All hail Sophie Kinsella! Her very first book Confessions of a Shopaholic published back in 2000, resonated at some level with every living woman on this planet. Her light, personal and humorous writing made us fall in love with Becky Bloomwood and her misadventures. Becky will make you laugh out loud, cry out loud and love out loud.
In addition to the Shopaholic series, Sophie also has published quite a few standalone novels as well as six more novels under her pseudonym Madeleine Wickham. Here is a roundup of our top 9 Sophie Kinsella books:
1. Confessions of a Shopaholic, Book 1 of 7 in the Shopaholic Series
The book that introduced us to Rebecca (Becky) as she stumbled her way into our hearts. ‘Ok. don’t panic. Don’t panic. It’s only a VISA bill. It’s a piece of paper; a few numbers. I mean, just how scary can a few numbers be?’
2. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, Book 2 of 7 in the Shopaholic Series
Becky and Luke take over the other side of the Atlantic. ‘The whole point about T-shirts is you choose them in the morning according to your mood, like crystals, or aromatherapy oils.’
3. Shopaholic Ties The Knot, Book 3 of 7 in the Shopaholic Series
This is the perfect Rom-Com book that will make you laugh every minute. Becky is engaged to be married and plans her wedding in true Becky fashion. ‘Our eyes met in the math class. How were we to know that trigonometry would lead to matrimony?‘
4. Shopaholic & Baby Book, 5 of 7 in the Shopaholic Series
Becky’s dream has come true – she is shopping for two! But her world starts to fall apart when the must-have celebrity obstetrician turns out to be Luke’s ex-girlfriend. ‘Everyone keeps saying I’ll pick it up. But what if I don’t? I did algebra for three years, and I never picked that up.’
5. Can You Keep a Secret?
Emma Corrigan is lovable despite all her insecurities. She stows away tiny little secrets which later come back to bite her. ‘Oh, God. I’m losing it. Everyone knows this is how criminals get caught. They add too many details and trip themselves up.’
6. Finding Audrey
A YA novel which is captivating and unputdownable for all ages. With well-developed characters and dusted with classic humor, the book deals with mental illness in an entertaining and poignant way. ‘We don’t have to reveal everything to each other. It’s OK to be private. It’s OK to say no. It’s OK to say, ‘I’m not going to share that.’
7. My Not So Perfect Life
Another cracker of a read by our comedy queen. She weaves relatable characters and hilarious plots, social media obsessions that keep us wanting more. ‘This is the trouble with meeting people in real life: They don’t come with profiles attached.’
8. I’ve Got Your Number
The digital age romance of Poppy Wyatt. Note: The humor in the narrative is found in the footnotes which appear at the end of each chapter in the digital version. You’re better off buying this giggle-worthy book in print.‘I have no idea what to say next. I don’t speak Japanese, I don’t know anything about Japanese business or Japanese culture. Apart from sushi. But I can’t exactly go up to him and say “Sushi!” out of the blue. It would be like going up to a top American businessman and saying “T-bone steak!’
9. Cocktails For Three as Madeleine Wickham
At the first of every month, three characters dish out gossip at one of the swankiest pubs in town. This is the story of Roxanne, Maggie, and Candice and their biggest and darkest secrets.