Meet me at the Cupcake Café by Jenny Colgan

Meet me at the Cupcake Café was the first Jenny Colgan book I read and also one of my favourites. And it was also the book that had broken my previous resolution of not reading any more re-reads for the rest of the year. But just recently, me and my boyfriend have had this crazy idea to open up a café, so what better thing to read about than I woman who does just that?

(Also if I was ever going to write a blog post on what my favourite book covers of all time were this would definitely make the list- it’s such a lovely cover, and just like a cupcake it tempts you to read the book).

This novel is about Issy Randall, who loves baking and when she gets fired from her safe, corporate job decides to take a risk and open up a cupcake café. One thing I loved about Issy is that she has a hobby; baking but she isn’t afraid to make a career out of it, even though she encounters many problems and many obstacles along the way.

The supporting cast are also brilliant; I loved how different all the characters were, and towards the end even Caroline grew on me. (Although why you would want to eat a healthy cupcake is beyond me!) Although this story is primarily about Issy, there is something interesting going on in everybody’s lives!

I also loved the fact that although it may all seem like sunshine and rainbows for our protagonist Issy when she decides to take her hobby to the next level… it isn’t. Yes, granted started your own business is great, but there are downsides, and it takes a lot of hard work and effort. I felt like Jenny Colgan showed the downsides and the upsides of starting your own business very well.

I also loved that each chapter began with a recipe (which have all been tested by Jenny Colgan) and despite the fact that I haven’t been brave enough to try any of this recipes, I would definitely like to and I’ve shelved them away for later use.

One criticism that I do have for this book is that it occasionally switched point of views without warning; normally it is easy to tell whose point of view it was meant to be. However, personally I would’ve preferred it to just be in Issy’s point of view for consistency.

Overall I would give this book 5/5 star with buttercream icing and a cherry on top. A super sweet read, with great characters and a brilliant storyline.

Warning: side effects when reading this book may include cravings to eat something sweet, so to avoid have something sweet to nibble on when reading this book (preferably a cupcake).

 

 

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Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

‘Apple and Rain’ was the first book I read by Sarah Crossan despite having ‘One’ on my bookshelf for about a year now. The one reason why I had yet to read ‘One’ was because it was a story told by poetry, and I’m not the biggest fan of poetry (it’s bad enough reading and analysing poetry in English, it’s even worse when it’s in your second language.) But after reading ‘Apple and Rain’ and hearing the brilliant reviews about ‘One’ I’m more than happy to give it a try.

Side note: Before I continue I just have to say that the cover is absolutely gorgeous, and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t pick it up because of the beautiful cover.

Apple and Rain, is about a girl called Apple who lives with her Nan after her mum left eleven years ago, and in this book her mother returns with another daughter called Rain. Apple then decides to live with her and her life is turned upside down.

The main character; Apple is thirteen, which makes her quite a bit younger than a lot of protagonists from other YA character who tend to be around sixteen. I found this a refreshing change; a lot of things Apple does and says in the books are a reflection on what I was like at thirteen. Getting annoyed at your guardian for being overprotective and falling out with friends and feeling like it’s the end of the world is a thing a lot of thirteen year olds can relate to.

The female friendships I think were really well done and really reflect friendships in school; it’s very easy to feel like it’s the end of the world when we’re falling out. The friendships were also very realistic, Apple and her best friend (whose name I’ve completely forgotten) at the start of the novel don’t become best friends again, but that’s okay, in some friendships we just drift apart and that’s completely normal. I also liked the fact that due to our protagonist age friendships were significantly more important than relationships.

The only problem I found was with this book is that I found it hard to connect with Apple due to her being thirteen, and I wish that I had discovered this book a couple of years ago so that I could’ve connected with her more.

One thing that really stood out for me in this novel was the poetry, throughout the novel Apple writes poetry for her English assignments, for each assignment she will write one ‘real’ and one ‘fake’ poem, and the ‘real’ one will reflect what she’s going through and I found them all really touching. I loved the fact that despite everything she was going through she still had time to write poetry.

Overall I’d give this book 4 out of 5 stars, and I am definitely look forward to reading more of Sarah Crossan’s work in the future. Also side note if you are planning to read this book make sure that you have a lot of tissues ready.

Happy New Year!

Hey everyone and before I continue I’d like to wish you a happy new year!

First of all I would like to apologise for the lack of updates, I’ve been very busy recently and I haven’t been able to do much reading. This in turn lead to me struggling to complete my 2016 challenge of reading 50 books.

But I did finish it! (With an hour to spare!) Although I did end up rushing the last few books, but I completed my challenge even though it seemed near impossible towards the end. Hopefully you all completed your reading goals as well!

So this year I’ve set myself the challenge of a) updating more regularly and b) reading 60 books, which I hopefully should be able to do. What are your goals for the year?

Also what are you guys currently reading, so far 2017 is off to a fantastic start since I’ve started reading ‘Lobsters’ by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison which is a hilarious read!

WH Smith Readcycle!

Hey everyone! So recently I discovered the WH Smith readcycle for Marie Curie Cancer care, and this is a great opportunity to donate some of your old books for a great charity!

All you have to do is donate some books to your local WH Smith store and you will receive a 25% off voucher on your next purchase!

If you (like me) have too many books and not enough room, then this is the perfect opportunity for you (plus the 25% off voucher gives you the perfect opportunity to buy more books)! But make sure that you’ve donated your books before the 28th August.

Happy donating! 🙂

Go here for more information!

 

Book Inspired Fashion

Hello everyone! I’m very pleased to announce that on Sunday I will be starting a new addition to this blog: Book inspired fashion, this is where I will be posting Polyvore created outfits inspired by our favourite characters! So stay tuned for the first installment coming this Sunday, although don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the weekly ‘Character Spotlight’ post. 🙂

For those of you who don’t already know here is my updating schedule:

Sunday- Character inspired fashion.

Tuesday- Weekly review.

Every other Friday- Character Spotlight

Also feel free to follow my Pinterest, Polyvore and Twitter account my username is @climbinginbooks

Hello there!

Hello there, and welcome to my brand new book blog, where I will upload book reviews and lots of  other book related stuff that I think you might enjoy.

So without further ado I’m going to finish the first post and make sure that it’s ready to publish for my readers (or lack of) to read! Hope you enjoy the blog and all the really cool book related content soon to come! 🙂