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Aug 11, 2006, 4:27 am

It's hot here, too hot for my liking and I think my brain is melting. So I haven't felt like reading much more than chick lit, I tried I really did, but I can't seem to enjoy anything else.
Recently I've read Girls' Poker Night by Jill A. Davis, Life Swap by Jane Green, Sex, Lies, and Online Dating by Rachel Gibson and right now I'm starting Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella, it's too early to tell if I like it but you can't usually go wrong with her. ;o)

Aug 11, 2006, 5:32 am

Way too hot :oS
I haven't felt like doing a single thing....
As for readings, I'm still at Love Rules by Freya North and the one before that was Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Crusie - hilarious!

I liked The Undomestic Goddess a lot, as I've already told you.

(but as next follows Middlesex, temperatures should better drop ;oP)

Aug 11, 2006, 7:06 am

I'm still reading Dog Handling by Clare Naylor. I like it a lot but unfortunately I haven't really had much time for reading lately.

Aug 11, 2006, 7:26 am

It has been a while since I’ve read any chick-lit, the last ones were:
Always and Forever by Cathy Kelly
Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham
Sleeping Arrangements by Madeleine Wickham

Next on my list are:
Someone Like You by Cathy Kelly
Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner

Aug 11, 2006, 4:26 pm

Well I read Life Swap by Jane Green which I really enjoyed. Probably one of my favourites by her.
Then I started "Going Home" by Harriet Evans which I bought mostly because there was a quote on the cover -- "Fabulous - I loved it" - Sophie Kinsella. I was quite enjoying it even though it seems a little choppy in places to me.
Then someone on one of the other groups I'm in started talking about Arthur Ransome and I changed tack and read Swallows and Amazons. Definitely not ChickLit I know.
Now I suppose I will finish the Harriet Evans and then I have to choose between a Janet Evanovich, another Jane Green or vol ii of The Princess Diaries. Oh the dilemma.

Aug 12, 2006, 4:49 am

I've recently finished Beverly Brandt's Record Time which was OK, followed by Alexandra Carew's What Goes Around which had a good ending but really wasn't that thrilling...

I'm about to start Nora Roberts Angels Fall which will definitely be a good read so that's cool! :o)

I have the first 2 Plum Sykes(?) books on order from the library just so I can try and keep up with all those of you who've read 'em...

Oh and Fantasma hope you enjoy Sex, Lies and Online Dating, I got a bookcrossing journal through the other day that you've now inherited my book after Virgulina - what a small world eh? LOL

7mitzh First Message
Aug 12, 2006, 11:52 am

I love Marian Keyes eversince I read The Last Chance Saloon....
She know's how to touch your heart yet can make you laugh out loud!
I am currently reading Watermelon...
And since I just started reading it I can't really make a comment about it.
But Marian Keyes novel's never fails to amaze me!

8y2kbecs First Message
Aug 12, 2006, 11:55 am

Hello all :-)

I'm so glad I have found somewhere else that talks about chick lit. I used to use the forums at www.chicklitbooks.com but the site is no longer in action :-(

Anyway, at the moment I have Angel by Katie Price, (mostly for curiosity) and When She Was Bad by Louise Bagshawe on my reading pile at the moment.

I have a copy of Sex, Lies & Online Dating too.....just haven't got round to reading it yet. So many books, so little time :-(

Aug 12, 2006, 1:10 pm

y2kbecs, do you know what actually happened to www.chicklitbooks.com? I loved that site, especially their listings of sub-genres. Do you think they'll come back?? I really hope it's just a temporary thing.

Aug 12, 2006, 1:11 pm

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Aug 12, 2006, 6:08 pm

I just picked up a new-to-me Madeleine Wickham (The Wedding Girl) to see what it's like... good so far!

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Aug 13, 2006, 3:48 pm

I just finished The Pregnancy Test by Erin McCarthy. I give it 4/5 stars. Good story line & the characters were flawed but lovable!

Aug 14, 2006, 6:08 am

LOL, MystikNat! It really is a small world ;op
I'll probably read it after the current one. Virgulina was very impressed so I've my expectations high.

I've finished Freya North's Love Rules and I'm not sure what I felt. I hated the ending, but maybe because it's not a chick lit usual ending...

