Hi, my name is Andreea and I like cutesy chick-lit. You can go ahead and sue me! It’s hard to admit that you like chick-flicks or chick-lit and people will judge you for it – probably because the stories seem easy and predictable or because most of them are cheesy, so maybe it makes it seem like you are a bit superficial or something. I don’t know what it is, but I do know that I’m a girl and by default we’re suckers for romantic stories. So this being my little piece of the internet I can finally admit it: I liiiike chick-lit. It’s my own little escape from the real world and from my real life filled with my job, housework and all the other responsibilities that come with being an adult. If life is so hard and overwhelming sometimes, why shouldn’t we have something to makes us feel all fluffy and pink on the inside again? So in between my favorite genres of dystopias and mystery I occasionally read a chick-lit novel and it feels so good! 😀
I am currently reading Landline by Rainbow Rowell, which actually made me write this post because as I was on my way to work one morning, reading it on the subway, I realized that I’ve read all her books – except Carry On (I have nothing against a good boy-on-boy love story, but the magician & vampire thing didn’t really do it for me – I went through my Harry Potter and Twilight phases way back, so I’m set. What am I talking about, I’ll forever be in my Harry Potter phase. And yes, I said Twilight – we all loved to hate it, but we all saw it or read the books so stop your judging. Okay, longest side note in the world – let’s close this bad boy). Back to the Rainbow Rowell books – they are all so charming and cute and once you get into the story you can’t really put it down. It has been pointed out that I’m always rooting for the underdog, so maybe that’s why I enjoy her books so much.
I think my love-affair with her books began with my reading Fangirl, which is also my least favorite out of the four (she’s written 5 books in total, Carry On included). Don’t get me wrong, it was cute enough that it made me read something else from her, but I found the others to be more captivating – especially Eleanor & Park. Eleanor had a really hard life and I just couldn’t put the book down until the end, waiting for things to get better for her. Won’t tell you more than that, don’t want to spoil it for anyone who’d want to read it. All I’ll say is that it’s a bittersweet story – more bitter or more sweet, this depends on your perspective alone.
My absolute favorite of them all was Attachments – a funny and romantic novel that has that underdog I was telling you I have a weakness for. It’s a very enjoyable story about an IT guy called Lincoln – the underdog – , whose job is to monitor the electronic correspondence of the employees of a newspaper. Basically this is how he falls in love with a girl he works with – by reading her e-mails to and from her best friend. It sounds very creepy, but c’mon guys, it was his job. He knows he should stop reading their e-mails and just report them (because they are really not compliant with the company policy), but it becomes the best part of his workday because they are so funny. I don’t think I did a great job describing the story, but believe me, it’s totally charming. It’s a story about growing up and also falling in love with someone’s personality first (because Lincoln didn’t know what the girls looked like) and I think that’s what true love is really about. Also the story takes place in 1999-2000 and you should know by now that I love anything from the 90s-00s, including a made-up love story written in 2011, haha.
As I previously mentioned, now I am reading Landline and I am totally captivated. It’s about Georgie McCool – I am really not kidding, that’s her actual name in the book – a comedy screenwriter, and her husband Neal – how they met and where they are after a 17-year-old relationship. It’s totally lovely and for some reason it made me wish I was in high-school again – this is strange because they meet in college, not high-school. It’s a story about falling in love again and I can’t get enough of it, but I also know that if I finish it there will be no more Rainbow Rowell books for me to read (except Carry On and I think we’ve already established I’m not gonna do that… unless I get desperate – time will tell).
So, yeah, chick-lit is one of my guilty pleasures 😀 What’s yours?
Have a great, sunny day!
P.S. None of the pictures in this post are mine, I took them off Pinterest. I couldn’t take any photos, because I read all of the books on my Kindle. I know, sad, but convenient at the same time.