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31 dates in 31 days – what could possibly go wrong? 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, Izz 31 dates in 31 days – what could possibly go wrong? 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?


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31 dates in 31 days – what could possibly go wrong? 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, Izz 31 dates in 31 days – what could possibly go wrong? 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?

30 review for The Serial Dater's Shopping List

  1. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    4 Delightful Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟 31 dates in 31 days! Sounds exhausting, but it sure made for a fun book... A little reminiscent of Sex in the City minus New York and shoes... Isabel is a journalist who has been tasked by her boss to forgo her usual tech column and write a dating column.... she signs up with a online dating site and buckles up for 31 dates in as many days.... this book really explored the good... the bad... and the ugly of dating.... as you can imagine Isabel dated a wide variety of diffe 4 Delightful Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟 31 dates in 31 days! Sounds exhausting, but it sure made for a fun book... A little reminiscent of Sex in the City minus New York and shoes... Isabel is a journalist who has been tasked by her boss to forgo her usual tech column and write a dating column.... she signs up with a online dating site and buckles up for 31 dates in as many days.... this book really explored the good... the bad... and the ugly of dating.... as you can imagine Isabel dated a wide variety of different men in this book... some of them I thought were really well-suited for her and others probably weren’t well-suited for anybody 😂 thank goodness Isabel had her good friend Donna to share her trials and tribulations with... what did you learn last night? A fun story filled with lots of humor that did not take itself too seriously... absolutely recommend as a light summer read either on the beach or poolside be sure to pack it in that beach bag! *** many thanks to Bombshell Books for my copy of this book ***

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ This caught my eye over on NetGalley due to the following: “31 dates in 31 days – what could possibly go wrong?” Maybe one of these days I’ll learn to look before I leap when it comes to clicking that request button because “SMASHWORDS” should have been my first clue . . . . This storyline was one with potential and instantly had me thinking it might be a little reminiscent of . . . . However, the execution was simply awful and Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ This caught my eye over on NetGalley due to the following: “31 dates in 31 days – what could possibly go wrong?” Maybe one of these days I’ll learn to look before I leap when it comes to clicking that request button because “SMASHWORDS” should have been my first clue . . . . This storyline was one with potential and instantly had me thinking it might be a little reminiscent of . . . . However, the execution was simply awful and Izzy was quite possibly the most superficial a-hole I’ve read this year. Not all books are meant to make it to the marketplace. ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dash fan

    4☆ A Humorous look into the world of internet dating.... 31men.... 31 dates... what could possible go wrong!! The Serial Daters Shopping List is a funny look at romance and internet dating to find the perfect partner. Izzy works as a journalist. But she has been called in by her boss and asked to write a dating column in order to spice things up. 31 dates.... 31days!! ..... He has challenged Izzy to date 31 men over 31 days and to write all about the dates. Lol what could possible go wrong! I would 4☆ A Humorous look into the world of internet dating.... 31men.... 31 dates... what could possible go wrong!! The Serial Daters Shopping List is a funny look at romance and internet dating to find the perfect partner. Izzy works as a journalist. But she has been called in by her boss and asked to write a dating column in order to spice things up. 31 dates.... 31days!! ..... He has challenged Izzy to date 31 men over 31 days and to write all about the dates. Lol what could possible go wrong! I would of been exhausted after 2dates let alone 31! So what better way to find 31 dates then on a dating site. So Izzy signs herself up. Making a list of all the qualities she looks for in her perfect partner. The characters pretty much expand a whole spectrum of men, as Izzy experiences the dating scene. This was a very funny look into the crazy world of internet dating. Morgen has bought her book into the present as we experience the highs and lows women and men face in the dating scene nowadays. This truly is a very entertaining, laugh out loud, wild feel good read that is perfect for a little escapism. Thank you to Bloodhound Books and Bombshell Books for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily. My Review is also on my Blog Website:- https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/2018/0...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    The cover and blurb sold this book to me instantly. It looks and sounds great so couldn't wait to delve into it and I wasn't disappointed. Izzy lives on her own and works for a paper. I actually quite envied her life style. Coming and going as she pleases with no one to answer to. To be able to watch what she wants on television and when she wants, she certainly sells the single life to the readers. Well apart from the dating side of things that is.  I couldn't think of anything worse than going o The cover and blurb sold this book to me instantly. It looks and sounds great so couldn't wait to delve into it and I wasn't disappointed. Izzy lives on her own and works for a paper. I actually quite envied her life style. Coming and going as she pleases with no one to answer to. To be able to watch what she wants on television and when she wants, she certainly sells the single life to the readers. Well apart from the dating side of things that is.  I couldn't think of anything worse than going out on 31 dates, especially in 31 days. I was exhausted just reading of Izzy's numerous encounters. Apart from a few emails back and forth, Izzy has no idea what the men look like before turning up or much about them. I was just grateful that some of them weren't some sort of mass murderers. Then again it might have made some of them a bit more interesting. Being tall myself I felt Izzy's pain when it comes to dating men of a certain height. Then again their height is the least of her worries! Some of the men she finds herself dating are quite nice and I was actually wishing that things may progress further with them. Others, well I was just so glad it wasn't me having to sit and endure being in their presence. It does make for some fun reading though. The Serial Dater's Shopping List is very much a tongue in cheek read that was highly entertaining. It is perfect for readers that love books by authors such as Gill Simms. A definite must read this summer and one I will be recommending to all my friends. My thanks to Bombshell Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan Hampson

