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Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella

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I learned an important lesson from this book.  When it first came out I added it to my reading list.  Then, I read some reviews that were pretty scathing.  All these people advised that it was WAY worse than Sophie Kinsella’s other books and not to read it.  Guess what?  I listened to them.  I kept putting it off.  Finally, I was in the mood for a fluffy, happy novel and I downloaded it.  I figured if it was awful I could just stop reading, but I actually really loved it.  It was hilarious and so relatable.  There were a few times where I was on the subway reading it on my iPad and I started laughing out loud.  

I have no idea why those other people hated it but the moral of the story is that books are very subjective.  There have been a few novels lately that everyone has ADORED (I am looking at you – #Girlboss) and I detested them.  This is not a serious book.  You are not going to learn any great lessons.  It will make you laugh and smile and sometimes that is all I need from a story.  It was my favorite out of the Shopaholic series and I cant wait for the next one!

Here is a little description from Goodreads:

 “Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) has stars in her eyes. She and her daughter, Minnie, have joined husband Luke in LA—city of herbal smoothies, multimillion-dollar yoga retreats, and the lure of celebrity. Luke is there to help manage the career of famous actress Sage Seymour—and Becky is convinced she is destined to be Sage’s personal stylist, and go from there to every A-list celebrity in Hollywood! But things become complicated when Becky joins the team of Sage’s archrival. How will charming and supportive Luke deal with this conflict? Is it possible that what Becky wants most will end up hurting those she loves most? Shopaholic fans old and new will devour Sophie Kinsella’s newest adventure!”

Book, Line & Sinker…

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For the past few months I have found myself in a terrible book slump.  I have started a few, only to become disappointed and quit reading.  I have also ordered some books and not been inspired to pick them up.  I am not sure what my problem has been.  Thankfully, that appears to be over now.  I visited Amazon yesterday and realized that loads of my favorite authors have put out new books and I have a whole list of lovely novels that I cant wait to dive right in to.  Here are a few of them:

Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.    I know Liane Moriarty is very well known for having written The Husband’s Secret but my favorite book from her is What Alice Forgot.  I found it really relatable.  I hope Big Little Lies is just as good!  I downloaded it to my iPad last night and I am counting down the minutes until I can start reading on my commute home.

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The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenberg.  I don’t know a huge amount about Ms. Von Furstenberg except that she is successful designer with an incredible sense of style and she used to be a fixture at Studio 54 back in the day.  I am hoping she includes some juicy details into this tome!

Saving Grace (Jane Green)

Saving Grace by Jane Green.  I have been a Jane Green fan for years and have read all her books.  Her last novel, Tempting Fate, was totally vile.  I found her characters annoying, whiny and totally unrelatable.  I am hoping that that was just a one-off and she returns to writing books as enjoyable as Jemima J and Bookends.  

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Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella.  I love this whole series.  It is very whimsical and fun. Perfect beach read.  I just wish I were actually on a beach reading it instead of suffering during these 19 degree NYC days!  Brrrrr!

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler.  This has gotten such great feedback on the internet that it has piqued my interest.

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The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes.  I have to say out of all the books on this list – this is the one I am most excited about.  If you have not read anything by Marian Keyes then you should start with Watermelon.  That one is my absolute favorite!

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The Carrier by Sophie Hannah.  As you can tell by my list of books above – I tend to gravitate towards the happy, girly stuff.  This one is different.  This is a crime novel featuring two detectives and it will be dark and dirty and impossible to put down.  Sophie Hannah’s stories remind me of Gone Girl.  The characters are not always likable but you are so intrigued by the story that you have to keep reading to find out how the book ends.  

Have you read anything fabulous lately?