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Book Review: My not-so Perfect Life, by Sophie Kinsella.

Book Review: My not-so Perfect Life, by Sophie Kinsella.

Thank you to Becky Short at Transworld Books for my copy of My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella. Sophie Kinsella was the Author that got me into adult reading, she is my ‘go to’ Author that will be guaranteed to write a good book that will make me laugh. So, I was over the moon to receive this copy.

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Cat Brenner is living the dream – she has a flat in London, a job in creative branding, and her Instagram feed is full of all the amazing things London has to offer: delicious food and beautiful sights and lots of fun. Ok, so the crappy truth is that she rents a tiny room in Catford with no space for a wardrobe, spends most of her days engaged in tedious admin on the other side of the city, and posts photos of food she could never ever afford to eat. But it’s all just about worth it.

Until her bright and shiny life comes crashing down: her demanding boss Demeter gives her sack, and with no means to live in London any more, Cat has to move home to Somerset. Now she’s plain old Katie Brenner again, helping out her dad and her stepmum as they attempt to launch a glamping business on their farm. (They think she’s on sabbatical from her job, and she can’t quite bear to tell them the truth…)

With Katie’s creative branding experience, the glamping is soon a big success. So much so that Demeter and her family book in on holiday – and Katie sees her chance to get revenge on the woman who ruined her dream. So long as Demeter doesn’t see beyond her disguise and give the game away to her parents, of course.

It’s time to see who’s the boss…

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Published February 9th 2017 by Transworld Digital

My Thoughts:

When I picked up the newest Sophie Kinsella book, I just knew it was going to be a  5 star read! Because Sophie’s books always are. I have read all of her Shopaholic ones, and all the other stand alone books. My Not So Perfect Life was no different, it is a 5 star read that made me laugh, gave me great escapism and truely got me involved in Cat’s life. I find that Sophie’s main characters become like friends when you read her books. You can understand them and their actions, and although they often make ‘oh no!’ mistakes and get themselves into sticky situations, but you can always rely on a Kinsella character to brighten your day.

I was laughing right from the start as we hear about Cat’s life in London, a tiny flat, a dreadful commute, and strange flatmates. Motivational Dave made me laugh straight away with all his whey powder!!! (If you read, look out for that bit, though you will be laughing anyway). As many people do these days, Cat displays her wonderful life on Instagram with sneaky photos of other people’s expensive coffees, and the “glamourous oh so fun London life” that she lives. I really enjoy books that talk about social media at the moment because it’s so current and relevant to today’s society. 

But Cat gets let go from her job and has to return to Somerset where she reverts to Katie, and agrees to help her Dad and Step Mum Biddy with their new Glamping business. But what happens when her old super successful, super brilliant boss Demeter arrives, the boss that is the last person Katie wants to see??

My Not So Perfect Life is easy reading, fun and of course has a book boyfriend added in for extra warmth. In my opinion, Alex is not on the same scale as Luke Brandon, but we have had a lot more Luke in the Shopaholic books, and only 1 of Alex, but he is still there, in Katie’s mind, making her do some laughable antics. 

I always knew before I even received this book that Sophie Kinsella’s book would be a 5 star, laugh out loud book, and it totally lived up to my expectations. If you haven’t read a Kinsella book! Where have you been???And if you have, then you will know what to do. Read ‘My Not So Perfect Life’, and cosy down with Cat and her ‘perfect London Instagram’ and Katie with her Somerset Glamping and ….. blue hair!! 😉 

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Posted by on March 25, 2017 in Books


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Book Review: Shopaholic to the Rescue, by Sophie Kinsella.

Book Review: Shopaholic to the Rescue, by Sophie Kinsella.

Anyone who knows about my love of books, will also know my love for Becky Brandon nee Bloomwood and her lovely Husband Luke. I have been waiting for a long time to read this book, as if you have read the last Shopaholic book, you will remember the ending…… 

You can read this book as a standalone, but I would recommend reading all of the Shopaholic books, as they are fantastic.