    This book is just brilliant and seemed to feature every bloke that I have ever known! Right from the start I just connected with Izzy, a journalist who normally reviews new techno stuff but has agreed to a bit of an undercover mission from her boss William. Izzy has to date 31 men, of her own choosing, from an online dating site and she has to complete it in within 31 days. This makes for some pretty funny reading. It is an absolute perfect pick me up to put a smile on anyone’s face. After each d This book is just brilliant and seemed to feature every bloke that I have ever known! Right from the start I just connected with Izzy, a journalist who normally reviews new techno stuff but has agreed to a bit of an undercover mission from her boss William. Izzy has to date 31 men, of her own choosing, from an online dating site and she has to complete it in within 31 days. This makes for some pretty funny reading. It is an absolute perfect pick me up to put a smile on anyone’s face. After each date Izzy has to write a piece about the good, the bad and the darn right weird stuff that went on, then make a bit of a shopping list of what to look for when choosing a date. The column really takes off and the dates are as memorable for me as her. What I really loved about Izzy the most was she was a normal woman, tall, size 14 and still not found Mr. Right. Because the story revolves round a date every day the whole story revolves round work for Izzy. If she isn’t on a date then she is at the office but there is plenty going on there to keep the story flowing beautifully. From best buddy with relationship problems to the boss Izzy makes it total entertainment for the reader. As each chapter unfolded it brought a new man into her life for a brief time, mostly hilariously memorable but a couple a little sad. A super book that makes you feel part of what is going on. This is a book that I could pick up time and time again. A perfect feel good read!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    Isobel MacFarlane is a technological writer for a Northampton newspaper. That is until William her boss gives her a new assignment. She is tasked with setting up a profile on a dating site and going on 31 dates in 31 days and then writing about each of her dates for the paper. Isobel is far from happy with this request, but sometimes a girl has to do what a girl has to do just to stay employed. Isobel is single and forty years old. She really enjoys her life as is and really is unsure about this Isobel MacFarlane is a technological writer for a Northampton newspaper. That is until William her boss gives her a new assignment. She is tasked with setting up a profile on a dating site and going on 31 dates in 31 days and then writing about each of her dates for the paper. Isobel is far from happy with this request, but sometimes a girl has to do what a girl has to do just to stay employed. Isobel is single and forty years old. She really enjoys her life as is and really is unsure about this new segment the paper wants to run. But, Isobel sets to the task at hand and comes up with a list of do’s and don’ts in regards to a potential mate. Oh don’t act like you never had a list! Even I had a list. Some things on the list included looking for someone tall as she was a tall woman herself standing at 5’10”. Some of the other qualities she is looking for is a great conversationalist, smart appearance, passionate and likes animals. These seem like reasonable requests right? I have all of these on my list. Now we get to the good stuff – the don’t list. Things Isobel does not want in a man – someone shorter than her, too ugly, body odor, greasy hair and the list goes on and on. With her profile now live on the dating site, it is up to Izzy to pick and choose which guys she wants to meet. Like me, I am sure you know all about internet dating. So what could possibly go wrong? Everything goes wrong. The first guy she meets is rather nice, but just a tad bit too short for her tastes. Then, it all goes downhill from there. Let’s be honest here. When I was in my twenties internet chat rooms were in “in thing” if you were single and looking. Virtually no one had pics and setting up a date meant going in blind. Much like Isobel did on her dates, most of the guys she chose to meet did not have a picture on their profile. So, it was really funny to see and hear about some of the guys she was meeting off this dating site. I really got a huge kick over the body builder guy who flirted with everyone and also the guy she met that automatically wanted to get a room. I really had a good laugh at The Serial Dater’s Shopping List because it reminded me of the times I met someone off of the internet. Some went well where the majority of the other times I wanted to run home screaming and hide under my covers being all dramatic like “I am never going to find someone!” I think for the most part Izzy felt the same way and it was funny to see how jaded she becomes after each of her dates. I can relate sister! If you love a laugh out loud account of one woman’s journey through many dates from hell that will bring back memories of your less than stellar dating disasters, then this story will be right up your alley. Come along with Izzy on her quest to find out if a Mr. Right actually does exist in the internet dating pool of bachelors.

  7. 4 out of 5

    MissBecka Gee

    Thanks to NetGalley and Bloodhound Books for this early release copy. Izzy is a journalist who's usual articles are reviewing the latest techy gadgets on the market. As one of the few single gals in the office she is asked to do an expose of online dating by doing 31 dates in 31 days. This was kinda like smashing Bridget Jones Diary together with How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and it works well. Izzy is an accessible character, who had me giggling and nodding in agreement with her a lot. It was funny, Thanks to NetGalley and Bloodhound Books for this early release copy. Izzy is a journalist who's usual articles are reviewing the latest techy gadgets on the market. As one of the few single gals in the office she is asked to do an expose of online dating by doing 31 dates in 31 days. This was kinda like smashing Bridget Jones Diary together with How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and it works well. Izzy is an accessible character, who had me giggling and nodding in agreement with her a lot. It was funny, interesting and sweet. From the date descriptions I would believe the author actually completed a few random dates for research since they had a very realistic approach in them. This is a really great light read that I will totally be referring friends to.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shalini

    This book was supposed to be a light summery read, but I struggled to get into it, I just couldn't find the humor. The premise of the book was great. A tech writer Izzy who was asked to write something more, 31 dates in 31 days and she had to write about them all - online dating... Wow sounded scary. And her dates were really weird. The story moved in the same slow pace and tone, it dragged at most places, there was no development of the characters. I didn't like or connect to the main character, This book was supposed to be a light summery read, but I struggled to get into it, I just couldn't find the humor. The premise of the book was great. A tech writer Izzy who was asked to write something more, 31 dates in 31 days and she had to write about them all - online dating... Wow sounded scary. And her dates were really weird. The story moved in the same slow pace and tone, it dragged at most places, there was no development of the characters. I didn't like or connect to the main character, and the ending came abruptly at least for me. Maybe I was just not invested in Izzy's story. Though I like chick-lit kinda books, this just didn't click for me. On to my next..

