Eva Woods
Something Like Happy
March 14, 2020 Comments.. 234
Something Like Happy With wry wit and boundless heart Eva Woods delivers an unforgettable tale of celebrating triumphs great and small seizing the day and always remembering to live in the moment It s simple really Yo

  • Title: Something Like Happy
  • Author: Eva Woods
  • ISBN: 9781525811357
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With wry wit and boundless heart, Eva Woods delivers an unforgettable tale of celebrating triumphs great and small, seizing the day, and always remembering to live in the moment It s simple, really You re just meant to do one thing every day that makes you happy Could be little things Could be big In fact, we re doing one right now Annie Hebden is stuck Stuck in herWith wry wit and boundless heart, Eva Woods delivers an unforgettable tale of celebrating triumphs great and small, seizing the day, and always remembering to live in the moment It s simple, really You re just meant to do one thing every day that makes you happy Could be little things Could be big In fact, we re doing one right now Annie Hebden is stuck Stuck in her boring job, with her irritating roommate, in a life no thirty five year old would want But deep down, Annie is still mourning the terrible loss that tore a hole through the perfect existence she d once taken for granted and hiding away is safer than remembering what used to be Until she meets the eccentric Polly Leonard.Bright, bubbly, intrusive Polly is everything Annie doesn t want in a friend But Polly is determined to finally wake Annie up to life Because if recent events have taught Polly anything, it s that your time is too short to waste a single day which is why she wants Annie to join her on a mission One hundred days One hundred new ways to be happy Annie s convinced it s impossible, but so is saying no to Polly And on an unforgettable journey that will force her to open herself to new experiences and perhaps even new love with the unlikeliest of men Annie will slowly begin to realize that maybe, just maybe, there s still joy to be found in the world But then it becomes clear that Polly s about to need her new friend than ever and Annie will have to decide once and for all whether letting others in is a risk worth taking Simply irresistible Library Journal A special book that will make you laugh through your tears with its heartfelt take on happiness and friendship Amy E Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

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    1. Suzanne Leopold says:

      Polly is thirty five years old and is terminally ill. Doctors have informed her that she only has 100 days left to live. Polly is determined to make the most of her remaining life and makes it a goal to find happiness every day. She soon befriends Annie who is tending to her mother at the hospital. Polly is enthusiastic and bubbly, while Annie is introverted and cautious. Annie is also thirty five and is feeling overwhelmed since her mother developed dementia. She currently works at an unfulfill [...]

    2. *TANYA* says:

      Lovely!!! My heart broke for both protagonists, both their stories were heartbreaking. I laughed a few times but mostly cried. Lol. Grab your tissues!!

    3. Amy says:

      It’s very rare for me to read a book that touches me on such a personal level, even if I relate to the characters in a major way or if the storyline reaches someplace deep inside my heart I don’t often feel truly moved and inspired by a book. I think this is one of those magical moments where I picked the perfect book at the right time, Something Like Happy was exactly the type of book I needed and I didn’t even realize it until I was done.Woods was inspired by the 100 days of happy posts [...]

    4. Kathryn says:

      Review will follow

    5. booksofallkinds says:

      SOMETHING LIKE HAPPY by Eva Woods is simply outstanding!!!!!This book broke me and no this is not an exaggeration - ask my husband who woke up suddenly to the sound of me wailing at 2 am, lol. This story sucked me in and made me care so deeply about the characters and pulled at my heartstrings from start to finish and I definitely went through a box of tissues as I read it, but it also made me laugh out loud, made me appreciate my life even more, and hammered home the point that life really is w [...]

    6. Lisa Aiello says:

      This was a definite 6 star read, but since won't allow that (and I have to take off one star for God awful editing, proofing, formatting - which I can only hope is because it was an ARC), a 5 star it is.This book was everyting - sad, happy, heart-breaking, hilarious, irreverant, joyous. You name the emotion, and this story contained it. It is a out friendship and love, selfishness and selflessness. It is about choosing to live a life that is large enough to contain all the emotions, so that in [...]

    7. Olivia (The Candid Cover) says:

      In a world where many of us are feeling at odds for various reasons, this book is a reminder that it is important to stop and smell the roses. Something Like Happy is a novel that explores the idea that no matter what your circumstances, there is still joy to be found in the little things if you let them. Eva Woods has crafted a beautiful story that is relatable, humorous, and contains a cast of characters that will tug at your heartstrings.At first glance, one might assume that this story is go [...]

