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So, Writers & Lovers. I just had to get on the hype since it received really good reviews on Goodreads, although I’ve never read any of Ms King’s previous books. I bought the audiobook version initially and decided I didn’t like the narrator, I’m not sure why myself. Was it her voice or the way she narrates it? I can’t say for sure. Anyway, I then bought the kindle version of this book from Amazon.

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“I don’t write because I think I have something to say.
I write because if I don’t, everything feels even worse.” – the famous quote from Writers & Lovers.

Reading this book feels like reading someone’s diary. I don’t know where this is going, I don’t know why I’m even reading it.

It’s nice I suppose to get into someone’s mind and listen to their thoughts as they walk back home from work but I’m not so sure how I feel when the entire book is like that. I guess that’s how a “slice of life” book is supposed to be, it’s not really about the end and more about the journey. Maybe this is the kind of book you read before bed, because it sure wouldn’t keep me up (or so I thought until I realise I stayed up until 2am to finish it!). 

There’s a beauty to it. It’s something you read for the words, for each scene itself. They are beautiful, the way the sentences are strung relaxes my overthinking, anxious mind. Somehow telling me to slow down, enjoy the little things this book has to offer. Stop trying to chase the ending.. And these things kept me going back every time I felt like abandoning it.

It’s not dramatic, it’s not meant to be that way. It’s about life and I must admit, I did enjoy it after all.

Some quotes I loved;

“Some people are like that. They think anyone’s amusement must be at their expense.”

“I’m both the sad person and the person wanting to comfort the sad person.”

“I think of all the people playing roles, getting further and further away from themselves, from what moves them, what stirs them all up inside.”


I finished it but am left feeling unsure about it. So, out of 5, this book is probably a 3.

Will I read it again? Probably not.

Will I read another book by the writer? Definitely.

Will I recommend it to my close friends? Hmm.

But the big question is.. what to read next?


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