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sally Coles

    When Izzy's boss at the newspaper gives her the task of dating 31 men in 31 days from internet dating sites and writing an article on it she rises to the challenge! Making up a tick list she sets about the task with hilarious results A lovely fun light heated read with great comedy moments and some momentous dates....perfect easy summer beach read When Izzy's boss at the newspaper gives her the task of dating 31 men in 31 days from internet dating sites and writing an article on it she rises to the challenge! Making up a tick list she sets about the task with hilarious results A lovely fun light heated read with great comedy moments and some momentous dates....perfect easy summer beach read

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Ryan

    3.5* Single and turned forty, Isobel McFarlane, or Izzy Mac to her friends, is a journalist who normally writes about technology and the gadgets she’s given to test. William, her boss has her given a temporary new direction for her column, with a view to attract new readers with something a little different from the usual. Her assignment is to join a dating site, line up one date per night for a month, then write about her impressions and experiences. Totally out of her comfort zone, not at all c 3.5* Single and turned forty, Isobel McFarlane, or Izzy Mac to her friends, is a journalist who normally writes about technology and the gadgets she’s given to test. William, her boss has her given a temporary new direction for her column, with a view to attract new readers with something a little different from the usual. Her assignment is to join a dating site, line up one date per night for a month, then write about her impressions and experiences. Totally out of her comfort zone, not at all convinced about her foray into the world of blind dates, she devises a ‘shopping list’ of qualities she’d look for in her perfect date and those that would put her off completely. She’s a tall lady so height was an issue, as was smartness, a good conversationalist and an animal lover. How hard could it be to fulfil her criteria….very hard it would seem judging by her ‘dates’. The Serial Dater’s Shopping List, written in the first person and present tense, is a humorous and lighthearted look at the best, worst and everything in between in the world of internet dating—mostly the worst, it has to be said, as seen through Izzy’s eyes. If nothing else, there are lessons to be learned about sensitivity, kindness towards others and not judging people by how they look—all of which adds to her character’s depth. Each chapter reads like ‘a day in the life’ and covers that day’s date, which became a little uniform at times. The inclusion of, and interaction with friends, work colleagues and family offers some variation. The story does pick up again towards the conclusion. I enjoyed Izzy’s column, her attempts at diplomacy and the ‘What I Learned’ section. She wonders initially if she might actually find someone, and there were one or two hopefuls if only for friendship, but that remained to be seen. A diverse cast of dates adds interest (and a feeling of relief I’m out of the dating game.) I chose to read and review The Serial Dater’s Shopping List based on a review copy, courtesy of the author and Sarah Hardy @BOTBSPublicity

  11. 5 out of 5

    Best Crime Books & More

    Isabel our leading lady is a journalist who has been set a mission by her boss. 31 days in a month so she needs to have 31 dates via INternet Dating Sites all for her column! I think Izzy is somebody as a character I had to warm up to but once I did I found her quite funny. This was almost like reading snippets from hilarious stories either you have had or your friends have had in the past with all of her dates she goes on. I did initially think this would be a little reminiscent of the film How Isabel our leading lady is a journalist who has been set a mission by her boss. 31 days in a month so she needs to have 31 dates via INternet Dating Sites all for her column! I think Izzy is somebody as a character I had to warm up to but once I did I found her quite funny. This was almost like reading snippets from hilarious stories either you have had or your friends have had in the past with all of her dates she goes on. I did initially think this would be a little reminiscent of the film How To Lost A Guy in 10 Days, but it wasn’t however it does give you a real insight into the idea behind the theory. There were some moments in the story which had me laughing out loud and as time went on I felt Izzy’s pain of wanting the month to be over. This is certainly a fun and light-hearted take on dating and was an enjoyable read. If you want something to make you giggle and something not too serious then this may well be the book for you.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ I received a copy as a part of the blog tour. ~~~~ Izzy is a journalist and her new assignment is to go on 31 dates in 31 days. Needless to say Izzy joins an internet dating site to find the dates and each man is different in his own way; some dates go well while others don’t. If you think Izzy’s dates can’t get worse, just keep reading as Bailey comes up with one crazy situation after another! One night Izzy and her co-worker/best All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ I received a copy as a part of the blog tour. ~~~~ Izzy is a journalist and her new assignment is to go on 31 dates in 31 days. Needless to say Izzy joins an internet dating site to find the dates and each man is different in his own way; some dates go well while others don’t. If you think Izzy’s dates can’t get worse, just keep reading as Bailey comes up with one crazy situation after another! One night Izzy and her co-worker/best friend even try out speed dating. Of course Izzy can’t tell the men she is dating them for the newspaper, so she has to create a ‘fake’ her for the dating site and go on dates where she has no chemistry/ and deals with less than honest men. I kept waiting for a date to figure out that she is actually the ‘lady from the paper writing those articles!’ When she starts these dates she doesn’t even know what these men look like as she purposely chose profiles without pictures. Some dates are her type while most are not. At least she gets free drinks…Sometimes. There was one date that had a touching moment to it. Throughout the novel Izzy references her shopping list of do’s and don’ts of the men that get checked off. At the end of the novel we see the full shopping list. Izzy’s relationship with her best friend Donna was a pleasant one to see throughout the novel. The Serial Dater’s Shopping List was a fun read, although the ending was predictable yet sweet for me. If you have ever done internet dating at all, you will enjoy this novel as you never know what those first communications are going to bring you.

