50 Worthwhile Chick Lit Novels

List taken from this link; visit the site for synopsis of all 50 titles. I’m not sure if some of the books listed qualify as chick lit. However, I find this a pretty good list of chick lit titles. If you’re looking to delve into this genre, pick any book from this list for a start.

Bolded titles are the ones I’ve read. Titles struck through are ones that I read and did not like it. Italicised ones are books I would like to read.

Historical Fiction
1. Emma by Jane Austen.
2. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.
3. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory.
4. Atonement by Ian McEwan.
5. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.
6. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.
7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
8. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
9. The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan.
10. Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence.

11. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos.
12. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.
13. Bergdorf Blondes by Plum Sykes.
14. Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married by Marian Keyes.
15. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann.
16. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
17. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin.
18. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.
19. Summer Sisters: by Judy Blume.
20. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton.
21. The Jane Austen Book Club: by Karen Joy Fowler.
22. Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes.
23. Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger.
24. The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank.
25. The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller.

Pop Culture Phenomena
26. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding.
27. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger.
28. In Her Shoes: by Jennifer Weiner.
29. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus.
30. Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell.
31. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious.
32. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells.
33. Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar.
34. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella.
35. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.

Social Commentary
36. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.
37. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner.
38. Trading Up by Candace Bushnell.
39. Baby Proof by Emily Giffin.
40. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.
41. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.
42. L’Affaire by Diane Johnson.
43. Jemima J.: A Novel About Ugly Ducklings and Swans by Jane Green.
44. The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

45. The Painter from Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein.
46. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.
47. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
48. Open House: by Elizabeth Berg.
49. Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding.
50. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult.

I’ve read 17 books from the list and want to read 5.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lovelyloey
    Jul 13, 2010 @ 09:08:00

    You MUST read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan! It’s very remminiscent of Memoirs of a Geisha and Empress Orchid, just shorter. It’s set in the late 19th /early 20th century countryside China. Great book that one.
    The Painter from Shanghai is less a chicklit in my opinion. I read it but don’t remember anything interesting about it, hmm.
    I watch “In Her Shoes” the movie, it’s nice.

    nylusmilk: okay, i’ll look out for it! the plot for in her shoes was nothing unusual – typical sibling rivalry fare – but the way she wrote it made the both main characters quite appealing even though they have little in common (except that they share the same shoe size, hence the title).


  2. kathy
    Jul 13, 2010 @ 14:39:56

    I find Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan is rather depressing

    nylusmilk: i read the joy luck club by her and i have a ‘phobia’ of her books ever since. not my cup of tea!


    • kathy
      Jul 26, 2010 @ 21:27:25

      how come? too depressing? Entah la i find i like the joy luck club. she got 1 book something “fish…” that one was totally diffrent from Joy Luck Club.

      nylusmilk: yes, depressing and i didn’t really get the story. i find that i don’t really understand a lot of asian books. 😕


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