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Shopaholic #9

Christmas Shopaholic

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Celebrate Christmas with the ultimate Shopaholic!

The brilliant laugh-out-loud festive novel from the Number One bestselling author.

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) adores Christmas. It's always the same – Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, Mum pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the next-door neighbours coming round for sherry in their terrible festive jumpers.

And now it's even easier with online bargain-shopping sites – if you spend enough you even get free delivery. Sorted!

But this year looks set to be different. Unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocado, Becky's parents are moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch and have asked Becky if she'll host Christmas this year. What could possibly go wrong?

With sister Jess demanding a vegan turkey, husband Luke determined that he just wants aftershave again, and little Minnie insisting on a very specific picnic hamper – surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old boyfriend and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear . . .

Will chaos ensue, or will Becky manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas?

384 pages, Paperback

First published October 15, 2019

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About the author

Sophie Kinsella

129 books38.6k followers
Sophie Kinsella has sold over 40 million copies of her books in more than 60 countries, and she has been translated into over 40 languages.

Sophie Kinsella first hit the UK bestseller lists in September 2000 with her first novel in the Shopaholic series – The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also published as Confessions of a Shopaholic). The book’s heroine, Becky Bloomwood – a fun and feisty financial journalist who loves shopping but is hopeless with money – captured the hearts of readers worldwide. Becky has since featured in seven further bestselling books, Shopaholic Abroad (also published as Shopaholic Takes Manhattan), Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic & Sister, Shopaholic & Baby, Mini Shopaholic, Shopaholic to the Stars and Shopaholic to the Rescue. Becky Bloomwood came to the big screen in 2009 with the hit Disney movie Confessions of a Shopaholic, starring Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy.

Sophie has also written seven standalone novels which have all been bestsellers in the UK, USA and other countries around the world: Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, Wedding Night, and My Not So Perfect Life, which was a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist for Best Fiction in 2017.

In 2014 she published a Young Adult novel Finding Audrey about a teenage girl with social anxiety and her madcap family, and in January 2018, Sophie published her first illustrated book for young readers about the charming adventures of a mother-daughter fairy duo, Mummy Fairy and Me (also published as Fairy Mom and Me).

Sophie’s latest novel, Surprise Me, published in February 2018, presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage—its intricacies, comforts, and complications. Surprise Me reveals that hidden layers in a close relationship are often yet to be discovered.

Sophie wrote her first novel under her real name, Madeleine Wickham, at the tender age of 24, whilst she was working as a financial journalist. The Tennis Party was immediately hailed as a success by critics and the public alike and became a top ten bestseller. She went on to publish six more novels as Madeleine Wickham: A Desirable Residence, Swimming Pool Sunday, The Gatecrasher, The Wedding Girl, Cocktails for Three and Sleeping Arrangements.

Sophie was born in London. She studied music at New College, Oxford, but after a year switched to Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She now lives in London, UK, with her husband and family.

Visit Sophie's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/SophieKinsell...

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Profile Image for Norma.
551 reviews12.7k followers
October 2, 2019
Hilarious, delightful, & heartwarming!

I couldn’t be more excited that Becky Brandon née Bloomwood is back in this latest installment to the Shopaholic Series. This is one series that I eagerly and patiently wait for the next installment. Thank you so much, SOPHIE KINSELLA for writing such a fabulous and entertaining character. I absolutely adore Becky and you! CHRISTMAS SHOPAHOLIC did not disappoint me at all in fact it exceeded all my expectations!

CHRISTMAS SHOPAHOLIC (Shopaholic #9) by SOPHIE KINSELLA is a lighthearted, entertaining, and fun festive read that had me laughing-out-loud hysterically right from the very start. You can’t help but fall in love with Becky and be amused by all of her farcical antics. She is definitely a one of a kind character that is so darn entertaining and lovely.

