I like a good chick lit book as much as the next girl but lately all the ones I’ve read have annoyed me. The protagonists are whiny women constantly second-guessing their lives and relationships. Sure, the guys are still dreamy and I suppose that is why women read romance novels in the first place, but creating heroines who are just as confident, interesting and complicated as heroes will not diminish any of the romance or drama. Does anyone think that Pride and Prejudice would have been better if Elizabeth Bennet had been an insipid damsel in distress instead of a spirited, intelligent woman? I used to think Bridget Jones Diary was a hilariously fun adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. But now, I’m not so sure. While still hilarious, Bridget Jones is written as an antithesis to Elizabeth Bennet. She’s insecure, weight-sensitive and slightly clueless. Is Bridget Jones Diary still a good novel? Yes. Of course, there is room for both types of women in literature. However, I seem to have come across a plethora of the latter type in the past few months.
So, does anyone have suggestions for light romance and/or chick lit novels that feature good, strong female characters?
Book Riot contributor Jill Guccini wrote a scathing opinion piece about school board censorship. You should read it. Here’s a little snippet…
“Politicians can keep passing laws that hurt women, that hurt people of color, that hurt poor people, and say that they’re necessary to protect our freedoms. But we’re not idiots. We know who they’re protecting. School boards can keep banning books that are about LGBTQ people, that are about people of color, that are about real-life hurt and oppression, and say that it’s because of a few naughty words. But kids aren’t idiots. They know what you’re actually censoring.”
Read this opinion piece defending the never-ending “to-be-read” list. And all you “book hoarders” out there, be proud!
How many books are in your TBR list or pile? Do you keep an actual pile of unread books or, like me, is it a digital list in Excel or on Goodreads? Hit the comments to discuss!
Check out this opinion piece “The Decline and Fall of the Book Reviewing Empire” via BookRiot.
I found it incredibly interesting and would love to know your opinion. Leave a comment!