ‘I need to see you, we need to talk’. But at the best of times she feels like a character in a Muriel Spark novel – independent, bookish, sharp-minded, secretly romantic."
"Their friendship was like a wilted bunch of flowers that she insisted on topping up with water. Why not let it die instead?"
"...Emma Morley wasn't such a paragon either: pretentious, petulant, lazy, speechifying, judgmental. Self-pitying, self righteous, self-important, all the selfs except self-confident, the quality that she had always needed the most."
"She made you decent, and in return you made her so happy"
"The problem with all these fiercely individualistic girls was that they were all exactly the same."
If i add any more i may aswel just copy the whole book .. i won't .. buy it, in paperback .. Not for your Kindle! Even though i say it isn't your regular 'chick-lit' i do think it's a girls book ... but if you're a bloke, read it, let me know whether you like it, maybe (probably) i'm being presumptuous. It's beautiful, happy, sad, poignant, thought-provoking, funny, definitely worth a read.