recently read: for once in my life


Ages and ages ago I was wandering through my home-town Waterstones when I picked up a really beautiful looking book; it had pretty colours and piano-ish bits on it and the blurb sounded exactly like a book I'd love.  So of course I put it down and walked out of the shop only to later try and add it to my 'to-buy' list to find out I didn't have a clue what it was called or who wrote it.  All I knew was roughly where it was in the set-up of the shop..something which is incredibly unhelpful when you're standing in a different Waterstones running through both the alphabet and the layout in your head going "well it should be somewhere between here"(spoiler alert; it wasn't.)

Fast forward several months and I found myself jumping for joy and hugging the pretty book ( I may not have jumped but there was definitely a bookish hug). I'd found it! This time I used my brain and, knowing I'd never find it again, bought it. Then despite my excitement I went back to university leaving it behind on my desk at home..oops! But now I'm home again and upon seeing it sitting on my desk looking pretty but very much unread decided that now is a lot better than later and therefore I spent all of Saturday reading it!

The beautiful book in question is "For Once In My Life" by Marianne Kavanagh; and my instant opinion was proved correct;  I loved it!  It definitely proved to be a good choice to fling myself back into reading with.

The book spans eight years from 2002 to 2011 and flicks back and forth between the two lives and perspectives of the main characters, Tess and George, who are in overlapping friendship circles and who repeatedly get told that the other person is absolutely definitely their soulmate.  Despite this; not to give too much away, Tess and George don't meet each other face to face for quite a while which makes an incredibly refreshing change from the coffee-spillage meet-cute on page seven that normally gets written.

I loved being able to read through snippets of each of their lives,whilst it was incredibly frustrating when I worked out just how many times one of them had to just turn around or go inside and they would meet, but no, the two characters end up living their own lives with jobs and relationships for so many years, but it just made me wish I could read even faster.  It's such a lighthearted book, it made me smile so many times as well as causing an in-depth text conversation with one of my closest friends about the idea of 'The One'..which is a lot less scary to think about when backed by this book; and it's pretty. I think I'm more in love with this cover than any book cover before..but just look at it.

If you like books about friendship and love and can appreciate a very interesting take on the idea of romantic soulmates then I completely recommend this one.

If you have any book recommendations then please let me know! 

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  1. This book looks so good! Just added it to my "To Read" list! Two books that I read recently and loved are All the Bright Places and The Glass Castle. Definitely worth checking out if you have a chance!

    1. It really was! Ooh, I've never read either of those so I'll definitely add them to my list. Thankyou! x