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Becky Bloomwood and a hilarious cast of beloved family and friends (plus one enemy!) set off in a van to find her missing father, last heard from in Las Vegas.

Becky’s father Graham and her best friend’s husband, Tarquin, have disappeared from Los Angeles saying simply they have “something to take care of.”

But Tarquin’s wife Suze who is Becky’s best friend, and Becky’s mother Jane, are convinced the two men are hiding something and are in danger—their imaginations run wild. They must track them down!

Hijinks ensue as husband Luke drives Becky, daughter Minnie, Jane, Suze and other favorite Kinsella characters across country from LA to Las Vegas in search of the missing men.

Becky feels deeply guilty about ignoring her father while he was in LA, in addition Becky feels her enemy Alicia is threatening her friendship with Suze.


My Thoughts:

Well, as usual Sophie Kinsella has not let me down. This is the follow up from the last book that I have been waiting so long for. Sophie brings back all the usual great characters that I know and love. Becky is her usual quirky, lovely funny self. There are a few changes in her within this book which make the story more interesting. You would think that after so many Shopaholic books that the Author would run out of ideas to make the story fun and a page turner, but I can say that I enjoyed this one and as soon as I finished it I was hoping for the next one.

I liked the beginning of the book, where we catch up with Derek Smeath, (Becky’s old Bank Manager). He has been quite a feature in Becky’s life. So I thought this was a really clever way to give readers a quick update of where we are, and also to include Derek. (Who I love a little bit more after these events in Becky’s life).

There are some parts of this book that I never would have predicted within Becky and Suze’s stories, so I am happy yet not at all surprised that Sophie Kinsella has told them in this book.

Becky goes to Las Vegas in this book, and she is her usual funny self making me chuckle as I read about her escapades. Becky Brandon is the only person I ‘know’ who will compare shoping to gambling! After a go in the casino, she says:

“There should be more ceremony to gambling,…like when you buy something expensive and they hand it to you in a nice bag and say ‘Good Choice!”

We also see some different and some older dimensions of Becky and Suze’s friendship. Without giving any spoilers, they have to come up with a code word! To which they choose “potato” ……the reason being, because they can’t think of anything else.

I loved this book, as I expected that I would. I still love Becky, Luke and Suze and hope that Sophie Kinsella will continue to tell us about the lives of my beloved Shopaholic and her clan.


Have you read this or any of the Shopaholic books? What did you think of Becky and Suze’s escapades this time? I’d love to hear from you as always, so please leave me a comment below. I love to chat books, and particularly books that I love!

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Happy Reading!

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Posted by on January 17, 2016 in Books


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Book Review: Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella.

Book Review: Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella.

Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite Authors, I love her Shopaholic series. Becky and Luke Brandon are the perfect literary couple. I have also read Kinsella’s other chick lit books, like Twenties Girl, The Undomesticated Goddess, and lots more. I love Kinsella’s writing style, she always makes me laugh.

When I heard a new Young Adult book was coming out, I was surprised and also very excited. I was even more excited to get it BEFORE its been published!!! Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Random House UK Children’s

This is my review of Finding Audrey.

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Book Description:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

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My Thoughts:

I love this book!

The cover of this book is made more relevant when you read the first few chapters and find that Audrey wears dark glasses all the time, she has been through some hard times with bullies in school and since then has been absent from school, in therapy and unable to leave the house. (except to see her therapist Sarah). Audrey has a severe anxiety disorder.

I found in this book that Kinsella wrote the anxiety descriptions extremely well. I’m not saying that I have ever felt like Audrey felt, but the way Kinsella described Audrey, I can imagine the way she felt. I think this book will be a great and helpful read to any teenagers who struggle with anxiety, I think Kinsella did so well to empathise and put herself into a 14 year school girls head! Talented writing as always!

