Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Thank goodness for beach-read books: Shopaholic series accompanies the sun quite nicely!

Greetings from the beach! I think it is appropriate to have a post about the greatest beach-read since this week is Spring Break for University of Windsor students and I am on vacation. Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series is the perfect way to pass the time in the sand and sunshine. This series has everything a good beach-read book should have; humour, wit, and most of all a no-thinking-necessary storyline. I enjoy reading this series, beginning with "Confessions of a Shopaholic" because, quite frankly, they are a nice change from reading literature and theory. Sometimes it's just plain enjoyable to read a book, word-for-word, without having to consider the hidden messages behind what is being said. Any English major would probably agree, plus, who wants to read AND think while on vacation?

I also saw the movie "Confessions of a Shopaholic" on Friday February 13th, which was opening night, and it did not disappoint. Since the book is easy to read, it would make sense that the movie would be the same. Isla Fisher, playing Rebecca Bloomwood, is the perfect actress for the role. She is funny, charming and easy to fall in love with. Her crazy notions of spending money and bargaining with herself makes this movie a ton of fun to watch. This movie definitely falls into the "chick-flick" category, but who cares? I saw it with my girlfriends on Valentines Eve and we had a blast. All in all, a great vacation book series and a hit at the box office!

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