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Old 04-17-2006, 10:32 AM   #1
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I thought that I'd start a thread about the Confessions of a Shopaholic books since I've really been enjoying them. I bought my mom Confessions while my dad was in the hospital, and she said that it really lifted her spirits. I recently read Confessions and have purchased almost all of the books in the series. I also read The Undomestic Goddess and Can You Keep A Secret?. I do have a question for other Shopaholic Lovers out there? Is this the correct order:

1. Confessions of a Shopaholic
2. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan
3. Shopaholic Ties the Knot
4. Shopaholic and Sister

And, where do Shopaholic Abroad and the Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic fit in? Thanks for your help!
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Hi sweetie. I bought Confessions of a Shopaholic but haven't read it yet. I will have to move it up in the pile of must reads on the night stand.
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Hi sweetie. I bought Confessions of a Shopaholic but haven't read it yet. I will have to move it up in the pile of must reads on the night stand.
Hey, Kim! I think that you will like it if you are in the mood for something light and fun!
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I just purchased Confessions recently at Costco. Haven't started mine, either, but now I'm looking forward to cracking it open.
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I love Sophie Kinsella! Her books are definitely some of the best of British chick lit.

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. . . And, where do Shopaholic Abroad and the Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic fit in? Thanks for your help!
Since these were originally published in England, sometimes the titles vary a little. "Scret Dreamworld" is the original title of "onfessions of a Shopaholic," and "Shopaholic Abroad," is the original title of "Shopaholic Takes Manhattan." HTH.

And have you read two of her stand-alone books, "Can You Keep a Secret," and "Undomestic Goddess?" They're hilarious!

Another really funny British series is by Sue Townsend, her Adrian Mole series. The first one "The Diary of Adrian Mole, Age 13 3/4," was written in the80s and was a huge sensation. They're still funny and Adrian Mole grew up as well with several sequels.
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I love Sophie Kinsella! Her books are definitely some of the best of British chick lit.

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Since these were originally published in England, sometimes the titles vary a little. "Scret Dreamworld" is the original title of "onfessions of a Shopaholic," and "Shopaholic Abroad," is the original title of "Shopaholic Takes Manhattan." HTH.

And have you read two of her stand-alone books, "Can You Keep a Secret," and "Undomestic Goddess?" They're hilarious!

Another really funny British series is by Sue Townsend, her Adrian Mole series. The first one "The Diary of Adrian Mole, Age 13 3/4," was written in the80s and was a huge sensation. They're still funny and Adrian Mole grew up as well with several sequels.
Thanks so much for the info! I was worried that I needed some other books.

I loved Can You Keep A Secret and Undomestic Goddess! I read both of those while I was on vacation. I must confess that I even teared up in Undomestic Goddess and Shopaholic Takes Manhattan. She just makes it so easy to relate to her characters!

I must get these Adrian Mole books! I'm totally hooked on British lit! I also love Jane Green! Have you read her books?
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I read them all! I am anxiously awaiting her next book (which she is working on according to her newsletter). Love, love, love them!!!
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Is this the correct order:

1. Confessions of a Shopaholic
2. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan
3. Shopaholic Ties the Knot
4. Shopaholic and Sister
Yup, that's the right order! I've read them all and love them!
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I usually don't have much patience with characters (in books or in real life, LOL!) whose problems can be solved with just a little honesty, you know? But there is something totally endearing about Becky. Yes, her problems are of her own making but I think for me the reason that I can tolerate that is because I relate to her problem of overspending. Not that I take it to that extreme, of course!

