#COLLABOREADS September: A Brand New Book

Sep 26

#COLLABOREADS is a fun thing that I’m excited to try because of one of my favorite Instagrammers/bloggers, Rachel! I’m joining a little late, but better late than never, I say!  Plus, I’m always down for an excuse to buy/borrow a new book.  😉  Here’s a little bit about #COLLABOREADS from Rachel before I get into my September read:

Here’s how this works: We pick a theme every month, you pick a book that fits (we all read different books! it’s fun that way!) and then all link up and share our thoughts (with a handy-dandy R.E.A.D.S. acronym usually–see below!) and link up and become BFFs. You can read more about this whole thing here.
This month’s theme was: A Brand New Book (published within the last month)

I chose: Something Like Happy by Eva Woods

You can read the plot summary on Goodreads here! You can grab this book HERE  (affiliate link).

something like happy review


What part of the book could you NOT get enough of? 

All of it.  I loved loved loved this book.  I never wanted to put it down.  There is something so wonderful about seeing a character you like grow and change for the better, so I kept wanting to see Annie grab her life by the shoulders and make the most of it.  She starts out as miserable, but she’s a lovable kind of miserable that I think we could all sympathize with.  I also wanted to see a love story develop since the synopsis promises “perhaps even new love with the unlikeliest of men,” and I’m a sucker for a good love story.  😉  And of course, you have to know what happens with Polly and see more of her character revealed.  She’s such a little spitfire — I think you’ll fall in love with her, too.


How did you relate to/care for the characters? What’s your thought on the plot line and twists and turns? 

At one point, Annie finds herself thinking over and over, “There has GOT to be more than this.”  I couldn’t relate to anything more.  So many times, sitting at my desk on a sunny day with nothing really important accomplish and nothing important to accomplish ahead, I told myself the same thing: there has GOT to be more.  Plus, I think we can all get bogged down in the hard and monotonous stuff that happens to us, just like Annie.  But you have to ACTIVELY seek out happiness, and that’s what Polly is trying to find out: can you find happiness even when you are flat out miserable?

Now, the twists and turns aren’t TOO unexpected.  But Woods reveals so many aspects of Annie’s and Polly’s pasts that you’re always waiting to find out more.


What other books are like this one? If none, did it remind you of a particular TV or movie with it’s themes and characters? Does it serendipitous-ly line-up with things going on in your life or the news right now? 

It’s a BIT like The Fault in Our Stars and Me Before You, but so much more life-giving, I feel.  The major theme is making the most of life when you only have a short time to live, much like those two books.  But Something Like Happy feels more adult to me.


You know you judged this book by the cover. What did you think of it? How did it relate to the contents of the novel? And the font and layout of the pages? 

You know, I read it on my ancient Kindle, so I haven’t seen the cover in person.  I chose it based on the synopsis — I was really intrigued by the 100 Happy Days project, which I had not really heard much about prior to this book.  The cover that I see on Good Reads & Amazon doesn’t make a TON of sense because no one really bikes in this book, but it’s colorful in a mismatched but fun kind of way, just like Polly.


How many out of five do you give this book? Would you recommend this book to a friend? 

Five stars, for sure.  That is not something I do often!  I want to shout this book from the roof tops to tell everyone how much I love it.  I also want to base all of my decisions and anxieties on WWPS:  What Would Polly Say?

Remember, if you want to get in on the #COLLABOREADS fun (or just have a good excuse to hit up Amazon), check out THIS PAGE!

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  1. Elena

    September 28th, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Glad you enjoyed the book so much! I will have to look into it and add it to my TBR soon due to your glowing review!

    Visiting from #Collaboreads

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