Aug 17, 2006, 2:41 pm

I just finished Spin Cycle by Sue Margolis. It was hot and funny! Kinda graphic at places, so be warned. I sent it to my oldest friend as a surprize because it was so much fun.

I also just read The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella. I loved it. It was poignant and funny at the same time.

It's been a summer of ChickLit for me. No brainpower for much else!

Aug 21, 2006, 10:11 am

I'm on Susan Donovan's Public Displays of Affection now... hoping to get through this quick so that I can start another of my library chicklit reads!

Also in Borders the other day I spotted a new publishing line of some favourite reads - they look super pretty - Little Black Dress publishing part of Headline I believe, they have republished Rachel Gibson's Daisy's Back in Town and Sex, Lies and online Dating, plus 2 other books that were new to me. £3.99 so not too bad. Have tried to check out this publishing line as a press release said they are going to launch 2 books a month from popular to new chicklit/contemporary romance authors.

Aug 23, 2006, 7:17 am

MystikNat, finally started Sex, Lies and Online Dating. Needed something light!! ;o)

Aug 23, 2006, 10:09 am

Oh excellent, I have managed to get a good list together of Little Black Dress books so far and they look right up my street and have been added to my wishlist, but darn I really do not need any more books right now! LOL

Aug 23, 2006, 12:27 pm

MystikNat, not that I have a short Wish List (far from it), but since you've mentioned it I've been trying to find a list of Little Black Dress books. And have been unsuccessful up until now, do you have a link? Help!

Aug 23, 2006, 12:30 pm

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Aug 24, 2006, 2:13 am

Hey Virgulina, it required a lot of detective work on the WH Smiths website, but the easiest way to check out the list is via my profile and I have created a tag for Little Black Dress - hope you can find them easily that way. :o\
The only 2 not on the list are Sex, Lies and Online Dating (we've read those! lol) and Daisy's Back in Town - read that too.

Aug 24, 2006, 4:15 am

I tried but I'm probably a lousy detective! I'm going to check your profile then and add to my Wish List. ;o) Thanks!

Aug 24, 2006, 6:51 am

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Aug 24, 2006, 8:27 am

oops that was me... don't know what happened there!

Aug 30, 2006, 7:54 am

So another week has started - what are you currently reading?

I just finished One for the Money yesterday (have the next two on my shelf from the library - yey!) but had to start Making your Mind Up today as it's a bookcrossing ring and I don't want to hold it up. hehe

Aug 30, 2006, 8:09 am

I'm reading three books at the moment, which is unsual for me. I've started The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber, Someone Like You by Cathy Kelly and Misty by V. C. Andrews.

Aug 30, 2006, 12:18 pm

Well I still have not finished Going Home. I keep getting sidetracked. I was going to finish that but then yesterday a friend lent me Mr Darcy takes a Wife so I am now reading that. I also decided to try out audiobooks after reading all the posts in the LT audiobooks group so I am listening to Pride and Prejudice when I workout. I have read it so many times that it won't matter if I get distracted and miss a passage here or there.

29LorriePaige First Message
Sep 3, 2006, 2:04 am

I will be reading Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray. I just finished reading The Second Assistant.

Sep 3, 2006, 7:44 pm

I'm reading the Other Boleyn Girl. :)

Edited: Oct 16, 2006, 3:10 pm

I'll start reading Step-Ball-Change by Jeanne Ray today, along with my own group.


Oct 17, 2006, 9:32 am

Currently have a few chapters of The Reef by Nora Roberts to go, then I have Undead and Unpopular to start, which is a bookcrossing book ring. :oD

The Reef is great, makes me wish I could take up diving! lol

Oct 18, 2006, 9:28 am

The last one I read was Goodnight Nobody by Jennifer Weiner, and even though I'm a fan of her work, I didn't like this book. I'm not even sure if I can call it chick lit....
If you've never read her, please try one of the others, Little Earthquakes is great.

Dec 17, 2006, 2:41 pm

Not reading chick lit at the moment, but the last one I read was Good Grief by Lolly Winston. Really enjoyed that one and look forward to her others.

