I’m a 30-something year old women ( a mother and a wife ) and still a huge fan of chick lit books. Actually, I’m an expert when it comes to modern romance fiction. If you are searching for a fun book to read on a vacation, I assure you, nothing will make you laugh and relax like one of best chick lit books listed here. These girly books are perfect to read on summer holidays. Or any time.
MY INTRODUCTION TO CHICK LIT BOOKS
Chick lit is a modern women’s literature ( “chick” – American slang for a women, “lit” – short for literature ), a genre fiction that becomes popular in the late ’90. These books are also called contemporary romance novels, romantic fiction or chick flick books.
I worked in the bookstore for over five years and the biggest thing I’ve learned is not to judge a book until you read it. At first, I was surprised to see that chick lit titles are hitting the bestsellers list soon after they’ve been published. Who reads this stuff? During my teen years, I was obsessed with Patrica Cornwell novels.
I’ve never consider to read one of these chick lit books until I got an assignment to write an article about bestselling chick lit books for our monthly catalog. I was curious to find out why are they so popular? What can a shiny pink cover with high heels offer to a reader? Very good explanation came from a customer:
“Chick lit is about ordinary women dealing with everyday situations written from a humorous angle. It makes me laugh at my own problems.”
She recommended that I read Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones Diary and that book was my introduction into the chick lit world. It took me 2 hours to finish it and I was totally hooked! In the next couple of days, I read the second novel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and watch the chick lit movies staring Renee Zellweger. I didn’t just like it, I loved it!
According to Bridget Jones, “laughing burn calories” so I bought more chick lit books to read at the beach. That’s how I became a fan of chick lit genre – these books made my summer vacation even more enjoyable!
CHICK LIT BOOKS – BEST SUMMER BEACH READS TO PACK ON YOUR NEXT VACATION
What’s more fun than a humorous story of a women caught in real life situations? No matter if she coping with a financial dept, seeking for romance, career or she’s a first time mom, most of us have had a similar experience at least once in our lives so it’s really easy to identify with a character.
Chick lit books are about women’s secrets, feelings and fears – things that you would write down in your diary or share with your best friend. All that juicy stuff written in a funny tone will make you laugh at laud and think “I know what she’s talking about!” or “been there, done that”.
If you already read a chick lit book, you will definitely want to read another one! Below is a list of my favorite girly books to read this summer – the ones I’ve read and loved and a couple of new books that are on my reading list.
I should mention that I also like classic literature and often read recommended books no matter what genre they are. What I love about chick lit novels? They’re stress relieving and a real pleasure to read. Just perfect for a vacation.
I can already picture myself spending a summer afternoon at the beach, sipping an ice-cold drink and reading a good book. I bet you can, too. Before you start packing, take a look at some of the best chick lit books listed here.
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CHICK LIT BEST SELLERS
Here are some of the current bestselling chick lit novels:
CHICK LIT BOOKS BY SOPHIE KINSELA
Sophie Kinsela is one the best chick lit authors. Her books are the perfect example of what you can expect of a chick lit genre. These are my best-loved books by Sophie Kinsela:
BEST CHICK LIT BOOKS EVER – SHOPAHOLIC BOOK SERIES
First book by Sophie Kinsela that I’ve read years ago, thanks to recommendation of a friend, was The Secret Dreamworld of the Shopaholic (also known as Confessions of a Shopaholic).
This fun book features a story about Rebecca Bloomwood, a young financial journalist who spends most of her time shopping. Becky can’t miss a sale although her credit cards bills are getting higher by the minute and harder to ignore. Sounds familiar? Here’s a Rebecca Bloomwood’s quote that I liked:
“A man will never love you or treat you as well as a store. If a man doesn’t fit, you can’t exchange him seven days later for a gorgeous cashmere sweater. And a store always smells good. A store can awaken a lust for things you never even knew you needed. And when your fingers first grasp those shiny, new bags… oh yes… oh yes.”
Oh yes! Before I even finished the first book, I wanted to read a sequel. I enjoyed all the books from the Shopaholic series so much that I can’t decide which is my favorite. Becky is awesome character and you’ll want to know what she’s up to next.
CHICK LIT BOOK CLUB… WITH A COCKTAIL!
Few years ago ( more like 10 ), a friend of mine organized a chick lit book club. We would pick 3 or 4 books to read and get together at the end of the summer to talk about which book we’ve liked the most. Our book club meeting always ended up with a cocktail and a girls night out. Did you just got an idea to spice up your summer?
CHICK LIT BOOKS FOR MODERN MOMS
The era of 24/7 summer parties and drinking cocktails more often than coffee may be over, but I still love a good chick lit novel. After I’ve met and married my husband and had kids, I’m much more in the mood for reading chick lit books with funny approach to motherhood. As you may noticed, I love to identify with a main character and these chick lit books for moms are just what I want to read on my vacation.
Wine In My Sippy Cup? Yes, please!
Wine in my Sippy Cup ( catchy title, isn’t it? ) by Deborah Dove is among high rated chick lit books on Amazon. It’s a story about young mother who is trying to balance her life between kids and career. Liz is also doing the best she can to spice up her marriage. How many of you ladies have been in her shoes? Sounds like a good read!
Will Write for Shoes : How To Write A Chick Lit Novel
Will I write for shoes? Hell, yes! I’ll write for anything. If there are shoes involved, count me in! When I was a teen girl, I believed that I will write a novel someday. That didn’t happened. Yet.
While I was researching information about top chick lit novels for this article, I stumbled across this book that caught my attention. A brilliant idea crossed my mind ( that happens a lot lately, must be a bug or something ). I thought, could I write a chick lit book? If I had some guidelines for making a successful chick lit novel that will become a bestseller, I would go for it! Cathy Yardley makes it a lot easier.
Will Write for Shoes: How to Write a Chick Lit Novel is a humorous book that covers everything you need to know if you’re interested in writing Chick Lit. Amazon feedback from customers who purchased the book are pretty good. Price is not bad either.
Plus, I really like the cover. Good enough for me.
READING CHICK LIT BOOKS – PAPERBACK VS KINDLE
Personally, I prefer paperback. Call me old fashioned, but there is something special about having a “real book” in my hands.
I like this quote from Stephan Fry “Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.”
Although, for some of you, kindle may be a much better option, especially for saving space in you luggage while traveling. If you need one, click here to check out today’s discounted prices on a brand new kindle on Amazon >>>>> AMAZON KINDLE DEALS
CHICK LIT NEW RELEASES
New chick lit books to add to your reading list:
- The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson
- My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
- For Once in My Life by Colleen Coleman
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Chick Lit Books Beach Reads
Can you recommend a good chick lit book for me to read this summer? I would like to expand my reading list. If I don’t make it trough the summer, never mind. I love to read on rainy days, too.
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I hope this page was helpful for those who love chick lit books as much as I do. Have a nice day and enjoy your summer vacation with a good novel, no matter what genre is it.