Year Of Yes and But Then I Came Back Book Reviews


Hi beauties, 
Happy Tuesday! 
I hope you're all having a good day. This weekend I finished reading Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes and But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure and they were both so beautiful. I loved every second reading them and honestly didn't want them to ever finish. It's pretty rare for me to read two books I really love straight after each other and now I'm a little reluctant to pick another one up. I want to savor them both. 
If you want to read my full review of both books... keep on reading. 


Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes: Shonda's sister one day states, 'You never say yes to anything' which sends Shonda on a year long journey - to say YES. Shonda confronts her fears and is open to new experiences, such as going on the Jimmy Kimmel show and giving a commencement speech at Dartmouth. The experiences were positive, and soon it became easier to agree to things that used to scare her. In Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying yes had on every aspect of her life―and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes.
"Whatever that spark that makes each one of us alive and unique.... mine had gone. Stolen like the paintings on the wall. The flickering flame responsible for lighting me up from the inside, making me glow, keeping me warm... my candle had been blown out. I was shut down. I was tired. I was afraid. Small. Quiet. 
The lives of my characters had become unimaginably huge. People all over the world knew Meredith and Olivia. At the same time, my life had been so drained of colour and excitement that I could barely see it. 
Why?
You never say yes to anything. 
Oh yeah. That. 
I put down the glass of wine and lay on the sofa. And really thought about those six words. 
You never say yes to anything.
Maybe it was time to start saying yes. 
Maybe."
Full disclosure, I am a major Shonda Rhimes fan. I love Greys Anatomy with all my heart and sometimes I genuinely feel like Meredith Grey is my best friend. However, I wasn't sure what I would think of Year of Yes. I'd heard good things, but I didn't have high expectations. As you know by now, I loved this book so much. I think I really needed to read it. It's inspired me to think about my life and to step out of my comfort zone whenever I can. 

Year of Yes is available at PaperPlus, Whitcoulls, and all other good book stores. RRP $27.99. 

But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure: I didn't realise this book was a sequel (This Raging Light) that ends with Eden Jones slipping and hitting her head. (Not necessary to read the first book, this was a great standalone novel). 

In But Then I Came Back, Eden wakes from a month-long coma and wonders if it would have been better if she died that night. She experienced the In Between (maybe-afterlife) that was so blissful and peaceful she felt like she could stay there forever. Away from the drama of her twin brother dating her best friend and her failure to impress at her dance audition, she didn't have to worry in the In Between, she could just be free. 

Eden becomes obsessed with the other coma girl in the bed next to hers. Jasmine hasn't woken up yet and after recognising her from the In Between, Eden is determined to reach her. 

Joe visits the hospital every day, hoping his lifelong friend will wake up when he meets Eden. Together, they open themselves up to the great unknown - and each other - Eden and Joe experience life: mysterious and scary, beautiful and bright. 

But Then I came Back is a fascinating look at life after death, first love and just living. I fell in love with Eden and Joe. They were both so complicated, yet beautiful. Estelle has such a way with words. So raw, heartbreaking and magical. I want to be back in their world already. 

"Time served on planet earth is yours to use as you see fit. It keeps spinning, and just because someone's life ends or pauses doesn't mean we have to do the same."

But Then I Came Back is available at PaperPlus, Whitcoulls, and all other good book stores. RRP $19.99. 


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