Shopaholic Series, by Sophie Kinsella
And I cannot let these books go by without a word of farewell. If you recall Day 31: The Book that Made Me Laugh Out Loud, you will remember me telling you about Becky Bloomwood, of Confessions of a Shopaholic. And I mentioned that I felt a reread coming on--and a reread is what happened, after which I promptly began to work my way through all six of these glorious books, one right after another after another, until the lines between novels blurred, and the lines between her life and mine blurred even more.
I can honestly say as I was reading these novels, my spending went up, because every time I went out I had Becky on the brain, and started to think like her--and she always goes for the purchase (yikes!). I was not merely a reader of these books, I was a part of these people's lives. For example, when I was reading Shopaholic Ties the Knot, I switched my ring to my left hand and pretended it was an engagement ring. And when I was on Shopaholic and Baby, well...
But sadly, I just closed the cover on the last page of the last book (for now) in the series. Sophie Kinsella has left it open for another whirlwind adventure, but the most recent one came out in 2010 and so far I can see no announcements for a seventh, to my utter dismay. Now, at least, I can get my life (and wallet!) back. But no other books I've ever read have ever helped me escape so much as these. And as I reluctantly move on to other books, I feel as if I am losing friends. Goodbye, Becky. Goodbye, Luke. Goodbye, Suze, and Tarkie, and all the rest of you. And thanks so much for letting me spend time, and money, with you.