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Date Posted: 10/11/2008 10:23 PM ET
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And that makes me sad because I LOVE chic lit! So here is a question or few for you.

Why do you read chic lit? What author introduced you to chic lit?

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 9:58 AM ET
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Colleen, I am begging for more activity on this forum, so I'll start!

I found chick lit when I was about 18. The first book I read was Good In Bed by Jennifer Weiner. I really love chick lit because I come from a small town, even though it's the 2nd largest city in the state! I suppose I live vicariously through all those girls traipsing through NY and LA! Plus after reading about somebody forgoing rent for a new pair of Jimmy Choo's, I feel normal and mature! lol

Disturbingly, though, I am finding I read less and less of "single girl in the city" chick lit and more of "married and expecting" chick lit since I got married. But I still love it all!

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 10:09 AM ET
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I suppose I live vicariously through all those girls traipsing through NY and LA!

Exactly! I live in a small town too.

Good In Bed was my first chic lit book too. :) Jennifer Weiner is still one of my favorites.

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 11:00 AM ET
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I love chick lit because it's more real than romance novels.  I believe the first chick lit I read was Dating Without Novacaine or Jemima J.  They were both great.

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 2:47 PM ET
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My first chick-lit book was The Devil Wears Prada.

I also wish this board was more active because I love chick-lit. It accounts for about 95 percent of my reading. Maybe we could have a Book of the Month like the Historical Fiction board has???

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 6:53 PM ET
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Sad to say, PBS was my introduction to chic lit. The closest I got to chic lit before PBS was reading Judy Blume and Beverly Clearly when I was little. I got into romance novels after that but didn't know anything about chic lit or its authors. I am loving this genre and can't seem to read fast enough to keep up with all the new authors I'm discovering here on the discussion forums.

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 9:20 AM ET
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I got introducted to Chick lit while I was on vacation one weekend. I wanted some books to read out on the beach so I went to the bookstore. The bookstore had Confessions of a Shopaholic on sale for 5 bucks. Once I read it I was hooked and had to read the whole series. I then started looking to see if there was a section in PBS and that is what has started it further. I have so many books that are on my list to read.

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 11:54 AM ET
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I got hooked on chick lit after reading the first shopaholic book however I had no idea there was a genre called chick lit until I found PBS a few years back.When I first joined it was hard to get my hands on any chick lit here at PBS but now it seems to be plentiful!

Stacy

Date Posted: 10/13/2008 2:02 PM ET
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My first chick lit reads were Something Borrowed and Something Blue....I loved them so much, i literally read them both in a weekend while I was away on vacation! the rest is history!

Date Posted: 10/14/2008 12:29 PM ET
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I read it because its my escape!! :-) I started reading them when I was in 6th grade...Harlequin...lol.  And that was......89-90....yikes....I'm showing my age..... ;-)

I just really enjoy romance novels. They take me to another place in time....if the author is good...she draws me in..thinking I could be that woman....sometimes wishing I was.....nothing gives me greater pleasure then reading.

Date Posted: 10/14/2008 10:40 PM ET
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My first chick lit book was a red dress ink, Slightly Single by Wendy Markham, a few years back when I was in college.  What originally drew me in then as a graphic design student was the cover.  Chick Lit books have such cool covers!  But also great characters.  I am also from small town and love reading about the girls with hot jobs and cool friends and great clothes in the big city.  At the same time, I feel like I can identify with a lot of the characters too.  While they're just starting out in entry level positions and hoping to get that big break, being overweight and not quite feeling like they fit in, having strained relationships with friends or family members, trying to get that dream guy to notice them, I can see a little bit of myself.  And there is almost always humor involved, to keep it entertaining.

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 7:29 AM ET
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It's not my main genre and I can't remember which was the first book, but I remember Jemima J being either the first or pretty darned close! Meg Cabot's Heather Wells books were about that same time I think.

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 9:43 AM ET
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I guess I have always been a romance reader looking for that little extra "something". I read my first Jennifer Weiner book a year or so ago and loved it!  Since then it's been hit or miss and I'm so glad that I came to PBS and discovered that this genre has a name! I have had a great time browsing and finding lots of great authors to try out.

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 3:38 PM ET
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My first Chicklit book was Bridget Jones Diary. After that I was obsessed with chicklit. British chicklit is still my absolute favorite.

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 9:10 PM ET
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i love all chicklit.

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 1:25 PM ET
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My first was either Momzillas or The Yummy Mummy, although my favorites are the Shopaholic series.

Date Posted: 12/12/2008 8:59 PM ET
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British Chick Lit is my favorite as far as chick lit goes :0)

Date Posted: 12/12/2008 11:27 PM ET
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I can't remember what my first chick lit book was, but for some reason I can't ever really get into British Chick Lit.  I go through genre phases and right now it's chick lit galore. 

My favorite authors are Emily Griffin and Wendy Markham, but I'm all caught up on their series, so I'll have to find another good one.  I haven't ever read the shopaholic series....what is the first book of that series?

Nicole

ETA: I LOVE the idea of a chick lit monthly read if anyone is interested in starting one....or even recommending one and I'll start a post.



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Date Posted: 12/13/2008 10:35 AM ET
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Nicole, the first in the Shopaholic series is Confessions of a Shopaholic. Very good series. I am interested in the monthy chick lit read idea too. I think you should start it. :)

Date Posted: 12/13/2008 10:52 AM ET
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Ok, would we go with a newer book for a monthly read? Something that would be WL by most or something readily available from PBS?

I've never even been part of a bookclub, so any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated....

Nicole

Date Posted: 12/13/2008 10:56 AM ET
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I think that this is a great idea! It would be a good way to generate some more activity here and a good way to read some new authors!

Date Posted: 12/13/2008 11:52 AM ET
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Count me in too!

Date Posted: 12/13/2008 10:42 PM ET
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My first chick-lit book was "The Devil Wears Prada". I borrowed it from my daughter. Then I read the shopaholic series (also hers) and I was hooked. It's great escapism.

Date Posted: 12/13/2008 10:43 PM ET
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Count me in, Nicole. It sounds like a great idea.

Date Posted: 12/13/2008 10:45 PM ET
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Ok, I'm trying to find some information online about how to run a book club.....to be honest, I've never been in one, so I don't know the "rules".  Maybe we can just pick a book and just discuss what we think about it with no "set" rules?  Anyone have a good idea for the first book?

Nicole

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