Saturday, 22 December 2018

Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

It's been a while since I've read a fun and frivolous book! (I am in the middle of "The Tennis Party")

After leaving the office on the pre-Christmas weekend, I decided to TAKE A BREAK and picked-up the first book in the 'Shopaholic' series.

After the first book, I was hooked and drawn to Sophie Kinsella's books on the madcap Rebecca or 'Becky' Bloomwood.


Anyone who is very, very careful with their spending will definitely shudder or even hyperventilate when they read about financial journalist, Becky Bloomwood's, impulsive buys!

Seriously, this girl CANNOT walk past a shop window, browse through a catalogue or even watch TV without buying something --- especially something that she may not even need.

What's worse, she's way behind on her credit card payments and her solution to her financial troubles? Ignore the credit card statements and warning letters from the bank LOL

Did I mention that she is a financial journalist who actually writes articles advising readers on the best funds to invest in etc. She thinks that nobody reads what she writes but later, she realizes that people close to her (her parents' neighbours and closest friends) actually reads and follows her financial advice, to their dire end.

Luckily, her sense of honour drives her to set things right and boy, she does it with the same determination she shows in ensuring that she is THE one who gets THE pair of boots on sale.

If you're looking for a light, fun read on the capers of a cash-strapped but endearing British girl who loves fashion, get a copy of "The Confessions of a Shopaholic".

I wonder if the movie will be able to capture the well-meaning but crazy personality of Becky Bloomwood? I know I was disappointed by "The Devil Wears Prada" because Anne Hathaway's character fell flat on her face...


Becky Bloomwood is now out of London and in Manhattan where she works as a personal shopper at Barney's.

This time, she bungles up again by inadvertently getting her boyfriend, the suave, media-savvy and incredibly patient and understanding Luke Brandon, to propose to her.

While she's excited at the thought of yes, SHOPPING, for her wedding, her nature of avoiding problems gets her into the biggest fix of all time: her mother plans a garden party wedding back home in England while her mother-in-law makes even more elaborate plans

Saturday, 8 December 2018

The Tennis Party by Madeleine Wickham (Sophie Kinsella)

I'm halfway through reading "The Tennis Party" - just had a good laugh over the tennis match between the father and daughter and the jaded salesman's wife.

Yes, it's definitely different from the light-hearted "Shopaholic" series.

Yes, it's more serious. In fact, this Madeleine Wickham book sounds very much like a social commentary on royalty, the rich, the nouveau riche and the die hard wannabes.

Correct me if I'm wrong but it's almost in the same vein as Candace Bushnell's "Trading Up". Good for you - Madeleine Wickham. Yes, I like it a lot. Will tell you more about it later, ok?

Incidentally, did you know that the famous Sophie Kinsella's (of the "Shopaholic" series) real name is Madeleine Wickham? I think the name Madeleine is beautiful too especially as it's the name of one of my favourite snacks for tea!

Sorry to burst your bubble but hey, I was surprised too when I chanced upon this book at the library :D Comparing both names, I understand her decision to go for Sophie Kinsella because it is a beautiful name that just simply rolls off your tongue. Sounds really glamourous too, which is important for a book like "The Shopaholic".

Now that she's a world famous author, it's a good time for her to release her other books in the hope that the legions of fans who like her "Shopaholic" books will also like the books she'd written under her real name.

Now, I'm having a bit of trouble calling her Madeleine because I've always known her as Sophie when she's actually Madeleine. In any case, both are French names!

Anyway, I liked the introduction Madeleine Wickham provided in "The Tennis Party". I believe that she sensed her "Shopaholic" fans might feel slightly disoriented - she says that the books written under her real name are written in a style completely different from the writing style as Sophie Kinsella.