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text 2018-06-02 15:48
My May 2018
Shopaholic - Maria Koschny,Sophie Kinsella
Der erste Blick, der letzte Kuss und alles dazwischen - Jennifer E. Smith
Die Frauen vom Löwenhof - Agnetas Erbe: Roman (Die Löwenhof-Saga, Band 1) - Corina Bomann
Shopaholic - 2.5 stars
Der erste Blick, der letzte Kuss und alles dazwischen - 4.5 stars
Die Frauen vom Löwenhof - Agnetas Erbe - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Die Frauen vom Löwenhof

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: If I Tell You (it's not the book, it's me and my need to always push this one aside for other books, I'm sorry), Das fünfte Zeichen

 

Well, at least this reading month wasn't worse than last month. I actually read another book, but the publish date for that one is so far away that I actually can't talk about it. So. Aside from Shopaholic, I'm actually really happy with what I read that month.

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review 2018-05-01 14:59
Die Schnäppchenjägerin // Confessions of a Shopaholic!!!
Shopaholic - Maria Koschny,Sophie Kinsella

german and english review

actual rating: 2.5 stars

 

Das war mein zweiter Versuch mit dem Buch. Diesmal habe ich es mir als Hörbuch angehört, was Gott sei Dank eine verkürzte Version war. Ich mochte die Sprecherin unheimlich gerne, was ein weiterer Vorteil war. Ansonsten, das Buch ist einfach absolut nichts für mich.

 

Inhalt: Rebecca Bloomwood hat eine gefährliche Leidenschaft: Die erfolgreiche Finanzexpertin, die anderen Menschen in Geldfragen kompetent zur Seite steht, kann keinem Schnäppchen widerstehen. Nun steckt sie in einer schweren finanziellen Krise und droht in ihrem selbst geschaffenen Chaos unterzugehen, da sie sich gleichzeitig die Bank vom Leib halten, den attraktiven Luke Brandon beeindrucken und ihrer täglichen Arbeit nachgehen muss...

 

Rebecca hat eindeutig ihre Momente, in denen ich denke, dass sie endlich zur Vernunft kommt, doch dann macht sie es gleich wieder kaputt und geht mir einfach nur auf die Nerven. Ich dachte zum Ende hin, dass es echt besser mit ihr wird, dass sie wirklich was ändert und vernünftiger wird, aber so richtig überzeugt war ich dann doch nicht. Ich weiß nicht wie sich das im Verlaufe der Reihe entwickelt, es gibt ja noch genug weitere Bücher. Aber ich glaube nicht, dass ich mir ein weiteres davon antun werde.

 

Ich muss ehrlich gestehen, dass ich mir da lieber den Film wieder und wieder angucken werde, statt das Buch zu lesen und das sage ich wirklich sehr sehr selten.

 

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This is my second try with this book. This time I listened to it as an audiobook, thankfully it was a shortened version. I also really liked the girl who read it, which is always a plus. Other than that, I came to the conclusion that this book just isn't for me.

 

Summary: Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is, she can’t actually afford it—not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from the bank—letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read. She tries cutting back. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her only consolation is to buy herself something . . . just a little something.

Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life—and the lives of those around her—forever.

 

Rebecca has her moments when I think she finally comes to her senses but a minute later she's already over it and back to getting on my nerves. Towards the end, I really thought she would change some and would maybe, just maybe, be a bit more reasonable but I'm really not very convinced. I don't know how this will develope throughout the series, there are so many more books to the series but I'm sure as hell not gonna go back there ever again.

 

 

To be completely honest, I'd rather watch the movie over and over again, since I loved that one much more than this, something that I rarely ever say.

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text 2018-04-06 21:38
Reading progress update: I've read 14%.
Shopaholic - Maria Koschny,Sophie Kinsella

I tried reading this last year, ended up dnf'ing it, cause I couldn't bring myself to actually read it. I came by the audiobook on spotify today and I'M LOVING IT. This is so weird. But yeah.