    8. Priyanka says:

      Check out abooklionshideaway/ for more reviews. Something Like Happy is a beautiful story about characters you'll love, friendship and small joys in life. The novel also revolves around 100 Happy Days Project, I had never heard of it before, so it was an experience reading about that. It shows how you can find joy in small things in life.Annie Hebden is miserable and Polly is set to enjoy and celebrate life in the 100 Happy Days Project Challenge. Miserable Annie of thirty-five years old thinks [...]

    9. Barbara says:

      On the back cover of “Something Like Happy” is the alluring sentence: For fans of JoJo Moyes comes a moving tale of finding happiness in one hundred days. Well, that’s all I needed to pick-up this book. Indeed, author Eva Woods penned a “Moyes-esq” sort of novel. Protagonist Annie Hebden is a surly curmudgeon who happens to cross paths with Polly Leonard in a hospital. The reader learns there are many reasons for Annie’s surly attitude. However, Polly, who only has three months to li [...]

    10. Melissa says:

      Wow. This book is like a self-help book romanticized. I am so happy to have won it in a giveaway! Sooooo good!!!

    11. Elaine Mullane says:

      Annie has been dealt a really hard hand in life. She has lost her only child to cot death, and then her husband to her best friend. She has completely given up on life, spending her days wandering between her unfulfilling job to her lonely, shared apartment where she dines on ready meals for one in front of the TV.One day, while visiting her mother, who has dementia, in hospital, she meets Polly, an upbeat, eccentric and charismatic young woman who has been diagnosed with cancer and given three [...]

    12. Siobhan says:

      Damn, Something Like Happy is a seriously emotional read.I’ll be completely honest by admitting I went into this one a little bit tentative. The notion of the book was intriguing, but I find books dealing with the topics included in this one can be a bit hit or miss. Mainly it was the #100HappyDays social media phenomenon that had me a bit worried. My idea of a social media phenomenon to follow is watching people make a fool of himself or herself through the ice bucket challenge or the cinnamo [...]

    13. Lindsay Williams (Bibbidi Bobbidi Bookworm) says:

      Special thanks to Little Bird Publicity and Graydon House for sending me a copy of Something Like Happy in exchange for my honest review!I have a bachelor's degree in English (Literature emphasis) and have taught high school English for almost twelve years now. I like to consider myself a bit of an expert in analyzing literature, and I also consider myself a very strong reader who is capable of comprehending difficult texts. My days are filled with discussions of Othello and Death of a Salesman [...]

    14. Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk) says:

      „Sto dni szczęścia” to lektura, która uderza we wrażliwego czytelnika jak grom z jasnego nieba. Być może brzmi to nieco górnolotnie, ale w chwilach wielkiej smuty, kiedy dopada nas chandra, kiedy wydaje się, że gorzej być nie może, a za oknem na dokładkę roztopy, to proste przypomnienie o tym, co naprawdę ma znaczenie ma szansę przywołać na ziemię i dodać siły do działania. Bohaterki Evy Woods szczerze i z brytyjską swadą udowadniają, że nie trzeba medytować w Tybec [...]

    15. Megan C. says:

      "The thing about happiness, Annie--sometimes it’s in the contrasts.  Hot bath on a cold day.  Cool drink in the sun.  That feeling when your car almost skids on the ice for a second and then you’re fine--it’s hard to really appreciate things unless you know what it’s like without them."~Something Like Happy🌼🏵🌼🏵Finished this lovely audiobook recently - I enjoyed it so much! It's a story about Annie, a woman who has literally lost it all, and Polly, who is is determined to h [...]

    16. Luanne Ollivier says:

      I was really intrigued by the inspiration for Eva Woods' new novel Something Like Happy. I hadn't heard about the #100happydays challenge before this. (You can find out more at the website and on Twitter.)In Something Like Happy, we meet Annie - who is definitely not happy. Her mother is ill, she hates her job, lives in a grubby flat, her marriage has broken up and there's a tragedy in her past that has crippled her moving forward. A chance meeting with Polly, a woman who is dying, changes her l [...]

