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Best Chick-Lit Books

Here’s 10 Chick-lit books all girls should enjoy reading. These are the 10 most read this week.

Evidence Of The Affair

Author – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Dear stranger…

A desperate young woman in Southern California sits down to write a letter to a man she’s never met—a choice that will forever change both their lives.

My heart goes out to you, David. Even though I do not know you…

The correspondence between Carrie Allsop and David Mayer reveals, piece by piece, the painful details of a devastating affair between their spouses. With each commiserating scratch of the pen, they confess their fears and bare their souls. They share the bewilderment over how things went so wrong and come to wonder where to go from here.

Told entirely through the letters of two comforting strangers and those of two illicit lovers, Evidence of the Affair explores the complex nature of the heart. And ultimately, for one woman, how liberating it can be when it’s broken.

Readers thoughts on this…

“10/10 do recommend reading this in the tub with a glass of wine and Fleetwood Mac playing softly in the background. SO DAMN GOOD.”

“This was so good. No long review needed, just do yourself a favor and grab a copy. It’ll be a worthy 30 minutes of your time.”


A Simple Favour

Author – Darcey Bell

She’s your best friend.
She knows all your secrets.
That’s why she’s so dangerous.
A single mother’s life is turned upside down when her best friend vanishes in this chilling debut thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

It starts with a simple favor—an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son Nicky after school, she happily says yes. Nicky and her son, Miles, are classmates and best friends, and the five-year-olds love being together—just like she and Emily. A widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in woodsy suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a sophisticated PR executive whose job in Manhattan demands so much of her time.

But Emily doesn’t come back. She doesn’t answer calls or return texts. Stephanie knows something is terribly wrong—Emily would never leave Nicky, no matter what the police say. Terrified, she reaches out to her blog readers for help. She also reaches out to Emily’s husband, the handsome, reticent Sean, offering emotional support. It’s the least she can do for her best friend. Then, she and Sean receive shocking news. Emily is dead. The nightmare of her disappearance is over.

Or is it? Because soon, Stephanie will begin to see that nothing—not friendship, love, or even an ordinary favor—is as simple as it seems.

A Simple Favor is a remarkable tale of psychological suspense—a clever and twisting free-fall of a ride filled with betrayals and reversals, twists and turns, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge. Darcey Bell masterfully ratchets up the tension in a taut, unsettling, and completely absorbing story that holds you in its grip until the final page.

Readers thoughts on this…

“This is the type of story I love. Psychological thriller – check. Lots of twists- check. Unlikeable characters – check. Genuine page turner – check.”

“I really enjoyed this book! I wanted to read it before the movie came out and I was not disappointed. I loved the multiple POV, including the blog – it really showed all sides to the story.”


All We Ever Wanted

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was.

Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school.

Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenage girl, happy and thriving.

Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.

At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.

Readers thoughts on this…

“This is a truly powerful, wonderful novel. It’s been many years since I’ve read an Emily Giffin novel, but I enjoyed those books and was excited to read this one. My previous experience with her work did not prepare me for the complex, layered, serious manner of this excellent book.”

“This is everyone’s fiction. Because this kind of story should be directed towards every adult, regardless of gender, color, class, etc.”


One Day In December

Author – Josie Silver

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

Readers thoughts on this…

“One Day in December is the kind of book that will touch your heart and make you believe in love. The kind of heartwarming love that is meant to be against all odds. The kind of love that leaves you smiling just reading about it. I opened the book and found myself immersed in Laurie and Jack’s story. It was exactly what I needed. An addictive, unputdownable, angsty love story that filled my heart with a solid dose of romance.”

“LOOOVED IT!!! Every page, every sentence, every word, every letter!!!”


