one day in december romance christmas book review Title: One Day in December
Author: Josie Silver
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: October 18th 2018
Format: Ebook
Service: Netgalley
Buy: Waterstones

‘Laurie is pretty sure that love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she instantly knows is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic… and then her bus drives away 

Certain their fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and every cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when in matters anyway. Instead the reunite at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken and destinies reconsidered.’

Let’s be honest, Christmas really isn’t that far away and Netgalley gave me the chance to read my first Christmas book of the year. One Day In December follows the story of Laurie who has been pining after a boy she met at a bus stop. The book takes place over ten years and we see how their relationship develops.

I’m going to jump right in with what I thought on the book as a whole. I wasn’t a huge fan. Straight from the off Laurie irritated me. Every single feeling that she felt was heightened so much that it just ended up feeling so unrealistic. Laurie was meant to be a 22-year-old university graduate, instead, I felt that she was acting like a teenager who had a massive crush. It irked me. A lot and it made it really difficult for me to actually like her character.

I felt like I could pretty much predict everything that was going to happen in the story. There was nothing that particularly surprised and shocked me. It just ended up following every romance trope that it could and which didn’t end up making this this book extremely interesting.

However, it is one of those books that is really feel-good. If you’re feeling low or you just want a book where you don’t want to think too much when you’re reading it, then this book is for you. Whilst I don’t rate the plot the highest, the writing was lovely and pretty easy for me to follow.

I wouldn’t exactly market this as a Christmas book to be honest. Even though some of the bigger events do take place around December. It doesn’t scream festive to me as much as I thought it would.

Rating: 3 stars

Check out my other book review over here.

** I was given this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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uni tips freshers

I don’t know whether or not I’m ready for the new uni year to start but I don’t really have a choice in whether it starts or not. Going into my second year, I don’t feel as panicked as I did this time last year. I feel so much more comfortable and, somewhat, ready to go in this year. Looking back at my first couple of weeks of uni, here are a couple of things that I wish I had known.

1. Don’t be scared to talk to people on your course

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EI don’t think there’s ever a time that I don’t want to be travelling. I’ve had the most amazing time in Edinburgh and Barcelona this year. They were two places that were on my travel bucket list and they did not disappoint me. So, I thought that I would share you guys some of the top places on my travel bucket list.

1. New Zealand

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birthday

If you know quite well, you’ll know that I have been absolutely dreading turning twenty. People have told me that it’s stupid to be scared of it and that I’m still young. But it’s not that I think I’m old. Saying goodbye to being a teenager has been a little bit scary for me. Even though I went through a lot of ups and down, I really did enjoy those years. Whenever I thought about my twenties, I thought about scary adult decisions that I was going to have to make. I wasn’t ready to grow up and have to act more mature.

I turned twenty yesterday and suffice to say, I’m no longer scared about my twenties. My birthday ended up reminding me that as scary as certain things might be. That’s just life. It’s not really anything to do with age. And as many scary decision as I’m going to have to make over the next couple of years, I’ve have an army of people behind me with my best interests at heart. I know they’ll be there to help guide me, give me advice, be a shoulder to cry on and comfort eat with me. What more do I need? View Full Post

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This is not a post I should be writing. I refuse to admit that I need to say goodbye to being a teenager. How is this happening? What’s going on? I don’t understand!… Okay, I think that’s my panic over but I’m not making any promises. 

This feels really weird but yeah. I’m soon going to be saying goodbye to being a teenager and welcoming in my twenties. And whilst I’ll always celebrate my birthday because I’ve managed to make it through another year with all the good, the bad and the ugly, it’s just peculiar to think that I’m going to be a twenty year old. 

My teenage years did teach me a lot though and there’s a lot I’m thankful for. So, I thought I’d share with you guys some of the lessons that I’ve learnt in the past seven years. Alongside an interesting collection of photos from the past seven years. Here goes nothing! 

1) Appreciate your parents

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