I’m fully aware we’re well into December now but I have to share all of the books I checked off my reading list last month. November was a month full of chick lit. I go through phases when I am reading and it’s safe to say last month was all about cheesy love stories. It seems as if every chick lit novel has a main character named Rachel, a girl trying to become a baker or a wedding dress designer. Someone’s husband is always cheating, someone else is falling in love with the guy next door. Chick lit is so predictable but I have to admit these books are my guilty pleasures. I also love a good work of chick lit on Audible to help me make it through the work day or entertain me on my commute.
I know a lot of you will be vacationing or enjoying time off from school or work this month. If you’re looking for something to read I have a few reccomendations.
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This politically centered novel centers around Beth, a journalist from New York City who follows her lawyer husband to Washington DC to chase his political aspirations. Initially Beth hates everything about D.C. but learns to enjoy the city after befriending a politician named Jimmy and his wife, Ashleigh. Beth and her husband, Matt, become so close to the friendly couple they have a difficult time defining their own relationship without them. As Matt’s career eats away at him Beth is left wondering if living in the world of politics is something she can handle for the rest of her life.
I read this book before the election so it was fun to get wrapped up in the world of campaigning. So many chick lit novels are about young woman working in the fashion world in NYC, I thought I told was refreshing to catch a glimpse of a different industry and different city. I’ve read all of Jennifer Close’s novels and The Hopefuls is my favorite.
The One that got Away
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Abbey is returning a red Mark Jacobs bag when she topples off the Nordstrom elevator and wakes up in another life. Her landscaper husband and home in the suburbs are no longer hers and instead she finds herself wife to a trust fund billionaire she met as an intern years earlier. As Abbey navigates her way through fancy parties, charity events and spa appointments she can’t help but notice this version of herself is missing something. While Abbey may have gained a few designer bags and a giant walk in closet she’s lost the portions of her life that were truly priceless and she starts to worry she may never get them back.
While the plot line of this novel was one of the most fantastic the actual story left something to be desired. I couldn’t help but critique the author’s choice to make Abbey’s “real family” such a blue collar cliche. Of course her husband drinks only beer and has an Irish accent and eats husband lunch from an aluminum lunch pale in is old best up pick up truck. I couldn’t help but laugh at the caricatures the author created in order to contrast the “rags” and “riches” in Abbey’s life. Though the story seemed entertaining enough I would have been happy to see a rich family that wasn’t vapid and conniving and a poor family that didn’t prefer blue jeans and chipotle.
If you only Knew
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Wedding dress designer, Jenny Tate, has just moved from New York City to flee her ex husband’s perfect wife and new baby. Jenny hopes to re-establish her business in her hometown close to her sister Rachel and her triplet daughters. Jenny quickly finds herself interested in the emotionally distant neighbor living below her while Rachel struggles to maintain the image of a “perfect life” with a not so perfect husband by her side.
I’ll give it to you, even rewriting this review this book sounds a bit cheesy but it really is sweet. Though I didn’t grow up with a sister I always love sister stories and this one makes a great vacation read.
Scrappy Little Nobody
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I’ve never been a huge Anna Kendrick fan, I didn’t ever dislike her but I wasn’t one thousand percent sure what all the hype was about. When her book was released on Audible it seemed like the perfect comic relief to listen to while commuting to and from the office. I was pleasantly surprised by Anna’s charm. I tend to dislike when celebrities write books solely to prove that they were made fun of as kids or demonstrate that they are relateable but Anna’s book was hard to put down (or in my case pause). Anecdotes from Anna’s childhood through her adult life instantly made me an Anna fan regardless of whether or not I like her acting (for the record I’m pretty neutral). Anna is hilariously relateable with a knack for telling her stories in the most awkwardly endearing way possible.
After I Do
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When two college sweethearts wed they are hopelessly in love, ten years later they have seemingly the sweetest love story. Unfortunately Lauren and Ryan are no longer in love with eachother. Unsure how to save heir marriage but not quite ready to accept divorce the couple decides to take a year long break from being a couple. Nothing is off limits during their year apart except communicating with one another. Lauren can’t help but wonder after the year will she even want her husband back or will she be content with the life she creates for herself?
This book checks all the chick lit boxes but still managed to keep me entertained throughout. The idea of taking a break in a relationship was pretty unique and while I can’t say I think the method would work for a real couple, the theory made for an interesting plot line.
Happy winter reading!
Have you read any good books lately? I’m heading on vacation after Christmas and I could use a few reccomendations!