“My chest is starting to rise in panic. Tears have already started to my eyes. My throat feels frozen. I need to escape…”

The characters in this book were great, we heard about all the members of Audrey’s family and as a lot of the book takes place in Audrey’s house, we see what family life is like for her and her two brothers. I found it quite amusing when we hear about Audrey’s Mum believing everything that The Daily Mail tells her, which is where her problem with Audrey’s brother Frank comes in. He is a total gamer and loves his computer game Land of Conquerers (LOC). Audrey’s Mum thinks this is awful and we see many amusing ways that she tries to make Frank understand that computers are bad!!! 

The best point about Frank’s computer obsession is Linus. Linus is Frank’s gaming buddy, and it is Linus that helps Audrey. As we see Audrey and Linus’s relationship develop, it is so sweet and gentle. Kinsella wrote about teenage love so well, and to add in an extreme anxiety disorder into this pool too, it worked brilliantly.

“I wish I was at home right now, ….I do not wish I was at home. I’m out with Linus!”

For a book which is primarily about anxiety disorders and mental health, Kinsella did a fabulous job of making me laugh along the way. The book makes you feel sad for Audrey and her family, but this is in no way a doom and gloom book. I heard an interview with Kinsella, whereby she said “I can’t help writing comedy..”, and that is certainly the case for this book.

I wanted to keep reading this book to find out what happens next with Audrey and Linus, what funny things her Mum says and does, how Frank wangles his way to play games again, and eventually how these experiences end up affecting Audrey’s whole family. It really is a brilliant read. I always loved Sophie Kinsella’s books, from the very first one I read. This is no exception. A brilliant book, that I totally recommend. I look forward to Kinsella’s next book even before this one is released!!

Hardcover, 288 pages

Expected publication: June 9th 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

(first published June 4th 2015)

Have you read this? Are you going to read it?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

Happy Reading.

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Posted by on June 7, 2015 in Books


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Book Review: Shopaholic On Honeymoon, by Sophie Kinsella.

Book Review: Shopaholic On Honeymoon, by Sophie Kinsella.

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What a lovely surprise I had when I saw Sophie Kinsella had released a short story that I wasn’t expecting…. and it was FREE! (on Amazon Kindle).

It is a very short story about how Becky and her Husband Luke have arranged to go on honeymoon for a year. Becky has planned the whole trip, and Luke  is going along with Becky’s plans.

It has Becky’s usual Shopaholic issues, she just has to buy these Murano glass goblets! and she just has to get souvenirs from here there and everywhere.

There are the lovable bits of Becky that all Shopaholic fans must love, Becky completely overreacts and makes some rash silly decisions. But that’s what makes these books so great. We love Becky and dreamy forgiving Luke too.

Its a very short story, but if you are a Shopaholic lover, then you will want to read it. If you haven’t read any Shopaholic books before, then this is a great little taster.

I loved it, and look forward to the next Shopaholic book……

If you liked this review, see my review of Shopaholic to the Stars here. 

Thanks for reading, let me know your thoughts if you have read or are intending to read this book.


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Posted by on December 24, 2014 in Books


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Book Review: Sophie Kinsella, Shopaholic To The Stars.

Book Review: Sophie Kinsella, Shopaholic To The Stars.

shopaholic starsThe Description:

Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is in Hollywood! It’s as if all her life has been leading to this moment. She’s hanging out with the stars….. or at least she will be, when she finally gets to meet movie superstar Sage Seymour, whom husband Luke is now managing. There’s so much to see and do! And getting Minnie through the hurdles for her A list Hollywood pre-school will require some… er…help.

Becky sets her heart on a new career – she’s going to be a celebrity stylist. Red carpet, here she comes! But Becky soon finds it’s tough in Tinseltown. Luckily her best friend Suze comes over to keep her company, and together they embark on a Hollywood insider trail. But somehow…..things aren’t quite working out as they’d hoped. 

Then Becky’s big chance comes, and it’s an opportunity that money can’t buy. But will it cost her too much?

