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Finding time to read for fun while attending school is not always easy. In fact, I probably only read two books for fun during my entire undergraduate years. However, if you tell yourself that it is research for possible books that you may right later...well now I seem to have plenty of time. Lately, I've begun to read what's being called "Chick Lit"

It all began with Bridget Jones's Diary. All I heard for a year or more was Bridget Jones this and Bridget Jones that. I don't usually hop on trend wagons, especially pink ones but finally I gave in. Much to my delight and surprise, Bridget Jones's Diary was a great book and so was the sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Bridget is such a real character with real flaws (e.g. drinks a smidge too much, is a bit plump, depends on self-help books). Her flaws and weaknesses as well as her strengths make her a very lovable character.

Not surprisingly, I like the book better than the movie, though Renee Zellweger did a great job. I think the director made her character weaker in the film and more of a loser than the character in the book. Still it's a pretty good flick. Helen Fielding is the author of the Bridget books.

Another series of books that I lumped into the chick lit genre is the Shopaholic series. I found Confessions of a Shopaholic while looking for something similar to Bridget Jones and indeed I found it. In fact, in my opinion the author replicated Fielding's book almost completely with the exception that her character, Rebecca,is a compulsive liar/shopaholic bimbo type with almost no redeeming qualities.

Similarities between the two books: Bridget's in PR and Rebecca's a journalist. Bridget gets a rich boyfriend who she is initially intimidated and disgusted by, so does Rebecca. Bridget's boyfriend asks her to go to New York with him, so does Rebecca's. I could go on but I don't want to bore you as the book bored me.Sophie Kinsella is the author of the Shopaholic series.




Bridget Jones's Diary

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Eva Moves the Furniture

Finally, I have recently read and truly enjoyed Eva Moves the Furniture. This book does not fall under chick lit. I'll include it anyway because it is good writing and a great story to boot. An historical piece, it is set in the thirty or so years surrounding World War II, in Scotland. The story follows Eva from birth to death and the strange companions who may or may not be helping her as she goes through life. Margot Livesey is the author and derived her initial inspiration from the real life of Eva Malcolm McEwen who lived during this period in history.
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