SOPHIE KINSELLA delivers a fast-paced, amusing, fun, and well-written read here that has us following along with Becky as she has been tasked to host Christmas for the very first time. This book was extremely fun and I was definitely entertained by Becky and all of her holiday season mishaps.

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: An intriguing, festive, adorable, lovely, amusing, colorful, and whimsical book cover that depicts this storyline well.
Title: The title speaks for itself! :)
Writing/Prose: Humorous, engaging, fun, smart, and well-written.
Plot: Engaging, fast-paced, fun, cute, captivating, humorous, heartfelt, and entertaining.
Ending: I was thoroughly touched and moved in the end leaving me with a great big satisfied smile on my face! Definitely a feel-good ending!
Overall: I loved spending time with Becky! She is by far my most favourite character ever!! I want to be Becky’s BFF! This book will definitely put you in the holiday spirit! Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, The Dial Press / Random House Publishing Group and Sophie Kinsella for the opportunity to read this fabulous book! I absolutely loved the escape into Becky’s world!

Review can also be seen on Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog:
Profile Image for Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill.
571 reviews618 followers
October 10, 2019
You know that friend that you go years without contact, yet you are so comfortable that you pick right up where you left off? Well that is me with Becky Brandon (Bloomwood). This girl has seen me through some hard times! I have missed Becky and her outgoing, quirky, sometimes socially unacceptable personality. I was so excited to see a new Shopaholic book and a Christmas one at that!

So for those of you who don't know Becky- there is a whole series, except this is a perfect stand alone. No need to read the previous books, except you will want to after you read this! I think I read my first Shopaholic book in 2000. Honestly I completely forgot about the series since I have not read any in years, this was literally like going back in time. Very nostalgic, it was like indulging in some comfort food for the soul.

Back to Becky! This girl is like a Bridget Jones with more fashion style and an addiction to shopping. Becky believes in buying everything in excess, no matter what it is. Why order one turkey when you can order three- just in case...in case what I don't know, but this is how Becky rolls.

When Becky is nominated by the family to host Christmas, it throws her into a buying frenzy. As always, the crazy antics continue...she loves to send random letters and the responses are always hilarious. From 30 lbs of frozen salmon on the front lawn, to getting locked in a pet store with loose hamsters- Becky never disappoints. Fingers crossed for another Becky book soon!!

Thank you so much to the publisher Random House for this adorable, fun ARC! Thanks so much for Sophie Kinsella for turning out another great Shopaholic book! We love Becky!!!
Profile Image for Kaceey.
1,125 reviews3,706 followers
November 10, 2019
Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? No? Have you even started?
Meet Becky. She’s a gal that flat-out lives for shopping! All day...every day! And when Christmas rolls around? Well, you can just imagine! She’s in seventh heaven and her shopping mania jumps right off the charts!

This year, Becky has something new to contribute other than wonderful presents. She’s been handed the awesome family task of making Christmas dinner with all the fixings and events for the day. She’s head-over-heels to take on this mighty challenge, but quickly discovers she’s in way over her head! First issue, she can’t stay focused, worrying she might miss a great deal if she isn’t watching for it.
But all her friends and family have requests and suggestions on what they would like at the dinner. And good ole’ Becky is determined to do it all, as to not upset anyone.

This is book 9 of the shopaholic series, (love that name) but it’s a first for me. I admit I did have a bit of trouble warming up to Becky. I thought she was over the top and grew annoyed with her at times. “Come on Becky! Focus!” Once I realized she wasn’t going to listen to me, I sat back, went for the ride and enjoyed her quirkiness.

Turns out Becky is a delightful, kind, loving and a hilarious character! I grew to love her and was rooting for the best Christmas ever!

A super fun laugh out loud read! I’m a new fan to the series and will be watching for the
next release!