Dec 26, 2006, 12:56 pm

I just read Sex and the Single Witch. It's three short stories by three diff authors. I didn't like one of them, but the other two were pretty good. Not great, but fun. I'm getting into the paranormal chick lit. It's a blast. I read Undead and Unemployed; it was cute. I'm waiting on the next one through a bookcrossing bookring, too. I also recently read Witchling. It was more paranormal. It has a whole world-building thing to it, but I loved it. It had much more substance, interesting characters and strong women. It's the first in a series, and I can't wait to get the next one.

Feb 19, 2007, 3:33 pm

I just finished Katie MacAlister's Light My Fire, the third in her Aisling Grey series. An entertaining romp; I gobbled it up in less than a day.

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Edited: Feb 24, 2007, 12:58 pm

I just bought Candace Bushnell's Sex and the City and Trading Up. I can't call myself a chick lit lover if I haven't read her books! I also bought Veronica Henry's An Eligible Bachelor, it looks delicious and very chick-lity. My pile of unread books just grows and grows..

Mar 5, 2007, 11:53 am

Well I am back in Chick Lit land after reading a few Nora Roberts stand-alone books recently. I never know how to categorize her fiction as it's not straight romance, straight thriller/mystery/suspense... just really, really good fiction! lol

I got a few books out of the library in desperation last week... Let's Meet on Platform 8 by Carole Matthews (didn't like it much at all and basically skimmed it) and am about to start Love Bug by Zoe Barnes - so two relatively old reads, the second of which has pretty bad reviews on amazon, so will see if I'm going to be starting a new read tomorrow morning on the bus journey to work, perhaps Mary-Janice Davidson's Sleeping with the fishes

Mar 5, 2007, 11:53 am

Well I am back in Chick Lit land after reading a few Nora Roberts stand-alone books recently. I never know how to categorize her fiction as it's not straight romance, straight thriller/mystery/suspense... just really, really good fiction! lol

I got a few books out of the library in desperation last week... Let's Meet on Platform 8 by Carole Matthews (didn't like it much at all and basically skimmed it) and am about to start Love Bug by Zoe Barnes - so two relatively old reads, the second of which has pretty bad reviews on amazon, so will see if I'm going to be starting a new read tomorrow morning on the bus journey to work, perhaps Mary-Janice Davidson's Sleeping with the fishes

40JulesDashwood First Message
Mar 11, 2007, 3:50 pm

I finished two Chick Lit books this weekend. The first was Because She Can by Birdie Clark. Very similar to The Devil Wears Prada, but in the book industry instead of fashion. The author once worked for Judith Regan and one assumes that's where the boss from hell impetus came from. I actually liked this book better than Devil. Yes, it is predictable, and yes it seems like once the author got to the last chapter or two she was pooped and so decided to wrap it up quickly. However, I enjoyed the read.

I also finished Strange Bedpersons by Jennifer Cruise. I LOVED her book Bet Me, which was the first one I'd ever read by her. I really like her writing style and humor. Her characters are extremely likable. You want to be part of their friendship group. Strange Bedpersons wasn't as good as Bet Me, but it was still a fun read. It wasn't predictable and in fact had an interesting twist at the end.

Apr 16, 2007, 11:34 am

I just finished Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella, there was a time when I though Becky was really funny, now I'm annoyed by her sometimes, she just doesn't get most things! It was a nice read, but I think Ms Kinsella should stop with the Shopaholic series now and go on with books like Can You Keep a Secret and The Undomestic Godess...

I recently read Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married by Marian Keyes and Lucy was just obnoxious. I was almost bored to death by her.

Apr 25, 2007, 7:11 am

I've finally returned to the true comfort of chicklit and am currently reading Anybody out there? by Marian Keyes. Started it just this morning in fact. :o)

Looking forward to the new releases this summer coming to my library as my poor bookshelves have no space for new additions! LOL

Edited: Apr 26, 2007, 8:33 am

I'm currently reading The Food of Love by Anthony Capella.

I think it's pretty good.

44ALIASFan First Message
May 4, 2007, 9:23 am

I'm currently reading Size 14 is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot.

May 20, 2007, 6:21 pm

I have been reading Janet Evanovich. I am up to Four in the Plum series. I have read Full House and Full Tilt. I am in the middle of Metro Girl.

