The Love Shack by Jane Costello

Hi, everyone! A start of a new week always gets me excited for new posts, new adventures! I hope I’ll see the sunshine on this one, because the days here have been way to grey! I only feel like staying in and reading while having a cup of coffee or tea. Have you checked my favourite ones from last week by the way? Anyways, since I did a lot of reading lately, I thought I would share with you a few of the books I’ve been enjoying, and today we’ll start with The Love Shack by Jane Costello.

I don’t even know where to start with this amazing book. I honestly fell in love with Jane Costello and I’ve bought more of her books already. Next reads are The Time of Our Lives and Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel  – I can’t wait! I’ll let you know about them when I finish them. I found The Love Shack so intriguing and easy to read. For the first 2 or 3 chapters I wasn’t very interested, I thought it was a nice read, just like many others. As I continue leafing through the pages, I got hooked. I mean, it was really difficult to put the book down, even when my eyes were forcing me to fall asleep.

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So, here you have a little summary of The Love Shack: It talks about a girl, Gemma, and her boyfriend, Dan, who both decide it’s time to buy a house together. They’ve been dating for a few years and have been living together for some time too, and they want to have their own property. Gemma is a dreaming, determined woman, who reminds me much of myself, to be honest. She finds a beautiful house, that has everything she’d always wanted and after viewing many other properties, she knows she needs to have this one. I am much like her in this sense. I dream big, but I also plan everything to have what I want. And Gemma is exactly like that. With that said, when their dream house is way too expensive for them, Gemma decides the only solution is to move in with Dan’s mother (who’s divorced and has made a ton of money writing books on explaining why men are all bastards). This way they’ll save enough money for the down payment in just about 4 months. This is their solution anyways. The story then unfolds a series of events that put them both in awkward situations and test their relationship.

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I also love the characters. Gemma is a representation of many women and with that comes some insecurities but also determination in doing what she wants/loves. Dan seems to be a very superficial character at first, but I think he’s the one who has more to offer. He has a difficult relationship with his father and a strange one with his mother. The book explains it all with its time, and it was beautiful to see Dan somewhat growing during the months they were at his mum’s. And his mother is just a laugh. She’s out of this world, and has some funny scenes in the book. The characters are all very well built and represent real people and real life situations, which I love. It is easy to laugh, I have never really laughed out loud whilst reading a book, but this one did it for me. And it’s a very easy read. Your life won’t be changed by it nor you’d wonder why we exist, however it might help you understanding that life cannot always be planned. And if something isn’t meant to be, then it won’t be meant to be. And that is okay, we will survive and find ourselves while doing so. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll find one of the reasons why it’s so good to wake up and live.

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One of the funny scenes

This is a very little take on what I thought and felt about this book. I did enjoy it so much because it gave me another perspective on taking things slowly and taught me (again) that I should not plan so much and that things will find their place eventually. What did you think about it? Would you like to read it or have you before? Let me know!

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Happy reading, catreaders!

Goodreads | Book series

Hello, dears! How are you today and how hard was your Monday? Thinking positively, tomorrow’s already the middle of the week! I like to start my Mondays the best I can, so it settles the beginning of a great week! I do things I love and have a special dinner, so it still feels a little like Sunday. Anyhoo, today I thought I would talk about Goodreads and its book reading challenge!

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I’ve always wanted to find a Book Club to discuss my opinions on a few books I’ve read or will read, and I thought I could start with sharing my opinions here on the website. However, when reading a few posts from other bloggers, I’ve come across this challenge on Goodreads (see my ‘to read’ list here). How come didn’t I know about this already? Yeah, I ask myself the same question! So, as motivation but also to keep myself accountable, I’ve decided I’ll read 50 books in 2017. I mean, I don’t think this is going to be that difficult for me, but I do know I love a good challenge! Furthermore, when seeing my list of ‘already read’ increasing, I’ll feel proud of myself and it will keep me going (maybe I’ll even go over 50?).

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I decided to do this because one, it’s fun! and two, I want to encourage my boyfriend to read a little more (he rarely reads anything), and he’s quite a competitive person – let’s rather say he’s extremely competitive! So, I thought this challenge would be good for him! I also thought that it could be motivating for anyone who would like to read more or just have a list of everything they’ve been reading. So, join in! I’d love to see what you’re reading! You can add me at Goodreads (link is up) and we can also share some comments and opinions on a few books. Or you can just do the challenge and share your results! And if you don’t know what books to start with, I’ll leave here Shannon’s blog because she’s out-of-this-world-creative (check out her DIY bookmarks – I’m in love!) and she loves reading too! She has a post about a few books on her ‘to read’ list, check it out and maybe you’ll have a few ideas on what to read yourself.

What do you think about this challenge? And are you going to join in? I’m extremely excited to be part of it and can’t wait for the end of 2017 to see how many I’ve read!

Happy readings, catreaders!

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