24 May 2010

Yackety-yak: This is it chick-lit

For some inexplicable reason I have been completely unable to connect with contemporary romance and chick-lit. So I am breaking up with the genre. We're parting ways (amicably) and will hopefully make amends some day.
Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever found yourself unable to connect with a specific genre? If so, which one?
The straw that broke the camel's back? Just Like Me, Only Better by Carol Snow.
I received it for review awhile back and despite my best efforts I just can not make it work for me. It is an cute light book. But even after a 100 pages I could not find the drive to read on.

Which leads me to my revelation, it's not you chick-lit, it's me...

Dear contemporary romance and chick-lit,
It's not you. It's me. We have to break-up you see. For years you made me smile, but really you just bug me now. So in the immortal words of Motley Crue, "Don't go away mad, just go away."
Signed no longer yours,
Tales of Whimsy...
Sadly, I have been unable to fulfill my obligations to Just Like Me, Only Better. So I turn to you my sweets for help. I would like to offer you (my stupendous reading audience) an opportunity to win my copy gently used ARC.

The catch? The winner promises to read it, review it, and post it on your book blog within 1 month of receiving the book.

If you live in the US or Canada and do not mind my stipulation, comment with your email address below. I will select a winner this coming Saturday, May 29th, 2010.

For a great review of Just Like Me, Only Better check out Write Meg!
Click here to visit Just Like Me, Only Better on Goodreads.
Click here to visit Just Like Me, Only Better on Amazon.

33 comments :

  1. I'd give it a go. Great idea to pass it on.

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  2. sorry, email is:

    ellestraussbooks at gmail dot com

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  3. Yah takers! Thanks ladies for volunteering :)

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  4. I'm a huge chick-lit fan. That and contemporary fiction are my main genres of choice so count me in please! Sorry to hear it was a letdown for you.

    stephaniet117 at yahoo dot com

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  5. I love chick lit and this one looks cute. Sign me up!

    jax1204[at]gmail[dot]com

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  6. No need to enter me. Just wanted to say I understand your thoughts on chick-lit. I'm not a big fan of the genre myself, but I do like Jill Mansell. She's a British chick-lit writer and I liked her. I found it to be believable and likeable. U.S. chick-lit strikes me as very Sex and in the City,a nd that is SO not me.

    btw, have been reading in google reader and just noticed your recent changes. Very cute and totally goes with your name. Great job Ju-Ju :)

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  7. Your break up letter is cute :)

    Chick-lit and contemporary romance are two I’m super picky about. I’ve found I tend to hate more than I love. Romantic suspense is another one that is usually more misses than hits and it used to be my favorite genre to read. I think I get genre burnout easier the older I get.

    Oh, and don’t enter me as I’m drowning in my TBR pile at the moment :)

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  8. I totally understand..chick lit books were at one time the only books I read. I would buy as many Red Dress Inks I could, and then lose myself in them, but my reading taste have changed tremendously. Last year I donated about 30 chick lit books unread to my local library. I've recently starting reading some again, but only if they seem really interesting to me. So perhaps you too in time will crack open a chick lit book again in the future.

    I would love a chance to win the book, this is one that I immediately wanted to read as soon as I read the book description.

    jjameli(at)cableone.net

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  9. I think I'd give it a try! I try my best with Chick-lit and contemporary romance but I do hate a lot more than I love.

    twilightforever.edward(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. This has happened to me before so I stopped reading it. I'm slowly working my way back into the genre. I have seen this one and wanted to read it. Please count me in.

    teresasreadingcorner at gmail dot com

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  11. Hahha you are AWESOME, Juju! I completely agree, but you're definitely better for giving chick-lit a shot---I've never been able to get into it, ever! :D
    And that formatting for the "dear John" - how did you do that?! It looks so professional :D

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  12. ill give it a try.

    danielleeloko78@aol.com

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  13. You're so funny - great break-up letter. I'm not sure if I like chic-lit either, but I'll give it a try.

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  14. aww..it's so sad you two breaking up..*sob*

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  15. No need to enter me, either...I'll take your word for it.
    I thought you might be like Berger and break up on a post-it... "I'm Sorry. I Can't. Don't hate me."

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  16. Awww, I can relate, I broke up with women's fiction and most general fiction books a while ago. Book tastes change, maybe I'll return to them later on in life, but at the moment I don't feel as if I'm missing out on anything. I still pick up the odd women's fiction or general fiction book, but it's rare for me to find one I like nowadays, so I usually just stick with the genres that make me happy now. :D LOL, love your break up letter!

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  17. Ha! you are so funny! I LOVE chick-lit! I do connect with it. The other Genre I connect with is Historical Fiction (my daughter has always said I should have been born in the 1700 - 1800's).