A buddy read with Susanne!🎄

Thank you to NetGalley Random House Publishing and Sophie Kinsella for an ARC to read and review
Profile Image for Berit Talks Books.
2,024 reviews15.7k followers
December 21, 2019
SHE is BACK!!! Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is one of my all-time favorite characters and she was as hilarious and brilliant as ever in this festive story. I was so excited to spend time with Becky it was like catching up with an old friend. I have read and loved every book in this series and while some have been better than others this one was an absolute treat!‘tis the season to be shopping and Becky could not be happier! She barely even bats an eyelash when it is dropped on her that she will be hosting Christmas this year. Becky of course starts making a list and checking it twice, there are lots of things to be done and purchased before the holidays. And in typical Becky fashion more is always better, why have one turkey when you can have three? Becky has grown up somewhat over the course of the series but she has never lost her charm or whimsy! From the creation of a new Norwegian word, to an ex-boyfriend and multiplayer sex. From fighting to join an “old boy billiard club, to60 pounds of fish on the front yard. From hunting down and escaped hamster to an adorable Christmas performance. This book had me smiling and laughing so much that my face hurt.

If you are a fan of this series this is an absolute must! If you have not read the series yet, what are you waiting for? This is Sophie Kinsella at her finest! A delightful lighthearted story that is guaranteed to fill you with the holiday spirit! Fa la la la la la shopaholic!

This book in emojis: 🛍 🎱 🦃 🌴 🎄 🐹

*** Big thanks to Random House for my copy of this book ***🤶
Profile Image for Irena BookDustMagic.
634 reviews567 followers
December 17, 2021
I finished this book yesterday and guys, I loved it so much!! 💛

I know I am two years behind, and the only excuse why I haven't picked up it earlier is that I wanted to read it during Christmas time and after not loving the previous installment, I kept putting this one off in fear I wouldn't like it either.

I am glad to say it wasn't the case, and I had a blast hanging out with Becky and her gang again (and with my friend Amanda who I buddy read this with) in preparation for Holly Jolly Christmas.

In case you didn't know, I am in love with Christmas, so having a festive book in the series that got me into reading in the first place is just... the best thing ever!

I think readers of Shopaholic series will enjoy this novel, and although I can see how people who aren't familiar with it could have a fun time devouring Christmas Shopaholic, I would recommend to start from the beginning to get familiar with all the characters.

This was so funny, I think the author stayed true to Becky's character and reading the novel felt like meeting an old friend.

In the end, I just want to mention that my favourite chapter/scene was the one that took place in pet store. Pure entertainment that even kept me on the edge of my seat. 👍👍
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1,168 reviews37.3k followers
November 2, 2019
3.5 Stars.

A Fun, Light, Sweet, Enjoyable Read.

Who knew that simply reading about Shopping could be so Exhausting?! LOL. I forgot how much Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) likes to shop and actually felt guilty about the amount of money she was spending and it wasn’t my money! (Can we just say, Thank Goodness!?!?)

In “Christmas Shopaholic,” the Christmas season is quickly approaching and Becky finds bargain after bargain on the internet.. (at least they were “bargains” to her.. though I’m not quite convinced!).

Tis the season, till Becky finds herself in a pickle. Hosting Christmas. After her mother and father make the decision to move to Shoreditch. Shoreditch of all places! Leaving Becky to handle everything herself and being bombarded with requests from all of her family members and friends who are coming for Christmas Day. Of course, Becky has it all handled, though her shopping does tend to take over… just a tad.

“Christmas Shopaholic” was my second foray into the Shopaholic series, the first being “Confessions of a Shopaholic” - oh so many years ago and I must say that at first, this one overwhelmed me a bit as the only places I like to shop are bookstores - however Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) won me over. Her husband Luke, her family, her best friend and her daughter Minnie - they all simply add to her charm. I adored her desperate attempts to host the best Christmas ever - buying several different types of “trees,” her weight loss ‘attempts’ after buying an Alexander McQueen dress - perfect for Christmas, yet a few sizes too small because it was “on sale” and her efforts to sew a costume for her daughter Minnie’s Christmas Concert and her attempts to help a new friend. What won me over in the end, is how hard Becky tried at everything she did and those moments put a huge smile on my face and I think they will do the same for you!

