Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! May is International Chick-Lit Books month and in honor of this, I created my top ten must reads. Call it chick-lit or women’s fiction, it’s one of my favorite genres. Why? It’s funny, irreverent and at the core it’s all about falling in love. The characters are honest, real and could be you (if you were female) or me. So without further ado, here are my top ten (yes, they’re in order):
1- Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
I remember the moment when I was introduced to this book. The Random House rep pulled me aside and whispered in my ear, “You have to read this book. It’s going to be huge!” I nodded as she handed me the ARC. I took it home that night and read it the next day (my day off) in one sitting. I laughed, I rolled my eyes and swooned over the devilishly handsome Luke.
Becky is a shopaholic and the ironic thing is that she’s a financial advisor. Each chapter is filled with notices from her creditors asking to payment and her creative excuses for being behind in the payments. What woman hasn’t ditched work or an appointment to find the perfect outfit, shoes or accessory?
It’s a fun read and there is even some romance in it. A great start to a fantastic series and a must-read this summer if you haven’t read it yet.
2- The Big Bad Wolf Tells All by Donna Kauffman
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! I have read it at least a dozen times and each time that I read it, I love it even more! It’s fun, flirty and the tension between Tanzy and Riley is tantalizing! Who doesn’t love a sheep/wolf hybrid?? If you love chick-lit, please go and grab this book NOW!
3- Girls’ Poker Night by Jill A Davis
A funny, clever story about one woman’s journey to discover who she is and what she wants. She’s a writer who, tired of being the single girl columnist, leaves her boyfriend and moves to New York City. She takes a job with The New York News and starts fresh. She starts a poker night with three other women and soon the stakes grow higher. She falls for her new boss and editor, Michael, who pushes her to be more than she thought possible.
I loved this book (and read it every year) because it reminds me that life is filled with unknown hands of luck and loss. You’ve got to take a chance on life and throw all your chips in. I laughed out loud in many places and I love this book!
4- Babyville by Jane Green
I’m a huge fan of Jane Green and this delightful book doesn’t disappoint. Three friends deal with the biological clock ticking and that urge (or denial of said urge) for babies. I loved this book and it made me laugh hysterically. It’s a fast read and the characters are so life-like I swear Jane Green knew some of my girlfriends. A must read!
5- Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
Some say that Bridget Jones started the whole chick-lit phenomenon and I would tend to agree. The author wrote a funny, honest account of what it means to be a single woman in today’s society. It’s further down on my list for the simple fact that I think there is too much emphasis on smoking.
I loved the format of this book along with the antics Bridget gets away with. I mean, who wears a costume to a tea party? Bridget takes it all in stride and the book is 1000% better than the movie.
6- To Have and To Hold by Jane Green
Another one of Jane Green’s novels that makes you think. Most chick-lit and romances end when the couple falls in love but Jane Green delves deep into what happens after the couple says “I do”. I loved this honest account of a woman who turns a blind eye to her husband’s penchant for cheating and discovering true love. I loved Alice and the way she grew as a woman! A heartwarming solid chick-lit pick.
7- Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella
Out of all the Shopaholic books, this one is my favorite. Becky and Luke are getting married, which means more hijinxs for Becky’s spending habits. LOL! I LOVED it and Luke is a saint! To put up with her and all her excuses, it must be true love!
8- Loose Lips by Claire Berlinski
This is a comical and light-hearted story about Selena’s entrance into the CIA. On a whim, she decides to apply for the CIA. She figures she won’t pass due to her sketchy background but surprise, surprise, she’s accepted. What happens next is a fun inside peek into the training of the CIA. I’m positive all that happens to Selena is not based on fact but it is makes for a page-turning treat. I love this book and it will appeal to everyone who likes Alias and James Bond.
9- Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
This was the first book I’d read dealing with a plus-size heroine. Bravo to Jennifer Weiner for writing such an honest character in Cannie. Cannie is a 28 year old woman dealing with all that life throws at her, including her jerk of a boyfriend. But when her boyfriend writes a tell-all article about living with a larger woman, Cannie has no choice but to go on a soul-searching journey. This book details the highs and lows of weight and how society sees larger women with such accuracy, I cheered aloud! A must read and a mantra for women everywhere (no matter what their size)!!!
10- Last Chance Saloon by Marian Keyes
Another one of my favorite chick-lit authors, Marian Keyes does not disappoint in Last Chance Saloon. Three girlfriends dealing with the single life and the men who make you cringe. Before there was Sex and the City, there was best friends Tara, Katherine and Fintan. Being single can make you feel like a cowgirl in the Last Chance Saloon. Available men are becoming fewer and it makes a woman wonder if she’ll ever find her cowboy to ride off into the sunset. Even though these characters are flawed and made me want to shake them for settling, I love this book! Being single, like being married, is a matter of choices and perspective.
What’s your favorite chick-lit book? Share in the comments below.
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MRS N, Book Addict