Edited: Jun 6, 2007, 6:14 am

I think I only got up to number four in the Plum series, got side-tracked which the rest of my TBR pile. hehe

I zoomed through Forget me not by Isabel Wolff the other day, OK read, but I think that was more down to me zooming through it so I could get back to my new addition, the In Death series by J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts.

I have Jennifer Weiner's latest one and Going Dutch to read next.

Jun 6, 2007, 2:49 pm

Does Anne Tyler count as chic lit?

Edited: Jun 21, 2007, 11:53 am

im reading the IT GIRL right now.

49bearette24 First Message
Jun 9, 2007, 11:02 am

I'm reading Looks to Die For by Janice Kaplan. She co-authored Mine Are Spectacular, etc. with Lynn Shnurnberger. It's a really fun hen lit mystery.

Re chicklitbooks.com, I used to write reviews for that site, and then the woman who ran the site told us she wasn't going to put up reviews anymore. It seemed to fall apart after that. Too bad because it was a great site.

I also liked Notting Hell by Rachel Johnson recently (good but not great) and Wolves in Chic Clothing by Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman. Momzillas by Jill Kargman was really good.

Jun 9, 2007, 11:03 am

Re Anne Tyler -- I love her but I'm not sure she counts as chick lit. Which book of hers are you reading?

Jun 17, 2007, 3:57 pm

The amateur marriage and Back when we were grownups and I have Breathing lessons on my TBR shelf.
I like Jennifer Cruise, but I haven't read any of her in quite a while.

Jun 18, 2007, 1:04 am

I'm finally starting Katie Fforde's Going Dutch today - have found her last two or three reads a bit too predictable and samey to previous ones (which I loved), so hopefully this one will be better. :oD

Oct 7, 2007, 10:40 am

I am currently reading ((Dorothy Koomson)) (Marshmallows for breakfast) I am really enjoying it, it's one of those books I can't put down.

Also do you know ((Katie Fforde)) has a new book out (Bidding for Love) I only just found that out today. Can't wait to get a copy of that to read.

Oct 8, 2007, 11:03 am

Hey Lorna, not sure if you are in the UK or not, but Bidding for Love seems to be the alternative title for Flora's Lot which came out a few years ago.

Oct 12, 2007, 10:55 am

Oh right I see.
Thanks for that.
p.s yes I am from the UK.

56katelinderman First Message
Oct 13, 2007, 3:53 pm

I've started a chick lit book club at the library where i work, and we are reading "The Starter Wife" for next month, November!

Oct 19, 2007, 10:48 am

That sounds interesting Kate.
Which library do you work at?
I also work in a library at Grimsby Central, England.

We have readers groups but not a chick lit one might be a thought to start one up if you don't mind me pinching your idea?

Oct 30, 2007, 7:06 am

Just started Caroline's Sister by Sheila O'Flanagan - has anyone read her books before? I've been tempted to pick up one of her books in the past, but put it off until I'd caught up on other authors... hehe

Just wondering if there are any must reads by her I should try after this one. :o)

59lipstickblogger First Message
Dec 28, 2007, 10:03 pm

I am reading Baby Proof by Emily Giffin. I loved Something Borrowed and Something Blue, so I am really looking forward to a entertaining and fun read.

Dec 28, 2007, 10:10 pm

I love Emily Giffin's books!!!

I am reading The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella. It's absolutely hilarious.

61ioana2007 First Message
Jan 2, 2008, 4:16 pm

I just started reading The devil wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. I loved Can you keep a secret by Sophie Kinsella

Feb 5, 2008, 6:14 am

Can you keep a secret? is definitely one I want to reread some time... it was my first chick lit book, and I've not looked back since! Can't wait to get a copy of Sophie Kinsella's new stand-alone book coming out soon...

Jun 20, 2008, 1:21 pm

I'm waiting to be sent Love the One You're With by Emily Giffin. It will surely precede anything I'm reading now...

Jun 20, 2008, 5:14 pm

I just finished Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot. It was pretty funny and I definetly want to check out the sequel.

Edited: Jun 27, 2008, 8:53 am

I just reviewed Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella at my blog - I really enjoyed it! I liked it better than her others, personally, but I haven't read her Shopaholic series, just Can You Keep a Secret and The Undomestic Goddess.