Sophie Kinsella knows how to write light hearted, fun, sweet novels and I am really enjoying re-discovering her.

This was another buddy with Kaceey!

Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing Group - Random House and Sophie Kinsella for the arc.

Published on Goodreads and NetGalley on 11.2.19.
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1,182 reviews2,789 followers
December 19, 2019
Sophie Kinsella delivers the perfect Christmas book. This was such a fun read. Becky is back and is hosting Christmas for her family for the first time. As expected, things go hilariously awry. Most women will laugh in recognition of the challenges in trying to pull off the perfect Christmas while dealing with the demands and special requests of family and friends. Vegan turkey anyone?

Mishaps and chaos ensues with hilarity as well as a lot of heart. I have the ARC but listened to the audio. British narrators are my favorite and this one was excellent.

Charming and hilarious, this is the perfect book to brighten the season and make you smile.

* I received a digital copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Profile Image for Camilla Isley.
Author 30 books2,050 followers
January 2, 2020
This book was, in one word, sprygge! A happy place, a comforting blanket, hot cocoa by the fireplace...

This is my favorite Shopaholic novel alongside the first book. The humor was off the charts, I chuckled almost at every page and, best of all, it was all wrapped in the Christmas spirit. Becky Brandon (neé Bloomwood) really comes back with a bang in this novel, she’s hilarious, most of the situations she gets herself into are incredibly funny, and being inside her head once more felt like seeing an old friend after a long time apart. Oh, dear, I have such a book hangover everything I’ll read after this doesn’t stand a chance. It’s so rare to find a book I completely adore like this one, but Christmas Shopaholic is one of the rare gems.

The emails, messages and Google searches at the beginning of the book and at the end of each chapter were such a special treat, I laughed my head off hysterically every single time.

On a final note, can we please get a spin-off story about Simon Millett? He’d be the most charmingly annoying leading man in a blue scarf.
Profile Image for Carrie.
3,221 reviews1,560 followers
October 23, 2019
Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella is the ninth book in the contemporary romance, chicklit Shopaholic series. The series does follow one character, our Shopaholic Becky, and would probably be best to read in order from the beginning. However, being a late to the club but now a fan of Sophie Kinsella I did read and understand this one just fine as a standalone.

The title of this series will give readers a hint into the character of this series and her obsession with shopping and finding the latest bargain. This all holds true for Becky in this latest installment that catches up with her and her family and friends at Christmastime. After Becky’s parents have decided to move to a hip new neighborhood in a smaller place Becky finds herself tasked with organizing and hosting her first Christmas and wants it all to be perfect for everyone despite their differences.

Even though I went against my own rule of not jumping into an ongoing series with this one I still found myself absolutely enjoying it. I never felt lost or missing anything with the characters or story which is saying alot since I know the series has been around for quite a while. Instead I was quickly swept up in Becky’s craziness and laughing practically at each turn of a page. Sophie Kinsella has such quirky and fun characters that I couldn’t help but become a fan and of course I’ll look forward to reading more from her in the future.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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Profile Image for Kat.
Author 9 books397 followers
September 26, 2022
This had a really great cast of characters and interesting drama in various suburbs of London. I really enjoyed the story as Becky struggles to balance her online shopping addiction (seriously, how was her family not in huge debt?), a super green sister who finds fault in everything she does, and parents who are trying out being hipsters in retirement. And she’s hosting Christmas for the first time! I had a huge laugh at the scene where everyone had to

The whole book was similarly hilarious, with mishaps over dinners, crazy outings with exes, and misunderstandings over salmon. Because, of course. Sophie Kinsella is an author I have read and enjoyed before, but this one really hit it out of the park! And the end had so many fun twists!

