What I love most about Easter is how pastel hues are suddenly everywhere. I love these colors even when they're not on the covers of chick lit books.
Of course, I also have quite a weakness for cute little bunnies and chickens. I especially like those miniature fluffy yellow chickens with the tiny orange wire feet.
While "Bitter With Baggage Seeks Same: The Life and Times of Some Chickens" by Sloane Tanen (Bloomsbury, $14.95) is certainly not an Easter book, it does star these tiny yellow chicks.
Tanen is an artist who makes three-dimensional pieces that feature the chicks in various scenes. She depicts chick characters who search for love in the classified ads, endure the chaos of family life and take yoga classes. They also make fun of television shows, movies and fairy tales.
"Bitter with Baggage" features photographs of Tanen's work. If photos of cute chicks weren't enough, each one is accompanied by a sarcastic and entertaining caption. I really love these chicks. Many of them are divas, who truly believe that they are the smartest and prettiest beings ever. I can relate to that.
I don't know if "Bitter with Baggage" would be funny to everyone, but I definitely laughed out loud at some of the scenes. My sister, who is incredibly supportive of my love of all things cute, gave me the book for Christmas. Four months later, I'm still enjoying it.
Tanen is also the author of "Going for the Bronze: Still Bitter, More Baggage" (Bloomsbury, $14.95), which would make a great Easter gift, if anyone happens to be shopping for me.
Chick lit miss
It's been a while since I got really immersed in a good story. In fact, the last chick lit book I read seemed to have real promise, but ultimately, I found it disappointing. "Goodbye, Jimmy Choo" by Annie Sanders (5 Spot, $12.95) is about two British women who are attempting to adjust to life in the country after moving from London.
I finished the book, but had to take it slowly. I just didn't find the story that compelling. The two women, Maddy and Izzie, start a home-based business. They use an old family recipe to make natural beauty products. I found their instant business success extremely hard to believe, but the end of the book was even less believable.
The story was told in first person, but the point of view kept changing from one character to the other. But both Izzie and Maddy appear in most of the scenes and it was often difficult for me to tell who the pronouns were referring to.
In the first few chapters, I also had a hard time understanding some of the British slang. I read a lot of books by British authors and usually can figure out what the words I don't know are, but in this novel, some of the vocabulary was really hard to decipher.
I wish I had liked "Goodbye, Jimmy Choo" better, because it had a cute cover. In this case, though, that just wasn't enough.
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