We’d all like our fellow commuters and coffee shop dwellers to believe we’re constantly stimulating our minds by reading works of famed philosophers or controversial political opinion pieces in newspapers but the truth is, sometimes, we need to indulge our imaginations in a little light relief.
My absolute love is “chick lit”, although I hate the term. Let’s call it, books of romance that make you smile. I love to curl up on the sofa or hide away on a train in a world full of love, cupcakes and handsome men who are miraculously charming to boot.
This World Book Day I thought why leave it to the kids? Why do they get the fun of silly books that make them smile whilst adults are supposed to enjoy an intense thriller or informative biography? Here are my favourite girly guilty pleasure reads that I hope you’ll love to curl up with too.
There’s nothing quite so lovely as daydreaming your favourite movie star will one day whisk you off your feet and in Billy and Me, Giovanna Fletcher captures the magic and mystery of such an event with the charm and delicacy that only the setting of an English Tea Shop can provide. The writing is chatty and fast paced, the plot full of romantic twists and lines that will melt the heart of any soppy daydreamer like me. I’ll admit I first bought the book because I’m a fan of Tom Fletcher (her husband) and McFly, but since reading Billy and Me I’ve become a real fan of Giovanna’s writing and her cheerful take on the world. The second novel, You’re The One That I Want was another great romantic tale about confusion as you walk down the aisle and I’m very excited to read her upcoming book, Dream A Little Dream.
I recall this book taking over my class at one point. Everyone was reading it when they were supposed to be making final corrections to their Jane Eyre essays. Samantha Sweeting is a city high flyer with no time and too much money. She can’t cook, clean or take care of herself in any way and one day when a disasterous error at work leaves her panic stricken she flees the city and ends up on a stanger’s doorstep. This turns out to be a blessing in disguise, as bedraggled Samantha is mistaken for a housekeeper and soon finds herself in too deep to run away again. Learning the ropes of the house, along with the help of the ruggedly handsome gardener (of course) means The Undomestic Goddess is a genuinely funny and romantic read.
If you’ve seen my latest Travel Tuesday blog post you’ll know exactly why the title of this book caught my eye. Belinda Jones is another classic romantic easy reading author and California Dreamers is no exception. Hard working makeup artist Stella from London finds herself working for one of the biggest stars in Hollywood and a renowned diva, Marina Ray. They form an secret bond over their relationship history, specifically Navy men, and Marina whisks Stella off to California with her to work on a big budget biopic. Naturally, the leading man in this movie is Stella’s all time crush and of course, hilarious, romantic and frisky behaviour ensues as both women fight to be independent whilst still missing the loves of their lives.
I really enjoy Sophie Kinsella’s style of writing. I find it easy to read, cheerful and great to dip in and out of if I am on a train or waiting for someone in a restuarant. Therefore I’ve decided to include two of her great books on this list. I imagine, if you’re into romance and comedy in a written form you’ll probably also enjoy it on the big screen to and therefore the great Isla Fisher version of this book, Confessions of a Shopaholic, won’t have escaped your attention. The book is a little different but no less charming, guaranteed to leave you smiling and in love with Luke!
Another one that’s had a film adaptation, The Devil Wears Prada in novel form is a little harsher, with much more interesting characters (not that I didn’t love the film) and it’s quite a hefty read so you’ll be kept entertained for quite a while. The fashion world is endlessly fascinating and despite the lack of glaringly obvious romantic arcs, this novel has a sense of romance and empowerment that I love.