October 8, 2003 in Books

Overdosing on Chick-Lit

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Reading chick-lit out loud to Choo-Choo which can be downright funny, is no fun. He just looks at me and wails. Thinking he wants me to stop reading books like Smart vs. Pretty which I finished yesterday, and Asking for Trouble which I’m already half-way through and move on to more serious literature. Not to be a book snob, but some of these books are no better than harlequin romance novels which I pride myself on not reading. In fact, I’ve never read a harlequin romance novel. Yet, I can’t tear myself away from this new wave of romance novels with there predictable plots. Basically, all the books revolve around a 20 or 30-something single woman who obsesses about her love life, weight, family, floundering career, etc. They are all too Bridget Jones. Or better yet, wannabe Sex and the City. Goodness! Why do I keep reading these things? Yes, on some level I can relate to the main characters, but come on. You know what, maybe I should just stop trying to analyze and be thankful I’m reading and recognize that as much as I want to start reading Madeline Albright’s memoir (which is bound to be much more serious and profound), I’m so not ready for that type of book right now. I need escapism. Of course it not really escapism, as these books remind me about what I need and want so much in my life. Oh well. Next up, Ghosts of Boyfriends Past. Oh Goodie!


  1. October 20, 2003 at 4:20 pm


    Ursula –> I’ve never read a Romance Novel myself — but had been finding myself reading the latest in the (neverending) series of books geared to 30-ish single women (yeah, that’s me)… I’m livin’ it — I don’t necessarily need to read it too…
    BUT, I did love, Love, LOVE, the “Between Boyfriend’s Book” by Cindy Chupack – producer of Sex and the City… I bought it for a couple of my single gal pals too… Freakin’ hilarious.
    I think it’s a great answer to all of those questions like, “are you dating anyone special?”…
    “No, I’m between boyfriends…”
    I mean, really, how GREAT is that?

  2. October 17, 2003 at 3:26 pm


    Hello Ursula
    Sounds like you are finding a vicarious love life through flaky literature.
    Like this site though, what software did you use to put it together? Is this ‘Off the shelf’ or are you a bit of a wizz with servers?
    I would like to do something like it myself.
    Love and bubbles

  3. October 8, 2003 at 7:39 pm


    I’ve never read chicklit, unless you count the ‘good’ parts of Forever by Judy Blume back in 7th grade. Maybe you’re picking up the slack. Sorry ’bout that.

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