Wednesday, September 16, 2009


One thing to know about me is that I love to read. But I love MINDLESS reading. I don’t want to learn, or be challenged, or improve myself. I just want to be entertained. I won’t read straight romance, but I love mysteries with that bit of romance intertwined in the story. (Yes, I know, they always start off not liking each other, then somehow one touch explodes into a fiery, passionate love affair. Sigh!)

I also love comedies. I would SO much rather laugh while I’m reading than cry (although, I just read The Art Of Racing In The Rain and loved bitter_smallit even though I cried at the end). So I have to tell you about Jen Lancaster’s books. She doesn’t know me from Adam and has not asked me to review her books, I just feel compelled to let you all know about her.

The first 2 books, Bitter Is The New Black and Bright Lights, Big Ass, are basically about her life, as she goes from Money-Maker-Designer-Wearer-Prada-Carrier to Unemployed to Book Writer. The third book is all about her weight loss journey in Such A Pretty Fat. And her fourth book, which I’m reading now, is Pretty in Plaid, and is all about how prettyinplaid_small she grew up to become a “Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smart-Ass.”

I LOVE her writing style, not only because she’s sassy, or in her words, snarky (love that!), but because she’s talking to the reader. She not just telling a story, she’s telling ME a story. And she is just SO DANG FUNNY!! All throughout her books, she uses footnotes. Kind-of like the way I use parentheses, giving you a thought in mid-sentence. For example, if she writes something that she just knows you’ll have a comment about, her footnote will say “Shut Up!” Okay, I’m not doing it justice!

For a taste of her writing style, visit her blog, Jennsylvania. I will warn you that she uses cuss words. Not a ton, but they pop out fairly often! So be sure to let me know how you like the books, if you can stop laughing long enough to comment here!


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