Profile Image for Celia {Trying to catch up} .
588 reviews87 followers
October 30, 2022
2,6 stars.
Eight books after, and Becky's character didn't evolve or mature.
She's childish and ridiculous.
There are always some funny scenes, at Kinsella style, but all the concept of this series is wrong.
Becky is addicted to shop, goes bankrupted, everybody loves her, even her debt collector.
Always finds a way to buy more stuff, never tries to control her addiction, finds a wealthy husband in Luke, that adores her and let her buy everything...
Lies, finds ways to not pay the bills...
And nothing bad happens to her?
So it's good doing this?
Kinsella, love, you should be more careful with the message that passes on in this series...
It's boring and unreal.
And, finally, that's the end of Shopaholic.
Though it ends with a premise of more (I'm keeping my fingers crossed for no more) because it's almost guarantee that I won't read, Luke and Becky are getting what they long for, for so long, as a Christmas present...
Profile Image for Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader.
2,181 reviews30.5k followers
November 23, 2019
Becky is hosting Christmas this year, and she has a long list of to-dos. Will she make it a success, or will it have a few bumps along the way in typical Becky fashion?

I laughed out loud, I smiled, and I hugged this book when it was all over. It was a total comfort read. If you are a fan of Becky, of holiday reads, or just want to experience a fun read, this is a must. There are plenty of holiday shenanigans along with all the zaniness we expect from our well-loved Becky. No one has a heart as big as her!

I received a free copy from Random House. Many of my reviews can also be found on instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader
Profile Image for Kelly (and the Book Boar).
2,478 reviews7,775 followers
December 27, 2019
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

After being off the intertubes for a couple of weeks with the fam, Imma knock as many of these old reviews off the to-do list as possible before the end of the year when there becomes pretty much zero chance I’ll ever do a wrap up. Let’s start with what I read over my little Christmas staycay. Luckily, there’s not much since I kept finding myself falling down rabbit holes of reality television programs I have managed to avoid in the past but somehow winded up binge-watching in marathons over the last nine days such as . . . . .

I think Khloe might be my spirit animal. Fat Khloe, that is. The new Khloe wouldn’t sit around for seven hours in a row eating garbage like I kept doing.

I read Christmas Shopaholic on Christmas Eve and it was everything it was supposed to be. If you’re familiar, these books all sort of follow a zany, slapstick, over-the-top sort of storyline that covers whatever is going on in Becky Brandon née Bloomwood’s life. This time around it’s hosting her first giant family Christmas gathering. Per usual . . . . .

But this time around, Becky also discovers . . . .

This was exactly what I needed while I baked some last minute cookies and loafed around the house.

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley!
Profile Image for Andrea Nourse.
Author 5 books85 followers
November 23, 2019
A decade ago, I adored Becky Bloomwood. I loved every single book.

So, needless to say, I was ecstatic to read Christmas Shopaholic. Perhaps I built it up too much in my mind because it wasn’t at all what I’d hoped.

I found Becky to be obnoxious. She trivialized so many important societal and cultural issues. She seems to have not matured at all since Confessions of a Shopaholic. Now, she’s just got more money to blow on 30 pounds of smoke salmon.

Christmas Shopaholic does have some redeeming qualities. Becky is a devoted mother and friend. She puts the needs of others ahead of her own, but often to her own detriment.

I wanted to love this book and I have it the old college try, but it wasn’t for me. Or, maybe, unlike Becky, I’ve matured and outgrown her antics.
Profile Image for Meredith B.  (readingwithmere).
238 reviews165 followers
February 4, 2020
4 Stars!

OK. Don't Panic. I've got five minutes fifty-two seconds before my basket expires. That's loads of time! All I have to do is quickly find one more item to bump up my total to 75 so I'll get free delivery.

Becky is a shopaholic, if you didn't know already. She is always on the hunt for great deals and always has to snag whatever is onsale. Designer coat for 80% off? Always going to buy it. New luggage set 75% off, even if her's is only 6 months old, gotta get it! When Becky finds out that she is going to host Christmas this year, her deal finding goes into overdrive.

