Copygirl by Anna Mitchael and Michelle Sassa
This one is by far my favorite “Chick Lit” book I have enjoyed lately. Kay is a very hard-working copy writer at an up and coming ad agency. When the story opens, she is the only one still at the office, despite a very important looming deadline. Everyone else has gone to a bar, and she is stuck wondering how all her colleagues get away with partying when she is afraid to even leave her desk to get dinner. I immediately bonded with this “why am I the only one that has to work so hard?!” struggle, and fell for Kay immediately. She has all the typical elements of a “chick lit” character that you would expect: terrible fashion sense, unrequited love, a cruel boss. What makes this book different, though, is the motivation of the main character. Kay has terrible fashion sense because she believes so much in her work that she just doesn’t care about the superficial, and would rather spend her time creating than doing laundry. Her love is only unrequited until she takes a long look at what she really wants. She has the self awareness to contemplate what her cruel bosses actually need and want, and has true faith in her ability to deliver. Unlike the protagonists in most novels I’ve encountered lately, Kay is no reluctant heroine (something I am getting dreadfully bored of). Her own passion, drive, and kindness towards others pays off in a big way and, like the book cover says, she beats the boys club at their own game. I highly recommend Copygirl.
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
I have been mildly obsessed with England’s royal family my whole life. The day Prince William and Kate Middleton wed, I was a junior in college. The coverage started at some ungodly hour like 3 am, but that didn’t matter to me. Amy Hall and I were awake like four-year olds on Christmas day. We watched every single second! Having been a bit royal-deprived lately, I was thrilled when my friend Shannon recommended The Royal We. This delightful novel follows Bex, a young American studying abroad, and Nick, the heir to the British throne. Their characters are obviously fictional, and there is true creativity in some of the storylines, but you still can’t help but picture them as William and Kate. The story follows them through their friendship, the development into early courtship, the happy years, the breakup, the makeup. I was so wrapped up in wanting to get to the wedding day that mattered so much to me that at one point I had to read the last chapter out of order! If you are a fan of anything to do with the royal family, run, don’t walk, to go order The Royal We!
The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller
This book was recommended on Instagram by Carly of Carly the Prepster. What really got me interested in it was a review that was printed on the cover! One review had said a few nice things and then exclaimed, “Okay! Fine! It’s Gilmore Girls!” I was sold! As an avid Gilmore Girls fan, I didn’t even need to know what the story was about – that was enough for me! Livvy is a successful pastry chef living in Boston when an accident leads her embarrassed, unemployed, and finally reevaluating her toxic relationship with a married man. She goes running to her oldest friend in search of solitude and comfort and ends up accepting a job as a pastry chef (if you can call it that!) at a small inn in her best friend’s sleepy town in Vermont. While she is slow to warm to country life, she finds that having a community, and people who look out for you, is actually the biggest piece of what was missing is Boston. While Livvy is initially the “messy” character in need of help, what I really loved about this book was the way in which all of the characters needed a little push. Each one had at least one thing they needed a little push on, and the catalyst of Livvy joining the community allows them all to heal and grow. You will finish The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living as warm and joyful as you are after enjoying a fresh chocolate chip cookie right out of the oven!