    I have heard good things about this book, so i will enter to win!
    And I do solemnly swear to read it and review it within a month!

    forevereading at gmail dot com

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  18. My TBR pile is burying me alive, so don't enter me in the drawing (even though this book does sound cute!). I just wanted to say that I can relate to needing to break up with a genre, even for a little while...sometimes you just need the distance to give you perspective. And of course reading tastes and preferences change like crazy (at least mine do, depending on my mood, LOL!).

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  19. Don't include me in your giveaway. I just want to put in my two pence piece :)

    There are a lot of genres that I do not read. Simply because those genres do not hold my interest. I read for entertainment, not to get bored or to scare myself. But I've never come across a genre which I liked and lost interest somewhere along the line. Guess I'm faithful that way :)

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  20. This is not an entry because I am completely overloaded with review books right now . . . but . . .

    Juju, I laughed out loud while reading this post. You are hilarious!

    As far as genres that I don't mesh with, how about westerns and sci fi? Never much got into either one, although I do like some good time travel stories (so maybe just certain aspects of sci fi I don't get along with).

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  21. You crack me up! Well, you know me, I even review for a chick-lit site. It's nice because it's a cooperative thing with 2 other bloggers so I don't feel pressured to always be reading just chick-lit, I don't think I could handle that. I need a bit of variety, but that being said I wouldn't pick up a horror novel to save my life. Yuck. We can't all love everything.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! I'd love to review it for my other site!
    the1stdaughter at gmail dot com

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  22. 1st daughter: Amen :) Thanks for entering.

    Lori: *smile* Thanks doll :) We do all have different taste don't we? I love westerns and enjoy a good sci-fi from time-to-time.

    Cherry: AMEN! That's how I felt last night. I was like, "Dude, why am I doing this to my self? This should be fun."

    Ruth and Anna: Exactly :) Thanks for understanding.

    itsJUSTme: I like Historical Fiction too :) I'm an old soul too :)

    Darlyn: You made me giggle :)

    Mary: Thanks :D doll. I LOVE when you visit. *hugs*

    Kathy: LOL I LOVE it. I totally should have broken up with chick-lit on a post-it! Brilliant! Why didn't I think of that? ;)

    Amelia: Ahhhh thanks! I'm so glad you agree. In regards to your question: I changed the font to Courier 'cause it reminds me of typewriter font.

    Teresa and Kalia: Thank goodness I'm not alone ;)

    Melissa: Yahhhh exactly! I use to love them when I was younger now they just seem whiny. I feel like purging my TBR shelf of any chick lit.

    Christie: I completely agree :)

    Jenny: Interesting observation. *scratches chin* Maybe one day if I ever reconcile with chick lit I will try some British authors and see if that helps. Thanks for your words of wisdom and take.

    Steph, Jacqueline, and Dannie: Yah thanks for entering :)

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  23. (This is not an entry)
    Yeah, they don't typically do it for me, either. I've noticed I tend to avoid contemporary in general for some reason, even though I have read some truly great contemp books. I think I'm afraid they're going to be too soap opera. I'm trying to make myself read different things, though, and give them a try. Sometimes it works, but sometimes it REALLY backfires and reminds you of why you avoid a genre to begin with....

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  24. chic lit and contemporary romance is a touchy genre. I have author's I trust and don't really go past them right now.

    It's so great that there are so many genre's out there. We can choose what ever we want!

    Breaking up is sad, but sounds like it must be done. Maybe you will get back together someday.

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  25. JuJu, you heartbreaker! :-) Love your post. Especially love that you are finding a way to do right by the book, even though it's not your cuppa. (This coming from an author who absolutely understands that not every book is for every reader.)

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  26. Ha - love this post. I think I broke up with chic lit too. Just can't do it. Well, does Twilight fall into this category? I will admit to being enthralled with those, even when the writing made me want to gag ;) xo

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  27. hah! i love the post...but i pass on chick-lit too! i'm with ya on that one!

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  28. I've had this happen to me too, but with the paranormal genre. I read minimal chick-lit and even then, only those books that are recommended to me.

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  29. Aths & Stacy: Thanks for understanding :)

    Shannon: Good question! Twilight does not fall in chick-lit. It's actually Young Adult Paranormal Romance I think. :) Chick-lit tends to be a chick (with issues) meets guy and after some troubles they kiss happily ever after.

    Cleo: Ahhh Thanks! That means so much for me coming from such a seasoned professional :)

    Mary: Amen on having a plethora of genres to choose from :) Maybe one day chick-lit and I can be friends.

    Misty: Exactly! They are very soap opera. I need history, magic, or mystery. :)

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  30. horror--I've never been able to read it. I have nightmares.

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