This Week in Chick Lit

~ By Melina Kantor

Hi Everyone!

Hello from a small Greek village on the southern coast of Crete. This is where I’ll be all summer long, visiting my family. I’ve been coming here since I was five months old, but this is the first time I’ve had Internet (and air conditioning!) in my room. So much fun. . .

I hope you’ve all had a good week. If you were in NYC for RWA Nationals, I hope you had a blast! I also hope you’ll contact me about writing something about your conference experience for the blog (it can be short, a few sentences even).

Here’s a glimpse as to what’s been happening in the world of our favorite genre:

Many of us spend time gathering our beach wear for the summer. Now, you can make your summer reading more interesting by giving your iPad a beach wardrobe too!

Here on the blog, we’ve been discussing the recent release of Sisterhood Everlasting, the latest book in Ann Brashares’ traveling pants series. The death of one of the main characters is causing quite a stir. Here’s what Time Magazine has to say on the issue.

Okay. Warning. This article on romance ruining our chances for a happy life is more than a little maddening. Here’s a preview:

It makes me wonder if this is a cynical attempt to cook up business for those, like Sayer Giles and Slattery, who stand to make a profit from these apparent hordes of ‘ dangerously unbalanced’ women who find it impossible to make the distinction between reading and real life. Come on: what sort of complete and utter WIMP would claim to be ‘addicted’ to chick lit?

I actually haven’t finished reading it yet, lest in ruin my vacation zen.

Onto happier things. . .

Kristan Higgins (as in two time RITA award winning Kristan Higgins) and a group of authors are recommending summer reads on WGBH Boston Radio!

Last but not least, Jennifer Weiner has made the news again. She’s got a book coming out on July 12, and her show on ABC Family will be premiering soon. What a woman!

That’s all for now. Regular blogging will resume the week of July 11.

Until then, happy reading / writing, and Happy Fourth of July! 🙂

Melina writes contemporary women’s fiction with a pinch of oregano and a dash of chutzpah. By day, she is an elementary school computer teacher. You can visit her at