Ladies in Lit.

According to my new favorite blog, Chick Lit is Not Dead, May is Chick Lit Month.

Umm…can I get a holla?

It was about my junior year in college when I entered the English/creative writing program at my school. It was something I held off doing, not because I didn’t like writing, just because I thought English majors were pretentious assholes who thought they were beatniks, wore berets, black turtlenecks (think Doug’s sister Judith), and snapped their fingers instead of clapping or laughing.

When I showed up for my first advanced-level English course, literary critique, my nightmares came true. Our professor, who obsessed over Lindt chocolates, asked us to go around the room and say our favorite book.

Students were rattling off the works of Aristotle and Nietzsche. I, on the other hand, was the sex-columnist for the school paper, so I often read columns and books by other sex writers. At the time, my favorite book was Chloe Does Yale by Natalie Krinsky (Yale’s first sex columnist).

I immediately felt like an outcast, but I didn’t let that stop me from loving chick lit. Now, I read all the time. I love memoirs, some fiction, true crime, biographies, and of course, romance.

So, in honor of Chick Lit Month, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite titles (in no particular order):

LIPSTICK JUNGLE BY CANDACE BUSHNELL—I’m sure this is no shocker after you all witnessed me swooning over season one on DVD…

AT FIRST SIGHT BY NICHOLAS SPARKS—Ah, I’ve read four novels by Sparks, and they are definitely a guilty pleasure. This one has a shocking ending!

MURDER AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS BY JOAN RIVERS—did you know comic Joan Rivers wrote? I found this book in a gift shop on a cruise with Buttons. It’s a murder mystery laced with celebrities and high fashion.

THE LAST SINGLE WOMAN IN AMERICA BY CINDY GUIDRY—this is the book that made me want to write a memoir. It’s absolutely hilarious.

WHY MEN LOVE BITCHES BY SHERRY ARGOV—if you’re that “nice girl” and always get screwed in dating, you must read this book! I am still learning lessons from it.

LA CANDY & SWEET LITTLE LIES BY LAUREN CONRAD—these are the first two books of a three-book series by ms. Conrad, and they are just that: candy. I just gobble them up!

THE LAST SONG BY NICHOLAS SPARKS—I saw this movie, then read the book and it was the first Sparks’ book I read. Seriously, it was so good. Emotional, but good.

ONE FIFTH AVENUE BY CANDACE BUSHNELL—last summer, I was on a mission to read all of Bushnell’s novels. This is my favorite one!

HOLLYWOOD WIVES: THE NEW GENERATION BY JACKIE COLLINS—ah, Collins, the original Chick Lit author. This was my first Collins’ novel and I loved it. Super sexy.

JULIE & JULIA BY JULIE POWELL—I saw this movie first, loved it, then read the book. They are both very different, but both good.

STRAIGHT UP & DIRTY BY STEPHANIE KLEIN—I read this book not too long ago and was literally laughing my ass off.

NIGHTS IN RODANTHE BY NICHOLAS SPARKS—I remember coming home from work one evening, cracking open this book, and drinking an entire bottle of wine. I finished the book that night, and had a nice lil buzz.

THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE BY AUDREY NIFFENEGGER—My mom loaned my this book, she kept saying she loved it, but it was sooooo graphic. It isn’t. It’s a wonderful read.

SEX & THE CITY BY CANDACE BUSHNELL—People often forget the fabulous television series is based on a book. And it is very, very different from the show.

CHASING HARRY WINSTON BY LAUREN WEISBURGER—from the author of The Devil Wears Prada, comes another book about fabulous, powerful women!

A WOMAN TRAPPED IN A WOMAN’S BODY BY LAUREN WEEDMAN—Gizzy loaned me this book, and it was hilarious!

LOVERS & PLAYERS BY JACKIE COLLINS—my second Collins’ book and it was just as sexy as the first.

MY HORIZONTAL LIFE BY CHELSEA HANDLER—this was Handler’s first book, released before she was popular. Each chapter is a different one night stand.

Now that you’ve seen the Chick Lit books I’ve read and loved enough to recommend, here are some that are on my current wish list…

CLEAVING: A STORY OF MARRIAGE, MEAT, AND OBSESSION BY JULIE POWELL—all I know is there’s an affair and food involved…

EAT, PRAY, LOVE: ONE WOMAN’S SEARCH FOR EVERYTHING ACROSS ITALY, INDIA AND INDONESIABY ELIZABETH GILBERT

HOW TO BE A HEPBURN IN A HILTON WORLD: THE ART OF LIVING WITH STYLE, CLASS, AND GRACE BY JORDAN CHRISTY—self explanatory.

YOU’LL NEVER BLUE BALL IN THIS TOWN AGAIN: ONE WOMAN’S PAINFULLY FUNNY QUEST TO GIVE IT UP BY HEATHER MCDONALD—she is one of the comics on Chelsea Lately and I’m curious if she can write…

OFFICIAL BOOK CLUB SELECTION: A MEMOIR ACCORDING TO KATHY GRIFFIN BY KATHY GRIFFIN

AUDITION: A MEMOIR BY BARBARA WALTERS—my grandmother loved Barbara Walters, so I’m interested to learn more about her.

AFTER ALL BY MARY TYLER MOORE

LAUREN CONRAD STYLE BY LAUREN CONRAD—love her style!

SUGAR AND SPICE BY LAUREN CONRAD—book 3!

I DO, NOW WHAT?: SECRETS, STORIES, AND ADVICE FROM A MADLY-IN-LOVE COUPLE BY GIULIANA RANCIC

IF YOU HAVE TO CRY, GO OUTSIDE: AND OTHER THINGS YOUR MOTHER NEVER TOLD YOU BY KELLY CUTRONE—I love this woman!

NORMAL GETS YOU NOWHERE BY KELLY CUTRONE

SUMMER AND THE CITY BY CANDACE BUSHNELL

TRADING UP BY CANDACE BUSHNELL

Well now that you know all my Chick Lit obsessions‚ I’ve got to know about yours! Let’s hear it…

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7 thoughts on “Ladies in Lit.

  1. Lisa Jewell & Marian Keyes, my favourite Chick Lit writers!

    Jewell is very English and Keyes is very Irish, both are witty and sensetive and funny – if you get in to these, you’ll have a whooole new shelf of books to read.

    I’d suggest reading Jewell in order of publication, her writing grows up as she does (she was a young twenty someting when she started and is now living a beautiful life with a beautiful husband and beautiful children) an excellent example of this is her first ever book Ralfs Party, which she wrote a sequel to twelve years later called After the Party. Read them, read them!!!

  2. mairedubhtx says:

    You’ll love “Eat, Pray, Love.” It’s one of my favorites. You’ll want to pack your bags and head out for exotic places.

  3. amanalynn says:

    I absolutely hate going into a book store without a clue on what to buy. I welcome suggestions and I took down a few from your list, so thank you!

    It’s so lame, but I love the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. The show “True Blood” is based on this series. I can’t seem to get enough. There are 11 books and I am currently reading the last one that was just released last year.

    I love all books by Jodi Picoult. The most famous of them all “My Sister’s Keeper” which was made into a movie. But her books are great!

    I also love books by Mavve Binchy, particularly “Cirlce of Friends”.

    And I loved loved loved “The Friday Night Knitting Club” by Kate Jacobs. This book had me in tears by the end.

    There are tons more, but then I might as well right my own post since it would take up just as much space as yours haha.

  4. I’ve read several of the Candace Bushnell books, the Nicholas Sparks, and The Time Traveler’s Wife, but I’ll have to check out some of the other ones.

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