Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Summer Reading




So i've been reading a lot lately. I've always been a reader. But being busy (aka WORK) usually takes away from reading. Also, i've always gone through phases with reading... like would read one book after another for months at a time & then stop & be sick of reading! And then all of a sudden start reading non-stop again.


Anyway. I've been on a big reading kick ever since i read the Twilight series. I don't remember when i started them, but i remember i was on the second one, New Moon, on my honeymoon, which was in November. So since that series, i have just read one book after another & i don't want to stop!

So, i love chic lit. My sister says it is just "fluff" reading & that i need to read something more intelligent. But i disagree. I read for entertainment just like some people watch TV for entertainment. Not that i WON'T read anything intelligent. I love mysteries & biographies & more "serious" fiction. And i also like some Christian non-fiction, like those by Beth Moore & Lisa Bevere. But lately it's been a big chic-lit kick! It's a good thing for stressful times. It's a good escape, to laugh & smile for awhile! (Not that i'm stressed out at the moment! But sometimes at work & even at theatre it can get stressful & it's nice to not have to think about it for a bit!)

Anyway. I got hooked on Sophie Kinsella. I don't know if you've seen "Confessions of a Shopaholic", but it's a very poor version of the book! It's kinda cheesy & silly & they basically did the movie version exactly how i would NOT have done it! HA! But the book is EXCELLENT. HILARIOUS. Such a fun read. I read that book & then couldn't stop reading her other books. I never thought i'd be interested in the Shopaholic books, just because i'm not really the shopoholic-everything-i-wear-is-pink-&-i-only-wear-the-most-expensive-brands kinda gal. BUT. I read it anyway & it was HILARIOUS. Her characters are so funny & likable. So i read ALL the shopaholic books & then read all her other books (that aren't sequels).


I'm currently reading "Remember Me" which i think was one of Kinsella's first books. When it is done there is only one more by her that i can read, which is "Twenties Girl" & it just came out. I am afraid that when i finish this book, i'll be having withdrawals (since i don't like reading hardback books, i'll wait till it comes out on paperback).


All that to say... i need lots of suggestions on other great authors!! Comments, please!! And...if you like Chic Lit, read Kinsella! She's a hoot!

6 comments:

  1. Oh but there ARE more by her!!! She also writes under the name of Madeleine Wickham... Cocktails for Three, The Gatecrasher, Sleeping Arrangements and I think a few more. But those are the others I have read. Can You Keep a Secret was GREAT! I was hooked after about two paragraphs. :)

    Other authors... Kristen Billerbeck, DeeAnne Gist (GREAT!!!), Tamara Leigh (Christian chick lit... she's fantastic!), Tracey Bateman, Susan May Warren, Beth Pattillo, Anne Dayton, Kristin Harmel. That's what I have been reading. My church has a library and I LOVE IT!

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  2. OHHHHH! I have read Kristen Billerbeck's & love them!! I didn't know Kinsella had others!! I think that is so wonderful!!!! LOL. I liked the Undomestic Goddess & i just finished Can you keep a secret- hilarious! I'm so excited to know she has other books!!! You've made my day!!! I'll write down the other ones to try also!

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  3. Ok, so my all time favorite, like I said in my last blog, is Dorthea Benton Frank. She's got close to 10 novels out, and they are all fantastic.
    Anne Rivers Siddons & Pat Conroy are good ones too. Most of their novels are about the lives of Southerners, so I always love them!

    If you like Christian Chick lit, The Whitney Chronicles is really good! It's by Judy Baer.

    Happy reading!

    PS- I love-love-love-love Twilight!!!!

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  4. Mel, I've recently read the shopaholic books too. Well, I got to the wedding one then stopped. I think that girl was stressing me out and I had to take a break from her. Ha! Anyways, they are hilarious! I would always read the notes that she wrote to the bank to Jason and he would crack up. I like to shop but it's amazing to me that there are really people in the world who are crazy spender shopaholics like that. Nuts!

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  5. Ah ha ha! Jason is me...Aimie!!! :)

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  6. HAHA, hey Aimie!! I love those books! But yes, there were times that girl was totally stressing me out! LOL. But i read them all anyway! She was funny. But yes, totally overboard! I read her letters to brad too!! "Can you keep a secret" & "the Undomestic Goddess" were really good though & not quite as stressful! HAHA.

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