Monday, 27 January 2014

The Time of my Life

I’m a massive bookworm – always have been and probably always will be. There’s just nothing better than settling down with a good book and getting lost in another world. I’d love to be part of a book club, but I’m quite a slow reader so I think I’d probably get left behind!

I’ve just finished reading ‘The Time of my Life’ by Cecelia Ahern, so thought I’d tell you a bit about it. Cecelia Ahern is one of my favourite authors. Ever since I read ‘P.S. I Love You’ I’ve been hooked by her stories, because they really get you thinking about your own life and priorities. Sometimes it’s good to have a book that’s completely removed from real life, but other times it’s good to read a book that you really feel you can identify with, and so far I’ve found myself relating to all the books I’ve read by Cecelia Ahern.

The blurb on the back gives you an insight into the story, although if I’m honest it left me a little confused and unsure as to whether I’d enjoy this book…

”Are you taking your life for granted? Lucy Silchester is. She’s busied herself with other stuff: friends’ lives, work issues, her deteriorating car, that kind of thing. But she’s stuck in a rut – and deluding everyone. Only Lucy knows the real truth. Time for a wake-up call – a meeting with life. And life turns out to be a kindly, rather run-down man in an old suit, who is determined to bring about change – and won’t let Lucy off the hook. Sometimes we all need to make time for our life…”

However, the more I read, the more I started to connect with the story. What originally started off as a bit of a strange concept (your life being an actual person) actually began to make real sense and gave me a lot to think about in my own life. I won’t say too much as I think it’s better for you to read it and get to grips with it in your own way. I just want to leave you with the final paragraph though – I don’t think it will ruin the book if you haven’t already read it, but it just gave me some real food for thought.

“As long as you’re around, your life is too. So just as you shower love and affection and attention on the husbands, wives, parents, children and forever friends who surround you, you have to do so equally with your life, because it’s yours, it’s you, and it’s always there rooting for you, cheering you on, even when you feel like you can’t do it. I gave up on my life for a while, but what I’ve learned is that even when that happens and especially when that happens, life never ever gives up on you. Mine didn’t. And we’ll be there for each other until those final moments when we will look at each other and say, ‘Thanks for staying until the end.’ And that’s the truth.

Have you read any Cecelia Ahern books? Or can you recommend another book for me to read?

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