Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Chick Lit Cheerleader: Top 3 of '13

Introduction by Melissa Amster

Jen Tucker has been our Chick Lit Cheerleader for a whole year, which is something to cheer about in itself! And guess what?!? She'll be back next year with all new material (another 12 months worth) for you to enjoy! In the meantime, she's here to tell us the books she enjoyed this past year. She and I even have a favorite book in common from 2013. (If you've been paying attention this year, you'll know exactly which one I'm talking about.) Without any further ado, I turn you over to Jen's care. Make sure to take notes....she might quiz you later!

A FEW of my favorite things (books in this case)

When Melissa asked me to share with you my favorite book released in 2013, I just couldn’t do it. I enjoyed so many reads this year (new releases and new-to-me). Narrowing it down to one title wasn’t in the cards. It would be like crowning my favorite chocolate. No can do, my friends. Melissa, the sweetie pie we all know and love, gave me a reprieve. Isn’t she the best? Chick Lit lovers, I present to you....Jen’s Favorite Three of 2013!

Adventures with Max and Louise by Ellyn Oaksmith
Undercover, restaurant food critic, Molly Gallagher went under the knife and awoke to—how shall I put this—brand new, lovely lady lumps she didn’t request. Once able to blend into the woodwork, Molly is now garnering attention she isn’t accustomed to receiving. Molly also starts hearing unsolicited advice from two sources she isn’t sure she wants meddling in her life as her internal battle for sanity ensues due to their presence. A witty tale, that’s knee slapping funny, with plenty of romantic entanglements you’ll enjoy.

Stardust Summer by Lauren Clark
This book is a departure from the hilariously spirited novels Lauren has graced us with in the past, and I’m thrilled she dipped her toes into new waters. Grace returns home upon the death of her father and spends time with the stepmother she’s found difficulty connecting with through the years. The pain of family dynamics, and personal struggle, leaves a vulnerable Grace searching for peace in her life. Lauren masterfully connects you with raw emotions, the peace that stems from forgiveness, and doesn’t disappoint. It left a mark upon my heart.

Blogger Girl by Meredith Schorr
Mean girls everywhere be on your toes. That high school stuff you pulled will come back to haunt you. Kimberly Long, creator of the hit chick lit blog, "Pastel is the New Black," juggles her popular blog with work at a Manhattan law office. Sorting out her love life duels with overwhelming anxiety when her high school nemesis’ debut novel lands in Kimberly’s lap for review. What to do? Pages filled with laughs, and a few eyeball pops, including a rendition of "Penny Lane" that’ll make you spit your coffee in hysterics.

I can’t wait to hear about the books you held near and dear in 2013. Whether newly released, or new to you, it can be difficult to choose just a handful, can’t it? There are many more I swooned over. I know you’ll add even more to my ever patient pile to be read in the coming year.

Warmest wishes from the CLC family to yours this holiday season. May the books be ever in your favor!

Jen Tucker is the author of the funny and true stories, The Day I Wore My Panties Inside Out and The Day I Lost My Shaker of SaltIn September 2012, she had her children's book, Little Pumpkin published as an e-book. She also blogs monthly for Survival for Blondes. She currently lives in Indiana with her husband, three kids and two dogs. You can find her at TwitterFacebook, her blog and on her website. And in case you missed them. check out her previous Chick Lit Cheerleader posts here.


Samantha Stroh Bailey said...

You have great taste in books, Jen! I LOVED Blogger Girl, and it's the perfect holiday read. And now I have two other books to add to my TBR. Thanks!!! Happy Holidays to my favorite cheerleader! xoxo

Meredith said...

Wow, I am so unbelievably surprised, thrilled and touched that Blogger Girl made your list. Thank you!!!

AiringMyLaundry said...

I will check out some of these books, thank you!

Anonymous said...

Jen Tucker - You are an angel! Thank you so much for the sprinkle of pixie dust this holiday season :)

Love ya, Lauren