“This time round, despite what will inevitably come after, I will be honest. It’s the only hope I have.”

– Nina De Pass, The Year After You

I requested this book from Net Galley to review, it was one of my very first advance reader copies, the cover art alone peaked my interest. Then I read the synopsis and thought it would be a interesting and easy read.


I have taken a week to gather my thoughts since finishing it and will try and explain them as coherently as possible.

Before I begin, I’d just like to say that this review contains thoughts and opinions that may spoil the plot. There are topics covered in this story that may be triggering to you such as: PTSD, grief, suicide and survivors guilt.

As a preface to the main story, the main character Cara survives a horrific car accident on New Years Eve, but her best friend Georgina does not.

The story begins nine months after the accident, Cara is struggling, she is consumed by guilt and grief. Her mum has sent her to a Swiss boarding school in the hopes that it will be a fresh start.

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“Most people just have to live their lives the best they can, doing the things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to make their lives better, loving people properly. All the while knowing that the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway.”

– Patrick Ness, The Rest of Us Just Live Here

I started listening to the audio book of The Rest of Us Just Live Here without knowing anything about it. I knew the author, and I had heard the title but other than that it was a complete mystery to me.

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It’s almost the end of another month, wow this year is FLYING by!

I don’t know about all my fellow readers out there, but I found January to be a surprisingly productive month. I ticked off so many things from my ever-growing to do list, and I got a new job. Yay me!

I had a fairly good reading month too, coming in with 10 finished books and 3 current reads.

I thought I’d try out something like a wrap up, but with my reading statistics because I found that stuff really interesting and I’d like to keep it going so that I have some record to look back on this time next year.

SO! Without further ado here are my January reading stats:

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“If the decision you’ve made has brought you closer to humanity, then you’ve done the right thing.”

– Tahereh Mafi, A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Tahereh Mafi’s latest novel was my first read of 2019 and I am so happy I chose this as the book to begin my year with. I’ve never read a Tahereh Mafi book (despite owning some of them) and if I am being honest I picked this up from my local bookstore expecting something light and easy to read, the cover and spine caught my attention and that was all I needed to convince me, but it turned out to be so much more than that.

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My Personal BookTube-A-Thon/Biannual Bibliothon Combined TBR Goals.

I don’t make BookTube videos, but I didn’t think that it should hold me back from joining the challenges that happen.
It was difficult for me to pick between the two challenges that run through July, so I decided to merge the two and combine them where I can, without breaking the guidelines of each individual challenge.

Below is my combined TBR list for the two challenges, and with each book is the challenge I will be ticking off along with them.


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What is My ‘Why’?

 I have always written my thoughts on paper, I have always conveyed my message through my art or my writing, I’ve never been much of a talker (that’s actually a lie, I’m a chatterbox, I just meant I’m not great at expressing my thoughts and feelings in spoken word). I believe that beauty can be found in everything, beautiful things are not just pretty, I find beauty in sadness, in horror, in kindness and anger, there is beauty in sound, in images, and in words. What makes something beautiful is the energy and emotion that has gone into creating it.

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