  13. 4 out of 5

    michelle Simons

    A totally enjoyable feel good story of a journalist who sets about dating different men every day for a month, with some very unexpected results. I loved this book. It totally made me smile, laugh and occasionally have tears in my eyes. Living reasonably local to the author means I enjoyed reading about locations I know pretty well.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ikira

    I found this story in the 'New' section of the carousel on my kindle. Not recognising it, and without reading the blurb etc, I simply opened it up and started reading. Immediately, there was something familiar - the book is set in my home town! How odd it is to read a story set in places you know so well! I became so excited to keep reading, to see if I could work out where the lead character lived based on the timings provided/distances travelled etc! The story follows Isobel McFarland through h I found this story in the 'New' section of the carousel on my kindle. Not recognising it, and without reading the blurb etc, I simply opened it up and started reading. Immediately, there was something familiar - the book is set in my home town! How odd it is to read a story set in places you know so well! I became so excited to keep reading, to see if I could work out where the lead character lived based on the timings provided/distances travelled etc! The story follows Isobel McFarland through her journey of a date for every day of the month. She sets up her online profile and writes her 'shopping list' for her ideal man and sets about writing her new column in the local paper about what she's going to do. She just about pulls it off, meeting someone new every day for the whole month. The 'dates' are a whole host of different (and I soon realised there are actually a few pubs in the area I havent been to!) and Isobel finds new and inventive ways to write about each one whilst attempting to not be unkind in her wording. It was a reasonably entertaining read for me with the story covering her dates and column as well as her personal life in aspects but it didn't tick all the items on my 5-star book list. Sadly, I found it difficult to connect with Isobel and as the lead character, that is an immediate let down. The initial excitement about the story being in my home-town was soon lost and potentially caused something of a lack of interest - already knowing the area meant that the descriptions of the routes taken, which shops/cafe's/garages the characters walked past etc sometimes felt too much. It wasn't a problem throughout the book - some parts made me LOL when I could relate to hitting your head on the low beam at the Greyhound in Milton Malser for example but overall it was just too much. Finally, the 'Shopping List' became more of a do's and don't specifically tailored to each of the dates rather than an actual shopping list where you tick off (or dont) specific attributes you're looking for. It's light-hearted and fun, not to be ignored but not enough to have kept me 'hooked' or 'wanting more'.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gaele

    Isobel is a new-40-something who writes a tech column for the local paper, and has a boss who wants something “more”. Challenging her to write a column on internet dating, 31 dates in 31 days – he sets her assignment. And at first, there is a solid sense of “why not” from Izzy, as she makes her list of ‘likes”, establishes her profile and gets ready to go. She’s not entirely alone in this ‘search’ either for a man or navigating the maze of ‘social life after 20’, as her colleague, the ‘health an Isobel is a new-40-something who writes a tech column for the local paper, and has a boss who wants something “more”. Challenging her to write a column on internet dating, 31 dates in 31 days – he sets her assignment. And at first, there is a solid sense of “why not” from Izzy, as she makes her list of ‘likes”, establishes her profile and gets ready to go. She’s not entirely alone in this ‘search’ either for a man or navigating the maze of ‘social life after 20’, as her colleague, the ‘health and beauty’ columnist Donna is in a similar boat… Morgen Bailey presents the ups and downs of the dating world, using an internet matching site as the way in. From meeting Mr. Maybe all the way through the possibilities to Mr. Never on a Bet, Isobel is tested, often to the point of stretching too far. There’s not a ton of changes for Isobel, but she’s taking strategic breaks from the assignment to get to better know her colleague Donna as they dissect each ‘date’ and go through the little one could glean in the (often) thankfully short exposure to Day whatever’s date. More time away from the assignment comes in the form of Izzy’s family and her conversations and time spent with her niece, getting to Lola and her tiny quirks – all of which served to take Izzy from a rather superficial and stereo-typically flat character with the emotional depth of a puddle to fill her out, marginally, It’s not a story that challenges or requires you to rework your expectations of characters or situations – but it really isn’t meant to be – there’s little depth or scope for challenge here. And that isn’t always a bad thing – this is a getaway, escape read that won’t require your full attention or great examination as to motive, character or even plot. A solid, if uninspiring beach read. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  16. 5 out of 5

