I think I need to join a support group for serial book buyers. In the last month and a half, I’ve racked up a truly monstrous number of book purchases on every platform available to me: online shopping, in-store from book shops and second-hand from charity sales. The pile of unread books I’ve accumulated is more like a mountain at this stage! All of this to say I’ve established a pretty large reading list of novels, plays, and collections of short stories all within my grasp, and the time has come to dig in.
A book I picked up several months ago in one of my escapades is David Nicholls’ One Day, and I think I’m going to finally bite the bullet and actually give it a go once I’m done with my current read. This is a book that has come up time and time again on my Instagram feed in posts by fellow book-lovers, claiming it to be one of their all-time favourites. Let’s chat a little bit more about my expectations of it, shall we? I’ll then revisit what I’d anticipated once I’ve read it and we can compare notes.
First off, I’m a big fan of romance but I’ll admit to not having read a whole lot of romance-centred literature, so I’m excited and a little nervous from that perspective. From what I can muster from the blurb on the back of the book, this is the story of a girl and a guy who coincidentally meet one day (hence the title), and who then seem to serendipitously run into one another on the exact same day a year later. It follows their lives year to year, but that’s about as much as I know.
I do, however, know how the book ends. Kind-of. After the book became something of a cult classic a solid number of years ago, it was made into a movie with Anne Hathaway and That-Guy-Who-Acted-In-That-Movie-That-Had-To-Do-With-The-Beatles (I think his name is Jim Sturgess, but I’m diligently choosing not to Google because the uncertainty is way more fun. The movie he was in was definitely called Across The Universe). This movie – also titled One Day – came out while I was in high school, when renting DVDs was still a thing people could do, and one of my friends rented the movie and spoiled the ending for me. Of course, that was over 10 years ago now; I’m lost in the throes of my mid-20s and can’t actually remember the details of what happens. They can finally be together and then they die? One of them dies? A bike is involved? It’s all very precise, I’m sure we can agree! For a long time, I resolved not to read the book because I hate spoilers with a passion and the ending sounds like the worst kind of denouement; but now, considering I can’t properly recall how it ends and how popular the story itself seems to be among the book-lovers community, I think I’ll give it a shot.
I also love that the copy I picked up isn’t a movie cover. This is a pet peeve of mine and I’ll always try to find editions of the book I’m hunting without movie tie-ins. (While we’re talking about it, I may as well mention that I belong to the Read-The-Book-Then-Watch-The-Movie party, while Kyle subscribes to the Watch-The-Movie-Then-Read-The-Book club.) As a person who studied and who now gets paid to do graphic design, I think this cover is a winner. I love the spot colour – that orange is poppin’! I equally love the strong, silhouetted profiles and the epic typography of the title, running vertically and going from large to small and back to large again. And how about that great tagline: “Twenty years. Two people. ONE DAY.” Yaaaaaaas! It’s epic.
So there you have it: my thoughts on an upcoming read. Let me know what you think in the comments: have you read One Day? Have you ever had a book spoiled for you that you chose to still read afterwards? Are you more into reading the book first and following it with the movie, or vice versa?
In the meantime, I’ll still be hunting down that support group. Hi everyone, my name is Hannah and I’m a bookaholic. Hiiii, Hannaaaah…