What I Thought:

I have so been looking forward to reading this book, ever since I heard it was coming out. I have read all of the previous Shopaholic’s and Becky is fabulous in all of them. If you haven’t heard of Becky Bloomwood before, then google her and devour all the series of Shopaholic books. They are my favourite.

As always in this book, Becky was laugh out loud funny, she gets herself into all kinds of fixes and quite a lot seems to do things without thinking through the consequences.

Becky has always been the type to dream of fame, designer clothes, being spotted in designer clothes on the red carpet, and now her dreams could come true!

We hear about all the characters in the previous books, its a great bookish family. All the characters remain as I remembered them. Luke, Becky’s husband is the best fictional husband you could find. He supports Becky through everything, all her stupid decisions and mess up’s, he is there. We love Luke!

There is a funny part when Becky’s daughter is befriending Becky’s arch enemy’s daughter (Alicia Bitch Long Legs’ daughter Ora). Becky is telling Suze about it and Suze says:

“What is this, the Montegues and the Capulets?”

Although I did love this book, I was a little disappointed with the ending. It really doesn’t sit well with me writing this, but I have to be truthful in my thoughts! Sophie Kinsella is absolutely my favourite author and the Shopaholics are my favourite books. Never before have I been disappointed but in this one I was. I can’t really say why without giving a spoiler, so I won’t. But if you read the book or have read it, I would like to discuss it with someone! Why why why!!!???

Aside from that little matter, I still loved the book and still always rooted for Becky throughout her escapades in Hollywood. I would definitely recommend this book. For Shopaholic fans, read it. For those who don’t know Becky, if you love chick lit, start at the beginning of the series and you will be addicted!

Thanks for reading my review, let me know if you have read this book what you thought, I really would be interested in your thoughts of this book.


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Posted by on December 20, 2014 in Books


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The Chocolate Book Tag.

The Chocolate Book Tag.


                                            THE CHOCOLATE BOOK TAG.

I saw this tag on by Rachel and just knew this was the perfect tag for me. So, thank you Rachel for introducing me to this one. I hope you all like my choices.

If anyone would like to join in, feel free and please send me your links after you have written it so that I can read your choices too.

So, lets get started.

DARK CHOCOLATE: a book with dark content or theme.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold was a great book that I really love. However, it does have a dark theme as the story revolves around Susie who is a young girl who was murdered. Susie watches from her heaven as her family attempt to deal with her death.

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WHITE CHOCOLATE : a light hearted read.

My favourite light hearted author to read is Sophie Kinsella, for this topic, I will choose ‘Undomestic Goddess’. Samantha Sweeting makes a big mistake at work, so she leaves work, gets on the first train she sees and ends up being mistaken as an interviewee for a job as a house keeper. The story is light hearted and creamy – just like white chocolate.


MILK CHOCOLATE:  a hyped popular book that you really want to read.

Well, I am a huge Sophie Kinsella fan and she has just released a new book called ‘Shopaholic to the Stars’. Lots of people have been talking about this on Twitter and everyone seems so excited by it and those that were super lucky enough to get a pre copy to review gave it glowing reports. So, I really really want to read this soon.

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CHOCOLATE WITH A CARAMEL CENTRE: a book that makes you feel goey inside.

I think for this one, I will have to go back to my childhood favourite. My favourite then was The Folk of the Faraway Tree, by Enid Blyton. I also really like a new children’s book called The Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury This makes me feel all goey because I read it to the autistic children in my class at school. They all love it so much, know all the words and all the actions to it. I love that the book can give them so much pleasure.

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A WAFER FREE KITKAT: a book that surprised you.

Well, for this one I am going to choose a book that I have written a review on. ‘The Kabul Beauty School’ by Deborah Rodriguez. This is about the author herself who goes to Afghanistan to help out, she opens up a Beauty School to help the women of the war torn country. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. I usually prefer chick lit and expected this to be quite heavy with political references. The book spoke of the problems of the country and the hard lives that the women were enduring, but the author also wrote of the strength and courage of the women. I really enjoyed it and will be reading more of Rodriguez’s books.