    Grace J Reviewerlady

    If, like me, you've forgotten what it's like to be in the dating game, this will bring back memories - but most of all it will make you laugh! Izzy has her own column in the local newspaper; she is the tech-geek and loves her job as she gets to try out all the new tech toys. When her boss, William, gives her the new assignment of joining an online dating site, meeting up with a man each day for a month and writing about it she thinks 'why not?'. It's not as if her love life is bursting at the sea If, like me, you've forgotten what it's like to be in the dating game, this will bring back memories - but most of all it will make you laugh! Izzy has her own column in the local newspaper; she is the tech-geek and loves her job as she gets to try out all the new tech toys. When her boss, William, gives her the new assignment of joining an online dating site, meeting up with a man each day for a month and writing about it she thinks 'why not?'. It's not as if her love life is bursting at the seams and it may be fun - right? Izzy begins by making a list of what she is - and isn't - looking for in a boyfriend. As the days progress the list gets longer and even if some of the items seem obvious judging by some of the men she meets they are necessary! As well as the month's dates, we get to meet Izzy's colleagues, including her best friend Donna and the rest of the varied bunch. To say the dates are a motley crew is no exaggeration; I suspect her experiences are more true to life than we normally get to hear about and boy, did this author give me the giggles. I thank my lucky stars I met my 'the one' years ago! This is a very easy read; split into a chapter for each date I raced through it, eager to find out what happened on the next outing. The characters are wonderfully created; Morgen Bailey obviously has a real eye for people watching and it's paid off in this novel. Fresh and funny, the clever writing kept my full attention from beginning to end and left me with laughter in my heart and a warm, fuzzy feeling. What more could I ask? A fantastic summer read and one to pack for your holidays! My thanks to Bombshell Books for providing my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    #NetGalley #SerialDater'sShoppingList #MorgenBailey My thanks t NetGalley for an advanced e book in exchange for an honest review. And thanks to Morgen Bailey and Bloodhound Books Publisher I was interested when I saw the pretty cover and the title of this book. Isobel is a 40ish journalist who has an intimidating boss who surprisingly gives her an intersting assignment : 31 days to meet 31 men on the internet and date them in person! She creates Do's and Dont's which are funny enough and they are in #NetGalley #SerialDater'sShoppingList #MorgenBailey My thanks t NetGalley for an advanced e book in exchange for an honest review. And thanks to Morgen Bailey and Bloodhound Books Publisher I was interested when I saw the pretty cover and the title of this book. Isobel is a 40ish journalist who has an intimidating boss who surprisingly gives her an intersting assignment : 31 days to meet 31 men on the internet and date them in person! She creates Do's and Dont's which are funny enough and they are in every single column she writes. In the beginning I thought she was a bit judgemental even picky, but at the end she softened just a bit. It was a blast reading and laughing at her daily columns. I really liked the friendship she had with Donna, her coworker, who even accompanied her on the Speed Date event. I enjoyed the ups and downs the mishaps and the way she even helped one of her dates. Did she meet Mr. Right? I won't spoil the ending of the book, but I will encourage you to read it if you want insights into dating, if you want to really laugh and spend an afternoon with a mostly light-hearted book then this one is a must-read. It would make a good beach read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I love the cover for this book and that tag line – 31 Days. 31 Dates – along with the blurb had me really intrigued and I knew this was definitely a book I would want to read – as soon as it arrived on my Kindle I jumped right in! I loved the concept and Izzy is a fabulous character and I loved going on the dates ‘with’ her, it is a very funny book in places and I loved the way the book was set out and I loved the ending – and best of all this book brought https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I love the cover for this book and that tag line – 31 Days. 31 Dates – along with the blurb had me really intrigued and I knew this was definitely a book I would want to read – as soon as it arrived on my Kindle I jumped right in! I loved the concept and Izzy is a fabulous character and I loved going on the dates ‘with’ her, it is a very funny book in places and I loved the way the book was set out and I loved the ending – and best of all this book brought back some memories!! I think the book pretty much covered most of the men you meet, it was funny at times and probably takes you through the full range of emotions you do feel when you are on the dating scene! It did make me realise that I’ve been with my husband for over 10 years now and I am so glad all this is behind me!! Four stars from me for this one, a very enjoyable story that gave me quite a few giggles – highly recommended!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Deanne

    I love a happy ending to a story!! I liked the writing style where each chapter was a different date! Throughout the whole book I was hoping for a certain ending, and it did not disappoint. As someone who has participated in online dating, I felt so much of this book was spot-on to real life, and even though it was just an experiment, you felt her frustration and happiness she experienced throughout! I will say that 31 dates seemed like a lot as I was reading - probably because I was anxious to I love a happy ending to a story!! I liked the writing style where each chapter was a different date! Throughout the whole book I was hoping for a certain ending, and it did not disappoint. As someone who has participated in online dating, I felt so much of this book was spot-on to real life, and even though it was just an experiment, you felt her frustration and happiness she experienced throughout! I will say that 31 dates seemed like a lot as I was reading - probably because I was anxious to see how it was going to end up for Izzy, Donna, Duncan, and William! A good read!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    This is my kind of book. I love books about dating especially online dating. I wish there was more books about online dating. I found this book to be funny and well written. I did have a way I wanted the book to go and I was pleased how it ended. I loved her friend Donna, but didn't think izzy spoke that highly of her even though they were best friends. Even though the book was about izzy and her dating experiences I'd like to see a book about Donna written. Thanks goes to net galley and the publ This is my kind of book. I love books about dating especially online dating. I wish there was more books about online dating. I found this book to be funny and well written. I did have a way I wanted the book to go and I was pleased how it ended. I loved her friend Donna, but didn't think izzy spoke that highly of her even though they were best friends. Even though the book was about izzy and her dating experiences I'd like to see a book about Donna written. Thanks goes to net galley and the publishers for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    B.R. Maycock

