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Cover Art Weekend Blog Hop


This is a fun meme for the weekends, that is sure to brighten your day.

It is hosted by Yvonne, over at ‘Socrates’ Book Review Blog ‘

Yvonne Says

“This is a brand new meme to display all those beautiful, funny, crazy and even those that make you think book covers you come across each week. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I love looking at different book covers. You may not be able to judge a book by its cover, but they are sure fun to look at. So, if you’d like to join in the fun, all you have to do is…

1. Cross to ‘Socrates’ Book Review Blog’. Take the button at the top of this post and post it on your blog.

2. Chose a book cover of your choice and post it. (You can post as many covers as you’d like.)

3. Sign up with Mr. Linky at the bottom of the page. Please use the url that links directly to your cover art post.

4. Visit other blogs on the list to see what covers they are featuring this week.

Instead of just one day, I thought I’d run this through the weekends – from Fridays to Mondays. That gives people more of a chance to blog hop.

Have fun!”


My entry this week, is a great cover which caught my eye whilst I was standing in the queue at my local bookstore.

The book is  ‘Mini Shopaholic’ by Sophie Kinsella and I just thought that it was so bright and cheery that it was worth a mention in this meme.

Sophie Kinsella, is a name that I have come across before, when reading other bloggers reviews, but isn’t an author that I have read personally. I guess that may be because I always associate her name and books with ‘Chick Lit’, a genre that I wouldn’t necessarily choose to read very often.

It would be great for me to hear the views of anyone out there who is a fan of Sophie’s, or has read any of her books, I am always open to persuasion!


Shopaholic Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood)’s two-year-old is … spirited. She knows what she wants, whether it’s a grown-up Prada handbag or a toy pony (40% off, so a bargain, surely?) When yet another shopping trip turns to mayhem, Becky decides it’s time to give Minnie her own pocket money.

Is it a bad sign when Minnie goes instantly overdrawn?

Minnie isn’t the only one in financial crisis. As the Bank of London collapses, people are having to cut back. Everyone needs cheering up, so what better way to do it than to throw a fabulous surprise party? A thrifty party, of course. Except economising and keeping a secret have never been Becky’s strong points …

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    • Hi Yvonne,

      They sound like a light hearted series of books that I might possibly read as quick fillers between more series storylines?

      The covers are certainly lively and fun, just the thing to cheer up a wet summers day!!

      Love the meme, we need to try and persuade a few new members to join in.

    • Hi Vicki,

      The cover caught my eye because it was so bright and cheerful, although I’m not too sure about the storyline.

      My mum has been disabled since I was quite young, but I can remember going shopping with her as a small child, walking for seemingly miles to get to the town, trailing around the shops, them walking back home again laden with bags. We would always stop in a cafe and have a drink and sticky bun before setting off home again.

      Simple pleasures that seemed to have passed the youngsters of today by.

  • I’ve read one of the shopaholic series and quite enjoyed it but I much prefer her stand-alones. Remember Me?, The Undomestic Goddess and Twenties Girl are all very good indeed. Not exactly chick-lit as they always have a serious point to make if you read between the lines.

    • Hi Cath,

      I have heard about the ‘Shopaholic’ books of course, but I didn’t realise just how many of them there are! I don’t think I could stand to plough my way through that lot, they would get to be ‘much of a muchness’ after the first couple I should think.

      I may take your advice and try one of her stand-alone novels, they sound like a good easy read that I can whizz through quite quickly, just to see if she is an author that I could follow on a regular basis.

      Thanks for the tip and enjoy your Sunday

    • Hi Margaret,

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      It sounds as though you and Cathy have pretty much the same opinion of Sophie Kinsella books, so I shall definitely trial one of the stand-alone stories, rather than get embroiled in the ‘Shopaholic’ series, where all the books will have pretty much the same format I should think.

      The idea of a mini shopaholic sounds pretty horrifying to me as well, can you imagine what a horrible, precocious child she must be!!

  • I have seen the movie based on the 1st book and enjoyed it quite a bit but never really read this series. This cover makes me feel that this book will be as much fun 🙂

    • Hi Veena,

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I love to read everyone’s comments and try to reply to them all, it is also great to ‘meet’ so many new people and your little one looks adorable!

      To my shame and bad research, I had no idea that the series had been made into a film, although it isn’t my kind of film, so I probably would not have rushed to see it anyway. I’m more into action packed thrillers or detective films, at least that’s what my husband keeps telling me when he has sole control over all the remotes!! I am glad that you enjoyed it though.

      The cover does look like fun, but I had no idea just how many books there are in the series. Surely there is only so much shopping that a person can do!!!

      On Amazon.co.uk and .com the book has received many reviews and most have been fairly positive, with overall ratings well above average, so perhaps escapism reading is quite popular right now.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I knew that someone would come along eventually and say how good the ‘shopaholic’ series is … now I shall have to try at least one of them to see for myself. I shall probably try and get hold of the first in the series, as they often tend to be better than subsequent volumes.

      I hate to keep comparing the virtues of the UK covers against the US versions, but in this case I did notice that the UK version was much more vibrant and colourful and fitted the title perfectly.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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