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message 1: by [deleted user] (last edited Jun 14, 2012 12:36AM) (new)

I thought that it would be nice to have our own chick lit thread.

Chick lit is one of several genres that I enjoy. I'm not so keen on the Bridget Jones's Diary gotta find a man type of chick lit. I've read some of that and enjoyed it at first, but that style gets very samey after a while. I enjoy chick lit that offers a bit more than that and there are some great indies writing that sort of thing.

Sibel Hodge is one of my favourites, two books of hers that I have particularly enjoyed are Voodoo Deadly http://www.amazon.co.uk/Voodoo-Deadly... and The Baby Trap http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Baby-Trap...

I'm also just discovering Talli Roland. At the mo I am reading Build A Man http://www.amazon.co.uk/Build-A-Man-e... (which is free today). There is a sequel available now too, at just 99p at the mo - Construct A Couple http://www.amazon.co.uk/Construct-A-C...

Over to you - chick lit fans and authors! Who are your favourite authors? Authors - got any new releases to tell us about? Any chick lit in the free books today? Just read something you really enjoyed and want to recommend?

Happy reading!

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Vanessa (aka Dumbo) (vanessaakadumbo) | 8703 comments I don't read much chick lit except for the books by Christina Jones. I think it's because there's usually an element of magic in them.
The first one I read was Hubble Bubble and that got me hooked.

Hubble Bubble


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Another favourite author of mine is Victoria Connelly. Her books are very romantic and feel good.

I especially enjoyed her Austen Addicts Trilogy
A Weekend with Mr Darcy
http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Weekend-Mr-...

The Perfect Hero
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Perfect-H...

Mr. Darcy Forever
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Forever-Auste...

I loved latest book - The Runaway Actress - this was a real feel good escapist book.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Runaway-A...

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Joo (jooo) | 1636 comments I quite like Gemma Haliday books. A few of them have been free.


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Joo The Grand Inquisitor wrote: "I quite like Gemma Haliday books. A few of them have been free."

I've got one or two of those in my TBR but haven't got round to reading them yet...

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Elle (louiselesley) | 7913 comments Okay I may sound stupid here but would is a 'Chick lit' book, like how would it be defined?


message 8: by Elle (last edited Jun 14, 2012 10:02AM) (new)

Elle (louiselesley) | 7913 comments What a great article - thanks! that helped a lot!


(well done for translating by badly typed comment LOL)


message 9: by Talli (new)

Talli Roland (TalliRoland) | 3 comments Hi Karen and everyone!

Thanks so much for your kind words.

I'm a massive fan of chick lit, and Victoria Connelly, Gemma Burgess, and Sophie Kinsella (of course)are all firm favourites. Right now, I'm reading Misfortune Cookie by Michele Gorman and really enjoying it!

I think chick lit usually focuses on the female protagonist. Romance is an element, but it exists to help the main character accomplish her quest. That's how I define it as different from straight-up romance, anyway.

Looking forward to the group - thanks, Karen, for starting it!


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments What a great idea for a thread, Karen!

You've given me an idea...ouch. Brain ache! ;)


message 11: by Sibel (last edited Jun 15, 2012 12:55AM) (new)

Sibel Hodge | 42 comments What a fab threat, Karen, thanks so much for starting it, and I'm honoured that you've included 2 of my books here! So glad you enjoy them. :)

A big wave to everyone!


I think the chicklit genre is so diverse, encompassing all the issues that modern women face. And it's so much more than killer-shoes and pink covers! It can be sad, happy, kick-ass, fun, comic, scary, inspiring, heart-warming, intriguing, romantic, raunchy, sassy, full of attitude, quirky, tear-jerking, but most of all, it's just about our journeys in life.

Talli, I've got a couple of yours on my Kindle right now to read! I also love Gemma Halliday - great fun mysteries - Sophie Kinsella is a big fave, along with people like Catherine Alliot and Marian Keyes. I've been neglecting my chick lit reading lately as I'm on a thriller session, in preparation for a psychological thriller I'll be writing at the end of summer.

Long live chick lit! :)


message 12: by Philip (sarah) (new)

Philip (sarah) Willis | 5174 comments I think this book would be classified as chick lit I read it this morning and really enjoyed it.Two Penny BlueI am sure it was a freebie.


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Joo (jooo) | 1636 comments I just saw your name in the first post, Sibel, and didn't notice there was no mention of the lovely Amber Fox Mysteries.
I used to like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. That is my favourite type of chick lit, but the stories were getting samey. With Sibel's series, I have a new heroine to follow.


message 14: by Elle (new)

Elle (louiselesley) | 7913 comments Ooooo! I've actually heard of Sophie Kinsella!!


