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Chick lit may have a bad reputation, but if you ask me there’s nothing better than curling up at the end of a long day with something light, frothy and romantic. Here’s my pick of some of my favourite chick lit novels…

Secret Dreamworld Of A Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella is like the Queen of chick lit. Her novels make most women who read them go “that is so like me!” – and her Shopaholic series will have most girls nodding furiously in agreement with Becky Bloomwood, the ditsy but loveable protagonist. Addicted to shopping, she is in terrible debt but can’t resist the lure of new clothes. Full of romance; friendship and fashion this is a staple chick lit novel!

The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger

Want to know what goes on behind the scenes of your favourite fashion magazines? Now you can find out. Weisberger wrote this novel after working at Vogue, and it’s a no-holds-barred account of life for Andrea, who works as an assistant to fearsome editor of fictional Runway, Miranda Priestley. If you’ve ever had an evil boss you’ll love this book!

Johnny Be Good – Paige Toon

Paige Toon can do no wrong in my eyes. Her debut novel, Lucy In The Sky, was so romantic it made me feel warm and fuzzy inside; but I’ve chosen Johnny Be Good as my favourite. Meg heads off to L.A to work as an assistant for rock god Johnny Jefferson, and (predictably) ends up with a massive crush on him! His best friend Christian keeps Meg’s feet on the ground, but can she handle life with the bad boy of the music world? Set amongst the at times glamorous and at times seedy world of the music industry, this is never slushy, often funny, and always entertaining.

Around The World In 80 Dates – Jennifer Cox

If you can’t find your True Love locally, you might start hanging out in a new pub or join a club, but Jennifer Cox went one further and travelled the world to find a man! Fed up with Brits, she travelled the world with the aim of dating men of every nationality. This book is hilarious throughout, but also has some touching moments and, being based on a true story, is inspiration for single ladies who feel they’re never going to meet Mr.Right.

Unsticky – Sarra Manning

Sarra Manning is my new favourite author, and her debut adult novel is utterly engrossing. 23 year old Grace has just been dumped and is in way over her head with debt – but then mysterious older man Vaughn offers to become her sugar daddy. She gets £7000 a month to be his arm candy; but what’s the difference between being a trophy girlfriend and being a prostitute? And what happens when she starts falling in love? A love story with a twist that is never too sweet, this book will have you hooked.

Tease – Immodesty Blaize

Celebrity novels are everywhere. Usually ghostwritten and usually crap, they might hit the best seller lists but they won’t become classics. However, burlesque star Immodesty Blaize is completely different. You’ll forget that writing isn’t her full time job as you read Tease, a glamorous, exotic bonkbuster about Tiger Starr, a burlesque superstar. Filled with drama, sex and intrigue, you’ll be absolutely hooked from the first chapter. Immodesty Blaize’s forte is her evocative descriptions of Tiger’s stage routines that will have you booking tickets to see burlesque for real as soon as you close the last page!

Fashion Babylon – Imogen Edwards Jones

From the creator of Hotel Babylon, this is another book that may look like fiction but is actually glamorous, scandalous fact! Detailing the process of creating a fashion show through a period of six months, it will have any fashion fans salivating and any wannabe fashion designers changing their minds faster than you can say Louboutin!

What’s your favourite chick lit?

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I recently read Jodi Picoult’s latest paperback, Handle With Care. Anyone who’s read her books will know that she loves writing about tragedy and doesn’t shy away from difficult subjects. In her previous books she’s discussed paedophilia, rape and even a school massacre, and in her latest offering she looks at the moral dilemmas of abortion, disability, parenting and friendship.

Charlotte O’Keefe is struggling financially to look after her daughter Willow, who suffers from Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bones). But then a lawyer tells her that she has a case for wrongful birth – she could win a sum of money that would help with the medical bills for the rest of Willow’s life, but she would also have to stand up in public and tell the world that if she’d known of Willow’s condition before she was born, she would have had an abortion.

The best thing about Picoult’s writing is her ability to look at situations from all sides. Perhaps the characters do things you consider to be morally terrible, but Picoult’s talent lies in the way she can make you feel sympathy to even the most tainted individuals.

Her research into the subject is evident. Osteogenesis Imperfecta was something I’d never heard of before I picked up the novel but it’s clear that Picoult believes that getting the facts right is of the utmost importance. However, she writes about medicine and law in a way that’s interesting. Rather than falling asleep in the court scenes I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know the outcome.

This book will make you question your feelings about medicine, genetics and disability, and will stay with you long after you’ve read the final sentence.