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Summer Reading Guide: Chick Lit

For the record, I’m not a fan of the term “chick lit.” I love to read these books, but it’s a genre without a clear definition and is often looked down on by “serious” readers. I always try to explain these titles as “romantic comedies in book form” instead, but I’m not sure that’s any better…

These stories clearly aren’t highbrow literary fiction, but I adore them for that exact reason. Yes, usually they include a plucky protagonist, some sort of romance, and overcoming an obstacle to reach a happy ending, but who doesn’t enjoy reading that!? So, slide off your high horse and gobble up this summer reading guide. You’ll find nuanced characters, laugh out loud moments, and even some very relatable feelings and circumstances. These are the best chick lit novels I could find. Enjoy yourself 😊

Summer Reading Guide: Best Chick Lit

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Thorne’s debut novel features the beloved enemies to lovers trope. Lucy and Josh are executive assistants who share a desk and a mutual hatred for each other. Things come to a head when they start vying for the same promotion.





The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand

A friend from work recommended this to me when I discovered how much I enjoyed Hilderbrand’s novels. Nantucket’s hottest restaurant is closing and Adrienne snagged the hostess job for their last summer season. My favorite aspect was the behind the scenes look at running a restaurant.




The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

I’ve devoured Colgan’s entire catalogue of novels and I’m eagerly awaiting her new release this year. They always feature charming locations and quirky characters. This tale of a Londoner who moves to Scotland to open a rolling library was my first of hers and still one of my favorites.




Can You Keep A Secret by Sophie Kinsella

Kinsella is another one of my go-to authors. Her most famous work is the Shopaholic series (which I also recommend), but I like Can You Keep a Secret the best. When Emma spills all of her secrets to a stranger on a plane, she assumes she’ll never see him again. At least, until he turns out to be the elusive CEO of her company… This one is for sale in my used book shop!




Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding

One of the original chick lit novels, now considered a classic! If you’ve only seen the movie, you’ll find the book is just as delightful.






Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

Both the book and the movie are excellent, which is a pleasant bonus. Plus, the main character is named Rachel! So, of course I’m a fan for that reason too. Rachel is a typical rule-follower and all around good girl. On the night of her 30th birthday, she drunkenly admits her feelings for her best friend’s fiancee…to him. To her shock, he feels the same way. Right and wrong are no longer quite so defined.




The Sleeping Beauty Proposal by Sarah Strohmeyer

When Genie’s boyfriend proposes to an anonymous women on television, her friends and family naturally assume she’s the one. Unfortunately, Hugh had someone else in mind. She decides to go along with the flurry of wedding plans for a little while, enjoying the attention and learning to stand on her own.





The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

I received a free copy of this book as part of an upcoming book tour (review coming in June!) Spoiler alert – I absolutely loved it! I honestly wasn’t expecting a whole lot, but the story is unique and there is hilarious witty post-it note banter that I adored.





My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren

I recently discovered these two friends turned authors and I’m devouring everything they write! In this book, Millie and her group of guy friends turn to online dating to find plus-ones for an upcoming event. Just before they get started though, she hooks up with one of them in a mutually agreed upon one-time only event! Well, at least they both think they’re better off as just friends…





What are your favorite chick lit books? Would you add any title to this best chick lit guide? If you don’t read this genre, tell us why not!

Check out my other Summer Reading Guide for just classic novels!

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  • Reply
    Claire at A Novel Look
    May 20, 2019 at 10:33 am

    I completely agree with your thoughts on the term Chick Lit. I’ve personally embraced reading lighter reads and romance novels because I need to pepper those in with my more serious reads. The Hating Game is one of my absolute favorites. Since you liked My Favorite Half-Night Stand, I’d recommend Christina Lauren’s Roomies and Dating You/Hating You. Both are really great.

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      Rachel Kamery
      May 20, 2019 at 12:02 pm

      I like mixing in a variety of genres too. Otherwise I find myself in a reading slump. I haven’t read either of those so I’m excited you liked them!

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    May 20, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Can You Keep a Secret? is adorable!

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    Allison @ My Novel Life
    May 21, 2019 at 7:22 am

    What better time for a light, romantic comedy than summer? Love it! Looking forward to your review of The Flatshare. Looks cute!

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    May 21, 2019 at 10:00 am

    I never minded the term chick lit but I understand why it’s problematic. To me, it always just signified a story that was overall lighter in tone, even if it dealt with heavier topics. You’ve got some great ones on this list! I’m a HUGE Christina Lauren fan; My Favorite Half-Night Stand was awesome. Emily Giffin’s Something Borrowed amazed me. She managed to make something fairly taboo- cheating- into a complex, complicated story, and her writing was phenomenal. I own a copy of that and it stays on my ‘always keep’ shelf. Sophie Kinsella is another favorite; I enjoyed Can You Keep A Secret years ago. 🙂

    Happy summer reading!

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    Hannah | The Cozy Reading Nook
    June 3, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Sometimes I am embarrassed to admit to reading any chick lit, but you’re right – it’s just like watching a romantic comedy! They’re light, enjoyable, and easy to read… such a good idea to put a summer reading guide together of just chick lit – it’s perfect!

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      Rachel Kamery
      June 3, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it! Hopefully there were some new ideas for you on here!

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    June 4, 2019 at 7:42 am

    I liked Bridget Jones Diary, too.

    My TTT.

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    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    June 4, 2019 at 9:39 am

    My Favorite Half-Night Stand wasn’t my favorite by Christina Lauren but it was still a good one. Loved that friend group. 🙂 I’m excited to pick up The Flatshare soon!

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