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How Not To Shop (Annie Valentine #3)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  353 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
COD available. Used book in good condition, above image is a rerpresentative one
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 13th 2009 by Corgi (first published 2009)
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Carolyn  Storer
Jul 26, 2009 rated it liked it
This is the third book in the Annie Valentine series and the first book I've read by Carmen Reid. The cover is lush and gives all the promise of a fun, warm, summer read. In a small way, it does accomplish this. It's light and easy to read, has a few funny moments and talks a lot about clothes and fashion. But for me it lacked something. There was no sparkle, no laugh-out-loud moments.

I couldn't really connect with Annie, she's in the same age bracket as me, being thirty...*cough*, but with two
Aug 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Personal shopper Annie Valentine is about to hit the big time: presenting a glamorous TV makeover series! But too late, Annie discovers this is TV on a shoestring. They’re paying her buttons and her budget is zip. Can she make do with Primark when all she wants is Prada? While Annie performs miracles with the minimum, boyfriend Ed is left at home with one son (deeply green), one daughter (deeply teen) and one sexy, Russian blonde (don’t ask). He’s not happy. He wants more together-time. He wants ...more
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly enough, the book is actually a really great read and I'm finding it hard to tear myself away from it to go to work, to study or to do other things. Which is amazing because after a long period of having concentration problems, found that reading was next to impossible and honestly didn't think that it was going to happen again.

How Not To Shop is basically my cling thing right now. It's my breakfast book, it's my lunch book, it's my relaxation time book, it's the book I read at dinne
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. I'm a big fan of Carmen Reid and her books never disappoint. I have already read Personal shopper and Late night shopping, which are the first books which also involve Annie Valentine.

I was so pleased when Annie found out she was pregnant as Ed had wanted to have children. Even though Annie aleady has two children Lana and Owen.

The book starts off as Annie is starting a new career in tv presenting, she has worked at The Store for nine years
Abi Holligan
Aug 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
How Not To Shop is the third book to follow the Annie Valentine series which is about Annie quitting her job of nine years as personal shopper to The Store to try and make it in the Television business with (mega rich and divorced three times) friend Svetlana. The book follows Annie's journey of the ups and downs to tv shows, having a teenage daughter and dealing with a broody partner. I managed to get into all the books very easily. I definately think this has been the best book in the series s ...more
Chelsea Nicole
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Very cheeky and predictable. Although I was really hoping that Annie wouldn't succumb to the inevitable. Svetlana's daughter was just horrible, I mean then again so was Svetlana. I guess an apple really doesn't fall far from a tree. But where does a child given up for adoption think they have the right to blackmail their birth-parent? Very twisted. And marrying for money, well that's just no bueno. But my biggest problem was where the hell did Annie's savings go??? She had a decent job and her s ...more
Oct 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Easy, light, and entertaining read. The characters in the book were pretty interesting and quite colorful. Annie did do a few things in the book that were sort of annoying and just didn't seem all out smart. Besides those few things I ended up liking her by the end of the book. After reading this book first without realizing it was the third in a series, I can definitely see myself reading the previous ttwo books.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, dutch
Na een paar bladzijden kwam ik er achter dat dit het derde deel van de Annie Valentine serie was. Maar goed, het las lekker weg! Dus als je de eerste 2 delen niet gelezen hebt, kun je dit ook lezen. Annie is echt een leuk personage, ik kon me echt inleven. Stoppen met shoppen liet me vaak hard op lachen.
Mar 04, 2013 rated it liked it
A light, easy, entertaining enough read with some colourful characters. I did find it a bit irritating that Annie would give up a well paid, satisfying job as personal shopper, without having confirmed the contract for her new post. There were moving moments (usually involving Annie's patient partner Ed) and I may well look up the previous two books in the series.
Shell Stitcher
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent loved it!!!

I have started to read this series back to front but still find it brillaint. Love the characters, the writing style, the subtle weepy bits but then straight back to funny again. Love it.

Hannah Howard
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
love this :)

annie is on a mission to leave the store and start something new but what does it entail; TV, babies (more)

a completely fabulos read by Carmen Reid 1000% reccomeneded to anyone who loves chick lit books xxxx
Sep 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
This was a nice easy read- I think it comes in the middle of other books I've read by her. She tries a slot on tv. Her partner wants a baby and her best friend and sister also want babies. She seems to be the only one who doesn't.
Nov 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
I don't know what to say about this book. It wasn't bad. But it didn't hold my attention so I didn't even finish it. I got about 120 pages in and was wondering if anything good would happen, but it never did.
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm really enjoying Annie Valentine series. Although they are not as hilarious as my favourite - Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella - they are still a very nice and relaxing read with an inevitable happy end (and lots of shopping along the way, of course).
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this as much as the first two in the series, and will have to look out for the next installment, as I need to know what happens next!!
I enjoyed this book but I thought the other ones in the series were better!
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Third one in the Annie Valentine series. Found this one really easy to get into unlike the second book. Really enjoyed it.
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Simply brilliant.
Dec 21, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, modern
Very generic and cliche.
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Lied ist more then the Last time. Annie does not seem as selfish in this one then the one before and I think it is cute that she is pregnant.
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
fab read, hard to put down.
enjoyed it.
Kelly Simpson
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hillariously funny. Throughly enjoyed it from start to finish.
Aug 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
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Carmen was born and brought up in a chilly and windy corner of Scotland in the depths of the countryside.

This may explain her lifelong phobia of cows and abiding interest in cities, department stores, books, the cinema and newspapers.

She is currently working on her eigth novel for grown-ups and her third novel for teenagers. Well, she likes to keep busy.

Carmen did once study English Literature at
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Other Books in the Series

Annie Valentine (6 books)
  • The Personal Shopper (Annie Valentine, #1)
  • Late Night Shopping (Annie Valentine, #2)
  • The Celebrity Shopper (Annie Valentine, #4)
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“Very sweetly, he always told her he loved her just the way she was. Although, honestly he had no idea. She shuddered to think what she would really look like if she stopped waxing, plucking, highlighting, manicuring, applying make-up and
dressing with care and concentration.”
“You have savings?" she was astonished.

As a woman who lived on the very extreme edges of her budget, whose credit card bills were a source of monthly concern, the idea of savings was just so alien. But then this was Ed, a different kind of person altogether.

"Why do I know nothing about your savings?" she'd asked.

"I wonder!" he'd answered with a smile. "Maybe because I don't want my savings to be translated into "really great investments" like Miu Miu shoes or Hermès handbags.”
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