Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

summer-at-little-beach-street-bakeryYou know what I love about books…? The fact that you can fall in love with them over and over again. And it just never gets old. I picked up Jenny Colgan’s Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery a few days ago because I wanted to write about the little beach street bakery books on here. The plan was to just quickly scan through it in order to re-fresh my memory. Well, it surely started off as a quick scan. But it ended up turning into a full-time reading session at the bus stop (try turning pages with wool-gloves, it’s surprisingly difficult! :)), in front of my locked apartment (thank you boyfriend <3) and finally on my couch. And it was amazing.

Even now, I’m sitting here and I don’t really know where to begin. There are so many things I want to talk to you about. But then again I feel like this isn’t the right place to do so because I don’t want to spoil the fun for you :). If you haven’t read Little Beach Street Bakery, go and read that one first. It will just make reading this one so much better and give you a better understanding of the characters and what’s going on in their lives. If you have already read the first little beach street bakery book then make sure to read this one as well. It will not disappoint you. I promise.  Continue reading

re-thinking some things :)

Winter WonderlandOkay, so I’ve done some thinking today and for whatever reason I’m really keen on sharing it with you guys. Maybe this is a completely and utterly insane idea, but I figured that sometimes the craziest ideas are the best ones. Which is why I’m gonna throw myself onto the keyboard and start typing frantically. Bare with me, please.
I just spent my entire day and many hours of my last night reading “A Passionate Love Affair With A Total Stranger”. Again. And let’s say, I’m still hooked. Totally and absolutely in love with the story…

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Is “Chick Lit” bad literature?

chick-lit-8One of the things I thought about when starting this blog was: what kind of books do I want to write about? Is this going to be “just” another Chick Lit blog, or am I going to try and write about classics like Great Expectations, Romeo and Juliet, Pride and Prejudice and so on. You get the idea. And the main reason behind this thought was: I have a BA in English literature. I am supposed to read good books. Chick Lit is bad literature… But is it really? Continue reading

A Passionate Love Affair With a Total Stranger by Lucy Robinson

passionateloveaffairWhen Charlotte breaks her leg in way too many places at her best friend Sam’s engagement picnic, her entire life unravels before her eyes. Unable to go to work, she is suddenly left with too much free time on her hands. Removed from her high-end job and unbelievably sexy and irresistible boss, with whom she just might have been in love for the past years, her life starts taking an interesting turn.

Inspired by a newspaper article, she starts her own online dating help business. From her home computer she assists her clients in their online dating banter. Because not everyone is good at the online back and forth, which, let’s be honest, is the cue to successful online dating. What started as a simple diversion soon becomes so much more when she comes across handsome William’s online dating profile, a guy one of her clients is interested in. It only takes a few (way too personal) messages and she is head over heels in love with him. Will there be a happy end for them despite the difficult circumstances?

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I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

ive-got-your-numberWhen Poppy loses her big engagement ring AND her phone on the same day, she is positive that her life is over. Okay. Maybe not over, but pretty much screwed up. Her fiancé’s parents, who don’t like her very much as it is, will certainly be done with her and her fiancé Magnus will probably not be too thrilled either given that the ring had been in his family for generations.

The book basically starts out with one big old tragedy :).

Things take a turn for the better, however,  when she finds a perfectly good phone in a nearby bin. The only problem is that its old owner’s boss wants it back, claiming it being company property and so on. But Poppy doesn’t give up that easily and they decide to share the phone until her ring is back. Turns out tough that sharing a phone is a lot more complicated and personal than they thought in the beginning. So all of this might end in disaster after all… Continue reading

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

little-beach-street-bakeryJust one simple piece of information about me before we start off with this review; I absolutely hate everything violent, scary or overly dramatic. And it doesn’t matter whether it is a book or a movie. Because these scenes always haunt me for days to come. So please just take this into consideration when you read my review. 🙂
Having read the Cupcake books by Jenny Colgan and loving them beyond words, I couldn’t wait for the Little Beach Street Bakery to come out. My Mom and I both read Meet me at the Cupcake Café and Christmas at the Cupcake Café sometime in winter and we both wanted to open up our own café immediately. Jenny Colgan has such a lovely style when it comes to writing and her characters are alway very warm and happy people. You just have to love these books. So, when I found out that there was more of Jenny Colgan’s little town/own shop goodness to devour, I immediately went out and got myself a copy of The Little Beach Street Bakery. I read the whole book in just one evening/night and I almost felt bad afterwards. I could almost see Jenny Colgan carefully coming up with her characters and their stories. Laughing at Neil the puffin and falling in love with him just like me. I watched her typing each single letter into her computer and I felt bad. Because it must have taken her quite a while to write a 400 something pages book. And it took me only a few hours to read it. Unfair, isn’t it? 🙂 But oh what! I enjoyed reading every single page of it!!

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a hundred pieces of me by Lucy Dillon

unknown-3“Gina clicked the shutter in her mind. Forget about what came before, or what’s going to come. Focus on this exact moment, when you’ve got everything you need: this is living. Now. Now. And now.” – a hundred pieces of me

Gina is in her thirties and suddenly finds herself in a small flat with white walls. Perfect for a new start. If only there weren’t all these boxes covering the taintless walls and the empty rooms. Wanting to get it right this time, Gina starts sorting through all her boxes, giving away all the things she no longer needs and letting go of all the memories and regrets that have haunted her all her life. At least that’s what she intends to do. Giving away everything but the hundred pieces that she holds dearest. However, she soon figures out that it is easier said than done. Sorting through your stuff means sorting through your memories and past. And it means embracing what has happened and coming to terms with it. It means accepting that the past is the past and focusing on the here and now.

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