Pairing books with tea (Sophie Kinsella’s Christmas Shopaholic)


I recently read Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. It’s the latest in her hilarious Shopaholic series featuring the hijinks of Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) and I talked about it here.

Christmas Shopaholic was a lovely, funny and festive read. As you know, I love pairing books with tea and in honor of Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) this book should be paired with a good English tea, preferably at a proper Afternoon Tea. All while wearing an outfit Becky would be proud to wear.

Since Becky is a certified shopaholic, the perfect tea pairing is the Harrods Earl Grey. Becky spent countless hours shopping at Harrods so it makes sense to also fortify ourselves with Afternoon Tea at the Harrods tearoom before continuing our shopping expedition.

Image via Harrods.

And you can’t go to Afternoon Tea without a Becky-approved outfit. Ok you probably could, but why not deck yourself out? I think dressing for occasions makes life more funner. (I know that funner is not a word…)

My outfit at a recent Afternoon Tea. I wore a navy polka dot dress by Eliza J, pink shoes and my beloved Karl Lagerfeld quilted shoulder bag.

Also, because I’m not ready to let go of Becky’s world, I created a Pinterest board for this book and tea pairing. Hope you enjoy it!

xoxo, Jane

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Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella


Time for another book review. I’d classify Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella as a romantic comedy. It’s actually part of a larger series featuring Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood). All of the books are laugh-out-loud funny and this story was no exception. I recommend this series if you need an escape and a good laugh.


’Tis the season for change and Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is embracing it, returning from the States to live in the charming village of Letherby and working with her best friend, Suze, in the gift shop of Suze’s stately home. Life is good, especially now that Becky takes time every day for mindfulness—even if that only means listening to a meditation tape while hunting down online bargains.

But Becky still adores the traditions of Christmas: Her parents hosting, carols playing on repeat, her mother pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the neighbors coming ’round for sherry in their terrible holiday sweaters. Things are looking cheerier than ever, until Becky’s parents announce they’re moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch—unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocados—and ask Becky if she’ll host this year. What could possibly go wrong?

Becky’s sister demands a vegan turkey, her husband insists that he just wants aftershave (again), and little Minnie needs a very specific picnic hamper: Surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old boyfriend–turned–rock star and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear. But as the countdown to Christmas begins and her bighearted plans take an unexpected turn toward disaster, Becky wonders if chaos will ensue, or if she’ll manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas after all.

What I love

I could not pass up Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. I’ve read every Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) book since Book 1. Becky is charming and sweet and nice and means really well. Even when she gets herself in a ton of trouble.

This was a feel-good story set during the lead-up to Christmas. Becky’s husband, Luke, is such a charmer and crazy about Becky. He just can’t get mad at her. It must be true love.

As usual, Becky is up to her normal hijinks and can’t seem to keep herself out of trouble, whether it’s attempting to join an exclusive male-only club (those scenes were laugh-out-loud funny) just to enter a raffle to hunting for a tofu turkey for Christmas dinner in a village that doesn’t sell them. Everything that can possibly go wrong goes wrong.

I was at the edge of my seat from curiosity wondering how Becky was going to manage to fix her one million problems. Don’t worry, the book ends in a very satisfactory way. I actually got a bit teary-eyed. If you read it you’ll know why.

What I don’t love

I’m a bit fatigued by her antics…

Have you read this book or any of the Shopaholic books?

xoxo, Jane