We Were Mothers

Author – Katie Sise

A scandalous revelation is about to devastate a picturesque town where the houses are immaculate and the neighborhoods are tightly knit. Devoted mother Cora O’Connell has found the journal of her friend Laurel’s daughter—a beautiful college student who lives next door—revealing an illicit encounter. Hours later, Laurel makes a shattering discovery of her own: her daughter has vanished without a trace. Over the course of one weekend, the crises of two close families are about to trigger a chain reaction that will expose a far more disturbing web of secrets. Now everything is at stake as they’re forced to confront the lies they have told in order to survive.

Readers thoughts on this…

“A brilliant, twisty novel about a missing woman, an unfaithful husband, and the dark secrets that will destroy two perfect families.”

“I really enjoyed this book. It wasn’t what I thought it would be. It was way better. The characters were very flawed, but interesting. The women were very relatable. Towards the end there were so many things happening I didn’t know what the final outcome would be. Great book!”


Whisper Me This

Author – Kerry Anne King

Single mother Maisey Addington has always fallen short of her own mother’s expectations—never married, a bit adrift, wasting her high IQ on dead-end jobs. The only thing Maisey’s sure she’s gotten right is her relationship with her twelve-year-old daughter, Elle…until a phone call blows apart the precarious balance of their lives. Maisey’s mother is in a coma, and her aging father faces charges of abuse and neglect.

Back at her childhood home, Maisey must make a heartrending life-or-death decision. Her confused father has destroyed family records, including her mother’s final wishes. Searching for answers, Maisey uncovers one unspeakable secret after another when she stumbles upon a shattering truth: a twin sister named Marley.

Maisey’s obsession with solving the mystery of her sister forces her to examine her darkest memories and triggers a custody battle with Elle’s father. Will Maisey’s love for her daughter be strong enough to break a cycle of abuse and create a new beginning for them all?

Readers thoughts on this…

“Whisper Me This is a page turner filled with family secrets!”

“Whisper Me This” by Kerry Anne King, is a thought-provoking, intriguing, intense and emotional read. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and Mystery.”


Big Little Lies

Author – Liane Moriarty 

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

Readers thoughts on this…

“Oh me oh my.
I read this up to read after emerging from the world’s longest book slump and let me tell you, it was such a fan-fucking-tasic feeling finishing this book.”

“Liane Moriarty has done it again – written a book that kept me up way too late because I couldn’t put it down. She has a knack for creating characters who are so believable they could easily be someone you know.”


A Spark Of Light

Author – Jodi Picoult

The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.

After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.

Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.

Jodi Picoult—one of the most fearless writers of our time—tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding.

Readers thoughts on this…

“With “A Spark of Light” Jodi Picoult does it again! This time however, the path she takes to get to the finish line is a little different.
As we all know, Jodi Picoult is no stranger to controversy. Nor does she shy away from topics that others would never conceive of. One of her many talents lies in her ability to remain neutral while weaving stories about the most contentious of subjects. This is one of those times.”

“As a fan of her writing, I have noticed Jodi Picoult’s topics have gotten more fiery as the years have passed, and they continue to be thought-provoking.”


Worth The Wait

Author – Jamie Beck

Thirteen years ago, Vivi LeBrun was sketching a rooster and eating Oreos when she first met—and fell for—her friend’s brother, David St. James. Since then, her love for David has only intensified thanks to years of friendship with his family, who rescued her from a lonely, tumultuous childhood. As she travels to Block Island to vacation with the St. James siblings, Vivi daydreams about reuniting with David, hoping he’ll finally see her as his soul mate.

After his mother’s death, David distanced himself from his siblings, determined to hide a devastating family secret. Now, he’s brought a new girlfriend along to his homecoming—one who’s pushing for a serious commitment. The last thing he needs on his growing list of problems is his budding attraction to Vivi.

With tensions running high, David’s behavior triggers a series of events that might cost him the love he’s always taken for granted and Vivi the only real family she’s ever known.

Readers thoughts on this…

“This is the first book I’ve read by Jamie Beck & it is a winner!! I’m not going to spoil a dang thing for you. I just highly recommend you reading this book. It is SO good!!”

