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Subject: Help me decide what to read next!
Date Posted: 9/18/2007 2:55 PM ET
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I've read everything Jane Green and Marian Keyes have written, and love them.  I loved The Twins of Tribeca, both books by Plum Sykes, everything by Jennifer Weiner and Lauren Weisberger, The Ivy Chronicles, The Nanny Diaries, et al and loved them all.

Anyone have any new ideas for me?  I'm kind of leery of the Stephanie Plum books because I hear that they border Romance novels, and I have no patience for those, unfortunately.   Red Dress Ink books are hit or miss for me -- some are great and some are just plain dumb.  I've got a few good ones waitlisted, but I'm waaayyyyy at the end of the line for many of them.

So hit me with your best ideas.  :)

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 3:43 PM ET
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have you tried any jennifer Crusie? I have loved everything I have read by her.
Date Posted: 9/18/2007 3:45 PM ET
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kristin billerbeck - her ashley stockingdale series, or her Spa girls series. or her new one Split ends.

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 5:56 PM ET
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THanks for the suggestions -- keep 'em coming.  THese are both authors I hadn't heard much about previously.

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 6:58 PM ET
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I'm not a romance fan at all and I LOVE chick lit and mystery type books - AND I love Stephanie Plum. I don't see any romance in them at all when you're talking typical romance books (think Danielle Steele and Nora Roberts). In fact, they're actually considered mysteries - not even chick lit.

Is there a romantic interest in there for Stephanie? Yes. Is there a "lust" interest in there for her too? Yes. Two separate men. Is that the main focus of the story? Definitley not. Her family and side kick (Lulu) get more play than both of those men. They're mysteries - begininning to end. Found in the mystery section of every bookstore and library.

As for chick lit, I recently read Notting Hell by Rachel Johnson and it was hilarious. It's British chick lit though with no translation. In other words you're dealing with British pounds, sterling, slang, the whole works. It was part of the book's charm.

I would also recommend Robyn Sissman ( I LOVE her), Gemma Townley and Madeleine Wickham, who is actually Sophie Kinsella. And yes, I'd recommend all of Kinsella's books too but they have more romance in them that the Plum books but are still considered chick lit. 

Let's see, who else, Candace Bushnell (Sex and the City author) has some good ones. My favorite is Trading Up. 

Meg Cabot is good too. 

But please don't think that Stephanie Plum is a romance. No way! :)  

 



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Date Posted: 9/18/2007 7:14 PM ET
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Good to know that about Stephanie -- the poor girl almost got a bad reputation, there.  ;) 

 

Great advice -- I've read all of the Sophie Kinsella/Madelyn Wickham books, and they were fab.  Off to check out Notting Hell...

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 7:20 PM ET
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Jayne: Yep, I felt it was my duty to make sure "my friend" Stephanie didn't get a romance, a la Danielle Steele, rep! lol :) 

While you're checking out Notting Hell, check out Robyn Sissman too. I just love her! :) 

I noticed you said you've cruised through Marian Keyes' books - I'm in the middle of reading the Walsh series by her.  I love that family!!!



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Date Posted: 9/19/2007 8:55 PM ET
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What is the order of the Marian Keyes Walsh Series?

Date Posted: 9/20/2007 12:20 AM ET
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yeppers, if stephanie got any romance it was over and done with in less than a half page! there are innuendos and mentions of sex and even some here and there but I thought they were mostly funny...she's a lousy bounty hunter and probably never will improve and ranger is definitely hot in my book! :-) but I love reading them for the hilarious scenes with her trying to catch the 'bad buy' or solve the mystery. I found 12 a bit 'darker' than some of the others but hands down 6 is what got me interested in reading that series. her trying to catch ranger was hilarious!

Date Posted: 9/20/2007 2:25 PM ET
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Have you read "The Right Address" and "Wolves in Chic Clothing" yet?  I just loved those- and I read same authors as you.

I also loved the Starter Wife, The Second Assistant & Bitter is the New Black.

You Will Never Nanny in this Town Again was also a fun read.

Date Posted: 9/20/2007 4:50 PM ET
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I recently read Something Borrowed and the sequel Something Blue by Emily Giffin and they were great.   I also recently read Insiders by Olivia Goldsmith and really enjoyed it.

Date Posted: 9/21/2007 11:06 AM ET
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Here are just some off my keeper shelf

Stupid and Contagious by Caprice Crane

Milkrun, Fishbowl, As seen on TV, Monkey Business, and Me vs. Me by Sarah Mlynowski

Save Karyn by Karyn Bosnak

The Broke Diaries by Angela Nissel

See Jane Date, Whose Wedding is it Anyways?, The Soloman Sisters Wise up, The Break up Club and Love you to Death by Melissa Senate

The Next Big Thing, Your Big Break, and How to be cool by Johanna Edwards

Sorry the list is so long, but I just love these books and could not resist sharing



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Date Posted: 9/21/2007 1:55 PM ET
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One of my most favorite chick lit books is "The Thing About Jane Spring."  I do not remember the author, but it cracked me up as much as the Shopaholic series.  

Very fun and easy!

Date Posted: 9/21/2007 4:21 PM ET
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Bitter is the New Black is fun.  It's actually a memoir, but it's basically a real-life chick lit story!

Date Posted: 9/22/2007 10:18 PM ET
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THese are awesome suggestions!  I've done a lot of ordering and wishlisting off them. Big thanks to all of you!!  :D

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 9:35 PM ET
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How are the harlequin Red Ink books? I order from eharlequin sometimes and am curious about these. I've seen some posts or reviews that really dislike them. I read a lot of romance and sometimes the harlequin-type and they're hit and miss IMO but they're not meant to be the same as a fullsize in-depth novel. the harlequin next titles I've been enjoying tend to be the mystery-type themes like the ones by stevi mittman. However, these red ink books are a lot pricier than the regular harlequins and just wondering how they are. I just ordered one to try out - scot on the rocks- used but not sure how this one 'ranks' on the 'scale' of good chick lit.

I've been enjoying the 'hen lit' recs lately since I'm 40 and some of the harlequin next titles since the characters are older and while there's romance it hasn't been the focus of the story. I usually like cute and f unny though some more serious(currently reading one that I htink is Christian ch ick lit but it's really good so far 'miss invisible' and it's about a serious topic. I also have do they wear high heels in heaven' which is serious but I think it's chick lit...)

also what are some ot her 'reliable' publishers if there are any? I mean, I'm familiar with some'reliable' publishers/authors for the romance genres I like and some mysteries but not the chick lit genre...

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 9:39 PM ET
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I don't know about the Harlequins - I do know Red Dress Ink (is that the same thing?) and that one is hit or miss - more miss than hit, for me, but there are a few good ones I've encountered.  I don't know of any publishers that specialize in chic lit, although I'm sure they're out there.  All I have to go on is authors that I like, and the great readers here who give me lots of new ideas.  :)

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 10:03 PM ET
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thanks Jayne..I think red dress ink is published by harlequin...at least I've seen them on their website.

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 12:10 PM ET
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Several years back I was hospitalized for blood clots.  My son brought me several of the Stephanie Plum books, including a hard cover that he wanted to read when I was done.   If my son liked them so much, they can't be the romance type!  Those books are hilarious.  (My son, by the way, just completed the 2007 Wisconsin Ironman triathalon.  He wouldn't go anywhere near a romance book, but he does love the Harry Potter series.)

So go ahead and read Janet Evanovich.  Be prepared to laugh.