Books in the window

Most people have a bookshelf. My tiny London bedroom has a porthole.

And like any porthole should be, it’s filled with books. In order to live a chick lit life, I need to read as many chick lit books as I can. One of them is sure to contain the secret to a happily ever after!

These are the books that are guiding me through my adventure. My Chick Lit Library.

Read so far

Mr. Maybe
The last in the pile of books given to me by my wonderful friend.This is classic, good chick lit. Libby lives in London, works in PR, and wants to marry a rich man. When she meets poor writer Nick it’s clear he can only be a fling. But…

Postcards from the Bed
Another very-appreciated gift, devoured in a couple of days.This is a collection of essays and articles by Marian Keyes – one of the best and most reliable chick lit authors out there. This is a lovely insight into Marian and her life….

Look the World in the Eye
Another gift, read in just a couple of days while struck down with my latest London cold.This book was a welcome relief after a string of pretty crappy reads. It follows Katie, a fashion designer blessed with a spunky boyfriend and dre…

Maneater
Another gift from a friend. Read in a shopping centre food hall, during lunch breaks on my short-lived media job.This is the story of the scheming, conniving, LA girl Clarissa as she sets out to bag herself a husband. The book’s 10 yea…

The Devil Wears Prada
My wonderful friend Nikki gifted me a bunch of second-hand chick lit books on my visit home. This was the first.I’ve seen the movie, quite a few times, but the book is sufficiently different enough to enjoy on its own.

It’s an easy re…

How to Be a Woman
Had this one passed on to be my cousin. THANK YOU COUSIN!I bloody loved it. Got all riled up about feminism. And mad at the patriarchy. Was inspired to stand on the table and shout, ‘I’m a feminist!’ Finally had a decent argument for w…

Avoiding Mr Right
A gift from my Mum. Thanks, Mum!This is a piece of Australian chick lit which is a lovely change. It’s been a treat to escape to read the sunny streets of Melbourne and Sydney, as this eternal London winter drags on and on. The story f…

Love Letters
Got this book FULL PRICE. A first! And a good thing too, as it has lots of bits where it talks about the ethics of second-hand books, and how they don’t support the author. Very valid point, I reckon… but I’m poor and want to support o…
If You Could See Me Now
Another bargain from my holiday in Bath.This is the second Celia Ahern I’ve read… and I think I’m done. The story is a romance between a thirty-something woman and her imaginary friend. Just too weird and creepy! I know I’m an old sp…

Going Home
Picked this up at a second-hand bookstall in Bath.This is an easy-enough read with some great passages that really ring true. The quirky family dynamics, and the weird confusion of a break-up resonated with me. And I loved the surprise…

Bridget Jones's Diary
Got this one for a bargain at a book market in Bath. I’ve read it before, but when living a chick lit life it’s important to keep up-to-date with the ultimate chick lit character!Bridget is an idiot. She makes terrible decisions. She d…

Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe
Bought this one in a fit of Christmas shopping at ASDA. It was about Christmas, love and cake AND it was super cheap – a must buy!This is a sequel to ‘Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe’. It’s lovely to get back together with these familiar c…

Emma
I read this while mini-breaking in Bath – the home of Jane Austen for five years! I was really feeling the Austen love – the town is so pretty and old-looking, I half-expected to run in to Mr Knightly while out and about.This is a gre…

Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe
Read this one as an e-Book while hiding in bed with my latest illness. It’s a lovely read. Sweet characters (though the lead is maybe a LITTLE too good to be true), an inspirational story, a gorgeous leading man, and CAKE RECIPES. DELICI…
Liz Jones's Diary
Bargain buy at a vintage shop in Stoke Newington. This is the true story of a thirty-something journalist who falls in love with, and marries, a younger man. But just because they got married, doesn’t mean they are set to live happily ev…
One Day, Someday
Another e-book. This one was read in segments on the tube, at Regent’s Park, and in the waiting area at Pineapple Studios. I don’t know about this one. The start and the end are weak. But the meat of the story is actually quite great. An…
The Single Girl's To Do List
Another one I read on the iPad. Still not sure how I feel about digital books – they’re pretty uncomfortable to curl up in bed with. I loved this book. The characters appear one-dimensional, and the story line is predictable, but there’s…
Cause Celeb
Another book snapped up for a bargain in Stoke Newington. This followed a PR rep who quits her job (and awful famous boyfriend) to volunteer in Africa. Is it terrible that I found the Africa stuff really boring, and wanted more stuff abo…
Messy
Read this on the iPad, curled up on the couch. First of all, I love the Fug Girls. Their website, gofugyourself.com is the highlight of my lunch hour. This book is the sequel to their young adult novel, ‘Spoiled’. I think it’s even bette…
Where Rainbows End
Got this one for 50p at a car boot sale in north London. Thought it was a bargain, until the pages started falling out. This book is written as a series of letters, emails, text messages and more. It’s very addictive. But perhaps, ultima…
The Mystery of Mercy Close
Read this on the iPad in one rainy London day. Another of Marian Keyes’s books to focus on the lovable (but seriously messed up) Walsh family. This one’s about self-assured Helen, a private detective struggling with depression. It’s a ri…
The Brightest Star in the Sky
Found this book going for a bargain at the back of an old vintage shop in Stoke Newington. A truly beautiful book telling the different stories of the different people living in an Irish apartment block. Has the typical Marian Keyes mix …
An Autumn Crush
Listened to to this as an audio book while cleaning the bathroom and visiting Buckingham Palace (not sure which was more interesting). A story about new housemates, and love in the autumn. While it’s abundantly clear who will end up with…


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3 thoughts on “Books in the window

  1. I am a self-professed chick-lit, romance novel addict 🙂 I also used to live in London for two years so your blog brings me back to very cozy, very rainy days, curled up with a good book (thank you…lovely memories).

    I was so happy to come across this list of girly reads! I just finished a series of three books (The Look to the Future Series) by author Mary Metcalfe (http://www.lakefrontmuse.ca/). The books are “Winds of Change” “New Beginnings” and “Road to Tomorrow.” Mary Metcalfe’s writing can be compared to authors Nora Roberts and Jodi Picoult. They are all stories about second chances, dealing with loss and starting over again and allowing love and happiness into your life! I think all of her characters are easy to relate to, flawed, and loveable. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!!

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