Dolly, A Lifetime & A Bit of Bridget: May Book Review

I finally started reading again! That’s at least one new years resolution that I have managed to fulfill, finally. The books below are the books that have helped coax me back into the world of literature and I couldn’t have enjoyed each one, admittedly for different reasons, more. Have you read any of them and if so, what did you think? Let me know below…

So, what goes on in this book then?

“Is it morally wrong to have a bow-dry when one of your children has headlice? Is technology now the fifth element? Or is that wood? Is sleeping with someone after 2 dates and 6 weeks the same as getting married after 2 meetings and 6 months of letter writing in Jane Austen’s day?

Pondering these, and other modern dilemmas, Bridget Jones stumbles through the challenges of single-motherhood, tweeting, texting and rediscovering her sexuality in what some people rudely and outdatedly call ‘middle age’.” – Back of my book

What did I think about it?

Despite its varied reviews, I was delighted to find another Bridget Jones saga and couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into it. After a shocking revelation at the start of the book, it soon settled into the normal hilarity and Helen Fielding managed to somehow let Bridget grow up, but keep her just the same girl we always loved.

I especially loved how children came into this book and Bridget doing the school run has to be one of my new favourite things. If you loved the other books then this is a must-read for you.

So, what’s it about?

“When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has not only seen it all and tried it all but written about it too. In her intimate memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you’ve ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out.

It’s a book about bad dates, good friends and – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough.” – Waterstones

Did I enjoy this book?

Without spoiling I for my wonderful friend Helen, whom I have this book waiting ready for when she gets home from Italy. Dolly Alderton’s writing was just as I hoped it would be, humorous, honest and so lively. In her book she tells the story of her life, punctuating it with details of each relationship that she has had and how it has shaped her. Unexpectedly I feel like this book, more than anything, taught me about the power of friendship and how important those relationships are. They are worth holding onto tight and what becomes so clear by the end of this book is how much Dolly really treasures those relationships.

In honest truth, I wasn’t sure about this book until I got to about a third of the way in, but all of a sudden it seemed to click with me and from then on in, after a couple of weeks of reading it on and off, I consumed it in just a couple of days.

I’d highly recommend it for anyone who is a fan of self-reflection, emotional rollercoasters and a good old laugh with a friend.

What’s this book about, you may be thinking?

” You can live your whole life not realising what you’re looking for is right in front of you. 15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? ” – Back of the book.

Here are a few of my thoughts:

One Day is a book that I have owned for about five years and have tried to read on multiple occasions, never quite being able to get past the first chapter. I was clearing up my shelf last month and saw it sitting there, waiting for me to try and read it again. I decided to give it one more go and so, with no expectations, I finally picked it from my shelf and delved in, but this time around I was hooked.

I adored the two main characters and felt I really got to know them and their lives as they twisted and turned towards & away from each other over the many years the book covers. I wasn’t sure about the same day every year making up each chapter, I wondered how much of their lives we would miss out on and how it would flow. Again, that’s where I was wrong about this book, it was such a refreshing and interesting way to travel through a lifetime in just a few pages and I LOVED it. 100% recommend.

What was the last book that you read?

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