    17. Jennifer Vining says:

      Thank you so much Little Bird Publicity and Graydon House for sending me a copy of this book to read and review. And thank you Eva Woods for writing a book that I absolutely needed to read, the timing was serendipitous. I was meant to read this book. It has been such a long time since I read something and continually flagged pages and wrote in the margins, but this book was filled with so many “life lessons” I just knew I would want to revisit them many times. I laughed out loud (like on day [...]

    18. Inge says:

      4.5 stars Utterly lovely.

    19. Caryn says:

      Full review on my blog: thebookwhisperer/2017/

    20. steph says:

      I really liked this book. I listened to the audio book (narrated by Henrietta Meire) and it was fantastic! She is a great narrator and all the various characters came alive under her different inflections and accents - Dr. Max in his thick Scottish accent is my favorite, second only to Costis, Annie's Greek born flatmate. If you want to try this on audio book (helpful if you like me are commuting daily) I totally recommend this narration. Nothing is worse than a crappy narrator (well, there are [...]

    21. Katie (katieladyreads) says:

      Hilarious while also heartbreaking. I really enjoyed it a lot more than I thought. Great reminder of how precious life is. Highly recommend!

    22. Donna Hines says:

      This was truly an emotionally gripping novel that tugged at every heartstring and wouldn't let go.We've all been there. That place nobody likes to go but often is forced to through no fault of their own.This is the beautiful story of two women joined together through an unlikely friendship that begins of all places in a hospital setting. This hospital was a place of sorrow and joy as later their was a new miracle to enjoy and many more blessings of love to come from this place often associated w [...]

    23. Jaime says:

      I wasn't the biggest fan of this book. I was hoping for a book that was really uplifting and would make me feel SOMETHING. Unfortunately, this one well fell flat to me. I didn't find Polly inspiring and her message didn't really hit me very hard. Her message was a little contradictory at points. In the beginning of the book she tells Annie to write down something happy every day, even if it's small, but then later she tells her that she needs to do happy things that are bigger. I think it would [...]

    24. Dana Stabenow says:

      Worth it for the scene when George gets his arm stuck in the vending machine. Because life is always more comic than tragic. When we let it be.

    25. Kim says:

      I read this book, and recommended it to my book club, based on the stellar reviews. Unfortunately I will be the one bad review in this sea of happiness, as I absolutely hated this book. The writing style (or absolute lack of it, actually) sealed it for me from the beginning, but I finished it because I had recommended it and felt I owed it to my fellow book clubbers. Oy. I know I'm not a "light," chick-lit person, but I can get through it if necessary. I didn't feel anything for any of these cha [...]

    26. Ryan says:

      just what I needed as we are ready to begin a new adventure, moving cross country. a sweet, heartfelt read and reminder on not necessarily how to live like we're dying, but to simply LIVE as if we are making the best of every day.

    27. Kaisha (The Writing Garnet) says:

      All reviews can be found on my blog at thewritinggarnet.wordpressOh for goodness sake! Does anyone know a plumberr eyes, as my eyes seem to have sprung a leak. No, I'm being serious. If you're needing proof just take a look at my pillow!   It's still damp (yes, it was a big leak, ahem).Polly, Polly Polly - whatever will we do with you!I bet my very last chocolate chip cookie (brave!) that there will be a lot of readers relating to Annie and, if you're anything like me, you'll be singing 'Annie [...]

    28. Angela says:

      Something Like Happy is the story of Annie Hebden and how her life changes when she meets the terminally ill Polly Leonard. Here are five reasons why I think you'll enjoy this one: - You'll root for Annie. When we first meet Annie, she's at a low point in her life and has been there for awhile. She has a crappy job, a crappy apartment, and her mother has early onset Alzheimer's. Her husband left her for her best friend, and she also went through the terrible loss of her son. Even though she has [...]

    29. Michele says:

      Actual Rating: 4.5 StarsSee the full review at HarlequinJunkieSomething Like Happy is the perfect name for Eva Woods’ latest work of fiction. Introspective and charming, this followed two women who were both dealing with life-shattering issues, trying to find a kernel of happiness–or something close to it–in the midst of chaos. “That’s what living is, I think. Letting it all in. The happy days, the sad days, the angry days. Being awake to it.”Boy was this an emotional read with lots [...]

    30. Tasha says:

      4.5 stars.

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