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I just finished "A Total Waste of Makeup" , by Kim Gruenenfelder, and it was so funny. Laugh out loud funny. It reminded me a lot of Sophia Kinsella books. I can't wait to read another one of her books. I highly recommend this book!
Sophie Kinsella is my #1 runaway favorite! I also like Jill Kargman (some are co-authored with Carrie Karasyov).
For the Moms out there, Ayelet Waldman. Many of Waldman's books are mysteries, but as a Mom, I found them to be hilarious!
Some other great reads lately: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls; Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald, and The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani.
I just finished Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez.
BTW, I am so happy to have found this Discussion Forum!!!!
I liked Meg Cabot's Heather Wells books (Size 12 is not Fat, Size 14 is not fat either, and Big Boned). I also liked 'It's Never too late to get a life' by estay (I'm older!), and am reading the 3rd book by Kyra Davis about Sophie Katz..I think it starts with 'sex, murder and a double latte'. I also liked 'miss invisible' by laura jensen walker.
I recently read a gem called Julia's Chocolate by Cathy Lamb that I'd highly recommend. Another favorite isn't so new - but Good In Bed by Jennifer Weiner.
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Bridget Jones' Diary, Bridget JOnes Edge of Reason, and Confessions of a Shopaholic, and anything by Jane Austen. Okay, that's not 'top three'...and maybe not stritcly 'chic lit' either. But there you go.
PLEASE CHECK OUT MY SHELF. And if anybody out there reads German and would like to read some german 'chic lit' let me know! I love this author named Ildiko von Kuerthy who writes fanstic chic lit. Bridet Jones-esque...
I'm a big Carole Matthews fan as her books tend to deal with marriage and children and those days when we just want to escape all of that. She is English so her books reflect that. I think I have almost all of her books and haven't read a bad one yet.
I also really like Wendy Markham, Melissa Senate and Jane Sigaloff to give you a few authors that haven't been mentioned. :)
One book I read lately that was different that the typical chicklit was The Men's Guide to the Women's Bathroom by Jo Barrett. I'm not sure if it's available or not, but certainly worth picking up.
Meg Roberts "Queen of Babble" is hilarious. She has 2 other Queen of Babble books I am going to pick up as soon as I can get my hands on them. Also another series I am going to track down.
Whitney Lyles' books are also funny and I can't put them down.
Sophie Kinsella - enough said!!!!
Everyone Worth Knowing (I forget the author's name at the moment...it's the same woman who wrote The Devil Wears Prada....Lauren Weis-something?) I LOVED that book.
I also really enjoyed Target Underwear and a Vera Wang Gown by Adena Halpbern (spelling could be wrong there), which is non-fiction but I think still fits in the chick-lit catecory. It was a really great, quick read.
And I'll second the "anything by Jane Austen." She's so wonderful.
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The Good,The Bad, and The Ugly Men I've Dated- Shane Bolks was one of the best chick lit books I've ever read. I loved it, didn't want it to finish. Also A Student of Weather which isn't really a chick lit but was such a awesome book that I have to recommend it. Stayed up till 4 am reading this book.
Yes, I agree that Marian Keys and Jenifer Cruisie are great reads. I also enjoy Jane Heller, whom I've discovered recently. I don't know if Susan Elizabeth Phillips is exactly chick lit, but she has some very enjoyable characters and hilarious scenes. Oh yes, and Sarah Strohmeyer's "The Sleeping Beauty Proposal" was fun. I'm getting ready to read her "Cinderella Pact".
Since people have mentioned Jane Austen, I will submit Georgette Heyer as well. I'll be sure to check out some of the above-mentioned authors myself.
Below is a list of the authors and books discussed so far. Feel free to PM me if I have misspelled anything or gotten anything wrong.
I hope I do not offend anyone my taking it upon myself to make this list. I was going to make it for myself so that I could check off new authors to try. I thought I might as well post it so others could use it too.
Amirrezvani, Anita - The Blood Of Flowers
Barrett, Jo - The Men's Guide To The Women's Bathroom
Bolks, Shane - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Men I've Dated, A Student Of Weather (?same author)
Bonds, Stephanie - Well thought out who-dun-its
Cabot, Meg - Size 12 Is Not Fat, Size 14 Is Not Fat Either, Big Boned (Heather Wells books), Queen of Babble
Candy Covered Books - see MaryMary's post on 1/21/08 for the link, I am not sure what this is.
Crane, Caprice - Stupid And Contagious
Davis, Kyra - books about Sophie Katz - Sex, Murder And A Double Latte
Estay - It's Never Too Late To Get A Life
Evanovich, Janet - Number Series with Stephanie Plum
Fielding, Helen - Bridget Jones' Diary, Bridget Jones Edge Of Reason
Fitzgerald, Laura - Veil Of Roses
Graves, Jane - Hot Wheels And High Heels
Gruenenfelder, Kim - A Total Waste Of Makeup
Halpbern, Adena - Target Underwear And A Vera Wang Gown
Kargman, Jill (some are co-authored with Carrie Karasyov)
Kinsella, Sophia - Shopaholic Series
Lamb, Cathy - Julia's Chocolate
Matthews, Carole - her books tend to deal with marriage and children/English
Mapson, JoAnn - for "friendship" chick lit
Mlynoski, Sarah - Fishbowl, Milk Run, As Seen On TV, Monkey Business, Me Vs Me
Phillips, Susan Elizabeth
Rodriguez, Deborah - Kabul Beauty School
Rosenberg, Sarah Lee - Fate And Ms. Fortune
Royce, Brenda Scott - Monkey Love
Strohmeyer, Sahra - The Sleeping Beauty Proposal, Cinderella Pact
Walker, Laura Jensen - Miss Invisible
Walls, Jeannette - The Glass Castle
Weiner, Jennifer - Good In Bed
Weis, Lauren - The Devil Wears Prada, Everyone Worth Knowing
* Shaking Her Assets - this is the title of the book. Anyone know the author(s)?
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I can't believe no one brought up the awesome books of Sarah Mlynowski. Some of her books are
As Seen On TV
Me vs. Me
All are very, very good books and you get hooked right away