“OMG my heart.
I loved absolutely everything about Vivi and David. Seriously, since the beginning I was completely enamored and shipped the hell out of it.”


The Man I Think I Know

Author – Mike Gayle

This is the stunning new novel from bestselling author Mike Gayle, for fans of The Keeper of Lost Things and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. A powerful and bittersweet story of an unexpected male friendship and an unlikely love story, a thought provoking storyline told with Mike’s distinctive wit and insight, touching on issues which affect us all. This uplifting tale reminds us of the simple courage at the heart of every human being.

Ever since The Incident, James DeWitt has stayed on the safe side.

He likes to know what happens next.

Danny Allen is not on the safe side. He is more past the point of no return.

The past is about to catch up with both of them in a way that which will change their lives forever, unexpectedly.

But redemption can come in the most unlikely ways.

Readers thoughts on this…

“This was my first Mike Gayle book but definitely not my last. I LOVED it!! Couldn’t put it down and didn’t want it to end …”

“I am a huge fan of Mike Gayle’s books and have loved every single one of them so to say I was going into this book with high expectations was an understatement. I am absolutely thrilled to say that this book lives up to all its predecessors, The Man I Think I Know is another fabulous, heartfelt and funny read with characters you fall in love with.”

37 Comments

  • Emmanuel Buysse

    This is something for my wife, she loves to read these kind of books, but I’m pretty sure that One day In December and We Were Mothers will certainly attract her.

    One question, there is something like this, but in a thriller-way? my lady loves to read those kind of books as well (I prefer horror but she doesn’t, unfortunately).

    Thanks for sharing this, and I will wait for your response!

  • Parmi

    As a big book enthusiast myself, I like that you’ve given some recommendations on books to read. I got to say though, I’ve never really read a chick-lit book I think. 

    Out of all the books though, I think I’ll probably reach out to ‘Whisper me this’ first. It just grabbed my attention when I read the description and I have a soft heart for single mothers so it’ll be interesting to read how the story ends. Have you read any of these books? Which one do you like the most?

  • Kevin

    Well I’m not a girl but this article has definitely reminded me that I should start reading fiction books again. I forgot how wonderful and insightful fiction books are after being stuck in non-fiction and the classics for a year or so. High school and work always pushing us to read those books have made me forget about more modern books and the types of adventures in those.

    Anyways thanks for reminding me about more modern fiction books that can stir up my head again!

  • Genesis

    What a terrific list of books to read! I’ve added a few of them to my to-be-read list. Reading is the perfect escape for me and that means reading a lot of chicklit books. I especially want to read A Spark of Light. It just sounds like the perfect mix of action and female literature. Thanks for sharing!

  • Amer Azmi

    First of all, I’m a guy. I just scrolling around the Internet to find good novel for my love one. Now I found your site. You have nice choice of novels there. I would like my girlfriend to read 2 books from the list which is One Day In December and The Man I Think I Know. This is because we (my girlfriend and I) love romantic story. Thanks for this article 🙂

  • Donnie

    Thank You for a warm and inviting website. It makes me want to get a hot cup of tea and curl up beside the fireplace. I really like the way each review draws you in to the point that you want to know more about the main people in the story. You do not need to be a chick to appreciate a good book. I was truly impressed by the way you wrote each review giving the reader just enough info to leave them wanting more. 

  • Brian

    Wow, another excellent list of books you’ve provided. I can definitely think of some people who would love to read these. Heck with some of the descriptions, I want to read them myself! Some of the ones that have caught my attention are A Simple Favor, Whisper Me This, A Spark of Light, and Worth The Wait. Have you read all of these books and were a lot of them intense?

  • snowygts

    Hi Jayde,

    With Christmas coming up soon your list of books here has given me a few ideas on what to get my book worm partner, I have not seen any of these titles in her collection (i’ll double check tho) and having a short bio about the book helps to know what each book is about. My partner quiet likes romance style books.

