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Subject: Do you Read/Like Guy Lit?
Date Posted: 7/15/2009 3:57 PM ET
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I'm reading some "guy lit" now - "My Legendary Girlfriend" by Mike Gayle and I have to say, I really like guy/lad lit. The best way to describe it is just kind of the male counterpart to chick lit. It's usually about a single guy/group of guys, dating/working/making their way in life. I find I don't have the same distaste for the perfect happy ending from chick lit (where the girl loses 20 pounds without even trying, gets her dream job and dream guy, etc). Any recommendations? I just ordered 2 by Scott Mebus (one because the title "Booty Nomad" just makes me laugh). Mike Gayle's got a bunch of others too for anyone interested (a bunch available with no wait). I like the guy point of view. Then again, I also love magazines like Maxim (and the RIP Stuff and FHM) because I find them hilarious.

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 4:08 PM ET
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i've read 2 lad lit authors

Ray Blackston's books and Girl Boy etc by Michael weinreb

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 4:24 PM ET
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I would love to try some...who else would you ladies recommend?

Date Posted: 7/16/2009 9:27 AM ET
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Here is one I have on my TBR- so I can't vouch for it except that I think it looks really good/interesting. I *will* vouch for "My Legendary Girlfriend" - what a great read! Somehow, I think most of the folks on this forum will like guy lit a lot (except those who maybe are on here by mistake wanting the Jodi Picoult, Danielle Steel, etc, those may be disappointed). This one is called "Cad" and is available in the club. I look forward to reading it myself!

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780786868827-Cad+Confessions+of+a+Toxic+Bachelor

Date Posted: 7/16/2009 9:41 AM ET
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That sounds like something that I would really enjoy. I work with all men and sometimes I think I see things more from a male perspective.

Date Posted: 7/16/2009 11:37 AM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions.  I just added several Mike Gayle books to my reminder list.  :)

Date Posted: 7/16/2009 12:24 PM ET
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Lol...Me too, Amy! I grew up being the only girl, and I work with all men, so I guess I relate to them more. I can't wait to get into some of these suggestions.

Date Posted: 7/16/2009 12:57 PM ET
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I was a little peeved b/c I'm nearing the end of "My Legendary Girlfriend" and on Thursdays, we play cards at work. (Every other day, I read while I eat.) Today was the one day I wanted to read so I could finish!! Will have to do it before bed tonight instead. (But hey, we won our game, so woo hooo!)

Date Posted: 7/16/2009 10:40 PM ET
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I have 2 Mike Gayle books on my TBR pile. I haven't gotten around to reading them, but they look funny. I've also read a book by Nick Hornby. It was pretty funny. I guess that would qualify as lad lit?

Date Posted: 7/17/2009 8:18 AM ET
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Oh yes! I totally forgot Nick H and he is definitely in the genre!!!

Date Posted: 7/17/2009 6:32 PM ET
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I think Tony Parsons might qualify as Lad Lit-he's a British writer.

Enjoy!

Sherry

Date Posted: 7/29/2009 6:28 PM ET
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I loved John Dearie's Love and Other Recreational Sports. :)