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. Enjoy yourself 😊
Summer Reading Guide: 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? 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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