Sunday, January 20, 2008

I think I'm done.

Reading chick lit novels, that is. I read Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Takes Manhattan last year. I enjoyed both, but by the time I got to the latter, the formulaic tendencies of the author (Sophie Kinsella) had already become very clear to me, and thus, I ended up getting annoyed with it.

I started reading Can You Keep a Secret? (by the same author) last night. I'm already over halfway through, and it's entertaining. But I can't help myself; I want more. I get tired of the same ditzy heroines, the men who love them, and the mistakes they make. I grow weary of entirely plot-driven books where character development takes a backseat. Oh, the curses of having an English degree - I overanalyze everything and tend to be a bit of a literature snob.

But I don't exactly feel like reading War and Peace either. A balance must be found.

But still - no more chick lit for me. Sophie Kinsella has ruined the genre for me.


kat said...

have you read any Liza Palmer or Megan Crane? I loved Liza's latest book. And Megan's Frenemies is still probably one of my more favorite books in a while. I also really like Marian Keyes (Last Chance Saloon is my fave - since they're all the same sisters, it doesn't matter all too much which book you begin with).

Jennifer said...

The thing with those kinds of books is that they're just bubblegum for the brain. Too much will give you cavaties.

Nanette said...

I love Jennifer's description. Very true, very true.

Charlie said...

I think there's quite a lot between chick lit and War and Peace (like most modern fiction, really). You could also try some well-written young adult books -- easy reading without being total brain candy.

tootie said...

I've read 'The Undomestic Goddess' by Sophie Kinsella. It was a little predictable, but still delicious! It's worth a try, if you can stomach another chick-lit book.

amber said...

at least give another author a chance? sophie kinsella is overly-sweet and light on the brainpower reading.

try marian keyes for something that is fresh. she is irish (i.e. an amazing storyteller) and while her books are probably technically "chick lit", i find them to be a bit more substantial. same thing with jane green (she's english, but close enough).

here are my favs in case you should change your mind about the genre:

jane green - jemima j (such a great story), bookends
marian keyes - last chance saloon, anybody out there? (a bit rough to read as a newlywed, so be forewarned, but a great story), rachel's holiday

alyssa said...

Stay away from Nicolas Sparks...I agree with Amber - I heart Marian Keyes! Jennifer Weiner is great too!