Monday, January 10, 2011

Book review: There's Cake in my Future

Goooood morning! Happy Monday!

Wondering why I'm in such a good mood? Are you really? You should know the answer to that...

I'm off work this week. And next week. I'm off work indefinitely until I decide I want to go back. (we all know I will probably work as much as I can after I have been lazy for two weeks)

Ok, I'll stop because if I were you I would want to hit me right now. I'm not bragging. I swear! :)

One thing I do plan to try and do a lot of while off work is read. Last night I finished There's Cake in my Future by Kim Gruenenfelder. A few years ago I read her first novel, A Total Waste Of Makeup and loved it. When I saw that she had a new chick lit novel coming out I knew I would want to read it, then when I saw the cover I knew I had to read it right away!

It was really good, but you have to be in the mood for cheesy chick lit. It is your typical, fluffy and light romance book that makes single women believe in fairy tales. Maybe it's the cynic in me. Maybe it's because I'm getting older. I'm not sure, but it's getting harder and harder not to roll my eyes at this stuff.

Don't get me wrong, I think Gruenenfelder is a fantastic and very clever writer. I think that I am not in the right place in my life to enjoy books like these. It leaves me feeling like I will get a fairy tale someday and leaves me holding out for something that is unlikely to happen. At least, unlikely to happen like it does in the book!

Instead of flying through this book like I usually do with chick lit, it took me quite a while to finish it because I kept getting distracted. It didn't really hold my attention for long, mainly because I knew what was coming. We all know how predictable chick lit and romantic comedies can be!

Next up is a book I have been wanting to read for quite awhile, The Help. It is the first book I purchased and am reading with my new Nook. I have read the first 20 pages, and I can't wait to see how I like reading an entire book on an eReader. It might be a little pitiful, but I am disappointed that I won't have a shiny new book to add to my bookshelf. But, if I love my Nook as much as everyone says I will I'm sure I'll get over it quick. I can always go out and re-buy my favorites as they come in at Half Price Books or something. Afterall, I'm determined to have a house with a "library" in it one. I've gotta have books to fill it up!

Do you read chick lit? Do you go through phases with it like I do? I tend to read more of it in the summer.


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I have found that I can't read chick lit anymore... I used to love it but not it just annoys me or frustrates me... So I usually avoid it unless it gets REALLY good reviews...

I felt the same way about my nook initially but my bookshelves are overflowing and there is not room for a 4th one in my tiny condo so the nook is my best option right now. Some day I will buy the books I really loved, but until I am in a larger house, it's just not an option!

Lesli said...

I do read chick lit & I am an old married woman! But I get what you are saying. I used to love reading Harlequin romances, but I outgrew them. After a few years, they also got too predictable. Of course, predictable is not all bad--it can be comforting. But I branched out and while I love reading chick lit, I like to intersperse it with heavier books. Not heavy-heavy, but something historical or a memoir. I am also loving my new Nook. I have added 5 books to it!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Wooohoo! Enjoy your work break! I wish I could somehow get paid and not work lol

Ryan said...

This sounds like a good palette cleanser. I recently read Pink Noise: A Post Human Tale by Leonid Korogodski, which was good, but I don't think I can do two thrillers back-to-back. Thanks for the review!

Mandy said...

I read chicklit but I have to be in the mood for it. The last mindless reading I did was the Pretty Little Liars series. It wasn't even very good writing, but oh my word were they addictive.

I LOVED The Help. Its hands down one of the best books I've read, ever. If you enjoy that one, read Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. I just read it a few weeks ago. Its billed as The Help meets Steel Magnolias, which is a spot on description.

Shoshanah said...

I really want to read The Help. I've heard such good things about it, and want to make sure I've read it before the movie comes out!