Aug 6, 2008, 6:46 pm

I just finished Can You Keep a Secret? and really enjoyed it. I liked it better than Remember Me? which kept reminding me of the movie 13 going on 30 with the whole "How did I become this person?" premise. I have read a bunch of heavier books lately, and it was really nice to read something easy and fun.

Sep 9, 2008, 8:00 pm

I know it's not chick lit but right now I am reading Sweet Revenge by Diane Mott Davidson and loving it, im about 1/2 way through and enjoying it a lot. It's been awhile since I have read any chick lit but have been adding to my list since i have joined this group lol

Sep 22, 2008, 9:45 am

I just finished Can You Keep a Secret? and enjoyed it hugely. How are the Shopaholic books? They don't seem like something I'd like, but I may try the first one. I read Time After Time by Sue Haasler and it was good until the last 50 pages, when it became a huge wish-fulfillment fantasy and not a novel at all. And I loved Such a Girl by Karen Siplin, which was very loosely based on Mansfield Park and very light and charming.

Edited: Sep 23, 2008, 10:44 am

Speaking of Kinsella, I just finished Sleeping Arrangements by Madeleine Wickham (Kinsella's real name). It was pretty good, but I like the books written under Kinsella's name better. Here is my review, in case you're interested! (And here is my review of Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella.)

Sep 27, 2008, 1:27 am

I'm working my way through American Girls About Town at the moment, which includes short stories by chick lit goddesses such as Jennifer Weiner and Lauren Weisberger. I'm really enjoying it so far!

I just finished a Red Dress Ink title called Questions to Ask Before Marrying and found it surprisingly entertaining and well-written.

And right before that? Weiner's Little Earthquakes, now one of my favorite books ever!

Sep 27, 2008, 10:44 am

I just started Irish Girls About Town which is a collection of short stories by Maeve Binchy, Marian Keyes and other female Irish writers. So far I've only read the first story which was by Marian Keyes.

Sep 28, 2008, 8:01 pm

Right now I'm reading PS I Love You and I'm enjoying it very much! I think I just might have found a new favorite author in Cecelia Ahern! Previously, I've loved EVERYTHING by: Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes and Emily Giffen. I'm thinking of reading a novel by Madeleine Wickham to see how similar her writing style is to when she's writing as Sophie Kinsella

Nov 30, 2010, 5:34 pm

currently working on the shopaholic series they are super cute

Jan 16, 2011, 12:19 pm

Watermelon is great! I just finished it and am now reading Anybody Out There by Keyes. She is truley a hero of chick lit if ever there was one in my book. Rachel's Holiday is good , too. They are all about the Walsh sisters. So enjoy!

Jan 16, 2011, 12:25 pm

I joined yesterday. How come nobody has posted anything since last year in Nov.? Does anyone read these posts or is this all just a bunch of bull? I thought it would be great fun to hear all about other authors, but there hasn't been much activity here, now has there? Just wondering if I'm setting myself up just to be let down. Would love any comments on this.

Jun 6, 2011, 8:29 am

I enjoyed Girl's Poker Night because I worked with Jill during her journalist days and would recommend it. Part of the book is based on her life and how she got her job on the Letterman show.

Jun 11, 2011, 5:22 am

I've just finished Marian Keyes Brightest Star in the Sky - not my favourite one of hers but I do think all of her books are an enjoyable read :)

Jun 20, 2011, 1:39 pm

Marika Christian's Phone Kitten. Adorable and hilarious mystery about the life of an ex-journalist turned phone sex operator. Very fun summer read.

Jul 7, 2011, 7:36 am

I just read my first jane green and catherine alliot
I think I like what you call chick lit. i am more of a murder in the library reader but yeah i gave them go and loved them. what else is there worth reading in chick lit?

Edited: Aug 22, 2011, 4:33 pm

I am reading Money Shot by Susan Sey. just finshed this today so now I am reading The Adultery Club by Tess Stimson

Edited: Dec 10, 2011, 4:49 pm

It's quiet here.. I'm reading The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes. Definitely not my favorite, I even find the men in this book quite ridiculous, but I'm still enjoying it.