I recently went to Glasgow for a wee trip. My friends and I got tickets to see My Dad Wrote a Porno back in 2019 and after many reschedules, the day finally came to see the show! So I hopped down to Glasgow (by ‘hopped’ I mean, ‘took a 3.5 hour bus trip) and managed to give myself a whole day to go book shopping! I fully intended to buy many books and I did! I ended up bringing back 16 books and I’m so excited about every one!
I lived in Glasgow for 10 years but I left so many years ago that I wasn’t sure if any of my favourite book shops were still open. I asked friends for recommendations of where to buy books and the overwhelming majority suggested Category Is Books and Outwith Books, so I had to pay a visit to each of those places.
I went to the following bookshops in Glasgow:
Category Is Books
34 Allison St, Glasgow G42 8NN
14 Albert Rd, Glasgow G42 8DN
330 Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8AP
153-157 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3EW
Buchanan Bus Station
I think that it will be a while before I do anymore book shopping, other than bookclub books, as I’ve got no space left on my bookshelves and I’ve no idea where to put these new purchases. I regret nothing!
When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn’t the hard part–they’ve only been dating for five months, and he can’t even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans…
At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik’s rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He’s even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik’s social media blows up–in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can’t be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him, filled with food, fun, and fantastic sex. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes…
This was the second book in the Wedding Date series. I really enjoyed the first book in this series so was really looking forward to continuing with the series. This book did not disappoint and I gave it a solid 4 stars.
Despite this book being part of a series, the characters were all new. I believe that each of the books revolves around a new cast of characters which confused me a bit but it means that these books work well as standalone novels.
The book started with a surprise, very unwanted proposal which gave me a strong feeling of second hand embarrassment. It was also so funny and a really lighthearted start to the book. Carlos and his sister swooped in to rescue Nik from the unwanted camera attention. It made me so happy that these strangers would came to help someone so clearly in distress. Carlos was introduced as a knight in shining armour…if that armour were a baseball cap.
I really enjoyed all of the characters in this book. Nik was pretty relatable as a person who had been heartbroken once before and that clouded their views on relationships. I think many people have known somebody like that. Fiercely independent and reluctant to let any serious romance in. Carlos was a nice guy who was attractive, smart, and an excellent cook. He was also not open to relationships so seemed like a perfect match for Nik. Something light and fun…as predicted, feelings happened and I was there cheering at my book. I absolutely loved this pairing. Each of these main characters benefitted highly from having friends who were smart and outspoken enough to call their friends out when they needed it.
I absolutely loved the little jokes about LA and how weird it was that Carlos had ‘a real job’ as a doctor. I found it fun as LA is one of those places that doesn’t seem real. I base this entirely on TV although I’m fairly certain that The Hills and The Real Housewives aren’t reliable sources of information.
Carlos’ interactions with his family were truly beautiful. I really enjoy books with strong and positive family relationships, whether biological or found family.
This book made me hungry. I googled so many recipes while reading this book. I really enjoyed the inclusion of so many tasty sounding foods. I love when books include tasty sounding food. The chapter with the cooking was hilarious and I may always laugh when I see sour cream.
This book was a light and fun romance but also included some very serious topics like racism, grieving, emotional abuse. This is the second book that I’ve read from this author and she’s so skilled at including real life issues within a light setting.
If you are looking for a good romance with spicy scenes and realistic characters, I highly recommend this book. I am so ready to read the third book in this series, I really enjoy Jasmine Guillory’s writing and am thoroughly enjoying this series!
Maybe that had been the problem all along: Maria Weston had wanted to be friends with me, but I let her down.
She’s been hovering at the edge of my consciousness for all of my adult life, although I’ve been good at keeping her out, just a blurred shadow in the corner of my eye, almost but not quite out of sight
Maria Weston wants to be friends.
But Maria Weston has been dead for more than twenty-five years.
I saw this book in a charity shop ages ago and it sounded amazing and perfect for spooky season so I put it aside for October.
This book exceeded my expectations! I loved it. I gave this 5 stars on Goodreads as I could not fault it
I’m never sure if I’m a thriller person and I both am and am not. When it comes to thrillers, I either love them or hate them and I loved this one. Five stars for you!
This book hooked me right away. It switched between events in 1989 and the present day (for this book, that was 2016). I really enjoyed flipping back between the incidents that happened in the past and the impact that they were having in the current day
The school days felt real, so real, uncomfortably real. I went to high school in the early 2000s but I still think it would be nostalgic for a many people. I related to Esther a lot. I think a lot of people reading this could find a character that was relatable to their high school self which I think made this book even more chilling as it felt so real.
I did not see the twist coming. Not at all. I am so bad for trying to guess the twist but this was so well done.
This book showed how some people coped with long lasting guilt and how that guilt can have very different knock on effects
I enjoyed this book so much and would highly recommend this to anyone who fancies a thriller, especially one that makes you remember those awkward days of high school