Sticking to my resolution to blog more! I'm hoping to get into a pattern of blogging every two or three days, which will also motivate me to read faster than I have been doing. I sat in my lounge yesterday (I hardly ever go in there) and just read my book in peace and quiet until I had finished it. It was bliss, something I haven't done in a long, long time. The book was Lindsey Kelk's The Single Girl's To-Do List. Lindsey Kelk is the author of the amazing I Heart series. Here's the Goodreads description:
Published 9th June 2011by Harper.
A hilarious and romantic standalone novel from the bestselling author of the I Heart series. Rachel Summers lives every area of her life according to a to-do list and so far, she is ticking most things off. She has a job she loves (make-up artist to the stars), the perfect boyfriend, a cosy London flat and a fantastic circle of friends. All that remains on her life to-do list is to get married, have a baby and live happily ever after. Simple. Well, not quite! Suddenly, Rachel's perfect boyfriend wants to take a break. She's convinced it's just cold feet but when the break turns into a split, her best friends Emelie and Matthew step in and come up with the ultimate heartbreak cure -- the single girl's to-do list, the top ten things Rachel must see and do to kick-start her fabulous, new single life. But nothing can prepare her for the adventures that unfold as the to-do list takes them all over town and even abroad, and proves to all three that love is out there if you're willing to take a chance!
I really enjoyed the first two I Heart books, so I was excited to read this. It didn't let me down! Linsdey Kelk is a really funny writer, and I think I annoyed a few people (my mum, my brother, people at work, people on the bus) by laughing out loud (very loud) at times. I often find myself predicting what is going to happen when I'm reading, and end up spoiling books for myself when exactly what I predicted would happen, does. Although one prediction I made right at the start came true (though it's a spoiler so I won't reveal it), the rest of the book was quite unpredictable, and even what I predicted didn't happen exactly how I thought it would.
I really liked the main character Rachel and her two best friends. At the start of the book Rachel did annoy me, as she acted like a doormat to Simon, her boyfriend, and his 'break'. But as the book goes on and she ticks off more of the list, we see her growing as a person and becoming stronger, which is good. She seemed quite oblivious and stubborn at times though, which is frustrating as a know-it-all reader.
The only slightly negative thing I can say about this book is something that probably doesn't even register with other people, but I'm quite picky. It seemed that in every scene with Matthew in it (which was a lot), Kelk mentioned the fact that he was gay. Kinda got annoying after about the third time; I understand that he's gay, I don't need reminding every time he does something!
Other than that though, I really enjoyed this book. If chick lit isn't your thing, I'd suggest leaving it alone, but if you've just finished a mentally exhausting read and need something light and fluffy to get into and laugh at, this is perfect. I'd also recommend the I Heart series if you haven't read them!