I Can’t Put These Books Down (Continued)

Hello, bloggers.  In my previous post, I spoke of the recommended books from the “Shopaholic” series.  First, there was Confessions of a Shopaholic, featuring Becky Bloomwood’s hilarious adventures in the world of high-end clothes, shoes, accessories, and all the must-haves that any woman would love to get her hands on.  In Becky’s world, “shopping is an investment.”  However, she can’t afford that kind of “investment,” since she’s thousands of pounds in debt and usually throws away every credit card bill that comes her way.  Things have to change, eventually, when a new, meaningful topic comes along and she has to act against Luke Brandon–the famous PR entrepreneur of Brandon Communications.  I won’t spoil it for you.

Second, there’s Shopaholic Takes Manhattan.  Becky and Luke Brandon are dating.  Not only is business going well for Luke’s firm, Becky is a financial advisor for a TV show, The Morning Coffee.  Eventually, Luke receives a business offer in New York and he asks Becky to go with him.  The New York life is great for Becky, as she’s surrounded by all the high-end clothing stores and Park Avenue penthouses.  Meanwhile, Luke remains caught up in his work.  However, stories begin to unravel that could pose a threat to Becky’s relationship with Luke and his career, her job, and her financial history.  This is a recommended read.

The third book in the series is Shopaholic Ties the KnotBecky and Luke are living in New York and everything is great.  Meanwhile, back in London, Becky’s best friend Suze is getting married.  Sure enough, to Becky’s surprise, Luke proposes.  Becky’s parents immediately handle all the wedding preparations for a beautiful, backyard wedding in  England.  However, Becky is under pressure when Luke’s high-society mother, Elinor, offers an all-expenses-paid wedding at the Plaza Hotel in New York.  Both weddings sound great, so how can she choose one without hurting the other?  Read on to find out more.

The next one is Shopaholic & Sister.  After taking a year off for their honeymoon, Becky Brandon and her husband, Luke, are back in London.  Becky can’t help feeling excited to tell everyone about her round-the-world honeymoon.  Luke, however, is at his wit’s end after he’s discovered the amount of souvenirs Becky has brought back home.  Not only did she spend so much, the stuff is accumulating in their home.  Becky’s excitement, eventually, fades when she realizes that she and Luke don’t  get the welcoming she’d hoped for when they’d returned from their honeymoon.  Also, she discovers that Suze has a new, close friend, leaving Becky feeling bummed.  However, Becky’s parents give her some news.  She has a long-lost, half-sister.  As Becky tries to bond with her new sister, Jess, she starts to realize that they’re just two, very different people and that Jess doesn’t see any point in bonding with a family that she never knew.  What shocks Becky the most is Jess’s hatred toward shopping.  Nevertheless, Becky is determined to show Jess that they can be sisters and that they are alike, no matter what anyone says.

Up next is Shopaholic & Baby.  It’s official.  Becky and Luke are going to be parents.  While Luke is in the process of buying a house, Becky can’t help feeling excited as she envisions introducing her new baby to all the high-end baby clothes, shoes, and expensive baby carriers.  She’s also excited about her new celebrity obstetrician, Venetia Carter.  However, it all comes crashing down when Becky finds out that Venetia is Luke’s ex-girlfriend.  Now Becky can’t help wondering if Venetia poses a threat to her marriage.  I’d recommend this book, so read on.

Last, but not least, is Mini Shopaholic.  It’s two years later.  Becky, Luke, and their two-year-old daughter, Minnie, are living with Becky’s parents.  Apparently, every deal for a home fell through.  Becky does her best to remain positive as she struggles to get an out-of-control Minnie to behave.  Minnie wreaks havoc everywhere she goes and shouts “Mine!” for every possession she gets her hands on.  When a big, financial crisis comes along, everyone is forced to cut back.  Then Becky decides to plan a surprise party to lift everyone’s spirits.  The only problem is that she has to do it on a budget.  When she realizes how much the preparations will cost her, she has to decide whether to accept help from an unexpected source.

There you have it.  I’ve finished reading the entire series.  I really enjoyed every character’s story, conflict, and the quirks that came with it.  I’ll keep you all posted for other, recommended books.

I Can’t Put These Books Down

ImageIt had to have been more than a year or so when I started to read Confessions of a Shopaholic (the original, UK version is entitled The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic), by Sophie Kinsella.  To be honest, I didn’t have that much of an interest in reading it, at first, especially when the film adaptation came along in 2009.  I did see bits and pieces of the movie on TV, which disappointed me.  First of all, the “Shopaholic” series takes place in London.  The film, on the other hand, was set in New York.  What I didn’t like was the film’s squeezing Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (the original, UK version was Shopaholic Abroad) into one.

