May 10th, 2011 Brianne Carlon
It’s been a big year for eBooks and digital downloads so far, and now it is huge for chick lit, too! May is the inaugural celebration for International Chick Lit Month, presented by Chicklit Club, Chick Lit is Not Dead, and Novelicious teams. The month-long festivities acknowledge the genre that is so incredibly diverse, it covers women of all ages, races, beliefs, and romantic statuses. Novels portray fashionistas, daughters, successful professionals and single mothers.
Chick lit isn’t just about chasing Mr. Right in sky-high stilettos, although we love those stories, too! Chick lit eBooks can be funny, heart-wrenching, romantic or inspiring. The characters go shopping, get promoted, move to the city, lose loved ones, and allow themselves to be swept up by love. These characters somehow remind of us of ourselves, or someone we know; the familiarity creates a sense of fun and coziness! So in honor of this first-time celebration, we have gathered a few of our favorite chick lit titles:
Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
Rachel White is the consummate good girl. A hard-working attorney at a large Manhattan law firm and a diligent maid of honor to her charmed best friend Darcy, Rachel has always played by all the rules. But that suddenly changes the night of her thirtieth birthday when Rachel finally confesses her feelings to Darcy’s fiance, and is both horrified and thrilled to discover that he feels the same way. As the wedding date draws near Rachel knows she must make a choice between her heart and conscience. In so doing, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren’t always neat, and sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself. (B & T)
Happy Ever After (The Bride Quartet Series) by Nora Roberts
Superorganized wedding planner Parker Brown knows exactly the kind of man she will eventually marry and it certainly isn’t a mechanic with a bad-boy smile. But when sexy Mal Kavanaugh zooms to her rescue after she is run off the road, her carefully imagined future does an about-face. Although complete in itself, this final installment in Roberts’s “Bride Quartet” includes a number of important continuing characters, and readers may want to follow the books in order (Vision in White; Bed of Roses; Savor the Moment). Funny, spicy, and enjoyable, this novel ties up a few loose ends, gives the villains their due and the heroes and heroines their happy endings, and adds another solid miniseries to Roberts’s already impressive list. (LJ)
Magic and The Modern Girl by Mindy Klasky
Klasky’s follow-up to Sorcery and the Single Girl (2007) finds Jane Madison, a librarian who discovers she’s a witch, turning away from her magical powers to live a more normal life. Jane hasn’t quite given up witchcraft so much as she’s let it fall to the wayside, and she’s shocked when she finds her runes in shambles and her crystals clouded over. Guiltily, she summons handsome David Montrose, her warder, whom she hasn’t seen in months. David has a grave pronouncement: Jane is in danger of losing her magic altogether. At his behest, she creates an anima to help her recover her power, but the plan goes awry when her anima goes rogue. Complicating matters are Jane’s feelings for David and a new man in her life, a charming architect who is decidedly unconnected to Jane’s magical world. (Booklist)
(Brianne Carlon is a public relations specialist at OverDrive.)
For Other Chick Lit Classics at SDCL, check out our list!