I shall not be ashamed to admit that I looooove Kinsella’s novels. They aren’t a guilty pleasure. Just oh-my-God-give-me-another-of-her-books-now-(!!!) pleasure.
My first Kinsella book was Finding Audrey, one of her newer releases. Sadly, I didn’t enjoy it, and didn’t finish it. I mean, I did find it quite funny at many points, but I just wasn’t engaged enough. Humour books just weren’t my cup of tea, considering how I’ve read several humour novels and either gave up (Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec) or finished and 2-or-3-starred them (Jed Had to Die by Tara Sivec, The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn).
Unfortunately, a few days ago I was craving some light-hearted, fluffy romance. I googled that exact phrase for recommendations, and Kinsella’s books popped up several times. So I decided to give her another try. And
boy girl am I glad that I did! I ended up reading 4 of her books in 2 days, and on one of the nights I slept at 4am despite having to wake at 8 the next day. Ugh.
I know Kinsella is most famous for her Shopaholic series, but none of the 4 books I’ve read are actually from the series, so I thought it’d be refreshing for me to
spaz talk (very briefly) about these less known novels.
(Click on the titles to go to the Goodreads page!)
This was my favourite! I think it was also the funniest, and I had a horrible laugh-out-loud moment except that I couldn’t actually laugh out loud because I was reading in the office, during work. (To be fair, I really didn’t have any work to do). Anyway if you’re a first-time Kinsella reader, or even a first-time chick-lit reader, I highly recommend this book. It’s all sorts of amazing.
Kinsella also added a special element into the book: hilarious footnotes that made me snort-laugh every single time. I loved them!
Honestly, this would’ve been my favourite if not for what Jack did towards the end.. (SPOILER). Still, I really enjoyed reading this and it’s what set off my Sophie Kinsella spree!
I found Remember Me? on a slightly more serious note and with a lot less humour (but still some, nevertheless), but that didn’t kill the enjoyment I got from this book. It still has all things a chick-lit novel should have.
Side note, the hero in this novel (I can’t even say his name because it’s kind of a spoiler) was extremely swoon-worthy, and he loved Lexi like he couldn’t live without her. Honestly, I love it when a guy isn’t afraid to show his desperate side.. 😛
4th Kinsella book in a row, but still good.
Okay, I don’t really know what to say about this book. I’d be repeating myself because it’s true: Kinsella’s books are a little formulaic and somewhat predictable, and basically the feelings and enjoyment that you get from each book are quite the same. But Kinsella’s writing is simple and clear-cut, and add on her great sense of humour, plus likeable protagonists with somewhat relatable (just exaggerated) problems, and you have a light-hearted chick-lit perfect for an escape from reality. It’s the kind of book in which you’ll be able to immerse in fully when reading, yet also easy to push to the back of your mind when you’re busy, so you can read it anywhere at any time without fearing getting cut off mid-tear/mid-plottwist/mid-whatever you’re feeling (but you may get cut off mid-laugh though).
I’d also like to add that in most of Kinsella’s books, romance isn’t the main point, so if you’re looking for some heavy romance then you may be a little disappointed. But I honestly think the humour makes up for it. 🙂