I’m Going to Strive Chick Lit for the First Time—What Ought to I Learn First?

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Over time I’ve been identified to do a studying venture of attempting a “new-to-me” style. I like to do that as a result of it helps me be a extra extensively educated public librarian. Additionally, it’s enjoyable! Three years in the past, I attempted (and actually loved) thriller novels for the primary time. I wrote in regards to the expertise on this article: “So I Learn My First Thriller: One Reader’s Exploration of a New Style.” Final yr I learn (and cherished) romance for the primary time. I used to be asking myself, “Has Internalized Misogyny Been Stopping Me from Studying Romance My Entire Life?”

I haven’t began a brand new venture for 2019. However I’m sort of feeling the itch of eager to check out a brand new style once more. And since I had such a very fascinating time confronting my assumptions in regards to the gendered style of romance, I used to be pondering I’d attempt chick lit. I ponder if my expectations may be thwarted as soon as extra!

I do know generally folks get romance and chick lit confused. I’ve probably been responsible of that previously. I believe I’ve a strong understanding now of what the main distinction between the genres is. Whereas romance focuses on the romance as the only real or most vital narrative, in chick lit novels different plot traces about girls’s lives involving work, buddies, and household are equally or much more vital than a romance story. There’s additionally no assure of a happily-ever-after.

Did I miss or mess up something with my definition of chick lit? Let me know!

So if I’ve determined to offer chick lit a attempt, the subsequent step is to resolve what to learn first! It may be actually arduous to decide on which books to begin with in an unfamiliar style. There’s simply a lot to select from! These books even have a heavy burden of representing the style, for higher or for worse. Listed below are some newish books that I’m contemplating:

Matchmaking For Newbies by Maddie Dawson

When Marnie’s marriage fails after solely two weeks, she’s devastated. On the similar time, she inherits her ex’s great-aunt’s matchmaking enterprise. How on earth is she supposed to search out others discover love when she herself is heartbroken?

I Nearly Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

Georgia is a physician in her 50s when she discovers the primary man she ever cherished has died. Feeling remorse that she by no means informed him how she really felt, she units off on a journey to contact every of her previous loves.

The Wild Girl’s Information to Touring the Worldthe wild woman's guide to traveling the world by kristin rockaway cover image by Kristin Rockaway

Sophie falls for a globetrotting man whereas in Hong Kong on trip. She’s tempted to comply with him. Though she responsibly returns to her five-year life plan in NYC, it begins to really feel much less and fewer like what she truly desires.

When Life Provides You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

Returning to the Satan Wears Prada universe, this hilarious story follows Emily, Miranda’s ex-assistant. She finally ends up navigating the suburbs along with her new A-list picture marketing consultant shopper and a lawyer-turned-stay-at-home-mom.

Erotic Tales for Punjabi WidowsErotic Stories for Punjabi Widows cover by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Nikki is a contemporary London lady a bit estranged from her Indian heritage. This adjustments when she beginning instructing a literacy class for Punjabi widows which turns into an erotic storytelling workshop.

This Might Change All the pieces by Jill Mansell

If Essie hadn’t printed that letter revealing all her true emotions on-line, her life would nonetheless be excellent. Then again, she wouldn’t have discovered her new flat and she or he wouldn’t be falling in love.

What do you consider these selections? Do they match the invoice as “chick lit”? Ought to I attempt among the classics within the style like Intercourse and the Metropolis by Candace Bushnell? I welcome any and all suggestions! Within the meantime, I’ll be testing the Chick Lit posts on Ebook Riot.

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