Friday night books

A Snarkling with a Sophie-sticated style wonders:

what is your opinion on the Shopaholic books?

ok, I've read them.
All of them.
They're fluff. Not cotton candy fluff but more like hummus and wheat thin fluff: they aren't serious food but they're fun to inhale.

I call them my Friday night books. I can read them in usually about two hours, with my feet up, a glass of wine, and the phone off. It's a nice break from the clatter of the real world.

I just can't read manuscripts or anything too grim on a Friday night. It's fluff night.
Now, that doesn't mean I'm going to be reading Nicholas Sparks any time soon, but Sophie KInsella is funny, and I like her so I read her. Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series is a Friday night book too. I read The Devil Wears Prada on a Friday night. I have a hard time remembering what I read but on Friday but it's got to be light, and I hope it will be funny.

And I'm not being patronizing I hope in calling them fluff. Nothing is better than fluff when that's what you want.


Kitty said...

Shopaholic books?

Nikki said...

Shopaholic books are a series, search amazon for shopaholic and you'll find them. Like Sweet Valley High.

Ric said...


We have not inhaled Nick Sparks?

Fluff, yes, but wonderful fluff.

My wife, who inhales Harlequins by the truckload, can only get 15 pages into a Nick Sparks - go figure.

Fluff made him a veryyyyyyy rich man.

Miss Snark doesn't like that?

Desperate Writer said...

I read my first Nicholas Spark book a couple of weeks ago...The Notebook. It was good...but I liked the movie better. After Message In A Bottle (the movie), I swore off him. I liked THAT movie, until the end, and I felt CHEATED. I was so mad. But the ending in The Notebook (movie)had me bawling. The difference? It was a satisfying ending, where the MIAB movie just ticked me off...all that struggle for the h/h to make it work then PFFFT.

I know about the difference between fluff and non-fluff. I can easily read lighter novels anywhere I go (since I must have one with me for Dr. offices, Bank lines, and red lights) but if it is a more complicated novel, say, like one of the Clancy novels, or a book about writing related themes, I need to concentrate, focus.

But the just for light fun books are a MUST. That doesn't mean they are in anyway LESS of a novel to me at all. Just an easier read.

Kitty said...

Ooooooo, I'm a Stephanie Plum fan :-) A couple of years ago, I ordered a Plum t-shirt with "Babe" (Ranger's nickname for S) on it instead of "Cupcake" (Morelli's nickname).

Unknown said...

I'm a big Plum fan too - haven't read 11 yet, but will soon.

It's the humor that gets me. It's relaxing and fun.

I just tried to read Blow Fly and it is so dark, it's menopausal. I just put it away. Too much has happened to that character, she's just a wreck. I was practically wishing the bad guy would come and put them all out of their misery.

Elektra said...

What exactly is hummus?

Shadow said...

Hummus is a delicious Middle Eastern pasty dip made of mashed chickpeas, tahini (sesame seed paste), olive oil, usually garlic, and other spices. Best (or most frequently eaten) with pita bread.

Diana Peterfreund said...

Shopoholic is not a series book like Sweet Valley High. All the shopoholic books are written by Sophie Kinsella. SVH all said "Francine Someone-or-other" on the spine, but they were packaged books written by a variety of ghost writers. Shopoholic is a single-author series. I think there are four of them.

lady t said...

Diana Peterfreund is right-there are four Shopoholic books(Confessions of a Shopoholic,Shopoholic Takes Manhattan,Shopoholic Ties the Knot and Shopoholic & Sister) and Sophie Kinsella(which is a pen name from what I've heard)also has a couple of non Shop books as well.

I'm a bookseller and believe you me,I've become much more open about my light reading choices from this job. Use to turn up my nose at the romance section but now I've come to accept that reading for fun is not a sin,sometimes it's
neccessary. Still not into romances but like a good chick lit book when I can get it. The Brits are best at chick lit,in my opinion-more loose with the humor and less hung up than the Americans(the Irish are great at it,too).

K said...

I agree about the light reading. I like to mix it up. If I read some "serious literature," I want something light afterward. Sort of like when I watch a scary movie at night, I have to watch at least one decorating show on HGTV before I can go to bed! :)

Elektra said...

That's how I got into the Shopaholic books. Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books, but you really do need some fluff after it before you can read anything else
grrr! Stupid word verification

Ellesse118 said...

I am a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella and "fluff" in general. The Shopaholic books were great. I think what's so great about Becky Bloomwood and the other Kinsella characters is that they act just like everyone else would like to, but can't and they get away with. Can you Keep a Secret? and The Undomestic Goddess are other great Kinsella reads if you would like to check them out.

Other favorites include 32AA by Michelle Cunnah, Tales of a Drama Queen by Lee Nichols, and In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner which is also coming out on film soon. I recommend reading the book first. I was really surprised at how much I liked it. Check them out if you need a good read one Friday night.