A SNICKERS BAR: a book you’re going nuts about.

Well, this will be an old favourite of mine called ‘The Food of Love’ by Anthony Capella. After I read this book, I bought a further FOUR copies and sent them to all my friends and family who had birthdays coming up. They all loved it too. It is about Laura who is on a trip to Rome, she is looking for sensual food and a sensual man. Laura meets Tommasso who introduces her to the amazing food of his restaurant, and behind the scenes loving Laura from afar is Bruno. Its BRILLIANT.

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HOT CHOCOLATE WITH WHIPPED CREAM AND MARSHMALLOWS: a comfort read that you turn to again and again.

For this I am going to choose “Bridget Jones’s Diary” by Helen Fielding, the first one. The first one is most definitely the best. I love the way this book was written in the diary form. I can read a few extracts and then put it away again, because I know the story so well. I love Bridget.


A BOX OF CHOCOLATES: a series that has lots of things that many readers will like.

Well, I thought and thought about this one and can’t really think of a series that I have read that would have lots of things for many different readers. Maybe perhaps, Roald Dahl’s books???? He has written a lot of different stories?? I’m not really sure about that one. I would love to hear your choices though, so please carry on the Chocolate Book Tag and share your answers.

Chocolate and Books – How Perfect!!




Posted by on October 14, 2014 in Books


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The Seven Deadly Sins.

The Seven Deadly Sins.



The Seven Deadly Sins.

With much thanks to Kristal and Charmaine at

The girls tagged me in this post and it looks lots of fun. I want to tag any other bookbloggers in this post that would like to follow it up.

Here are the deadly sins questions and my answers.


1. What is your most expensive book?

I don’t think I actually own any expensive books! I buy most of my books from charity shops. Plus I get them given as gifts, or I borrow them from the library.

Probably, my only expensive books are my travel guides.


2. What author do you have the most love/hate relationship with?

I had to think about this, but I decided on William Shakespeare!

I love to watch his plays in theatre, but didn’t enjoy his books when I had to read them in school. The language is ok to listen to and watch in theatre, but I found it difficult and not enjoyable to read.


 3. What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?

Actually, I don’t read many books at all more than once. There are so many good ones out there and my to be read list is so long (and continually growing), that I feel it would be a shame to read the same one again.

However, I did devour The Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella. I read the first one, and then read all the other ones straight away. I loved them. Go Becky Bloomwood!


4. Which book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

Well, I have to guiltily admit to this one!…..

The whole Harry Potter series! I have never read any of them. Initially they never really interested me, but since becoming a blogger I have heard so many people rave about these books, calling themselves ‘Potterheads’ etc. I have felt and said that I really should give them a go and see what all the hype is about. But, I haven’t…… yet!

OK, I will……. soon……. 😉 


5. What book do you most talk about in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

Actually, I don’t think I am an intellectual reader. I much prefer chick lit and easy reading. I have read plenty of Paulo Coelho books, so I guess they would be my ‘intellectual’ ones. I think they are quite philosophical, and I did enjoy them. 


6. What attributes do you find attractive in a male or female character?

Well, as you know I prefer chick lit, so I love a happy romantic ending. But for the characters have to be real to come across as attractive, they have to seem human. So mistakes are natural, as long as they have kindness, loyalty and humour. A tall dark and handsome leading man doesn’t go amiss either! Thinking Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver!


7. What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

 Well, the latest Sophie Kinsella is due out soon, Shopaholic to The Stars. I’d love to receive that. But I do have quite a long wish list, I love being given books as gifts, so I would be grateful for any! 



So, that’s all my answers. I hope you found them interesting and if you want to follow the tag then please let me know as I would love to read your answers too.

Thanks again to Charmaine and Kristal.



Posted by on September 22, 2014 in Books


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