Shopaholic Books

The Shopaholic series of books is a series written by the novelist Sophie Kinsella, which has brought commercial success for Kinsella, and has spawned a spin-off film starring Isla Fisher. Kinsella vividly captures the tendencies and misfortunes of a female shopaholic as she drifts from one shopping hub to another.

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The Shopaholic series, written by Sophie Kinsella, revolves around the character Rebecca Bloomwood, are she tries to juggle an expensive shopping habit with her personal life and her professional life, often, as you would expect, with disastrous results.

The first book in the Shopaholic series, The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, was released in 2000. In the United States of America, and also in India, the title of The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic was changed to Confessions of a Shopaholic. In this story, we are introduced to the character of Rebecca Bloomwood, who lives in the upmarket suburb of Fulham in London, where she works as a financial journalist. However, Rebecca has also amassed a mountain of debt thanks to her expensive shopping habit, with the irony being that as she is dispensing financial advice, she cannot keep control of her own due to her additions. Rebecca also longs to move out of finance journalism, and The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic also deals with her quest to work in a field that interests her more.

The Shopaholic series of books continues the story of Rebacca Bloomwood’s life, as she moves on from her flat in London to live in New York in Shopaholic Abroad (or Shopaholic Takes Manhattan), and then as she marries in Shopaholic Ties the Knot, and then onto he first steps into motherhood in Shopaholic and Baby, and Mini Shopaholic.

The seven book in the series, Shopaholic to the Stars, does not have quite as much life-changing scenarios for Rebecca compared to the previous three books in the series, but it does see her moving to Los Angeles as her husband takes on a new client in the city. Rebecca must try to adjust to live with A-list celebrities and trying to fit in on the red carpet, while also indulging in her shopping habit on Rodeo Drive (where else?). The book Shopaholic to the Stars also draws on the author, Sohpie Kinsella’s time in Hollywood as an advisor on the film made of the Shopaholic series of books.

An aptly titled novel series, Shopaholic is a literary series authored by Sophie Kinsella. Formally known as Madeleine Wickham, Kinsella’s given name was Madeleine Sophie Townley. A quadragenarian, Kinsella was born in December 1969 in London. For her basic education, Kinsella attended Putney-based Putney High School before being admitted to New College, an Oxford University-affiliated institution; at the aforementioned constituent college, Kinsella initially pursued music studies prior to switching to a combination including politics and economics.

Kinsella’s occupation was that of a financial journalist before venturing into fiction writing. She worked as a columnist at daytime and contemplated writing while traveling back home in the evenings. The woman of letters debuted in 1995 and has co-authored literary work with American scribblers Meg Cabot and writer-cum-journalist Jennifer Weiner. Long story short, Kinsella has been writing books featuring the central character in the Shopaholic series since 2000. The series was inspired by an emotional sighting that ensued after a girl opened a visa bill.

Shopaholic is an ongoing series. Presently, there are eight major books though the grand total is twelve, including a novelette and several boxed sets. There are about 144 editions of the first book in the serialized Shopaholic. The earliest edition was initially published in 2000, titled Confessions of a Shopaholic; this book is shelved under the women’s fiction (predominantly chick lit), comic novel, romance (most notably contemporary romance), and adult fiction genres.

Becky Bloomwood is the dominant characters in the Shopaholic series. Becky Bloomwood is a shopaholic, literally, as the series’ title points out. Bloomwood is a fun-loving and gutsy woman; just like the then real-life occupation of Kinsella, Bloomwood works at a fictitious magazine called Successful Magazine in the capacity of a financial journalist. She has a romantic affair with a man named Luke Brandon. On the flip side, Bloomwood has compulsive buying disorder; she is poor at managing her income as she channels everything to shopping sprees.

Things move from bad to worse when Bloomwood’s expenses exceed her income and she is up to her eyeballs in debt. Bloomwood resolves to nip her shopping addiction in the bud. Ironically, her self-control over the addiction is in vain, prompting her to seek solace in more and more shopping. All in all, Bloomwood’s relatable obsessive-compulsive disorder is a stark reminder of the dangers of debt cycle in this eye-opening, attention-grabbing book.

Shopaholic Awards

In early 2013, Kinsella clinched the Romantic Novelists Association award, in the Romantic Novel of the Year section, thanks to her Shopaholic series. In 2004, Kinsella bagged the RT Reviewers Choice Award, in the Chick Lit Novel category, courtesy of her 2003 book named Can You Keep a Secret? In 2012, Kinsella clinched the All About Romance Reader Award, particularly in the Best Chick Lit category, thanks to her book named I’ve Got Your Number. In 2009, she was the recipient of Glamour Award, in the Writer of the Year category.

Shopaholic Books into Movies

There are films of adaptations Shopaholic series. The 2009 movie titled Confessions of a Shopaholic is an adaptation of the first two books in Shopaholic series. The film starring is Isla Fisher who acts as Rebecca Broomwood while Hugh Dancy appears as Luke Brandon. Kinsella’s 2005 book named The Undomestic Goddess is currently a film in development courtesy of Universal. Director Andy Flickman and screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna are engaged in the project.

Best Shopaholic Books

The three best books in Shopaholic: the first is Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan: The second is Shopaholic Takes Manhattan: about Bloomwood’s shopping sprees and enticing job opportunities abroad amid unforeseen doomy issues.

Shopaholic Ties the Knot: The third book is about Bloomwood and Brandon’s engagement, marriage proposal, wedding, and honeymooning.

Other Book Series You May Like

These series of books also attracted the readers who liked Shopaholic series. “Queen of Babble” series, which is authored by Meg Cabot, features heroine Lizzie Nichols, a mouthy but magnanimous recent graduate. Marian Keyes’ sextet, “Walsh Family” series, is about five sisters in the Walsh household. Cara Lockwood’s serialized Crandell Sisters, a duology, is all about the (mis)fortunes of sisters Lily Crandell and Lauren Crandell in their quest for the elusive happily ever after.

Shopaholic FAQ

Q: Who writes the Shopaholic series?

A: The Shopaholic series is written by Sohpie Kinsella.

Q: When was the first book in the Shopaholic series released?

A: The first book in the Shopaholic series, The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (or Confessions of a Shopaholic), was released in 2000.

Q: What is the name of the Shopaholic?

A: The main character in the Shopaholic series, the Shopaholic herself, is called Rebecca (Becky) Bloomwood.

Q: What book is the first Shopaholic film based on?

A: The film, Confessions of a Shopaholic, starring Isla Fisher, is based partly on the first two books in the Shopaholic series, The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Abroad.

Q: What nationality is Rebecca Bloomwood?

A: In the Shopaholic series of books, Rebecca Bloomwood is English. However, in the film adaptation of the Shopaholic series, Rebecca is portrayed as an American, and she is played by an Australian actress.