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Girly Books - My Favorite Top 10 Chick Lit Books To Read This Summer

Updated on August 23, 2015

Girly Books Are Not Just For Teens

This my surprise you, but I'm a 29 old women, a mother and a wife and still a fan of girly books or so-called chick lit genre. If you are searching for a good book to read on a summer break, I assure you, nothing will make you laugh and relax like one of these girly books. 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.

Girly 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. We all need a good laugh!

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The book on the photo is Crazy for you by Jennifer Crusie. According to reviews on Amazon, it's funny, exciting, sexy and romantic. I don't know about you, but I think that's exactly what makes a great summer book to read at the beach - at least for the ladies :).


My Introduction To Click 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.

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 bestseller 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 girly 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 movies staring Renee Zellweger. I didn't just like it, I loved it! According to Bridget Jones, "laughing burn calories" so I bought five girly books to read on the beach. That's how I became a fan of chick lit genre - these books made my summer vacation much more fun!

Girly Books by Sophie Kinsela

Sophie Kinsela is a brilliant author of the most popular girly books and the perfect example of what you can expect of a chick lit genre. Here's a list of my top 3 favorite books.

Ultimate Chick Lit - 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.

Newest Book by Sophie Kinsela: Wedding Night: A Novel

Wedding Night: A Novel
Wedding Night: A Novel
I can't wait to get my hands on the new book by Sophie Kinsela. Amazon has released Wedding Night: A Novel on April 23, 2013 at discounted price. Sophie Kinsela is one of my favorite chick lit authors and I believe that this book is just as fabulous like all the others. Definitely on my shopping list for the summer!

Chick Lit Book Club ... With A Cocktail!

In summer 2008 I've organized a private chick lit book club with few of my friends. 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 with a cocktail and a girls night out. Did you just got an idea to spice up your summer? I got a few! How about chick lit book night or chick lit pajama party? Girly books are a great theme for a party!

Chick Lit Books For Modern Moms

The era of drinking cocktails more often than coffee may be over, but I still love a good girly book. Now that I've met and married my handsome hubby and had kids, I'm 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 girly books for moms are just what I want to read. I refuse to believe that chick lit genre is reserved for single ladies. Are you with me?

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!

Deborah Dove : Wine in my Sippy Cup

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.

Girly Books On The Big Screen - Movies based on popular Chick Lit novels

Can you recommend a great chick lit book for me to read this summer? I would like to expand my reading list. If I don't make it trough summer, never mind. I love to read on rainy days, too.

If you personally don't like or even hate girly books, please don't leave rude comments. I hope this page was helpful for those who love chick lit as much as I do. Have a nice day and enjoy your summer vacation with a good novel, no matter what genre is it.

Do you read girly books? - I would love to hear from you!

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    • Stephanie36 profile image


      7 years ago from Canada

      I love the Shopaholic books!

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      SBPI Inc 

      7 years ago

      Sent this link to my daughter.

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      7 years ago

      I love Jennifer Caveritti (sp) books about quilting. Very Girly but good. Now she's focusing on Historical Fiction, another of my favorite genres.

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      7 years ago

      The Bridget Jones Diary books are fantastic. I've not read any others

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      7 years ago from Atlanta

      I love to read and girly books, especially historic romances are my way to escape life's stresses :) I also love mystery and suspense novels with strong women as the main character.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      7 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I don't read chick lit often, but when I do they're really fun. :)

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      7 years ago

      chick lit is great if you have a breakup, because girl power rule then!

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      Erin Hardison 

      7 years ago from Memphis, TN

      I'll occasionally dabble in chick lit, especially as a beach or vacation read. Wish I could remember the author of a series I read last summer...or even the titles of the books. Fun reads all, but the titles are just not coming to me at the moment. I'll have to try out some of your suggestions for my next vacation.

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      Margaret Schindel 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      I adore novels by Jennifer Crusie and Sophie Kinsella - they're such a hoot! I also enjoy books by Nora Roberts, Stephanie Laurens, Eloisa James, Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, Rhys Bowen, Robyn Carr, Molly Harper and, of course, the incomparable Janet Evanovich. I guess it's time for me to write a lens about my favorite chick lit authors, too! Thanks so much for sharing yours. :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I enjoyed seeing your list of girly books. I have given some of these for gifts

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      7 years ago

      I proofread for a newspaper as a profession, so I love reading chick lit on my down time. Great lens.

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      KatJohnson LM 

      7 years ago

      Great list! You should check out Judy Bloom Summer Sisters also!

    • maryseena profile image


      7 years ago

      I've never got into chick lit, but your lens is an eye opener! Guess what I'll be reading this summer?! Thanks a ton.

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      7 years ago

      mm... i prefer romance more. but these are good

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      7 years ago

      I would add Jill Mansell and Catherine Alliott as great chick lit authors - I've also added a few of these above to my list, thanks.

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      7 years ago

      These books are great!

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      7 years ago

      Love this. Some of my many favorites are here. Absolutely adore Sophie Kinsella!

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      7 years ago

      Hi, I think you would love "Psycho-Mommy" by Mira Harlon (it's going to be free June 7th and 8th for Kindle). I stumbles upon it .... could not put it down ..... It's hysterical and such a great summer read!

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      7 years ago

      I love Sophia kinsella! Another author I love who I didn't see mentioned is Emily Giffin.

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      7 years ago

      I would personally recommend Paige Toon, Lindsey Kelk, Trisha Ashley, Katie Fforde and Melissa Nathan :D

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      Elyn MacInnis 

      7 years ago from Shanghai, China

      It's nice to have novels that are written especially for women. I appreciate that!

