Things I Love Sundays: Chick Lit Reads

I am glad to have been back reading lately, and my heart's joy has been rushing home after swim practice, taking a shower and curling up to a good book. Make no mistake about it: I am reading chick lit lately, which was triggered by a quote I chanced upon in one of my favorite blogs

I was really taken with this theory that some very credible physicists believe in called the multiverse theory. And it states that everything that is possible happens. That means that when you flip a quarter, it comes down heads and tails. Not heads or tails. Every time you flip a coin and it comes up heads, you are merely in the universe where the coin came up heads.

There is another version of you out there, created the second the quarter flipped, who saw it come up tails. Every second of every day, the world is splitting further and further into an infinite number of parallel universes, where everything that could happen is happening. There are millions, trillions, or quadrillions, I guess, of different versions of ourselves living out the consequences of our choices.

What I’m getting at here is that I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices and they led me somewhere else, led me to someone else…

And my heart breaks for every single version of me that didn’t end up with you.
— Maybe in Another Life
At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby’s guestroom. Shortly after getting back to town, Hannah goes out to a bar one night with Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.

Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. Hannah hesitates. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan?

In concurrent storylines, Hannah lives out the effects of each decision. Quickly, these parallel universes develop into radically different stories with large-scale consequences for Hannah, as well as the people around her. As the two alternate realities run their course, Maybe in Another Life raises questions about fate and true love: Is anything meant to be? How much in our life is determined by chance? And perhaps, most compellingly: Is there such a thing as a soul mate?

Hannah believes there is. And, in both worlds, she believes she’s found him.

It was one of the nicest reads I've had of late in the chick lit department. Sure, I've been reading Junot Diaz, Philip Zimbardo's The Lucifer Effect and some Neruda in between and some business books but I can't deny that warm fuzzy I get from reading chick lit. Especially good chick lit like this one. I wouldn't spoil it for you but let's just say this one kept me all night, laughing and crying subsequently like a crazy woman. I wonder if the Tara in the other universe is a housewife with two kids, married to the man I think I should've, could've, would've married and online shops any time she gets. I wonder if she gets to travel at all, or if her life is any happier than what this universe has given me. I wonder if she grew up in Raymond, as would've been the biggest fork in the road I didn't take in this universe. Does she listen more to country music than hip hop and indie alternative and Spice Girls?

The truth is, reading Maybe in Another Life sprung me to read more of Taylor's work, and some stuff within the same genre, which is Your Perfect Life. I've been enjoying these titles, and if you're looking to read new ones, those come highly recommended.

In other non chick lit news, I've been cooking! And most days, they're edible and quite yummy, too. :)  The truth is, it takes so much more effort and sometimes, money, to make all these meals but practicing is priceless, yes?