As Becky is trying to put on the perfect Christmas and find the perfect gifts, she comes across a few bumps. An ex-boyfriend who she thinks is trying to seduce her, her sister distancing herself from the family, her mom's bff (who is like her Aunt) fighting with her mom. All Becky wants to do is throw the perfect Christmas and is trying to cater to everyone's Whatsapp Chat requests. So why does everyone suddenly start to bow out of coming to Christmas when Becky worked sooo hard?

I just love the Shopaholic series! Becky is laugh out loud funny and she is so extra. But that is what makes me love her so much. You cannot go into these books thinking this will be a serious story or heavy content. Although there are some topics in this particular book that can be heavy (adoption, divorce, etc.) Kinsella always writes in a way to make you feel good and reminds you to not always take yourself too seriously. She also reminds us maybe we don't want to be like Becky, except for some of the good deals she does get. Ha!

Overall, loved this one. I read it right before Christmas and it was the perfect time. If you need a feel good book - pick this one up! Thank you to The Dial Press for my ARC of this book!
Profile Image for Mandy White (mandylovestoread).
2,133 reviews580 followers
December 10, 2019
Oh what a delight it is to read a Shopaholic book! It has been a while but it all came rushing back when I started reading. I devoured it in 2 sittings, laughing along with the characters and the situations. So much fun and perfect for the festive time of year.

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is back. When her parents suddenly move to an apartment in Shoreditch it falls on Becky to host Christmas. How hard can it be? Anybody that has done it knows that it is a constant battle to keep everyone happy and have it all ready on time. Her shopping adventures now happen online and it is a hilarious adventure of no stock and getting the bargains!

Profile Image for Brooke — brooklynnnnereads.
1,031 reviews246 followers
November 22, 2019
As a dedicated Becky Bloomwood fan, I will continue to read this series until the very end. With each additional novel in this series that is released, I feel as if I'm returning to an adventure with an old friend. It's comfortable and it's cozy. As well, I'm always guaranteed to have a laugh while reading this series due to the (mis)adventures of Becky.

With all of that being said though, I must mention that although each novel is still enjoyable, I feel part of that is due to the nostalgia and familiarity that I have for the characters. The experience of each novel isn't as exciting as it used to be and I think it may be coming time to conclude this series. Don't get me wrong, I will always love all of these characters and think of this series as one of my favourites but I feel like Becky has hit a lot of 'life milestones' and that original excitement and originality of the series is waning.

As originally stated, I will be there for this series until the very end and can imagine that I will enjoy them to a certain degree until then. Becky has grown so far in who she has become as a character but still has kept the relatable (and humorous) aspects of her character. She has moments where she can outwardly appear to be vain to others but deep down it's obvious that she has a heart full of good intentions.

This was a quick, relatable and humorous read that is perfect for the Christmas/Holiday season--especially as it features the attempt of 'doing it all' during a very busy season. As always, Sophie Kinsella's writing style is delectable and is easy to fly through. I will return to the tales of Becky Bloomwood with no hesitation but I'm really hoping Sophie Kinsella will one day introduce us readers to another witty and relatable character in a new series.

***Thank you to the publisher for supplying me with a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***
Profile Image for Anne Goldschrift.
326 reviews403 followers
January 6, 2020
Ich liebe Becky Brandon, geborene Bloomwood, einfach so sehr. Vielleicht, weil sie mich auch so ein bisschen an mich selbst erinnert 😅
Profile Image for Cori.
505 reviews
October 27, 2019
This was funny at first but Becky gets herself into so many frustrating situations that I started to want to help her stop, think, and make better choices. I really enjoyed these books years ago, and I take full blame that this book followed the path of the other Shopaholic books, but it just wasn't for me at this point like I enjoyed them when I was younger! I will definitely give Sophie Kinsella's other books a try, I have liked her recent books that aren't apart of the Shopaholic series. Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group for the Opportunity to read this book.
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2,189 reviews337 followers
January 11, 2020
Sophie Kinsella "Christmas Shopaholic"

