Thursday, September 10, 2009

Booking Through Thursday #2

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly book meme that changes every week (you can find them all here).

This week's question: What's the most informative book you've read recently?

Although many wouldn't agree with me, I find chick lit books very informative. I believe there is always a reason why some book sell well, whereas others don't. The reason why chick lit books are flying off the shelfs surely has to do with sociology, as well as with different target audiences. For example, a lot of chick lit books have lately depicted women dealing with poor economical climate. Also, the focus from earlier chick lit books has been changed - today, it's not about getting a man, it's about focusing on yourself while occasionally going for romance. To cut the long story short, the most informative book I read recently was Candace Bushnell's Lipstick Jungle, since it offered a peek into the competitive, scary life of female career builders, what women have to sacrifice in order to have a career, as well as the difficulties women have when it comes to business. Read my review of Lipstick Jungle here.

12 comments:

Ceri said...

That was an excellent answer, Nikola. I don't usually read chick lit books because I did find that they were to 'getting a man' orientated but then I find books like 'The Devil Wears Prada' which, although it was about exposing the truth behind Anna Wintour and fashion, really focused on what women seem to have to give up if they want a career. I like your description of 'Lipstick Jungle' - isn't that a TV series too? I'll have to check out the book. :)

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Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

Amazingly the most informative book I recently read was Blade's Desire: Book 2 in the Desire, Oklahoma series by Leah Brooke.

It really describes the dom/sub lifestyle much further than typical stereotypes we "vanillas" think of when we fantasize about BDSM. Talking about safety and emotional responsibilities... and some new jewelry that I had never heard of before!

;)

novelinsights said...

I like your insights on that. It certainly makes sense and I suppose as they are aimed at women, you'd also expect the writing to be affected by changing female roles / opinions too.

ibeeeg said...

You know, I do find fictional books to be informative not all but many.

Here is my Booking Through Thursday post.

itsJUSTme-wendy said...

Ha ha ha, Nikola, you are too funny! I am so glad you have given me a reason to read all the chick-Lit books I have! But I do agree, some what. A lot of the women in chick-lit book make mistakes and we all learn from other's mistakes. Women in chick-lit books are usually strong and go for what they want!

Lorna said...

Love your new blog, Nikola. I really like The Bright Side of Disaster by Katherine Center and Summer Blowout by Claire Cook. Have fun reading!

Elena said...

As someone whose chick lit doesn't extend beyond a handful of Stephanie Plum novels, I find your answer really interesting.

Great to hear chicklit is getting more sophisticated and informative :)

Nikola said...

Thanks everybody! Elena, Lipstick Jungle is a great chick lit novel!

Lorna, nice to see you again! :)

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Haven't read Lipstick Jungle. Who knew chick lit could be so informative! Great post!

Peter said...

Hello, Nikola! I haven't read that much chick lit, but I guess I'll give Lipstick Jungle a try.

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Marie said...

Very interesting answer! I've always thought of those books as fantasy but that is a very interesting perspective!