    To start with, I have to tell you that I am lucky enough to know Morgen Bailey in a professional capacity, in that she was my right hand and editor of ‘Snowday.’ As I worked with her I inwardly did a very happy dance as I found I’d come across someone who, rom com/chick lit wise, was not only on the same page as me, but also the same sentence! Her help, her feedback and her changes were bang on, wherever I had an issue Morgen’s suggestions and prompts and encyclopedic knowledge gave a proper air To start with, I have to tell you that I am lucky enough to know Morgen Bailey in a professional capacity, in that she was my right hand and editor of ‘Snowday.’ As I worked with her I inwardly did a very happy dance as I found I’d come across someone who, rom com/chick lit wise, was not only on the same page as me, but also the same sentence! Her help, her feedback and her changes were bang on, wherever I had an issue Morgen’s suggestions and prompts and encyclopedic knowledge gave a proper airtight fix. But, yes, I’m digressing again.  What I’m saying is that when this book came up  for review I was beyond beyond beyond excited (and more than a LOT terrified!) as people always want to know if a trainer/ teacher/ in this case editor is also a master of their trade. And wow is she! Thanks so much to Sarah from Book On The Bright Side Publicity & Promo for this book in return for an honest review (and sorry, I appreciate this is one long intro!!). So we start the book with reporter Izzy, our lead, setting up a profile for herself on a dating website as instructed by her boss, William. Izzy is a technology buff, hence the online aspect and also one of the few singles in the office. The theory is, she’ll write every day about the date the night before, trying of course to keep her identity secret (she’s posing as a training consultant). I got my first laugh as she reported on her date, giving us a review that I probably would  have yawned  over and which didn’t go down well and so we moved onto reviews that were more in depth and which also gave us a message, telling us not to judge people by appearances, to try to help people, make sure to have fun, get new experiences, and other giant gold nuggets all wrapped up in beautiful warmth and wisdom ( I hearted her column so much). Izzy was beyond up my street, watching Jack and Sarah, laughing over specific moments I also remembered from the Vicar of Dibley, giving us spot on references to Only Fools and Horses and educating people on how full fat coke was better (at one point I made the ‘YES!’ face as she asked a barman was it out of the splash or from a bottle). She was sensible and yet warm and funny too and I loved her slight feelings of guilt when she dodged out of a date early (all justified!) I smiled often, nodded along appreciatively, laughed fully out loud a very impressive number of times and snorted twice (Who’s counting? I’d say the hubby and the kids, I was questioned in depth on the fact that a book was causing this reaction!!) Another thing I hearted was Donna, her partner in crime from the office. Donna with her  continuous beam and positivity surprised me (and Izzy) constantly with her scientific analyses and made me grin pretty much every time I encountered her. Actually all of the characters were bang on, the dates (and yes, there are over thirty of them and no, your eyes never wander and you very rarely get mixed up-the odd, odd time I had to check a name and that was it, which is some credit to the author!) showed you how gorgeous to look at guys could be both idiots and lovely, how guys that the outside world giggled at could be absolute gems, how rude and mean people can be, how one or two faux pas can totally mess everything up from the off but more than anything they showed how lovely Izzy was and I actually cried at one point when it was pointed out that compared to what some people have to live with the average person’s problems are generally little more than a mini glitch. Special mention for a guy and his sister in law (nearly crying again at the in law’s comment), a guy with a certain disorder and someone who needs ( and gets!) a helping hand. All in all a gem of a book that I’d be pretty shocked if it didn’t make it into my top ten at the end of the year. Adored, adored, adored and beyond recommended and definitely one I’d mark as a holiday read as it’s one to take time over and ingest properly

  22. 4 out of 5

    booksofallkinds

    *I voluntarily reviewed this book from the tour organiser I'm with my husband almost fourteen years so it is fair to say it has been a long time since I had to think about the dating scene so when I saw this book, the title sounded like it might be a story with plenty of laughs and I was definitely right! When Izzy is given an assignment to join an online dating site and set up thirty-one dates over thirty-one days and report on each one for their readers, she feels that she is up for the challen *I voluntarily reviewed this book from the tour organiser I'm with my husband almost fourteen years so it is fair to say it has been a long time since I had to think about the dating scene so when I saw this book, the title sounded like it might be a story with plenty of laughs and I was definitely right! When Izzy is given an assignment to join an online dating site and set up thirty-one dates over thirty-one days and report on each one for their readers, she feels that she is up for the challenge. But Izzy soon realises that there aren't that many eligible men where she lives and as she scrambles from one meal to another, Izzy's long list of do's and don'ts seems to be getting a lot more complicated. But what started off as work soon takes on a life of its own and is it possible that Izzy may just find her perfect match somewhere along the line? Hilarious doesn't do this book justice as I laughed out loud so many times throughout THE SERIAL DATER'S SHOPPING LIST and I have to say banoffee pie has changed forever in my view. The characters are colourful, quirky, and entertaining, and there is never a dull moment from start to finish, and some of the dates are sure to make your jaw drop (and not in a good way!). THE SERIAL DATER'S SHOPPING LIST by Morgen Bailey is a wonderful, vibrant, and witty take on the modern dating scene and I highly recommend it to humour and contemporary fiction fans alike.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lel Budge

