Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Sophie Kinsella

More catching up on the books I’ve been reading…

I’ve recently discovered Sophie Kinsella. You would most likely know of the movie based on her book, “Confessions of a Shopaholic”, although you may not have realised that it was based on a book. I haven’t seen the movie yet, and I’m a little dubious because from reading the back cover, it’s got very little in common with the original.

But anyway. As I was saying, I’ve recently become acquainted with Sophie Kinsella. I’ve read a number of her books lately, including the following from the Shopaholic series:

* Confessions of a Shopaholic
* Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, and
* Shopaholic & Baby

There are quite a few titles in between, and I’ll get to them, but I’m only reading them as they become available at the local library.

The ‘Shopaholic’ is Becky Bloomwood, a twenty something ‘journalist’ (inverted commas because she’s not really much of a journalist!) and expert money-spender who is ALWAYS in massive debt from her multiple credit and store cards. She’s kind of infuriating, and you get annoyed at her because she’s SO stupid with money, but there’s also something endearing about her. The books follow her as she gets herself into debt, and out of it again… over and over. She also has many misadventures in love, and a few career changes along the way.

All in all, it’s a fun, light big of reading, especially if your a fan of the “chicklit” genre.

Also by Sophie Kinsella, I recently read, “The Undomestic Goddess”.

This one has quite a different flavour than the Shopaholic books. Its main character is Samantha Sweeting, an unapologetic workaholic high-profile lawyer, who through a very unfortunate series of events finds herself posing as the hired help in a stately English home. Samantha has never cooked in her life, and her only forays into housekeeping have involved hiring cleaners. With the help of the gardener and his mother, she muddles her way though and sells herself as a highly capable maid. Of course along the way, she falls for a guy (you can guess who, haha), and the whole crazy situation comes to a head when her past comes back to haunt her.

I quite enjoyed this one, it had a few laugh out loud moments, and a mostly satisfying love story. Not a bad read.

And finally, my favourite Sophie Kinsella book so far… “Twenties Girl”.

This book has two leading ladies, Lara Lington, and her deceased great-aunt Sadie. Sadie, having recently passed away, has begun haunting Lara, looking for help in finding an object of great importance to her.

As if having a demanding and opinionated 1920’s flapper stalking her isn’t bad enough, Lara is also going through a number of personal crises, including facing massive business problems as her business partner and best friend has disappeared into thin air; and her love life is in a shambles.

Sadie takes Lara on a wild adventure, which has her dressing up in vintage 1920’s fashion, and forcing unassuming men into crazy dates. I could see the story playing out in my head like a movie, and I know it would make a great one.

Do yourself a favour and read this book, it will definitely make you smile.

And me? I’m keeping my eyes peeled for more Sophie Kinsella reads, she’s definitely made her way onto my (very long) list of favourite authors!


  1. I looooove Sophie Kinsella, i've read them all now and am waiting oh so patiently for her to bring out a new one!

  2. hey did you realise in about a month a new shopaholic one is coming out....about her life with a toddler, should be great...can't wait I'm preordering!


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