During September I definitely lost my mojo and this impacted all aspects of my life including reading. October was a much better reading month, I certainly started to feel I was getting back on track, although not quite there yet. This month saw me complete four books, however, the reviews to these are not as in-depth as some have been previously. However, November may not be the month that things get completely on track here as I will be participating in National Novel Writing Month (I will be featuring a post about this soon).
The first book that I finished was Happier At Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life by Gretchin Rubin. The review of this book I am going to post in a separate blog, as I feel there is much more I would like to talk about around this book.
The other books I completed over the month were; The Time of Our Lives by Jane Costello, Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper by Debbie Johnson and Meet Me at the Cupcake Café by Jenny Colgan and a short review for each of them are included below.
The Time of Our Lives
This was a great summer read, however not the best book that I have read this year. Although there were moments of fun and the characters were great I also found that the book seemed too cliché that it made it quite repetitive and I am not sure I enjoyed that side of it. I am normally a fan of cliché, especially in a chick-lit but for me this time it didn’t work.
This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy the book at all. There were moments of hilarity and I really liked the main set of characters. As much as I enj4oyed reading it, it is not a book that I would be rushing back to, but I will be looking at reading more of Jane Costello’s novels.
Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper
I absolutely loved this book. Not only is the cover of this book adorable, so was the story inside, the perfect festive romance. Both of the leading characters, Maggie and Marco, were well-rounded characters and you were rooting for them from the beginning. Not only did I love the main characters in this story but also supporting the characters. This book was full of fun, festive cheer and romance. What more do you need on this cold, dark evenings?
After reading this I found that it follows on from Cold Feet at Christmas, I have not read this book and it didn’t stop me from following the story in this book. Now I know though I will be looking to read the first book and more of Debbie Johnson’s books.
Meet Me at the Cupcake Café
This was definitely my favourite book this month, I loved it. From the start it was full of warmth and I fell in love with Issy straight away. This book is full of great characters, Issy, Austin, Pearl, Louis and Helena, and they all play vital parts in the story of this book. The Cupcake Café, even through the pages of the book, was a warm and welcoming place and there were plenty of twists and turns in making sure it would remain that way. I smiled from the first page all the way through till the large. Recommended with a large cupcake for company.
Not only was this a great book, but it is also full of recipes, and I can’t wait to get baking. I have also started straight away the follow-on book Christmas at the Cupcake Café.