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What's your favourite 'Chick Lit' book?

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OhComeLetUsADiorHim Sat 18-Dec-04 20:15:55

French Relations and Well Groomed - Fiona Walker
Kiss Chase - Fiona Walker
Watermelon - Marion Keyes
Rivals - Jilly Cooper
The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCulloch
Lace - Shirley Conran

I don't read classics all the time you know

feastofstevenmom Sat 18-Dec-04 20:16:45

Rachel's Holiday by Marion Keyes
One Hit Wonder by ?Lisa Jewell

feastofstevenmom Sat 18-Dec-04 20:20:18

looks like we're the only ones admitting to reading chick lit

OhComeLetUsADiorHim Sat 18-Dec-04 20:20:49

Yup

OhComeLetUsADiorHim Sat 18-Dec-04 20:22:25

Forgot 'Miranda's Big Mistake' - Jill Mansell

turquey Sat 18-Dec-04 20:23:26

Hens Dancing - Rafaella Barker
A Married Man - Catherine Alliott
Don't you want me - India Knight
Rivals/Riders - Jilly Cooper

All time favourite - One for the Money (and all the rest of the series) - Janet Evanovich.

spacedonkey Sat 18-Dec-04 20:26:38

blimey, i've never read any of these

read "I Don't Know How She Does It" and thought it was disappointing

does alice walker count?

OhComeLetUsADiorHim Sat 18-Dec-04 20:33:36

'Last Chance Saloon' - Marion Keyes

I do read intelligent books too Just like to believe in a happy world occasionally, where the girl gets a man who is good-looking, hung like a donkey and good in bed.

turquey Sat 18-Dec-04 20:33:46

Has to have a neon cover or else a picture of totty on the front!
I seriously disliked "I don't know how she does it".

feastofstevenmom Sat 18-Dec-04 20:34:45

yep not keen on I don't know how she does it. maybe it passed for revolutionary amongst her pals, but she didn't exactly chuck it all in to live on a remote scottish island, did she?

feastofstevenmom Sat 18-Dec-04 20:35:04

and a really silly girly font for the title!

feastofstevenmom Sat 18-Dec-04 20:39:32

thing with marian keyes is she deals with some v serious issues - sometimes (especially Rachels Holiday) I think that the happy ending is a bit bolted on. think there is a serious novelist hiding inside the chick lit persona

turquey Sat 18-Dec-04 20:42:02

Wasn't there an adaptation of one of hers on the tele a year or so back? With Letitia Dean in it? Put me off reading any of it - it was terrible!

MrsEvs Sat 18-Dec-04 20:43:09

I love a rubbish read!

Anything by Jackie Collins is marvelous. Also really like the Sophie Kinsella Shopaholic series.

Most recently read the latest Helen Fielding one, Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination - really enjoyed it.

Oh God I could go on all day about trashy novels, but you should get my sis on this thread. She did English at Kings and did a huge project on why Hollywood Wives was a better novel than Middlemarch!

merrykittymas Sat 18-Dec-04 21:31:10

I love all Marian Keyes' books especially Watermelon and Sushi for Beginners.

Sophie Kinsella's shopaholic series could be based on me it's so funny.

Used to read a book a week on the commute to and from work and couldn't handle anything too serious once read A Child Called It on the train with tears pouring down my face.

MaryChristmas Sat 18-Dec-04 21:31:37

The nanny diaries

turquey Sun 19-Dec-04 02:09:00

I read 'Dont you want me' on a packed commuter train snorting with laughter, everyone looked all embarrassed and english and didn't want to be near me.

CathB2 Tue 21-Dec-04 12:46:41

I found a surprising amount of chick lit whilst trying to clear some bookshelves. I used to consider them my flu books, anyway...

Rivals by Jilly Cooper.
Marian Keyes
Imogen Parker
Cathy Kelly
Maeve Binchy (some)
Jill Mansell (some)

I find I am switiching to books with older characters in lately , I get impatient with hopeless 20 year olds trying to find a man. Mature chick lit perhaps

JanH Tue 21-Dec-04 12:58:34

I'm reading I don't know how she does it at the momnt, and I like it...

bundleofyulelogs Tue 21-Dec-04 12:59:41

janh, it was the first title i thought of when i saw this thread..it's a page-turning read and I'm not too embarrassed about it

JanH Tue 21-Dec-04 13:21:09

Thanks, bundle!

I think it's actually well-written (unlike some) and has some lovely real family bits in it. (All the jetset travel-and-shoes stuff is right over my head, and squashing mincepies and steaming labels off Bonne Maman is just silly, but that's OK.)

lockets Tue 21-Dec-04 13:21:10

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littledonkeyrach Tue 21-Dec-04 13:30:14

Janet Evanovich is ace!!!

And Rafaella Barker's are great.

Jane Green, Freya North, Jennifer Cruisie, all designed to make me feel nice!!!!!

pinkytrio Sun 02-Jan-05 09:15:37

Has anyone read Christina Jones or Katie Fforde? They are both totally brilliant. I also like Madeleine Wickham (aka Sophie Kinsella, but can't read Sophie Kinsella!), Patricia Scanlon etc.

vict17 Sun 02-Jan-05 10:36:13

I love the Shopaholic books and everything by Jane Green and Marian Keyes. Can't believe no-one has mentioned Bridget Jones' Diary! Also like lad-lit like Tony Parsons and Mike Gayle.

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