I’m back again with my monthly instalment of a book and a beverage! For an introduction to this monthly series, please check out my February post here. If you are newer to my blog, each month I’m going to share what I am drinking and what I am reading, and give you a peek into how I’m spending my free time at the moment. And as always, if you are interested in taking part in A Book and A Beverage, please feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or my Contact Me page.
The Book- Still Me (Jojo Moyes)
I will fully admit that I was about two years late on the Me Before You train, but once I sat down and read it (on one long drive to Banff), I was hooked on Jojo Moyes! What I love about this series is that her characters are very real; they have awkward moments and feel hurt and get excited and have happy days, just like the rest of us. And while I love my chick lit that is incredibly light and fluffy and funny, sometimes it is nicer to sit down with a slightly more serious book. In Still Me we find Louisa now living in New York City as a personal assistant to a fish-out-of-water second wife, trying to maintain her long distance relationship and live her life as best she can. I’m not quite done this yet, because my reading time is little more limited with a little puppy needing lots of time and love, but this is proving to be the perfect escape when I do have down time- it keeps me intrigued without being exhausted in that way that some exciting novels can be. I’m finding that the new characters are enough to keep me interested, while we get to enjoy our lovable favourites who make the series what it is. (Although ironically, Louisa is a little too quirky for my liking- it’s everyone else that really sells it for me.)
If you do enjoy the Me Before You series, I would really recommend trying some of her other books. I am quite hit and miss on historical fiction, but The Girl You Left Behind is a fantastic piece that slowly builds to an involving climax. You follow two women, a century apart who are linked by a painting and a shared history. It also forces you to think about what you would do in an impossible situation, where your survival depends on difficult and possibly immoral choices.
A Beverage- Hot Water and Lemon
Unfortunately, I am sick again. I think it’s just a standard run of the mill cold, so I’m loading up on hot water and lemon. I will also add honey if my throat is particularly bad, but I’m not a fan in any way, so I try to avoid that at all costs. I wish I had a more exciting beverage for you, readers, but it’s that time of the year in Winnipeg when our bodies are worn down from months and months of cold and germs seem to gain strength. If you have any secret concoctions that you use to battle colds, please send them my way! I am sincerely hoping that next month’s beverage is a little more interesting and that I have a little more energy. (Also, that the snow might just melt a littttttttle bit by then.)
What books and beverages have you been enjoying lately?