Becky is someone who shops a lot; the irony is that while she works at a financial magazine that advises saving, she's writing letters to credit card companies, desperately trying to explain why she hasn't paid off a certain bill. The great thing about Becky Bloomwood is that the character taps into the collective consumer consciousness. She's like all of us: She's just this optimistic girl who loves to shop, and not always for herself. Sometimes she'll buy something because the shop assistant has a lazy eye and she feels sorry for her and doesn't want to hurt her feelings.
I like these books primarily because they're funny. A lot of books like this—or Bridget Jones's Diary—are lumped in with chick lit, a phrase I hate. It's unfair—they're more like wit lit. The books I've picked for this list are all great reads—and as much as I like being entertained, I like to be challenged. So I've chosen ones that can also make you question your approach to life.