How books changed our lives!

I had so much fun a few weeks ago talking about how much "Me Before You" impacted my life. I read the book, written by JoJo Moyes, four years ago and still think about the characters often. After being awed by the movie adaptation, and talking everyone's ear off about both the book and the movie over the past few weeks, I started thinking about all of the other books I have read and in what way they changed my life and influenced me. Today we thought we would share these books with you!


Freya North - Her complete works.
As I may have mentioned once or twice...ahem okay maybe like a hundred times before, I bought my first Freya North novel alongside "Me Before You." I want to say that it was "Secrets" or "Chances" but if I'm honest I can't remember which one, as I went on to devour all twelve of her published books that summer, of 2012. Simply put, I adore her. Her writing is just wonderful, the stories, the descriptions, the characters, I just love it all. Ever since that summer four years ago I have had to wait ever so patiently yearly for her new novels, then I proceed to stare at them because I don't want them to be over too quick and for my year of waiting to begin again. Freya North helped ignite the spark of my love for reading again, as after loving books as a child and obsessing over Harry Potter, nothing else had really spoken to me since. Once I had read her books I became the 'can't not have a book to read bookworm' I am today.

Jennifer Joyce - The Wedding Date.
Most recently, this hilarious book inspired me to stop making excuses and write my own story or at least just get my thoughts down on paper in my own way. I had attempted to write a story before reading "The Wedding Date" but couldn't quite find my groove. After reading this and feeling a strong connection to Delilah and the way in which the story was written, I knew I had to try a different approach, which I can happily say seems to be working for me so far. :)


Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road'
I want to say I picked up this book when I was 15/16, due to Johnny Depp mentioning it in an interview (oh to be young and impressionable) and my brother actually owning a copy. I completely fell in love with Kerouac's writing style and the adventure that 'On The Road' took me on. It opened me up to a whole new world of books and American Literature and I wanted to learn everything about The Beat Generation. I have been engrossed with it ever since. I felt a huge sense of contentment when immersed in this world. Furthermore, this book changed my life when it became what connected me to my best friend and future husband. We were initially both surprised to find out that we were fans of Kerouac but it lead to many a book conversation and book sharing. It still makes me smile, so yes, this book has no doubt had the most amazing, awesome impact on my life imaginable! :)

Rebecca Raisin's 'Gingerbread Café' series.
I searched for the first book of this series for a good while before finally realizing it was a Kindle book, at the time I wasn't Kindle savvy and wasn't aware that some books weren't available in print, I asked every bookshop because I knew I had to read it. I had fallen in love with the title alone, it sounded perfect. Of course when I read the book, I became obsessed and loved the world in which Rebecca Raisin had created, the people, the town of Ashford and all the unique shops within it. It just so happened that I was able to connect with Rebecca Raisin and learn that she is an awesome, wonderful human being. So around this time I had really been wanting to write and through her I felt truly inspired to sit down and get all my thoughts and ideas onto paper. Rebecca became a huge inspiration to me and gave me tons of advice and encouragement, that I still keep in my mind at all times when writing, and I love her so much for that. Later, her book 'The Little Bookshop on the Seine' further cemented my love for reading and writing like never before and just thinking about it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! :)

What books have changed your lives? We'd love to know and add them to our book lists! :)
Have a great day!
Lucy and Kelly


  1. Ah I love how much of an effect books can have on people. God, I just love reading ha ha! My all time favourite book is In Cold Blood by Truman Capote...I wouldn't say it's 'changed my life' or is motivational in its storyline but I simply couldn't believe how incredible the writing was. I was completely hooked and it changed the way I saw literature, I've definitely never read a book that had me singing the praises of an author quite as much as that did!

    Katie xx ¦ La Coco Noire

    1. Thank you so much for reading! :) We just love reading too, sometimes we just have to stare at the wall for a minute to digest the awesomeness of books!! haha!! We will have to look up that book now! xx

  2. I cannot agree more with books influencing our lives. I read the diary of Anne Frank in high school and it helped put things into perspective. Also the Perks of Being a Wallflower because it taught me that it's okay to be the quiet one and just enjoy observing things. The movie was great too!
    Love this post girls!
    Steph x.

    1. I read that recently too Steph, as well as I think in high school. You are right about it putting a lot of things into perspective. Sometimes, try as you might, it's difficult to grasp just how scary those times must have been! I have to be honest, I watched that movie because of Emma Watson. I'm glad they did a good adaptation thought! :) xx