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2012 Reading Challenge - William Walker's First Year of Marriage: A Horror Story - Matt Rudd

I bought this book (Kindle Edition) last year sometime and, for whatever reason, I just never seemed to get round to reading it. I don't know whether the title put me off or whether it was the thought of a 'chick-lit' type of book about a man but I would look at my list of books to be read and pass over this one for something else.

When I started my reading challenge this year I decided that I would just make the effort to read it and get it out the way. I started it, fully expecting not to enjoy it, but how wrong I was.

This is one of the funniest books I've read in ages!

It's basically a diary of William Walker's first year of marriage. It's very readable, with many 'laugh (or snort) out loud' moments which I don't often find in books. In places you can clearly see what's coming next but William doesn't see it and that's what makes it even funnier. The story did become a little far-fetched towards the end but because the rest of it is quite believable I think you can forgive the author for that. There is no real plot as it's a year's worth of diary entries. What I really liked about it was that it was written by a man and from the male perspective which we don't get to see very often. Although this could easily be classed as 'chick-lit' it is actually a lot more than that and I think it would appeal to a whole range of people.

Think of a male version of Bridget Jones and you have William Walker however, even if you hated Bridget Jones, please don't let that put you off reading this book. It really is very funny and very well written.

I'm just off now to buy the second book in this series - 'William's Progress' - and find out what he gets up to next. I dread to think!!

Stars out of 5? 4.5!!

Until the next time,

Denise x


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