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Erin
06-29-2011, 04:55 AM
That just happened to be the last in a line of shitty chick lit. I'd started with Bridget Jones, which was good, and then it seemed like each one after that got progressively worse. There might be good stuff out there, but I was weary of trying to plug through the crap to get to it. Maybe the scars are gone by now though :)

Spinner
06-29-2011, 05:55 AM
Confessions of a Shopaholic was one of the shittiest books I've ever had the misfortune to read. I can't believe it got turned into a series.

Don't judge all chick lit by that book. :)

I can't believe you read chick lit. Next you'll be telling us you went to a Celine Dion concert.

IceAlisa
06-29-2011, 06:03 AM
I loved and LOLed through Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Big thanks to Nomad.

I am now reading the autumnal Hotel Du Lac. After that I have This Is Where I Leave You ( http://www.amazon.com/This-Where-Leave-You-Novel/dp/0452296366/ref=sr_1_1_title_2_p?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1309323613&sr=1-1) by Jonathan Tropper, a local bookstore lady. recommendation. ETA: Prancer likes him--a good sign.

Then I plan on Expensive People by JCO--need my regular fix and The Yacoubian Building by Alaa al Aswany.

Oh and Matry, I gave up on Cutting For Stone somewhere between p. 70 and 120. It felt like pulling teeth for reasons I can't decipher.
:confused:

OTOH, In Cold Blood is an excellent book.

Nomad
06-29-2011, 06:51 AM
The people in my reading group have lost their minds. I just looked at the poll for next month's selection, and The Golden Bowl is tied with Tristram Shandy for first place. Tied for second: Jude the Obscure and The Sound and the Fury. I was a reasonably good sport about The Bell and did not begin every sentence with "Well, I hate Iris Murdoch, but..." This lineup, however, is just too dismal. No can do.

On a brighter note, Ms. Young and I are getting along just fine. I can almost hear the characters' voices in my head, especially the mother's - slightly querulous, ineffectively sarcastic, borderline hysterical, accompanied by childish face-making which Young doesn't even mention because she doesn't need to. You just know that the pouts, the frowns, the sneers are there.

PrincessLeppard
06-29-2011, 02:43 PM
I can't believe you read chick lit. Next you'll be telling us you went to a Celine Dion concert.

:drama: They talk about shoes, bint. Celine doesn't.

Artemis@BC
06-29-2011, 09:15 PM
That just happened to be the last in a line of shitty chick lit. I'd started with Bridget Jones, which was good, and then it seemed like each one after that got progressively worse. There might be good stuff out there, but I was weary of trying to plug through the crap to get to it. Maybe the scars are gone by now though :)

Based on my rather limited sampling, BritiChickLit is > > > > than AmericanChickLit. To restore your faith in the genre, try some Lisa Jewell, Anna Maxted, or early Marian Keyes. All great.

The only American ChickLit author I've been able to tolerate is Jennifer Weiner.

Holley Calmes
06-29-2011, 09:28 PM
ADORE Marian Keyes. When will her new one come out in paperback I wonder? I've looked for it but haven't seen it. OK...I know...I should just shut up and Google it.... ;)

TygerLily
06-29-2011, 11:41 PM
early Marian KeyesI know. :( What's happened to her writing? I didn't mind The Brightest Star in the Sky that much, but despised her other more recent ones. I keep reading them out of loyalty and because even when not at her best she's still an entertaining read.


ETA:

ADORE Marian Keyes. When will her new one come out in paperback I wonder?What new one? Do you mean Brightest Star? I've had that in paperback for eons. Or maybe it's trade paperback and you're looking for a pocket edition?

Artemis@BC
06-30-2011, 12:26 AM
Marian Keyes has been suffering from depression for a few years now. "Himself" (her dh) posted on her blog not that long ago that she's on the mend and back to writing, so that's good. But her emotional struggles would certainly explain her literary struggles.

TygerLily
06-30-2011, 12:46 AM
Oh, that's really too bad. Depression can be so devastating. I'm glad to hear she's getting better.

Prancer
06-30-2011, 02:16 AM
Based on my rather limited sampling, BritiChickLit is > > > > than AmericanChickLit. To restore your faith in the genre, try some Lisa Jewell, Anna Maxted, or early Marian Keyes. All great.

The only American ChickLit author I've been able to tolerate is Jennifer Weiner.

Confessions of a Shopaholic is Brit chick lit.:shuffle:

oleada
06-30-2011, 02:23 AM
Confessions of a Shopaholic :angryfire: I wanted to smack the main character all the way through for being such an insufferable twit.

PrincessLeppard
06-30-2011, 02:32 AM
Wrong thread. :lol:

Spinner
06-30-2011, 04:12 AM
Confessions of a Shopaholic is Brit chick lit.:shuffle:

There's that buzzing noise again...

Prancer
06-30-2011, 04:58 AM
There's that buzzing noise again...

And here I have been refraining from complaining about the hour and a half I spent in B&N today while they tried to figure out what was wrong with my Nook Color. And I haven't said one word about how annoying it is when I know more about how the thing works than the "tech expert" they sent me to, who had to call 1-800-THE-BOOK and talk to someone else who didn't seem to know much either.