Today it is my stop on the blog tour for Morgen Bailey’s The Serial Dater’s Shopping List – thanks for joining me!
Are you looking for the perfect summer holiday read? Then you’ll love this laugh-out-loud comedy about the highs and lows of dating.
Izzy is a journalist who usually writes a technology column for a local newspaper. Her somewhat intimidating boss William sets her the task of dating thirty-one men, via an internet dating site, all within a month, and writing about it for the paper.
Having an active, though fruitless, social life with her friend Donna, Izzy knows what she wants in a man, so creates a shopping list of dos and don’ts and starts ticking them off as she meets the men.
Follow the ups and downs of the dating process including Tim ‘the Weeble’, whose date leads Izzy to see banoffee pie in a whole new light, Lawrence the super-skinny social worker, Felix with his bizarre penchant for Persian Piranhas, and ‘the music maestro but don’t talk about dead pets’ Jake.
By the end of the month, will Izzy have met Mr Right?
So, I was more than happy to read and review The Serial Dater’s Shopping List when it popped up in my emails. It looked like a fun, easy-read based around internet dating, which is now apparently the only way to date – I haven’t dated in 15 years so I cannot confirm or deny this!
As you can see from the blurb, this is recommended as a ‘perfect summer holiday read’ and I have to say, I would completely agreed with this. Sadly I had to read it during a wet and blustery weekend, but it would have been ideal to read sat on a hot beach with a cocktail in hand!
Izzy is our central character, a journalist with a technology column in her local newspaper. When her boss William sets the task of dating thirty-one men, she takes the bull by the horns, sets up her online dating profile and gives it her best shot! What follows is a number of funny, interesting or non-existent dates, pushing her out of her comfort zone to meet men that she probably would not normally meet. The project enables her to write her ‘shopping list’ – a list of do’s and don’t for dating, and it makes her evaluate what she is actually looking for from a man.
I enjoyed following Izzy in her quest to date thirty-one men – she met men that we have all met at one time or another in our lives, making her experiences more than relatable. I’m not sure she convinced me that online dating is the way forward should I ever find myself in that position, but I enjoyed following her nonetheless! So if you are looking for a light-hearted, easy-read this could well be the book for you this summer! Don’t forget that cocktail!
Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📕
Thank you to Morgen Bailey and Sarah Hardy at Book on the Bright Side Publicity & Promo for providing me with a copy of this book. This is my own honest review.
Morgen Bailey is an author (of novels, short stories, writing and editing guides), freelance editor (for publishers and indie authors), writing tutor (in person and online), Writer’s Forum magazine ‘Competitive Edge’ columnist, blogger, speaker and co-founder of Northants Authors. The former Chair of three writing groups, she has judged the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition, RONE, as well as the BBC Radio 2, BeaconLit and Althorp Literary Festival children’s short story competitions. She also runs her own monthly 100-wod competition. 2018 events included talks and workshops at Troubador’s Self Publishing Conference speakers, workshops and panels at Delapre Book Festival, interviewing and workshops at BeaconLit, and NAWG Fest with her ‘Editing your Fiction’ weekend residential course. Morgen can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and many others. Her blog is http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com