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      7 years ago

      So this is what girly books are and had never heard the term "chick lit", so am getting an education here. Your novel may be birthed along the way, I think that's a great dream to start putting some words to. I love your enthusiastic reviews with a personal touch, congratulations on your purple star! :)

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      7 years ago from The Fabulous Midwest

      I love chick lit. I've already ready a bunch of these, but I'll be checking out the rest. Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Jennifer Cruisie is one of my absolute favorite authors, I'm glad she made your list! I haven't read the Shopaholics, I will have to pick them up now.

    • VspaBotanicals profile image


      7 years ago

      I love to read, and I love these choices.

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      Laura Hofman 

      7 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I usually read mysteries or biographies. Your suggestions sound like great fun for summer or vacation reads. Thanks!

    • siobhanryan profile image


      7 years ago

      I love reading chick lit novels to destress

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      7 years ago

      yeah I too love chicklits and i can never get bored of it :)

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      7 years ago from West Texas

      I really need to take the time to read a good chick lit book!

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      'Vikk Simmons 

      7 years ago from Houston

      Enjoyed your running commentary throughout the lens. I hadn't heard about the study on the negative impact of chick lit. Congratulations on being featured this week and on the Purple Star.

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      poldepc lm 

      7 years ago

      what a beautiful lens...really "imminent"...thx for sharing

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      Genesis Davies 

      7 years ago from Guatemala

      I rarely read chick lit, to tell you the truth. I'm more into paranormal and sci fi. That being said, I did read the Shopaholic series and thought they were pretty awesome!

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      7 years ago

      I love chick lit! Love, love, love. And I'm 31 years old :)

      I would recommend Annabelle Costa. Her book The Boy Next Door is fun and cute and a little different. She has a new book coming out sometime next year too.

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      Maria Burgess 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I don't read Chic Lit but I might check one or two out just because they might be fun and somewhat uplifting. My reading choices are usually dark, but I love a good adventure. This is a really cute lens! Congrats on your purple star! =)

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful list. Congrats on the Purple Star!

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      Shelly Sellers 

      7 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      It has been a while, but loved Bridget Jones Diary! I would love to read Wine In My Sippy Cup?! Looks like a great mommy book :)

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      7 years ago

      Love them! Congrats on Purple Star!!!

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      7 years ago

      I love reading & watching Chick Lit novels and movies ,, even if I'm not a girl nor teenager ..

      Excellent lens and recommendations - Well done :)

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      7 years ago

      This is a really great lens about girly books, I was a late bloomer when it came to these types of book authors but now I have a few favorites.

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      7 years ago

      Congratulations on the Purple Star. This is a very lovely lens. :)

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      Faye Rutledge 

      7 years ago from Concord VA

      Great job on your lens. I do read a girly book now and then. Thanks for the suggestions. :)

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      7 years ago

      I don't think I've ever read any chick lit, but I may just have to check out Wine in my Sippy Cup. A book with a title that great has to be a good book! Your purple star for this lens is well-deserved!

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      Ellen Gregory 

      7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I have to admit, I usually wait for the movie to come out. However, you presented some here that look worth a read. Thanks.

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      Rob Hemphill 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      An interesting read and well done on your deserved purple star.

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      7 years ago

      I'm not really a chick lit fan but I can see why women find it appealing. I'm more of a fantsy/sci-fi fan. However,I have to say I found the trailer for Confessions of a Shopaholic above really funny. I think I might give this genre a go.

      Great to see you branching out and writing in other areas. Congrats on the purple star. Well deserved and really enjoyable lens.

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      Peter Messerschmidt 

      7 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

      Whereas I don't read chick-lit, this definitely is an excellent lens, and well deserving of the purple star. Congratulations!

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      Susan Deppner 

      7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a great introduction to girly books - it's like you're "paying it forward" from the one who introduced chick lit to you. Great recommendations! I might just have to read a few.

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      Judith Nazarewicz 

      7 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      It's been ages since I've read any girly books. Actually just this morning I was thinking how nice it would be to curl up with a fun book and forget about world for awhile. Just might have to do that one of these weekends. BTW Congratulations on the purple star, well deserved! :-)

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      Darcie French 

      7 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I loved the Bridget Jones books - great fun!

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      Titia Geertman 

      7 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      It's been a long time since I read books like chick-lit books. Congrats on your purple Star, well deserved.

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      7 years ago

      Great ideas! I haven't read a book in so long.

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      7 years ago

      This is a great article. I love curling up with Kinsela when I need to give my mind a break.

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      Wish List Gifts 

      7 years ago

      Love chicklit - thanks for introducing me to a few new titles.

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      C A Chancellor 

      7 years ago from US/TN

      I love Sophie Kinsella too. You might try Kim Gruenenfelder or Beth Kendrick -- I have links to their best titles on my Can You Keep a Secret? lens (under "More great Chick Lit). :-)

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      Sharyn Read 

      7 years ago from ... either in the kitchen or at my laptop...

      Looks like you have lots of good reading material to help you to really enjoy your summer vacation with this year - have fun! Nicely crafted lens, well done! :) I really enjoyed my visit.

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      Rose Jones 

      7 years ago

      I guess I a not such a fan of chick lit - but I am a fan of you and this well written lens. Blessed and pinned to my books worth reading board.

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      tlc1210 lm 

      7 years ago

      I am an avid chick lit reader. I love Sophie Kinsella too. My new favorite author is Barbara Freethy. Great lens. The best book I've read lately is "I Couldn't Love You More" Jillian Medoff. Awesome!!!

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      7 years ago

      Not necessarily my cup of tea (obviously not the target demographic here), but you did an excellent job presenting these here! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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      7 years ago

      I love to read these kind of books, they are great for relaxation. I haven't read some of these, I must do that.


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