From My Bookshelf – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

From My Bookshelf

Welcome to my From My Bookshelf series, you can read more about it here. In a nutshell the point of this series is for me to put my Librarian hat on and share with you the books that I have been reading. I already share my favourite stories for little ones in my Bedtime Story of the Month series but this series will focus on the books that I read for pleasure (I love a good chick-lit) and the teen/young adult books I read for work. I have a genuine love of reading and I cannot tell you how important it is to get our kids reading, it helps them so much in every area of life.

One other thing before I get started, there will be no spoilers. This isn’t a review as such just a chat about why I loved it and why I think you should read it. So let’s get started.

For my first From My Bookshelf post I am sharing with you Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.


This is my first Jojo Moyes read but someone I have been meaning to try for a while. I have only heard good things about her writing and after reading this I can only agree.

Me Before You is based around a young woman named Louise who has a fairly normal, some might say boring life. She accepts a job as a carer for a quadriplegic man, Will who has had a road accident. The story follows them getting to know each other and understanding one another. Will is finding it difficult to accept the way his life is now and Louise makes it her mission to turn things around for him and help him see that his life is still worth living.

The only way I can describe this book is beautiful. It is beautifully written and all the issues surrounding it are handled delicately and with love. It was one of those reads that I didn’t want to put down but I didn’t want to finish it either. I fully invested in Louise and Will and the unconventional relationship that they formed.

I can’t tell you how many emotions I went through reading this book but I will tell you it had me  in floods of tears at the end. It moved me to tears, made me laugh and made me feel like I was right there going through it with Louise. The whole premise really is to ask the question, is love enough? Although love is a big part of it, this book shouldn’t be seen as a typical chick-lit because it isn’t.

You need to read this book, but you will need tissues and I would recommend giving yourself a few hours with it as you will not want to put it down. This book has stayed with me since I read it. I have already started recommending it to friends and my Mum currently has my copy as I knew she would love it too.

Jojo Moyes has released a sequel to this book; After You. I am hoping  to get my hands on a copy soon but I am almost scared to read it as I don’t want it to disappoint. I do need to see what happens next though so it is on my ‘to read’ list.

Have you read Me Before You? Let me know what you thought.

Happy reading and I shall see you next time.



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  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    12/01/2016 at 11:32

    This sounds like such a good book! Your description has me intrigued – a beautifully written, beautiful story. Sounds like a great read. I know what you mean about being afraid to read the sequel – hopefully it’s even better than the first! #TwinklyTuesday x
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    • Mummy in Training
      14/01/2016 at 10:06

      Definitely give it a read if you have chance xx

  • Marissa
    12/01/2016 at 18:05

    I have not read this one- hadn’t even heard of it before. But I loved hearing your thoughts! I am always looking for others to tell me about what they are reading and why they are reading it.

    So glad I stopped by!


    • Mummy in Training
      14/01/2016 at 10:07

      Oh fab, glad you enjoyed it. Let me know if you read it! xx

  • Natalie
    12/01/2016 at 20:36

    Oh my I adore this book, so beautiful and one you can’t stop thinking about it afterwards. I recently read Me after you which I enjoyed too x

    • Mummy in Training
      14/01/2016 at 10:08

      Ohh so glad you have commented, I will definitely get it now then! xxx

  • Mummy here and there
    14/01/2016 at 16:55

    I have read this book and defiantly found it hard to put down. Definately recommend it X #TwinklyTuesday

    • Mummy in Training
      16/01/2016 at 21:12

      Aw glad you enjoyed it too xx

  • Carol Cameleon
    14/01/2016 at 17:26

    Oooh I’ve got a little reading list going for 2016 and this one may well find its way on there! As for getting reading with little ones… I absolutely agree with that! Just today our little girl’s teacher told me that her literacy and phonics are “incredible” and way advanced for her year. I’m certain that the fact we’ve read to or with her every single day since she came home from hospital as a newborn, is no coincidence. #TwinklyTuesday
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    • Mummy in Training
      16/01/2016 at 21:12

      Oh yes, it is so important!! Well done to your little girl xx

  • Becky
    15/01/2016 at 19:58

    Thanks for sharing this, I haven’t every read it and haven’t heard of the author, but it has reminded end I really need to get back into reading! I did a literature degree so read about three books a week when I was a student, but since having kids I have only read children’s books! Becky x #TwinklyTuesday
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    • Mummy in Training
      16/01/2016 at 21:13

      I was the same but forced myself to get back to reading for me too!! Soo relaxing and better than the tv sometimes! xx

  • Training Mummy
    01/02/2016 at 12:57

    I had read a Jojo Moyes book before, although I can’t remember which one, and I remember it being a right page turner. This sounds like yet another great read and one I will have to read very soon. Love a book that keeps you gripped (though I often get caught out and end up reading until silly o’clock). #weekendbookclub

    • Mummy in Training
      10/02/2016 at 09:39

      I do the same, then I’m shattered the next day! xx

  • BookBairn
    01/02/2016 at 20:15

    Not read this yet but it’s on my list! Thanks for the review to bump it up my list #weekendbookclub

    • Mummy in Training
      10/02/2016 at 09:40

      Hope you enjoy it xx

  • Suz
    02/02/2016 at 23:40

    books that make you want to continue reading into th middle of the night are the best books. I havent read this one but it looks great! thanks for sharing and linking up with #weekendbookclub Suz x
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    • Mummy in Training
      10/02/2016 at 09:40

      Oh yes they are soo the best! xx

  • Sarah Burns
    04/02/2016 at 19:31

    This is a great book, one that I read super quick as I found it so engrossing x

    • Mummy in Training
      10/02/2016 at 09:41

      Me too. Have you read the 2nd one?x

  • Laura
    05/02/2016 at 22:06

    This sounds brilliant – and a really unique idea. I will definitely add to my list. Thanks for sharing #weekendbookclub
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    • Mummy in Training
      10/02/2016 at 09:42

      Thanks, hope you enjoy it x


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I’m Rachel, a 30 something Mum to 6 year old Little Man & 2 year old twin girls (one with us & one in the sky).

I’m an anxiety sufferer, list writer and secret chocolate eater.

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