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Christmas Shopaholic: A Perfect Christmas Book Review 2019

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It’s Friday once again, and with it comes my last day of work for 2019! It’s been a whirlwind of a month, so I’m looking forward to getting into the office to clear out the desk and prepare for the new year. But before we can do that, how about a festive read? Today I wanted to share my latest read with you – Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella.

Christmas Shopaholic, written by Sophie Kinsella, is the latest book in the Shopaholic series, and seemed the perfect option when I went looking for a light hearted Christmas read. I had read other books in the Shopaholic series, but have never fully followed them, and I have to admit that Christmas Shopaholic would encourage me to go back to the start!

Blurb of Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

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?

So I will take a minute to admit – I listened to the audiobook firstly, which I’ll be honest – I didn’t like the narrator.  Eventually I gave in and downloaded it to my Kindle to read it for myself, and I am so glad that I did!

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella book cover

My Thoughts on Christmas Shopaholic

Becky sounds a little like I could imagine myself – she is in love with Christmas and is that desperate to make it the best Christmas ever for everyone, she begins to lose control on every little thing going on in her life. The perfect presents, the multiple themes because she can’t settle on just one, family feuds and friends who really need their support system – Becky is pulled in every direction, and that’s before she even starts to think about making her daughter’s costume for the school nativity.

One minute you’re laughing at how ridiculous the whole thing is, the next your heart is torn for one reason or another.  There aren’t any loose ends, and everything links somehow, with multiple well written characters.  There’s one moment of “I saw that coming a mile off” but then you’re thrown so far the other way that you begin to doubt if you really did notice what was going on.

Becky can be a bit much at times – a tad annoying. Sophie Kinsella has to balance Becky’s crazy buying habits with humour, often making me laugh out loud in the middle of the night. There is a fine line between finding Becky charming or adorable, and finding her spending ridiculous. I personally find her funny but not someone I would aspire to be like. Even if my bank balance says otherwise!

This book features all of Becky’s fans’ favourite characters. We get to see Becky’s husband Luke, her daughter Minnie, her mom and dad, her sister Jess, her best friend Suze, and her mom’s best friend Janice. With it having been several years since I last read the Shopaholic series, there were a few new characters that I hadn’t come across but I was delighted to meet them in Christmas Shopaholic. They made this book so special.

This story takes place around Christmas, obviously, which leads to some fantastic heartfelt moments that really make this feel like the most wonderful time of the year. And there is some really funny stuff in this book too! As I said, I found myself laughing out loud in the middle of the night several times while reading Christmas Shopaholic. In the very beginning I found a few things annoying, and that was beyond just trying to listen to the narrator of the audiobook on Audible. But Sophie Kinsella knows exactly how to write Becky’s character to make you stay with her, even when she’s driving you insane. And the last half was superb. The stuff with her new friend Steph was amazing. The scene in the billiard’s club was beyond funny. But I can’t say much more without ruining the story for you!

One of my favourite things about the Shopaholic series in general is how Sophie Kinsella seems to tie so much stuff together across the books without making you feel left out as a reader if you haven’t read all the previous stories. Becky will buy something or do something… and it seems ridiculous at the time. But then somehow it will become relevant later in the book. There were so many things that happened earlier in this book that were brought back into the story in a brilliant way. Kudos to the author for being able to do this seamlessly.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. The last chapters of this book were perfection. And the ending was epic! If you loved the previous books in this series then you will love this newest book. And if you haven’t read the other books in the series, that’s okay – you should still 100% adore Christmas Shopaholic!

Beautifully written, and the perfect story for the lead up to Christmas, I would give Christmas Shopaholic 9 out of 10 – with one point deducted for having me crying into my pillow at one stage.

And to finish off before I head to work for the day, I’d like to leave you with a quote that I really took to heart from the book:

“Whatever the Grinch can steal, it’s not Christmas”

Happy Friday everyone!

Love Christmas books? Then you NEED to read Calm By The Christmas Tree!

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