Do you have your own Top 5 List? Top 10? Please share with me your favorite books, favorite author or favorite genre of Chick Lit?
Bringing Home the Birkin by Michael Tonello (Goodreads Author)
"Tonello's memoir is part travelogue and part retail fantasy as he describes his jaunts across Europe in pursuit of the world's most coveted handbags. Told with an appealing mix of self-awareness and humor, Tonello's adventures never cease to delight."
ChickLitBooks.com: What are your favorite kind of books/genres to read?
Cathy Yardley: I read all over the board… Romance novels, non-fiction, literary fiction, children’s books. I just read a feminist retelling of the Peter Pan legend, called “The Lost Girls” by Laurie Fox, which was mind-bending and interesting. And of course, I read Chick Lit. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Marianne Mancusi’s “A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur’s Court,” which is hysterical!
ChickLitClub.com: Which book do you wish you had written?
Eileen Cook: I love Emily Giffin's Something Borrowed, Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series, anything by Meg Cabot, and John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany is a favorite. In fact, there are quite a few books I would take credit for if I could.
ChickLitClub.com: What is your favorite chick lit book?
Brenda Janowitz: There truly are too many to name! There are so many writers out there who I love, such as Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes, Kristin Harmel, Carole Matthews, Emily Giffin, Jennifer Weiner and Melissa Senate. As for favorite books, I love the sense of humor in the Shopaholic series - Becky's voice never fails to make me laugh out loud. Marian Keyes's Watermelon was one of the first chick lit books I read, and since then, I've always loved everything she's written (especially her latest, Anybody Out There?). Her books are always funny and poignant, and that's a balance I try to strike as a writer, too. All-time favorites also include Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding (natch!), Jemima J by Jane Green, and Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro.
Milly Johnson: Jane Eyre. I read this first at school and it has everything for me - passion, drama and even a hint of the supernatural. It was a very influential story - with its plain heroine and un-handsome lead male. I still hold my breath at the part where Rochester comes after her up the staircase.
Lindsey Kelk: I remember reading Bridget Jones's Diary when I was about 16 and being obsessed with it but since I'm such a New York obsesso-girl it's probably The Devil Wears Prada. When I first read it a few years back, some of the experiences in there were altogether too familiar... I will say no more.
Nicola Kraus: Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. She also wrote Cause Celeb, which was a great book. She's a very intelligent writer.
Emma McLaughlin: Mine would be Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. I know it is a classic but I think it fits all the chick lit criteria. It's very sexy.
ChickLitClub.com: Who is your favorite chick lit author?
Milly Johnson: Difficult - because I like so many diverse genres and have favorites in all of them. Classical wise - I love Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen, contemporary-wise - I love Marian Keyes. Her writing was a great influence on me too.
Lindsey Kelk: I love Meg Cabot. Seriously, I just want to be her. That woman writes and writes and writes until her fingers fall off. She's never out of ideas, she writes chick lit and YA which is my dream and have you SEEN her author photo? HAWT.
Be sure to check back next Writer's Wednesday when I take a closer look at some of the genres within Chick Lit. What's your favorite genre to read? Write? Share with me and find out more on Writer's Wednesday every week.