But let’s get back to the books, shall we?  A little voice was telling me to just read the first one, so I did.  I must say that I was wrong to judge a book by its cover.  The story was actually pretty funny.  The main character, Becky Bloomwood, is a great protagonist.  I love that she always has the optimistic, “anything is possible” attitude.  Nevertheless, every protagonist has a weakness.  Becky’s weakness?  She has an addiction to spending.

Becky has in her possession tons of high-end clothing, shoes, and accessories.  However, she can’t afford any of it.  Her job at Successful Saving doesn’t pay well, let alone provide a motivational environment.  All the reason she feels the need to treat herself to a little something.  Despite her skyrocketing debt, she still manages to whip out her credit cards for an item she just has to have and, somehow, she still gets approved for new credit cards.  It’s amazing, isn’t it?  Becky may have a positive outlook on everything in life, but on many occasions, she’ll act too quickly and wind up in trouble–which is precisely what makes this series so great.  I’d chuckle and say, “This girl always gets herself into some crazy predicaments.”

Becky’s debt may be following her, but the way she sees it, “everything will work itself out.”  Or something like that, right?

I don’t want to spoil the books, of course.  I do recommend them, whether you’re a fan of chick-lit or not.  Shopaholic Takes Manhattan was a great read, including Shopaholic Ties the Knot, and Shopaholic & Sister.  I’ve just started to read Shopaholic & Baby, so I’ll know how the series ends after reading Mini Shopaholic.

If you’re looking for a bit of humor, give these books a try.  Happy reading.

I Was Hoping for More

Good afternoon, bloggers.  Some of you may have come across one of my previous posts, “My Similarity to Bella Swan.”  Yes, I was mainly pointing out how she and I are a bit alike, which I found quite humorous.  Also, I was curious about the “Twilight” saga, so I started reading it.  The first book, as I’ve mentioned, wasn’t too bad.  However, I was hoping for a little more scenes with the antagonists.  Yes, it is a love story, but I needed a little more.

“New Moon” was just okay.  Indeed, it was sad that Edward parted from Bella for her own safety, which drove her to the solace of her werewolf friend, Jacob Black.  Break-ups suck, after all.  Much like the ending of the previous book, “New Moon” had an okay ending.  The antagonists–the Volturi–were a bit convincing, but their scene wasn’t long enough.  All it pointed out was Bella’s promise of immortality within one year–which Edward was opposed to–or she’d suffer the consequences.  After all, vampires weren’t allowed to expose their identities to humans.  Humans had to join them or die, if they’d figure them out.

As for “Eclipse,” I have to admit that that one was a little better.  Edward and Bella were back together, but the rivalry between the Cullens and the werewolf treaty continued.  Eventually, the Cullens were able to come to a truce with Jacob and his treaty, since human lives were at stake due to random murders.  I started to like where it was going, especially because this book let the reader get to know the characters more and understand where they all came from before their immortalities.

Last, but not least, is “Breaking Dawn.”  There were wedding bells for Edward and Bella.  Then came the honeymoon…followed by an unexpected pregnancy.  Let’s make a long story short.  Bella finally got what she wanted, to be an immortal vampire with her husband, Edward.  A permanent truce was made between the Cullen family and Jacob’s treaty.  I must say that the ending to this book left me disappointed, though.  Assuming that Edward’s and Bella’s half-human/half-immortal child posed a threat to their kind, the Volturi plotted to attack the Cullens for their supposed crime.  I thought, “Yes, there’s finally going to be a fight.”  It was going to be the Cullens and the treaty, fighting against the most powerful vampire clan…but it didn’t happen.  Looks like Carlisle and Esme got what they’d hoped for…peace among their kind.

I suppose that that was the idea behind the story, though.  Not only is it a love story, it is about family, sacrifice, and survival.  Honestly, I felt bad for Jacob.  Although he came to a truce with the vampires and became a part of the family, he still loved Bella, regardless of her choice.  Also, throughout my reading the books, I wondered what was going to happen to Charlie, Bella’s dad.  Sure, he took part in the wedding.  He became a grandpa, as well.  Although it could put Charlie in danger, would Bella ever tell him about her new life?  Was her act selfish in any way?  To Bella, however, her decision was worth it.

This blog isn’t to bash the books.  Other readers enjoy them and the saga did become successful, so good work to Stephanie Meyer.  I just wanted a little more, that’s all.