January was a great month for reading for me and I really didn’t want to slip down in February but it did drop a little bit. Fortunately with my trip at the beginning of the month and a few trips into London I did have some solid reading time which meant that I finished 4 books. This brings me even closer to my yearly target.
‘Edith Bowman’s Great British Music Festivals’ was the first book that I read this month. I want to start reading the odd book which isn’t fiction, something biographical or non-fiction related and a book talking about music festivals seemed right up my street. The book talks about a lot of UK festivals from Glastonbury and Reading/ Leeds to Green Man and Bestival through to Wireless and Creamfields. The book is a great insight into the history of the festivals, the type of people who go, the music which occurs at the festivals and then some about Edith’s personal feelings towards the festival. Although I’ve been to a bunch of the ones she mentions there were still some I haven’t managed to catch and reading it has got me super excited about this summer.
The next book I read was one which has been on my to-read list for absolute ages, ‘Me Before You’ by JoJo Moyles. This is the story about a guy called Will who is involved in a car accident leaving him permanently disabled, and a girl called Louisa Clark who loses her job at the local cafe. Louisa is hired for six months as help for Will, the time-span is a big part as Will wants to end his life in a clinic in Switzerland and essentially Louisa is there to stop him doing it earlier and to try and change his mind. I don’t want to ruin the story for you so I won’t explain what happens but this is such a beautiful book that I would recommend that everyone out there gives it a read.
I needed a small book which could fit in my bag as I made the train journey into London for gigs so I chose Karl Pilkington’s ‘Happy slapped by a Jellyfish’ which is a series of entries with Karl talking about various holidays he has been on and various places he has visited. I think Karl is a genius and a very funny man anyway and this book did not disappoint as his humor flowed through both the diary entries and the rest of the content. It was a great book that I didn’t have to use too much brainpower for, and sometimes you just need that.
The final book which I read in February was ‘After You’ by JoJo Moyles which was the sequel to ‘Me Before You’. The book was a pretty long one and I did actually only finish this on 2nd March but it counts as February. The story follows Louisa forwards in her life in new relationships, new family connections and a whole load of drama. While this wasn’t quite as good as the first book (I was a sucker for Will and Louisa’s relationship) it was great to find out what happened next in her life. The book is then left in a fairly finite way but there’s definitely scope for another follow up, but I doubt this will happen.