Welcome to International Chick Lit Month. Held in May, it celebrates all things chick lit – that amazingly diverse genre that focuses on the issues that women face today.
It can be light-hearted, it can be serious. It can be heart-warming or heart-wrenching. It can make you laugh or make you cry. It is usually romantic – sometimes even raunchy. It can inspire, intrigue and educate you. It can be about young women facing their first loves and career choices; right through to older women facing the loss of a life partner and a new direction in life. It can be about a fashionable, hip career girl from NYC, about a mother from England who’s lost her groove, or a country girl from Australia looking for her Mr Right.
The women who write chick lit – and the women they write about – may be mothers, daughters, sisters; in love or still looking. The characters may remind you of your own friends and enemies; of your own strengths and flaws. Reading chick lit gives you a chance to walk a mile in another woman’s shoes – but it’s about so much more than shoes and sparkly pink covers!!
Brought to you by the Chicklit Club, I Heart Chick Lit, A Spoonful of Happy Endings and Chick Lit Uncovered teams, we hope you enjoy everything that International Chick Lit Month has to offer. Because every woman deserves her happy ending.
2011 was the inaugural year for International Chick Lit Month. In May 2015, as we celebrate our 5th anniversary, this blog will be bursting with posts from lots of your favourite chick lit authors. Four more worthy recipients will be honoured in our Hall of Fame for their contribution to chick lit. Make sure you check out International Chick Lit Month this May … because every woman deserves her happy ending.
How you can celebrate
• Check in to the International Chick Lit Month website every day during May for great posts, book reviews and giveaways.
• If you attend a book club, suggest a chick lit title for their May selection.
• Encourage your local library to set up a display of some of their most popular chick lit books.
• If you have friends who love chick lit too, why not organise a book swap night where you all bring along books you have finished reading, and swap them for new ones.
• If you have a lot of books clogging up your bookshelves or stored in boxes in the garage, maybe it’s time to do a clean-up. You could sell them through a garage sale or donate them to your local charity shop, school or care centre. You could even band together with friends and run a book stall, with the proceeds going to your favourite charity.
• Invite the girls over for a chick flick night. Pick movies that have been adapted from books, such as PS I Love You, Bridget Jones’s Diary, In Her Shoes, Confessions of a Shopaholic and Love, Rosie.
• Promote chick lit on your own blog or social networking sites.