    Izzy is a writer for a Northampton newspaper, she usually writes a tech review column and is a bit of a tech nerd…… Then, William, her boss gives her a new assignment….she is to write about dating by taking on 31 dates in 31 days…..so she sets up an online dating profile…….and so it begins. Izzy writes a shopping list of do’s and dont’s (which could really be Wants and don’t wants). Such as don’t smell, don’t smoke a pipe, don’t sweat like a pig ….and do’s ….be tall, be kind, be fun and be tall Izzy is a writer for a Northampton newspaper, she usually writes a tech review column and is a bit of a tech nerd…… Then, William, her boss gives her a new assignment….she is to write about dating by taking on 31 dates in 31 days…..so she sets up an online dating profile…….and so it begins. Izzy writes a shopping list of do’s and dont’s (which could really be Wants and don’t wants). Such as don’t smell, don’t smoke a pipe, don’t sweat like a pig ….and do’s ….be tall, be kind, be fun and be tall amongst many others. She really takes her task seriously and meets all manner of guys in some of the funniest encounters….it made me snort with laughter at times, while others were just grim….’weeble’ for one ! I used to live in nearby Milton Keynes, so I know some of the Northampton area….such as Sixfields which added to the fun for me personally. Will Izzy find the ‘one’ when ploughing through the mish mash or is he a little closer to home ? I really liked Izzy and Donna, great characters and some excellent writing by Morgen Bailey….if you’ve experienced internet dating or blind dates this will probably bring back some cringey memories and more than a few laughs too. I loved it. Thank you to Books on the Bright Side for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook in exchange for my honest and unbiased review

  24. 5 out of 5

    Els

    When I saw the cover of this one combined with the title, I knew it was going to be a must read for me. And it soooop was. I loved it from the very first capital letter until the very last full stop. I received some strange glances from my son when I was erupting with laughter, but I just could not help myself. Some parts were too funny to keep a straight face. When I write a review I try to make it nice for people to read and it’s not always easy to find the right words to express your feelings. When I saw the cover of this one combined with the title, I knew it was going to be a must read for me. And it soooop was. I loved it from the very first capital letter until the very last full stop. I received some strange glances from my son when I was erupting with laughter, but I just could not help myself. Some parts were too funny to keep a straight face. When I write a review I try to make it nice for people to read and it’s not always easy to find the right words to express your feelings. But then I see masterpieces like this book and I realize that the author must be nothing less than a true word fairy I really am in awe. I would like to trade places for one day not because I am jealous of the succes but it must be wonderful to be able to make people forget their everyday life when engrossed in the book you wrote. To make a long story short : the book was right up my alley. There was love, laughter and romance combined with quite a few home truths. A perfect read to forget everything around you wherever you are. Thank you, Morgen Bailey and Book On The Bright Side Publicity & Promo. Book received courtesy of publisher/author https://bforbookreview.wordpress.com

  25. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    In answer to the question on the cover - just about everything. An amusing, if not hugely original in concept, piece of fun. It's better than the rather wonky layout of this first edition copy suggests, honest. In answer to the question on the cover - just about everything. An amusing, if not hugely original in concept, piece of fun. It's better than the rather wonky layout of this first edition copy suggests, honest.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Zoé-lee O'farrell

