Ever the one looking for inspiration to help me to improve my writing I went in search of some challenges on DailyPost. and came across the Recycled Book Challenge over at Life Experiment Blog. I am a big lover of books and pick up second hand books from all over the place. I have quite a stash to get through and I keep being told that to be a good writer I need to read more so this seemed like the perfect challenge on many fronts.
I also love a good excuse to curl up on the sofa with my best pal and a good book.
This month I had already read one of my second hand books before I found this challenge and so I hadn’t taken a photo of the book I lifted this one direct from Amazon. I will do better next time.
I have never read a Sophie Kinsella novel before. To be honest I don’t really know why as my friend had given me several of her novels some time ago. I sent a lot to the charity shop before moving to Austria but somehow this one survived.
A couple of weeks ago I was perusing my (now depleted) bookshelf for an easy read and happened upon this. The book certainly delivered on the easy read requirement, it was fun and quickly hooked me in.
Lexi is down on her luck and life is definitely not going her way with a deadbeat boyfriend and little recognition in work the only thing she is “looking forward” to is her father”s funeral the next day. I immediately felt an empathy to the character and a sense of wanting her to move on, leave the boyfriend and have some fun. Lexi wakes up in hospital and discovers that she has lost three years of her life. Her scatty mother announces that she is married and in breezes the most beautiful man who, just happens to be a millionaire. Life just seems to good to be real and it turns out she is right.
I really enjoyed Sophie Kinsella’s style of writing, chatty but not overly so, it flowed and I felt as if I was there in the scene with the characters. There were some really laugh out loud moments in this book, such as discovering the meaning of the Mont Blanc references but I felt that there could have been more. Whilst I liked Lexi I wanted to love her but there was never enough space or time in the book to build her character fully. She discovers that her best friends no longer like her and it would have been good to hear more from them as to why this was. Her new best friend Rosalie seems like a hoot of a woman but again we barely touch the surface. I am hoping that there will be spin offs from this book to develop Rosalie and maybe some of the other characters in the book.
Having never read a Sophie Kinsella book before I can honestly say that I enjoyed this one enough to want to find others. I might even succumb to the Shopaholic series now.
If you enjoy reading books and want to join in on the Recycled Book Challenge then head on over to Life Experiment Blog and check out the guidelines.