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Old 04-12-2010, 02:33 AM   #1
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Smile Favorite chick lit...

Let's talk chick lit! I didn't see this genre covered elsewhere and it's certainly a fave of mine. I love discovering new wonderful books that I didn't even know existed. Below are three of my favorites. What are some of yours?

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
It's About Your Husband by Lauren Lipton
Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson

Something Borrowed is, in my opinion, required reading for chick lit fans. It is an absolute page turner, and I fell in love with the main characters. Giffin was masterful and leading my emotions right down the path she intended, then wrapped it up with a happy ending that is synonymous with chick lit.

It's About Your Husband is near the top of my list for having one of the best plot twists I've read. This one starts out just a tad slow with a tinge of unbelievability in the beginning, but then it quickly becomes a fast-paced page turner.

Sundays at Tiffany's is beautifully and vividly written. When I read this novel, it played in front of my eyes like a movie, which is relatively rare for me. Although the premise is absurd, the story is so good that it works anyway. Just a really good feel good kind of chick lit novel.

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Old 04-12-2010, 08:39 AM   #2
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I'm curious: how would you define chick lit? I've read this term before and I suppose I have some vague idea what it means, but...
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Old 04-13-2010, 01:55 AM   #3
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Chick lit is often synonymous with the terms beach read or romantic comedy. I would define it as women's fiction that is light, easy reading with a happy ending. This doesn't mean there isn't suspense or plot twists, etc. It just means that you won't find yourself immersed in a box of Kleenex at the end and you'll likely get at least a couple of laughs along the way. It is actually a searchable term on Amazon, although the results are not always 100% reliable because it is based on reader tagging. Any romantic comedy movie that is based on a book would be considered chick lit, as an example.

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I like Marian Keyes' novels. They're funny and the romance angle is usually tuned down somewhat (which I prefer) in favour of character development. Jennifer Weiner's "Good in bed" is good, too.
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What a great thread! I am also a huge fan of chick lit, and am excited to share - and receive! - some great books and author recommendations. I am actually in Chick Lit book club, and so far it's had a bunch of winners.

If you like Emily Giffin, you definitely want to read Sophie Kinsella. The Shopaholic series is fairly strong (I like the first 2 books, Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, best), or also check out Can You Keep A Secret?. It's one of her stand alone novels and is really good.

I also second Marian Keyes - my book club's selection this month is Rachel's Holiday by Keyes, and it's hysterical. I'm about halfway through it, and am finding it a light and fun read.

For guilty pleasures - Jackie Collins' Poor Little Bitch Girl. I have never read Jackie Collins, and this book was so trashy, I kind of felt bad for reading it (but not really. Ha.) It's all Hollywood and sex and drugs and prostitutes and murder mystery, so super fun. Apparently this is the newest entry in Collins' Lucky Santangelo series, so I'm now tempted to go back and read from the beginning.

Did you read the sequel to Giffin's Something Borrowed - Something Blue? I enjoyed it more than Something Borrowed, mainly because I had a moral issue with the protagonist's actions in 'Borrowed, whereas I fully loved Something Blue...

Other favorite authors in the genre include Jane Green, Johanna Edwards, Jen Lancaster (who I consider creative nonfiction, but wonderful). If you're of the school of thought that chick lit can be a beach read but involve more heavy/substantial topics, check out Jodi Piccoult and Dorothy Koomson whom I include in the category...

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Sometimes books labeled "chick lit" are thought of as so much fluff - but imo any novel that is contemporary, fun and about women fits the chick lit category as well as other categories.
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I like Marian Keyes' novels. They're funny and the romance angle is usually tuned down somewhat (which I prefer) in favour of character development. Jennifer Weiner's "Good in bed" is good, too.
I read "Watermelon" a while back, and found it hilariously funny at times, though I think the romance aspect was a bit simplistic. But I have become less choosy about romance lately so maybe I should try another of her books.
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Let me preface this by saying I'm a guy and I have never read any of the books/authors listed below.

I have looked for a few books for my girlfriend and have come across two female authors who look to be very funny.

Jen Lancaster
Laurie Notaro (check out here Idiot Girl books)
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I like Marian Keyes' novels. They're funny and the romance angle is usually tuned down somewhat (which I prefer) in favour of character development. Jennifer Weiner's "Good in bed" is good, too.
Did you read Weiner's novel Certain Girls? It's supposedly a sequel to Good in Bed. I loved Good In Bed so much I bought Certain Girls when it came out... then realized I hadn't read GIB in at least 3 years, so would need to re-read it to catch up for CG. Yea, still trying to make time to do that...
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I've enjoyed MaryJanice Davidson's Queen Betsy series. I read the first 5 and they made me laugh a lot. The main character is a total airhead, but somehow loveable, and her zany friends and family members are a hoot.
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Bookwerm - I'ver read Giffin's Something Blue as well as the unrelated Love the One You're With, stopping short of Baby Proof b/c it got terrible reviews. Although I enjoyed all three Giffin books I read, Something Borrowed was the best by far IMO. I have to confess that while I definitely have conservative values, I don't hold my fiction to the same standards if it's done well enough, and I felt Giffin treated it masterfully.

I have Sophie Kinsella on my TBR list. Her books always come up alongside mine in recommendations on Amazon so I've really got to check them out. I've got Twenties Girl and Can You Keep A Secret? on my TBR list. I have to confess that I tried to read the first Shopaholic book awhile back and just couldn't get into it. I am planning to see the movie though at some point. Perhaps it has to do with being an American, not sure.

I just finished Katherine Center's Everyone Is Beautiful. I enjoyed it. It wasn't what I would call a page turner but I definitely found her witty style engaging.

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I read "Watermelon" a while back, and found it hilariously funny at times, though I think the romance aspect was a bit simplistic.
You don't say It felt rather tacked on, but the romance aspect doesn't interest me so much anyway, so it was fine with me. I think I read chick-lit for the humour, and I seem to prefer the British/Irish authors (not that I have read more than 2 or 3 chick-lit books in the last few years).
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But I have become less choosy about romance lately so maybe I should try another of her books.
Being choosy means you read good quality writing - nothing wrong with that
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Did you read Weiner's novel Certain Girls? It's supposedly a sequel to Good in Bed. I loved Good In Bed so much I bought Certain Girls when it came out... then realized I hadn't read GIB in at least 3 years, so would need to re-read it to catch up for CG. Yea, still trying to make time to do that...
I didn't like certain girls all that much. I can't remember the book, but it was just "meh" IMHO. "In her shoes" is better.
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I've enjoyed MaryJanice Davidson's Queen Betsy series. I read the first 5 and they made me laugh a lot. The main character is a total airhead, but somehow loveable, and her zany friends and family members are a hoot.
I'm going to try this one. The premise sounds so insane that I have to try it
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A few books that come to mind are:

The Beach House, by Jane Porter
The Lost Recipe for Happiness, by Barbara O'Neal
Twenties Girl, by Sophie Kinsella

I'm sure I'd have a LOT more if I think about it, but I wanted to jump in here with a few suggestions of books that I've enjoyed <g>.

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