But I think this series' appeal is mainly to those of us who are shopaholics at heart. I have recommended it to many of my friends and acquaintances and it seems to me that the ones who don't like it are the ones who can't imagine impulse buying, buying things you don't really need, charging things on credit, etc., etc., etc. In other words, I think they just can't relate to Becky on of the levels that I can!
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I thought Confessions . . . was lots of fun. It was actually better written than I expected, though I did get pretty frustrated with the main character around the middle of the book. If you liked this one, you may want to try Bridget Jones's Diary, which is even better, in my opinion. In fact, I loved Bridget Jones so much that I couldn't bring myself to read the sequel and be oh-so-disappointed.
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I thought Confessions . . . was lots of fun. It was actually better written than I expected, though I did get pretty frustrated with the main character around the middle of the book. If you liked this one, you may want to try Bridget Jones's Diary, which is even better, in my opinion. In fact, I loved Bridget Jones so much that I couldn't bring myself to read the sequel and be oh-so-disappointed.
Bridget Jones's Diary was the first British lit book that I fell in love with. It was a while ago that I read it, but I think that I liked the sequel better than the first book. I haven't seen the movie of the sequel for the same reason though.
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I hated, hated, hated the sequel to Bridget Jones. I did read her first book, "Cause Celeb," which is about celebrities trying to get attention by volunteering for causes like famine in Africa. It was pretty good, a little more serious than Bridget.

I also read her latest book, "Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination," which I also hated -- don't bother. I've heard Helen Fielding, the author, has gone back to writing about Bridget Jones in a British newspaper. I don't know if it's a weekly column or a serial, though.

There's plenty of great British chick lit out there, though -- another favorite is Marion Keyes, though, technically, she's Irish. And some of her best stuff is actually nonfiction. She has two collections of articles and essays, "Under the Duvet" and "Cracks in my Foundation," which are just hilarious! She writes about family vacations and shopping and home improvement, just every day stuff but she finds the hilarity in every day life. HIGHLY recommended if you need light reading.

Maybe we should make a new thread about British chick lit!
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There's plenty of great British chick lit out there, though -- another favorite is Marion Keyes, though, technically, she's Irish. And some of her best stuff is actually nonfiction. She has two collections of articles and essays, "Under the Duvet" and "Cracks in my Foundation," which are just hilarious! She writes about family vacations and shopping and home improvement, just every day stuff but she finds the hilarity in every day life. HIGHLY recommended if you need light reading.

Maybe we should make a new thread about British chick lit!
Jane Green is another British author that I LOVE. She lives in the US now since she married an American, but she's from the UK and most, if not all of her books are set there. I've read Jemima J, Bookends, and Mr. Maybe and her others are on my list!
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Loved all the Shopaholic books and can't wait for more. Loved them all!!!!
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Did you read the Carly Phillips The Bachelor, The Heartbreaker and there is another but can't remember the title they were great too!
Also if you loved the Shopaholic books you would probably like the Janet Evanich (sp) One, Two - eleven I think - the caracter in those is like that in Shopaholic. Everystupid thing happens to her too! Loved them all alittle repetitious but fun!
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Jane Green is another British author that I LOVE. She lives in the US now since she married an American, but she's from the UK and most, if not all of her books are set there. I've read Jemima J, Bookends, and Mr. Maybe and her others are on my list!
I love her too! I think that I've read all of her books!
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Did you read the Carly Phillips The Bachelor, The Heartbreaker and there is another but can't remember the title they were great too!
Also if you loved the Shopaholic books you would probably like the Janet Evanich (sp) One, Two - eleven I think - the caracter in those is like that in Shopaholic. Everystupid thing happens to her too! Loved them all alittle repetitious but fun!
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I haven't read those. I do have a Janet Evanivich book, and I haven't read it yet. I'll have to read it because of your recommendation.
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I love the confessions books!! I have read them all!! I lent out the first three to a woman and never got them back I will purchsae them again. They are the kind of books that you like to have around, in case you want something easy to read. Enjoy!!
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I love Sophie Kinsella & Marion Keyes. Another one to try is Jenny Colgan (hope she's available this side of the pond, since I bought all her books when I was back in Ireland) I'm going to keep an eye out for any others you have to suggest...

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I've read them all! They were such funny books! How could that many things go wrong with someone! HAHA! They are so quick to read and witty, i wish I could find more books like them. I have read a few of the Janet Evanovich books too, but I think that somehow they all seem rather alike to me, all of the books in one series that is.
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