Book Club 2014: Novels That Will Stay With You for the Year

By Jessie Thomson

Happy New Year!!

I’ve been enjoying some lovely time off with the family over Christmas and am finally flexing my blogging fingers again. I realised that it’s been some time since us book club folk got together to choose a novel – however I have still been keeping up my own promise to read much more often.

the fault in our stars

I’ve enjoyed quite a few different novels over the last 6 months, but two have really stood out for me (one of which I am just about to finish).

So I thought rather than suggest something completely new for us all, that I’d simply recommend these two great reads for you all to try… and I hope you’ll all share your thoughts in the comments below when you’ve finished. Or perhaps you’ve already read them? In which case let me know!

I’d also welcome recommendations going forward – as we all live such busy lives these days, it feels so nice to connect over literature and encourage each other to broaden our minds past the usual weddings, children and friend commitments!

So, the first book I read a few months back now is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Just to warn you, this one is a real tear jerker, but one of the greatest love stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

There are just SO many inspiring and life affirming quotes to pull out of it – but I don’t want to ruin anything. This book made me thankful for everything I have in life, and inspired me so much to make the most of every single day.

The next book I am still reading, but already I can tell it’s going to be a book that stays with me for a long time, it’s just full of examples how humans can be so kind and cruel. The best quote from it so far is one I am going to repeat to myself daily: “given the choice between being right and being kind, always choose kind”.

Wonder | Book Club

The book is called “Wonder” by RJ Palacio and was a gift from my husband at Christmas.

I’m almost finished and I think it’s a remarkable book – about friendship, and family, and kindness in others. There are also some heartbreaking truths about how awful humanity can be without even realising – there are lessons to be learnt from the key characters in the novel. I so hope that the ending is as uplifting as the story so far.

So those are my two picks for January 2014! Why? Because they are not just great stories, but I hope that they give you reasons to feel positive and grateful as we enter this new year – that the words stay with you for a long time.

Have you read any novels which made you feel that way? I’d love to know about them so I can add on to my list!

And I truly am wishing you all – new brides, past clients, colleagues, family and personal friends – the very best year ahead. I hope it brings you much joy, happiness and success. This year I have only one rule, “work hard and be nice”.

Love to all.

Jessie

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3 Comments on Book Club 2014: Novels That Will Stay With You for the Year

  1. heidivince
    January 2, 2014 at 6:58 pm (10 months ago)

    I’ve just read the boy in the stripped pyjamas. I only decided to read it as Harry is reading it at school, I cried at the end it’s a book I couldn’t put down, I’m going to download your first recommendation.

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    • Jessie Thomson
      January 2, 2014 at 7:03 pm (10 months ago)

      Oooh I might give that one a try then! You’ll love The Fault in Our Stars – it’s poignant, and beautiful. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts! Hope you are still in post-wedding bliss? xx

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  2. Jacqueline Macauley
    March 18, 2014 at 7:58 pm (8 months ago)

    I couldn’t have loved “The Fault in Our Stars” any more than I did. I don’t read much YA fiction, so I was totally unprepared to be transported back to my high school/power nerd/word play fiend/ self. For goodness sakes, they made Venn diagram jokes. My real life bookclub is taking a field trip to see the movie in June.

    I’m going to pick up Wonder” from the library today.

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