― (Apologies for the rubbish picture!)'The Notebook' by Nicholas Sparks is not only one of the quickest reads I've ever read, but it is also one of the most personal to me and my family. ∙ Since buying this book for 99p in a charity shopping spree with my grandma, I promised myself that I would read it before watching the film. I did just that. I took it with me to Venice as my 'Holiday' book, but it was so good I finished within two days of arriving in Italy! ∙ I began reading it [...].