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WW Ladies/Men Favorite Books of 2012

Barbara Vey -- December 31st, 2012

There are best of lists popping up all over.  Best books, best movies, best fashions and more than enough worst lists, but we won’t go there.  Rather than name “Best Books,” we’re going with the WW Ladies favorite reads of 2012.  Now this doesn’t mean the book had to be published in 2012, it just means it had to be read in 2012.  In their emails to me, many lamented the fact that they could pick just one and it was a very difficult decision.  Kym absolutely couldn’t make up her mind.  Regardless, here’s what I finally got out of them.

 

Heidi

Heidi

 

Heidi - Gnome on the Range, by Jennifer Zane

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SheilaSomebody to Love, by Kristan Higgins.

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joysann

joysann

 

joysann – This is too hard…  I don’t like to choose. There are just too many books I really enjoy a lot.  Print book: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Audio book: I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

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Susan

Susan

 

Susan - The Emperor’s Conspiracy by Michelle Diener
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Kym L

Kym 

Kym –  I can’t do it! I loved Trisha Ashley‘s newest, Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues, just as I love all of hers. Really liked Grace Burrowes‘s Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight and was also thrilled to discover Rena Gregory’s short story in the Five Golden Rings anthology.

 

 

 

 

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Joan

 

Joan –  If You See Her by Shiloh Walker 

 

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Tammy

TammyFifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James, I loved the whole trilogy as one story.

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Michael

Michael

MichaelTimeless (The fifth book in the Alexia Tarabotti series) by Gail Carriger (audio book)

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Ashley

Ashley

AshleyOne Night Rodeo by  Lorelei James

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I have to agree that’s it’s almost impossible to pick a favorite book I read this year.  There were many that I enjoyed, but the two I talked about most to people were The Escape Diaries by Juliet Rosetti , a fun romp with an escaped but not guilty convict and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, a futuristic adventure that I couldn’t put down.  Neither were all romance, but did have romantic elements.

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Please take a moment to tell me the best book you read in 2012.  It won’t be easy, but I do like to get recommendations, as do all my readers.

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How Do You Define Chick Lit?

Barbara Vey -- May 6th, 2012

I recently got into a discussion with an author about Chick Lit.  It wasn’t really about Chick Lit itself, it’s more about the definition of Chick Lit.

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Wikipedia defines Chick lit as genre fiction which addresses issues of modern womanhood, often humorously and lightheartedly.  The genre became popular in the late 1990s, with chick lit titles topping bestseller lists and the creation of imprints devoted entirely to chick lit.  Although it sometimes includes romantic elements, chick lit is generally not considered a direct subcategory of the romance novel genre, because the heroine’s relationship with her family or friends is often just as important as her romantic relationships.

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Melissa Amster who writes for Chick Lit Central blog says, “I define chick lit as modern women’s literature featuring a female character ranging in age from 20-40, dealing with issues in the fields of career, romance and family (or even a mix of these items). In more recent times, a lot of chick lit has centered around fertility issues or pregnancy and divorce or infidelity. Some authors that stick out as chick lit for me are Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes, Jane Green, Emily Giffin and Carole Matthews.”

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My conversation with this issue started with me saying I didn’t think that Jennifer Crusie wrote Chick Lit.  I think of her books as romantic comedy.  Even though this is close to Wikipedia’s definition, I think that Jennifer Crusie does have more romance in her books (which is fine with me).  To me, Chick Lit is more about women’s issues or maybe some of the more perceived notions of shopping, shoes and clothes (not anything that really interests me in real life).  Kind of like Sex and the City is to TV and I do think of the Sophie Kinsella books that way.

So I went out and asked people on the street their definitions of Chick Lit.

Sue, 51:  I think of magazines about fashion and celebrities as Chick Lit.

Britney, 22:  Books that are light and fluffy like shopaholic books.

Mary, 37:  Anything my husband wouldn’t read.

Rhonda, 49:  Romance…straight romance.

Sherry, 52:  Shoes, shopping, Sex and the City.

Rose, 36:  Girlfriends, Kinsella, Weiner.

Liz, 22:  Never heard of Chick Lit…what is it?

Love this sign in a Norway bookstore

Love this sign in a Norway bookstore

 

,I’ve discovered, over the years that how books are categorized can be very important to some people.  While they will read one genre, they will not read another because of where it might be placed on a book shelf even though they might really enjoy the book if they ever gave it a chance.  I’m all in favor of trying things at least once.
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What about you?  How do you define Chick Lit?  Does it matter?  Do you read it?  Has it received a bad reputation?   Suggest a great Chick Lit book for me to read.

Bottom Line:  Yes, I’ve said it…I hate to shop.

 

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