Spring Chick Lit 2016

When I read, I pick up everything from extensive biographies to the latest Nicholas Sparks novel. No matter how much I try to stick to 'Heather's Picks' at Indigo, a part of me will always need some girly chick lit on my reading repertoire. I could give you a list of today's bestsellers by the most accomplished writers, but for today's post, let's leave the heavy reads with our winter weight and keep it light for spring. I know I'm not the only one who wants to indulge in literary junk food every other read, so therefore I've decided to share some of my favourite chick lit I've read over the last few months.

I Had a Nice Time (and other lies) by The Betches


The first book on this list is also my latest and most anticipated spring read. A must-have for fans of the website, Betches Love This. Since I got it fresh off the shelf today, I would obviously be lying if I said I'd read it cover to cover. However, there are some books you know you will love before you even pick them up, and for me this is one of them. If the successor to Nice is Just a Place in France is half as entertaining, then we are in for a treat. The ideal book to bring with you while you get your tan on in this bright, sunny weather.

Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison

An honest and vulnerable tell-all about life in the Playboy Mansion, Holly's biography exposes what life was really like as a 'Girl Next Door.' Her story is believable, insightful, intriguing and more intelligent than most would expect from a former girlfriend of Hugh Hefner himself. She has a sequel coming out soon, and I can't wait to get ahold of it.

I Said Yes by Emily Maynard

Emily is still on of my favourite Bachelorettes to this date. Her book touches on her religious development, but centres mostly on the unbelievable romantic journey she's undergone. Any true Bachelor fan will remember Emily as the single mom who won Brad Womack's heart, and became the next Bachelorette post-breakup. A quick read containing stories of heartbreak, Maynard's faith in God, and crucial information about what goes on behind the scenes of the Bachelor franchise. It's a quick short read that romantics and Bachelor fans will both enjoy.

Made in Reality by Stephanie Pratt

After I read Emily Maynard's book, I went hunting for more exposés by reality TV stars. As much as they are my guilty pleasures, I know these shows are mostly fake am always dying to find out the dirty on what happens behind the scenes. Having been on both The Hills, as well as Made in Chelsea (two of my favourite reality shows), Stephanie Pratt's book was exactly what I was looking for. In the end, I didn't get as much insight into the shows as I wanted, but I did learn a lot about Pratt's past. 

Celebrity Health Books:

Pretty Happy by Kate Hudson 

and

The Body Book by Cameron Diaz



Both of these books are centred around the idea of clean eating, and sustainable, healthy lifestyles. Hudson's Pretty Happy is based on Ayurvedic medicine, whereas Diaz focuses on the science behind what we eat. There were parts about both books I found interesting, but my personal preference was Diaz's straightforward approach to a clean diet. Having said that, an Ayurvedic approach to diet and lifestyle is a very healthy and sustainable way of living, as opposed to any diet book you may get your hands on. Both books are informative, anti-diet, and pro-health, rather than being about weight loss. Whichever you decide is best suited to you will inspire you to spring clean your diet and well-being just in time for summer.

Balancing in Heels by Kristin Cavallari

In case you didn't gather from my last couple posts, I'm very into this lifestyle book by Laguna Beach alum, Kristin Cavallari. At first I tried to resist buying it - after all, what advice could an ex-reality 'bad girl' give me on life? As it turns, quite a lot. From diet advice to workouts and fashion, Kristin covers everything in this book about balancing it all. By the end of the book I had a refreshing newfound respect for her, while also walking away with everyday life tips I could actually use.

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

A novel perfect for big city girls who enjoyed Gillian Flynn's, Gone Girl. Protagonist Ani FaNelli appears to have the perfect life - until a secret from her past comes back to haunt her, that is. The mystery aspect is what makes it similar to Gone Girl, but Ani's depth and voice distinguishes Knoll's writing from that of Flynn.

Shopaholic to the Stars and Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella


Not entirely brand new, but it can be hard to keep track of when the newest books in this series are released. I have to admit, the preceder (To the Stars) was a little more my style, but To the Rescue still contained Kinsella's usual quirky humour through shopaholic, Rebecca Bloomwood. To the Stars takes places in Los Angeles, where Becky aspires to become a stylist to Hollywood celebrities. To the Rescue brings Becky and her crew on a road trip to Vegas, in hopes of locating her missing father. Both books are a must for any fan of the Shopaholic series, and neither will fail to make you laugh.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

I almost didn't include this on the list, because I figured anyone who wants to read it probably already has. It was just as funny, if not funnier than the first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?(and Other Concerns). Both books follow a similar pattern, with random anecdotes from Kaling's life working as chapters, rather than using a linear style to tell her tales. In this second book, I felt a stronger sense of organization and found it easier to follow. The jokes were strong and I personally found the stories more interesting and relatable this time around. Fans of The Mindy Project will love this read.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

How does a novel written by a male comedian make it onto my list of chick lit? Because it's a hilariously true explanation on the obstacles and issues within modern dating. Every girl (and guy!) should read this book to gain insight on how social media has affected the current dating scene. It's been a while since I read a book that was so relatable. By giving his dating advice while also making you laugh, Aziz proves that wit and humour really do translate into intelligence.

What are some of your new, favourite Chick Lit reads? Share your current reads and comments in the box below!

Happy Reading, With love,

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