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review 2018-01-16 16:23
First in the Shopaholic Series is a Winner!
Confessions of a Shopaholic - Sophie Kinsella

I do re-read this book every couple of years. Probably because it was my first glimpse of Becky Bloomwood and I liked her a lot. I remember being in my 20s and spending with my credit card like I wasn't going to have to pay the bill. And I remember the juggling I did to pay down bills and the stress I would feel when I had to choose between eating something that was not soup or paying my JC Penney card down (starting off in government I had to buy new clothes...seriously people, instead of a wedding trousseau, we need to fund young men/women clothes when they go out into the workforce) so I wouldn't get a screeching call about being sent to collections. 

 

What makes "Confessions" so fun for me is that Becky is a mess. She's working at a job she hates (writer at Successful Saving) while trying to pay down her bills due to how much she loves shopping. And it's not just Becky loves shopping for clothes and accessories. It's pretty much any old thing. This of course is when Becky loses me cause I loathe shopping at the mall and every Christmas I promise myself I am just going to buy online and ship to my family. And every year I wait to late to do that (delivery fees are criminal) so I have to brave the crowds and try my best to not hip check people into kiosks. 

 

While Becky doesn't love the job she is in, she does love she gets to go to presentations dealing with banks and investment firms. Due to Becky not really paying attention at her job, she realizes a tip she gives a family friend could end up harming them and starts to get her life back on track. 


We do get a whole case of characters in this one who we will continue to read about throughout the series.

We have Becky talking about Luke Brandon who I would say is an earlier prototype of Christian Grey without the BDSM. 

 

Becky lives with her best friend and flatmate Suze who manages to have her life somewhat together more than Becky.

And we also have Becky's parents who are just as messy as Becky. Becky's neighbor's son who everyone thinks that Becky is into. 

 

I will admit there is very little development of the characters besides Becky and Suze and Becky's parents in this one. Luke is very one dimensional and stayed that way for me throughout most of the books. Besides being rich and tall, I don't get what was so interesting about him. 

 

The writing is okay. Nothing spectacular, but honestly, sometimes I want to read a fluffy book that makes me root for a character. Do I think this is going to go down as some classic over the years? Doubtful? But it is an enjoyable book. 

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review 2017-01-25 00:00
Shopaholic Takes Manhattan
Shopaholic Takes Manhattan - Sophie Kinsella I am glad that I re-read this book, but feel disappointed overall with how the earlier books in the Shopaholic series no longer stand up. I think it's because I have already read these books and the latest, that I just feel nothing but flat out annoyance towards Rebecca (Becky) and her hare-brained schemes to not pay her bills, to cover up when she's in over her head, and somehow through sheer luck to get out of trouble. And then somehow is in the right in the end when she is 100 percent in the wrong.

I read the first book several years ago and remember being charmed by it. In this second book, we now have Becky and Luke dating. Becky has convinced Luke to go off and take a mini-break to the country. While there she realizes that Luke has plans to expand his company to America, specifically New York. Becky after the events in the last book has paid off all of her debts and thinks she finally has her shopping bug under control.

Spoilers, she does not.

Pretty much Becky acts as if she has paid her bills off, that apparently if she uses her credit card that means her balance stays zero. Considering that Becky is a financial expert (seriously this was always funny to me) on a morning television show, you would think she be a bit smarter. I think readers are supposed to find Becky endearing. I just found her to be hopelessly immature.

Becky's relationship with her parents is to keep them in the dark (though you of course realize they are not that dumb) and she wants Luke to make a public declaration of his love for her. Honestly, I never got to be much of Luke fan until the later books. He feels like a non-person in these earlier books. We are given bare bone facts about him and you can feel yourself sympathizing with him. But then we are supposed to ignore his need to prove himself in America cause Becky gets her feelings hurt when they go to New York.

There are secondary characters long time readers know about like Tarquin and Suze. They also don't age very well in this second book in my opinion.

The writing was okay, but the flow was pretty bad. I think it is because you are just waiting for the characters to move along to New York. Of course once we move from London to New York I was bored senseless. You don't get a real sense of the city, crowds, movement, the uniqueness of New York. That's cause all Becky is focused on is shopping and hiding it from Luke.

The ending at first I thought redeemed itself. But when we go to two months later and things are just kind of hand-waved away and Luke telling Becky how right she is (after once again having her finances get to threat level midnight levels) I just yawned myself through it.

I read this for Romance Book Bingo 2017 square: Second Chances

This fits that square because the main couple breaks up and then gets back together at the end of the book..
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