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments This thread is making want gum.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiclets

I've got a couple of Sophie Kinsella PBs here. Gotta sell them. :(


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Jud (judibud) | 18537 comments Aw, they look like tootie frooties


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Jud (judibud) | 18537 comments Now I want tooty frooties


message 18: by Geoff (new)

Geoff Woodland | 140 comments Patti,

I remember Chiclets from my childhood - didn't think they were as good as Wrigley's. Chiclets being sweeter caused me to swallow rather than chew - but then I have always been a slow learner :-o)


Patti (baconater) (goldengreene) | 61757 comments Could be worse, Geoff. Could be

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubble_B...


message 20: by Sibel (new)

Sibel Hodge | 42 comments Joo The Grand Inquisitor wrote: "I just saw your name in the first post, Sibel, and didn't notice there was no mention of the lovely Amber Fox Mysteries.
I used to like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. That is my favourit..."


Joo, that's soooo nice to hear! Amber Fox is often compared to Stephanie Plum, and she's fun, feisty, witty, but also capable.


Geoff (Scouse) wrote: "Patti,

I remember Chiclets from my childhood - didn't think they were as good as Wrigley's. Chiclets being sweeter caused me to swallow rather than chew - but then I have always been a slow learne..."


What about Pacers? The stripy, chewy minty sweets - lurrrrved those! :)


Vanessa (aka Dumbo) (vanessaakadumbo) | 8703 comments Patti (Stir Crazy) wrote: "Could be worse, Geoff. Could be

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubble_B..."


Anyone remember Bazooka Joe bubble gum?


Jay-me (Janet)  | 4325 comments Patti (Stir Crazy) wrote: "Could be worse, Geoff. Could be

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubble_B..."



Never heard of that and I have heard of a lot of sweeties since I grew up in a sweetie shop.


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Jay-me (Janet) ~plum chutney is best~ wrote:
Never heard of that and I have heard of a lot of sweeties since I grew up in a sweetie shop."


That must be every child's dream!!

I've finished reading both Build A Man and Construct A Couple now and thoroughly enjoyed them.

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message 24: by Sibel (new)

Sibel Hodge | 42 comments Fab, Karen, I've got Build A Man ready to go on my Kindle! :)


message 25: by [deleted user] (new)

Hope you enjoy it, Sibel - I certainly did.


Anything new of yours in the pipeline? As you know, I've enjoyed your books more and more as each one comes out...

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message 26: by Joo (new)

Joo (jooo) | 1636 comments Yeah, when are we going to see Amber again?


message 27: by Geoff (new)

Geoff Woodland | 140 comments Sibel wrote: "Joo The Grand Inquisitor wrote: "I just saw your name in the first post, Sibel, and didn't notice there was no mention of the lovely Amber Fox Mysteries.
I used to like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie ..."



Not heard of Pacers - was never fussy on bubble gum (rather than chewing gum) as I lost a filling or two with the bubble stuff. But then the UK in the late 40's & 50's was not known for its great dentistry :-o)


Victoria (daisyduck) (daisyduck1976) | 137 comments I enjoy Paige Toon's books, because they have a bit more meat to them than a lot of the chick lit books knocking around. My favourite is Chasing Daisy, but I haven't read a dud one yet, to be honest.


message 29: by Sibel (new)

Sibel Hodge | 42 comments Joo The Grand Inquisitor wrote: "Yeah, when are we going to see Amber again?"

Karen (Kew) wrote: "Hope you enjoy it, Sibel - I certainly did.


Anything new of yours in the pipeline? As you know, I've enjoyed your books more and more as each one comes out...

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Karen and Joo, you've made my day, you sweeties! Actually, the next one in the pipeline is going to be a psychological thriller! But I'm not neglecting the chick lit - I'm hoping to do another Amber Fox mystery early next year, and also a chick lit comedy based in Vegas. :)


message 30: by Talli (new)

Talli Roland (TalliRoland) | 3 comments Karen (Kew) wrote: "Jay-me (Janet) ~plum chutney is best~ wrote:
Never heard of that and I have heard of a lot of sweeties since I grew up in a sweetie shop."

That must be every child's dream!!

I've finished readin..."


Yay! I'm so pleased you enjoyed 'Build A Man' and 'Construct A Couple'! :) Thank you for reading!


message 31: by Sibel (new)

Sibel Hodge | 42 comments Just finished Build A Man, Talli, lurrrrved it! Great fun and fabulous :)


message 32: by Talli (new)

Talli Roland (TalliRoland) | 3 comments Aw! Thank you, Sibel! :)


message 33: by [deleted user] (new)

This book has already been posted on the price drop thread, but I thought I'd mention it here again anyway.

Chicklit book just 20p at the mo!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Monday-to-Fri...

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message 34: by Sibel (new)

Sibel Hodge | 42 comments You're very welcome, Talli!

Thanks, Karen, will check it out :)


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message 36: by [deleted user] (new)

More 20p chick lit - this was 20p a few days ago but the price went up, it's back to 20p again now...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Unsuitable-Me...

