It was 2015 when I was first recommended to read this author’s quite popular works. But as Carlos Ruiz Zafón said,

Some like to believe it’s the book that chooses the person.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Last year, around the start of the second quarter, while I was browsing the Fiction shelves of British Council Library, Kolkata, my eyes fell on the row of books written by Sophie Kinsella.

I found the first book of Shopaholic series there as well, waiting patiently for me to pick it up. I picked up Confessions of a Shopaholic or The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic that day and read it in FOUR days.

Which is fast, for me. And I absolutely loved it.

Even though I’m not a shopaholic myself, I could relate to Rebecca Bloomwood’s life quite easily. Apart from that, Sophie Kinsella’s writing is so involving that from the first page, it felt like I was in Becky’s shoes for as long as I could remember. The book was extremely fun to read. I loved the breezy experience. Plus, I adored the structure of the entire novel and how brilliantly it has been written.

I also watched the movie version of the book but it wasn’t as enjoyable as the book. Duh!

Since then, I started fetching books by SK from the library often. I never found the second book of the series on the shelves but found other standalone books that were joyous experiences on their own.

The next book that I read by her was Can You Keep A Secret?

Hands down, this is my favourite read by Sophie Kinsella till now. It’s an amazing book and tells a brilliant story. Emma Corrigan is a superb character and her unpredictable journey throughout the book has been a pleasure to read. I love how Sophie Kinsella’s stories focus entirely on the life of the woman protagonist and the fact that it doesn’t revolve around a man. I love how each of them has their own goals to pursue and love is just a part of their lives.

Psst, I haven’t watched the movie version of this book yet but I am quite excited about it! Mainly because of the cast. Here’s the trailer for you! Go read the book before you watch it though, folks!

Next, I read Twenties Girl by her and I can totally say that it’s such a sweet story. It’s definitely unusual and I love unusual stories. I could feel what Lara Lington felt throughout her journey in the book. I love how I find a bit of hope and motivation to keep working on my goals through every protagonist of Sophie Kinsella’s book. They have this power to make you feel like it’s your life and you can live it just the way you want. All you have to do is to keep working on it.

The last book that I read by Sophie Kinsella in 2019 was Shopaholic Abroad which is the second book in the Shopaholic series. I finally found the book in a book sale and took it to Bangalore with me. I read the book and felt Becky’s struggle to the core (as I had become a book-shopaholic by then). The way she felt about clothes/fashion, I felt about books, magazines and any reading material. Although, I have to admit that I was a little disappointed after reading this book as it wasn’t as fun as the first one and also because it did not match my expectations. Ugh, damn expectations!

However, I do think it was a good read and I liked it as well. But I loved the first book much better. I do plan to read the next book in the series when I get a hold of it. But I am more interested in reading her standalone novels now.

If you have read any such standalone books by Sophie Kinsella and loved it, please let me know what it was by dropping a comment. Also, what is your favourite read by Sophie Kinsella? Did you watch the movie versions? Did you like it? Did you hate it? Let me know and we can have a hearty discussion.

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