Sophie Kinsella does it again with another installment of this fun and amazing read that I needed to put me in my holiday mood. This was an absolutely funny and charming of a read that I really needed this holiday. Becky Bloomwood Brandon is back from the States and this time working with her friend Suze in the charming town of Letherby. In this eighth installment, our heroine is back and now Becky is focused on mindfulness and meditation. With the Christmas theme, and Becky hosting the traditions of Christmas, you already expect the joy she will bring to all. This shopaholic series never disappoints. Always full of humor and Christmas cheer, this book certainly did not disappoint. Kinsella is the queen of this series. Bravo!
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1,939 reviews1,899 followers
October 15, 2019
A new Becky Bloomwood novel is always cause for celebration for me, set it during the holidays and I’m even more excited and this one did not disappoint! I love that it’s easy to jump in and out of this series if you want, or if you’re like me you follow each book, but even if it’s been years since you’ve read a Becky book it’s like checking in with an old friend you haven’t seen for awhile but you pick up exactly where you left off, the ultimate in a comfort read for me.

It’s not a BB book if there isn’t chaos and mayhem and seeing as this is set amid the holiday rush you can imagine the mishaps that are possible. Becky never fails to make me laugh out loud and this was no exception, she’s so over the top and silly that you can’t stop yourself from liking her, or at the very least laughing at her. These books don’t take themselves seriously at all, they’re pure fun and entertainment and I always finish with a smile on my face. Recommended when you want something light, silly and hilarious.
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Author 2 books624 followers
November 25, 2022
I had a great time with Becky, her friends and her family! The story was really funny (I laughed a couple of times and it rarely happens when I read).

I didn't expect to find Becky so endearing. She's very generous and kind with the people around her. It was my first Shopaholic read, but it was easy to follow. Very nice Holiday read! 🎄
Profile Image for Erin.
3,091 reviews484 followers
June 24, 2020
Hilarious escapades follow when Becky agrees to host the Christmas Day activities. This just might be one of my favorite books in the series. Also, Luke who I have always been a bit hard on really grew up in my eyes. A great summer vacation read!

Goodreads review published 24/06/20
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2,176 reviews1,235 followers
January 1, 2022

I never wanted it to end.
I hope Sophie will write one or two Becky & Luke books every year for the rest of eternity!
5 big and fat stars from me!


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717 reviews113 followers
December 3, 2021
Although this book belongs to a series that I'm not planning to start, it can be read as a standalone. I've read three Kinsella's books and gave two 5-stars and one 4-stars, but they weren't part of this series. I'm not interested in picking up the shopaholic books because I saw the movie way back when and didn't really enjoy it much. I remember Isla Fisher's character's being really silly, not very bright and shallow, and the same happened with this book. Becky is pretty much like in the movie. The plot is weak to drag on for 430 pages. The conflicts are shallow (lots of these Christmassy books plots are quite shallow, but sometimes there's drama in the family like in "The Christmas Sisters" that make up for the shallow stuff). This books aims at comedy misunderstanding situations, which is Sophie's cup of tea; however, she fails to deliver laugh out loud scenes with this one. I'm keeping it because it really is a beautiful hardback edition, and I guess it's an adequate read for Christmas season, but as far as my Kinsella taste goes, this one was the least likable.
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333 reviews112 followers
January 22, 2020
This book is like one great big cheesy Christmas movie. It is quite silly and overly dramatic but I literally laughed out loud so many times. This book takes situations that many of us face all the time and just makes them so over the top, so you can still connect to the situation, but it is much more funny. I feel like if many of these characters were in other books they would drive me crazy, but for some reason in this book they just don't. It's like you know it is meant to be ridiculous and you just go with it. I read through these books so fast. The shopaholic books are absolutely my guilty pleasure.