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message 38: by [deleted user] (new)

I've read a few chick lit book lately. The first was a mainstream one which is about to be (or has been) made into a film:-

Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook

I quite enjoyed it and can imagine it making a good film. I'm not so keen on this type of chick lit though which is full of dating and searching for Mr Right. Although this novel had some great fun supporting characters!

The next three books that I read were by Indie's (all "our" authors) and I enjoyed them much more. There is a lot more to these stories than finding Mr Right!

The Hating Game by Talli Roland
I thought that this was excellent and reminds me why I don't read tabloids or watch reality tv!

White Lies and Custard Creams by Susan Alison
I noticed that this has mixed reviews but I really enjoyed it - it's light hearted and silly (in a fun way.) One reviewer (I think it was Aunty Janet) likened it to a farce. I had me laughing out loud several times.

All His Own Hair by Susan Alison
I thought that this was also very good. Although this had humour and romance in it, it was a more serious tale. It dealt with a group of women (mother and daughters) who had escaped an abusive relationship. I felt that it handled the characters and the situation very well. It wasn't at all miserable but was inspiring.

Chick lit covers so much. I wonder if using this label is unhelpful because many will avoid a book if it is described as chick lit - I have noticed that the book descriptions now seem to label them romantic comedies. However, either label is a bit narrow considering how much variety is out there!

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message 39: by Louise (last edited Jul 24, 2012 06:59AM) (new)

Wise Louise (louisewise) | 27 comments Reading Build a Man at the mo, and loving it. Talli are you an indie? Are are you signed?

I've wrote A Proper Charlie A Proper Charlie by Louise Wise (kindle Amazon only at the moment), which is a chick lit.

And The Fall of the Misanthrope (Amazon Kindle only), which is a darker chick lit than usual. I like writing about gritting reality.

Btw why can't I add Kindle books here? Are GR and Amazon in competition?

Done it! Woo! The Fall of the Misanthrope: I bitch, therefore I am


message 40: by [deleted user] (new)

Hi Louise!

I've read and enjoyed A Proper Charlie but didn't know about your other book, so will check that out.

Amazon and goodreads parted ways a while ago. If you are the author of a book you can add it to the database yourself. A few of us on here are also goodreads librarians (I'm one too) so we can add the book for you if you like. You will need to provide a cover photo for the book though - if you try to copy the photo from amazon it comes out much too small. Since the break, amazon books are no longer automaticually added to the database.

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message 41: by Louise (new)

Wise Louise (louisewise) | 27 comments Hi, Karen, thanks for the heads up. :) There's a paperback to Charlie so that's why there is a cover for it here, with Misanthrope it's only in Kindle format so that's why (I think) when I click on 'add book/author' there isn't a cover for it.

How do I get a cover to you? Email?


message 42: by [deleted user] (new)

You can email me if you like, with a file - I'll pm you my email addy if you wish. However, as the author you should be able to upload the photo yourself. Let me know if you have any problems. You can upload it from your pc if you have the file on there.

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message 43: by Louise (new)

Wise Louise (louisewise) | 27 comments Karen (Kew) wrote: "You can email me if you like, with a file - I'll pm you my email addy if you wish. However, as the author you should be able to upload the photo yourself. Let me know if you have any problems. You ..."

Thanks Karen. I *think* I've added the book:The Fall of the Misanthrope: I bitch, therefore I am

Yay! It works!


message 44: by [deleted user] (new)

Louise wrote: "Thanks Karen. I *think* I've added the book:The Fall of the Misanthrope: I bitch, therefore I am
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Yay! Well done!

Today's daily deal looks like some nice pleasant chick lit, and it's set in Cornwall, so I had to buy it!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0...

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One of Louise's books is free today. I've read her two other books A Proper Charlie and Eden, enjoying both of them (Eden is romantic sci fi rather than chick lit)

The Fall of the Misanthrope: I bitch, therefore I am
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0...

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message 47: by Louise (new)

Wise Louise (louisewise) | 27 comments Thank you, Karen. :)


message 48: by [deleted user] (new)

Ages since anyone's posted in this thread!

I noticed that Victoria Connelly has a new book available for pre-order, 99p

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wish-You-Were...

I thought that I would post it here rather than start a separate recommedation thread.

I've enjoyed her other books, particularly the Austen Addicts trilogy (which is listed above) and my favourite book of hers, The Runaway Actress

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Runaway-A...


message 49: by Kath (new)

Kath | 1965 comments going through a chick-lit phase atm
these are imo good and only 59p each

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Love-My-L...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Missing-You-e...


message 50: by [deleted user] (last edited Aug 24, 2013 01:28PM) (new)

I read a couple of books by Olivia Goldsmith recently, Uptown Girl was ok, but I loved Wishing on a Star! A lot of it is set in London, and the heroine is a knitter! Perhaps I should have mentioned this on the craft thread as well...? ;0)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Uptown-Girl-e...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wish-Upon-a-S...


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