    What could go wrong with this story....31 dates in 31 days. Simple no? I feel tired just thinking about it! God knows how Izzy feels! Each chapter of the book is a day in the life of Izzy, her day to day and then the evening for her dates. Some of these dates are epic failures and so laugh out loud funny that you could relate to the disaster. Izzy writes a column for a paper about technology when her boss William sets the task of dating thirty-one men and then write about it. The column becomes a What could go wrong with this story....31 dates in 31 days. Simple no? I feel tired just thinking about it! God knows how Izzy feels! Each chapter of the book is a day in the life of Izzy, her day to day and then the evening for her dates. Some of these dates are epic failures and so laugh out loud funny that you could relate to the disaster. Izzy writes a column for a paper about technology when her boss William sets the task of dating thirty-one men and then write about it. The column becomes a hit, and she starts a "shopping list" of the Do's and Don't's for dating and what she wants in a man. When I picked it up, the film - How to lose a guy in 10 days resonated for me.  Her list cracked me up as every other word was tall! It made me think of the list I had in my head of what type of man I want (before I met said husband....although he did not tick everything on my list!) and I remember talking it through on the beach one night with a friend, who tried to rip it apart....anyway I digress. Izzy has her list and is sets up a profile on a dating website, where she whittles down the messages to get a date every night for 31 days (still tired at the thought!). In the day we follow her work life, her friends and her boss William (I had a soft spot for him!), and then in the evening, it is the date! We do meet some stereotypical characters and we definitely see the highs and lows of dating and after every date, in her write up she answers the question "What did I learn last night?"  This book is a laugh out loud, tongue in cheek look at online dating and dating in general. I liked Izzy a lot, although a couple of times I found her a bit insensitive to some of the other people, but she then recognised this and sorted out her behaviour. To me, this made her a much more fleshed out character and much more relatable. This is perfect for a summer read and I am now on the hunt for the book that Izzy is reading!  I must say that my favourite date was the Hunky Dunky at the Picturedrome as it seemed the most honest and the best connection...but you will have to read it to find out what happens.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    I was attracted to this book because I have had pleasant experiences with Bombshell books so figured this would be up to the same high standard. Admittedly I have read several lately that take on the whole online dating trials and errors and you know from common sense that you’re not likely to meet your soul mate at first attempt … they wouldn’t be on the site if they were irresistible! Izzy is a journalist with her own column in the local rag .. her boss asks her to experiment on the dating site I was attracted to this book because I have had pleasant experiences with Bombshell books so figured this would be up to the same high standard. Admittedly I have read several lately that take on the whole online dating trials and errors and you know from common sense that you’re not likely to meet your soul mate at first attempt … they wouldn’t be on the site if they were irresistible! Izzy is a journalist with her own column in the local rag .. her boss asks her to experiment on the dating site, create a profile and have a different date for every day of the month and report it back in her write up, it’s just an experiment so what can possibly go wrong!? So with the aid of a friend/colleague she makes a to-do list, what she does like in a man and what she doesn’t … strangely as time went on the lists got longer for the doesn’t like part. We all know there are some weirdo’s out there so it came as no surprise that there was a wide variety of peculiar .. trying to wade through each date and find a positive was a bit of a chore for her. However, she had some fun and the reader was given an inside view to each one. I liked the way it was set into short quirky chapters, one for each guy, so in a sense it was like reading her diary. Izzy wasn’t somebody I took to initially but as time went on and some of the dates she had to endure I began to sympathise with her desire for the month to be over already. The Serial Dater’s Shopping List does what it says on the tin, if anything it enhances the fact not to judge too quickly or go on looks, or first glance alone. If you want an easy light-hearted read which can make you cringe in the same sentence as smile then give it a go … probably best avoided if you are currently dating you may recognise someone or be dubious about dipping your toes into the dating pool .. all I will say is good luck to all the people left lingering on Izzy’s list! Thanks to the author, publisher, netgalley and Sarah for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    Wow! I loved this book. It was a refreshing read and I found myself engrossed in the antics of Izzy and her 31 dates willing just one of them to sweep her off her feet. Now this book is definitely Chick Lit no doubt about it but it's not your usual boy meets girl story and I found it a completely different style of story to what I expected. Izzy is set a challenge of going on 31 dates set up online for her job as a journalist and we get to go along for the ride. As Izzy begins her dos and don'ts o Wow! I loved this book. It was a refreshing read and I found myself engrossed in the antics of Izzy and her 31 dates willing just one of them to sweep her off her feet. Now this book is definitely Chick Lit no doubt about it but it's not your usual boy meets girl story and I found it a completely different style of story to what I expected. Izzy is set a challenge of going on 31 dates set up online for her job as a journalist and we get to go along for the ride. As Izzy begins her dos and don'ts of online dating she meets a huge variety of characters and we find that 1st expectations are not what they seem. There are little side stories happening at the same time, Izzy's colleagues Donna and William have huge things happening and we get to see into their lives. Izzy is likeable although she seems to settle into a very ordinary life and lives through others alot. Also I feel like she walks out of her dates alot and sometimes I wish you would grow a bit of a backbone! The book kept me engrossed until the very end, I was constantly wanting to keep reading so I could see what was going to happen on the next date. I was kept guessing until the last page to discover what was going to happen and what the outcome would be. In the last couple of chapters I began to see how the story would end but it wasn't as predictable as I usually find books. It was very easy to read and I found myself laughing and cringing at some parts of the story. The moral of the story sometimes what you are looking for is right in front of you. I would recommend this to someone looking for a different and refreshing kind of book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    MY REVIEW Laugh out loud is right. It's a bit of a while since I was last dating, and this book brought it all screaming back to me. And reminded me not to be so petty with my hubs about him leaving pants on the floor and forgetting to put the bins out. After all, he is pretty perfect, and judging by my past dates, I am lucky to have him (and not be out in the dating pool again!) In the first few chapters, sometimes I felt that there was a bit too much detail in the way of information, that did de MY REVIEW Laugh out loud is right. It's a bit of a while since I was last dating, and this book brought it all screaming back to me. And reminded me not to be so petty with my hubs about him leaving pants on the floor and forgetting to put the bins out. After all, he is pretty perfect, and judging by my past dates, I am lucky to have him (and not be out in the dating pool again!) In the first few chapters, sometimes I felt that there was a bit too much detail in the way of information, that did detract from the story to begin with. As the book went on however, the writing flowed a lot better, and I realised that this was clever and quite intentional. The main character, Izzy is a bit set in her routine, and as single people get, used to living her life her way, and this came across in the pages. Once she got into the flow of dating, and the social aspects both good and bad, I felt that the character loosened up a lot more, and this showed in the writing. The idea of the book is refreshing, and smartly written, and the ending was just beautiful. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable smart novel that should silence the 'fluffy read' critics with a well executed zinger of a line. I would definitely swipe right for this one. The book is out today from Bombshell Books, so if you fancy buying it, or reading more about the author, read on!

  30. 5 out of 5

    E.P.

    I read a review of "The Serial Dater's Shopping List" on another blog and it caught my eye as a fun change of pace from some of the stuff I normally read. Besides, who doesn't want to read about bad dates? Izzy is in many ways your typical chick lit protagonist: she's single, like books and movies but nothing serious, and eats too many sweets and doesn't get enough exercise. She's forty, which makes her older than your typical chick lit protagonist, something that has promise but isn't really dev I read a review of "The Serial Dater's Shopping List" on another blog and it caught my eye as a fun change of pace from some of the stuff I normally read. Besides, who doesn't want to read about bad dates? Izzy is in many ways your typical chick lit protagonist: she's single, like books and movies but nothing serious, and eats too many sweets and doesn't get enough exercise. She's forty, which makes her older than your typical chick lit protagonist, something that has promise but isn't really developed in the story. She writes a technology column for the local paper but is given the assignment of going on thirty-one dates in thirty-one days, one for every day in May. There's a lot of fun stuff about the experience of trawling through the murky seas of internet dating, plus the pitfalls of meeting these men in the flesh. Some are charming; most, not so much. Izzy does want to look for love, as do her colleagues at work, and as is often the case it ends up being just where she doesn't expect it. This is a fun, lighthearted take on modern dating that will probably entertain those who enjoy reading that kind of story. The descriptions of dates can be quite funny, and there is an actual romance hidden under there, although it mainly takes back seat to the humor. Something to check out if you're in the mood for something light and gently amusing about modern love.

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