I'm not sure if I would actually recommend this book to many people; if you are into the cheesy, romantic, family oriented, happily ever after type books then you will like it. I enjoyed it; however, definitely not for everyone.
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1,597 reviews775 followers
December 24, 2019
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Actual Rating: 5 stars

Chick Lit | Humor | Christmas

Another laugh out loud and festive read from the queen of chick lit, Sophie Kinsella! I honestly can't describe just how much I ADORE this series. It's been my favorite since the beginning, and I am always tapping my nails in anticipation of the next one! Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) will forever be one of my favorite fictional characters and Sophie did this book JUSTICE.

I’ve had this book since it was released but have been waiting for the perfect time to read it. I’m so glad I waited too because this book encompasses EVERYTHING Christmas. Being one of my favorite holidays this book really fit. And, it made me smile from ear to ear while reading. Not only that, I was laughing my head off the entire time! Who knew so many catastrophes could befall in so little time? That’s just Becky’s luck though, right!? This poor girl has gone through so much and all she wanted was the perfect Christmas with her family. Beneath all the bad luck though her JOY and Christmas spirit shines through and Becky gets everything she dreamed of and me. It’s very uplifting!

Ladies, if you haven’t read this series you are missing out! It’s one of my favorite series ever written and I’ll forever be recommending it! I know some people think the books are shallow, but if you look deep inside Becky’s character, you’ll see a heart of gold and a person who only wants the best for everyone! So go forth and read this wonderfully funny series!
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555 reviews173 followers
November 3, 2019
I have soooooo missed Becky!!!!!!! Let me just start off by saying if you haven't read this series before now, stop what you're doing and go check it out. The lovely thing about Christmas Shopaholic is that it can be read as a stand alone book, but having some of the background just makes it even more funnier.

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is back and she is feistier than ever. Her crazy antics, shopping extravaganzas and hilarious letter writing are in full force when she is asked to host Christmas. Who wouldn't want to host Christmas? This is just another excuse to go shopping!!! I've got to get that llama Christmas ornament that is THE ornament to have this year!! Becky is one of those people I wish I had in my life as a friend. She will always keep life lighthearted and exciting and keep you on your toes.

This book is so much fun to read and it's the perfect holiday book. So many of the situations Becky gets herself into, I feel like could happen in real life as extreme as they are. I laughed so hard I cried. And isn't that also what the holidays are about - fun and laughter too?

This book and these characters will give you bowls full of belly laughs, keep you entertained and get you in the festive holiday spirit!!! Get your copy today, you don't want to miss this one!!!

My thanks to Sophie Kinsella, Random House Publishing and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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285 reviews123 followers
September 26, 2022
Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) adores Christmas. It's always the same – Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, Mum pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the next-door neighbours coming round for sherry in their terrible festive jumpers.

And now it's even easier with online bargain-shopping sites – if you spend enough you even get free delivery. Sorted!

But this year looks set to be different. Unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocado, Becky's parents are moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch and have asked Becky if she'll host Christmas this year. What could possibly go wrong?

With sister Jess demanding a vegan turkey, husband Luke determined that he just wants aftershave again, and little Minnie insisting on a very specific picnic hamper – surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old boyfriend and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear . . .

Will chaos ensue, or will Becky manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas?

I really enjoy the Shopaholic series, more of the earlier books but regardless, I was excited to read this book. I LOVE Christmas (I know it's early to read Christmas books but there are no rules to reading), I enjoy the series, and Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors.

This book will get you in the mood for Christmas and maybe because I'm odd, want to host the holiday as well. So huge points for that, job well done Sophie. I also found this book funny and Becky wasn't annoying and stupid like she was in the last couple of books.

I recommend this book if you want a fun and easy read, if you want a cheerful Christmas story with familiar beloved characters, or if you just want to read another chick-lit book from the queen of chick-lits, Sophie Kinsella.
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