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5 books that define Chick Lit for me

I am a die hard romantic .I do love my serious fiction but a foray into romance after a lot of heavy reading is a must to keep me going. So now I am a card holding member of the Chick Lit club 🙂

Some of my favorite Chick Lit authors are Jill Mansell, Marian Keyes, Jane Green, Catherine Alliott and  Kate Thompson. I usually end up liking a couple of books of each author. There are some authors who bore me to death with their heroines either jumping from one bed to another or being coy and helpless and tearing up and tremulously whispering stuff to the grim Hero !!  Gimme a spunky chick  and I’m happy .

Here are my favorite Chick lit books in no order of preference. The perfect books to curl up with when u just want a break from lunch boxes and studies and cleaning up and Oh God, the list is endless !

Sheer Mischief by Jill Mansell –    A no nonsense heroine and a scatty sister is a deadly combination. There is lots of humor and lots of sisterly love which is exactly what gets me going at times .There’s also a drop dead gorgeous fashion photographer thrown in for good measure. This book I adore. Olivia’s Luck by Catherine Alliott – Olivia is in the middle of a massive renovation in her house when her husband decides to leave for good. She’s left with a trio of completely kooky builders, her 10 yr old daughter  with tons of attitude(I can totally understand this !) and weird neighbors . Catherine Alliott has done a wonderful job with this book. The Blue Hour by Kate Thompson – Not strictly chick lit since it’s got a slightly dark side but it’s definitely a great romance at the end of it. It’s Maddie’s journey from an ad agency in Dublin to the tranquility of Saint-Geyroux in rural France. I’m really not doing justice to this book with this short intro but I will say that it is a must-read. A fascinating book guaranteed to take you to another world. Some Kind of Hero by Donna Hay – Tess is a single mum and an English teacher who really loves her students; Jack is newly widowed  and his daughter is a newcomer in Tess’s school. A wonderful story  with neither Tess nor Jack ready for another relationship but fate brings them together against a whole lot of odds. The Zoya Factor by Anuja Chauhan – Advertising meets cricket and what a match it turns out to be. Feisty client servicing executive Zoya finds out that she has become the Indian cricket team’s lucky mascot ! Nikhil Khoda the captain of the team is furious with this situation and he assumes that Zoya is encouraging the team’s beliefs which is definitely not so. Loads of humor, great chemistry between the lead pair and this one is definitely one  to curl up with on a rainy day with a cup of chai. Actually it’s a wonderful read for any day !

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8 comments on “5 books that define Chick Lit for me

  1. Suma Venkatesh
    August 2, 2012

    have just resumed reading now in Singapore…the National library collection here is a huge ocean.. so was wondering where to start!! so this comes at the right time:) it appears just right to unwind after a hard day’s work thanks dear and wish u a gud day ahead!

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    • The Glass Bangle
      August 2, 2012

      Wow ! The National Library sounds like heaven 🙂 . am so jealous right now !

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  2. SUDHA JAGDISH
    August 1, 2012

    thanks for the info,shall def try reading ur suggestions.I have liked books by Mary Giggins Clark something like agatha christie novels,some by Amanda quick,mystery cum romance..Happy Reading and continue ur suggestions..nice to read ur blog..

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    • The Glass Bangle
      August 1, 2012

      Amanda Quick is also an author i really like. Her heroines are strong characters usually with a great sense of humor. But i think she’s more into Regency romance than chick lit. I’m so happy that you take time out to visit my blog 🙂

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  3. Hägar the Horrible
    August 1, 2012

    The only one in the genre that I’ve read is The Thorn Birds, some 30 years ago, and I’m not even sure if it belongs in the chick-lit category.

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    • The Glass Bangle
      August 1, 2012

      Thorn Birds is an awesome book and i consider it to be the best work of Colleen McCullough. And you’re right, it doesn’t fall into the chick lit genre 🙂

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  4. Jasmine
    August 1, 2012

    Great info…Thanks! I have actually started reading again since I joined a lending library during the summer hols for the kids’ sake. Since motherhood (and everything else that comes with it!) took hold, I’d almost forgotten what it felt like to curl up with a good book 🙂 In school days, it was mostly mystery/detective, especially Agatha Christie. But nowadays I find romance novels are better for de-stressing 😉
    Read a few Nicholas Sparks’ novels, the only problem is that most of his books have been made to movies (which I’ve seen!) so trying to pickup the titles that haven’t been made movies yet (like The Rescue, Bend in the Road and The Best of Me). I enjoyed the movies (Notebook, Walk to Remember, Dear John, Last Song, Message in a Bottle) – nice romantic and well cast. Only thing is the endings are rarely predictable and usually not the happily ever after, but heart-wrenching though with a positive, hopeful, warm note at the end. Nice to snuggle with the spouse and watch too 🙂

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    • The Glass Bangle
      August 1, 2012

      Jas, wow that’s more of a post than a comment 🙂 . I too enjoyed a few of Nicholas Sparks’ books especially his earlier ones. You should check out the Agatha Raisin series by M.C.Beaton. I loved them. It’s like contemporary Agatha Christie. And as for the snuggling, Ahem ! Ahem!

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