Zoë`s Book Club #1 -Thanks for the Memories

Instead of going with a book I`ve never read before by an author I don`t know much of, i decided to go with a book by my favorite author, Cecelia Ahern, that has stuck with me ever since I read it as a young teenager. “Thanks for the memories”. Basically, I`ve been super busy lately, but also I genuinely want to share this amazing book with you!

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Summary:

A woman (Joyce) has a miscarriage when she falls  down the stairs. Her life is saved by a blood transfusion. When she wakes up she suddenly has knowledge she never had before. Like architectural history and how to speak Italian.  While in the midst of her divorce and sorrow she keeps running in to a (handsome) american (Justin). They seem to be drawn to each other and are in actuality tied by a magical connection.

Favorite Character:

My favorite character in this book is Joyce`s father. This is because he loves her so much and keeps supporting her in everything she does even though he is sort of confused and scared. The relationship between him and his daughter is also adorable. The “father-with-dementia” concept is in no way a new one, but it`s usually just downright sad. Here I felt he was much more layered and not just an object of pity, but rather a support and with a good sense of humor.

Favorite Quote:

“I’m never overwhelmed or under it either; just nicely whelmed. I’m OK. Nothing spectacular but sometimes special. I look in the mirror and see this medium average person. A little tired, a little sad, but not falling apart.”

Favorite Part:

When the hairdresser says she can`t possibly cut off all that long gorgeous hair, and Joyce is like “sure you can, just like this” and takes the scissor and cut`s it off herself.

Three life lessons:

  1. Memories aren’t just moments, they`re parts of us. And that no matter what happens, we can find the strength to move on and make new ones.
  2. If you aren`t happy with something, then change it. it`s never to late to make life changes and do what`s best for you.
  3. As always is Cecelia Aherns books, that there is some magic in the world. Not fairies and unicorns, or anything like that. But deja vu`s and insane amounts of everyday beauty, and maybe even soulmates.

Rating:

A solid 4/5 stars.

It`s so beautiful and the charcters are great, but it is slightly to fairytale-ish.

 

Would I recommend it?

Yes!

 

 

 

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Book of the bi-month/Zoë`s book club

I`ve noticed that many of my readers are into literature and the written forms of art. Since this is also a really big part of my own personality and I love reading books, I thought it would be pretty cool to choose a new book every fourteen days to read and review (in a non-boring, non-high school curriculum sort of way). Hopefully others will also join in on the discussion. And who knows, maybe this will finally be the year where we cross of all those to-read books of our lists?

For my first book I`m thinking either “Sophie’s Choice” by William Styron or “Slaughterhouse 5” by Kurt Vonnegut.

What do you think?

And what are your thoughts on the idea in general?

Please let me know in the comments!