    Cheers,

    Jarrin

    • admin

      Yeah I thought Christmas would be a great time for a list of books like this to pick from, I have a list for every genre so happy reading 🙂

  • Viljoen

    I can still remember the days when my sister used to read these type of books. There are so many different books out there. If I had to choose three books, then I would pick the books Whisper Me This, All We Ever Wanted and A Simple Favour which has a thriller twist to it. 

    Have you ever considered writing an article on fiction books and paranormal books?

    • admin

      these are great choices! Yeah I have a selection on fiction books on my site too, and I will do paranormal next thank you for the suggestion!

  • Samson Oklobia

    What an amazing collection of books, going through the synopsis. I’m not really into the “chick-lit” category of books, but i’m thinking to make a recommendation to a friend of mine this festive season. I might just recommend all of them to her as she is a sucker for novels with premises as these ones. I think i’m personally drawn to The Man I Think I Know by Mike Gayle and might just grab it for a weekend read. Thanks

  • Barry

    Hello there. Thank you for sharing Best Chick-Lit Books. From the short descriptions, These books are interesting to check out especially number 2: A Simple Favour. I’m a blogger too. I wonder how it will end. I think I’d better go check it out.

    I’m also interested in Worth The Wait. People seem to neglect true love. I hope they be together again. This story is somehow related to my case. I fell in love with a lady but she already had a boyfriend. I still love her and she claims she loves me too. I asked her if I should wait? She says I should wait for her.

    I really hope she’s worth waiting for and I hope not to wait in vain

    Farewell.

    • admin

      I myself am so excited to read A Simple Favour because I know the movie was out in cinema not that long ago and the plot sounds so interesting!! 

  • julienne murekatete

    Thank you for sharing with this post on Best Chick-Lit Books. You have done a wonderful job when selecting those wonderful books. i like reading but i didn’t read any among those ones and i hope i will buy this one called ONE DAY IN DECEMBER.

    It touched my soul and i want to read the whole story.I am emotional woman and i like when my emotion is up due to reading a book in my room alone and enjoy the moment.

    I bookmarked the website for further reading.

    Best regards

    Julienne

  • julienne murekatete

    Thank you for sharing with this post on Best Chick-Lit Books JAYDE. You have done a wonderful job when selecting those wonderful books. i like reading but i didn’t read any among those ones and i hope i will buy this one called “One  Day In December “because i am attracted with this extract of the book.

    It touched my soul and i want to read the whole story.I am emotional woman and i like when my emotion is up due to reading a book in my room alone and enjoy the moment.

    I bookmarked the website for further reading.You always recommends great books.Have you read all of them?

    Best regards

    Julienne

    • Jayde

      thank you so much for visiting my website, I havent read all the books on these lists but all the books i’ve reviewed I have read, I feel One Day In December is a great book to buy at Christmas!

  • Sam Frederiksen

    Great book titles,

    I showed my wife the post. Umm I think you going to have a few sales. She loves reading books, and well books are pretty cheap compared to some other things some woman want. So I more than happy to let her by books. Glad my wife isn’t into diamonds and thousand dollar dress’s lol. Love the rest of your web site by the way. nicely done.

    Sam Frederiksen

    • admin

      wow thank you for passing my website on! This is great I hope she enjoys the books she’s picked, happy reading :), be sure to check in again soon I have new lists every week!!

  • mzakapon

    Wow, another wonderful list of books you’ve provided. I will positively consider some of those that would like to browse these.  Reading is that the good escape on behalf of me which means that reading many chick-lit books. I particularly need to browse A Spark of sunshine. It simply seems like the proper mixture of action and feminine literature. Thanks for sharing!

  • Henry

    Hi! I have been researching chick lit genre (also called chick literature). And for my work, I have to read a couple of books. So I have started searching on Google. I’m glad I have found your post and these reviews on your top 10 chick lit books.

    The purpose of the study is to determine factors that could have influenced this genre to be topping bestseller lists since beginning of 2000.

    From the books you have reviewed, I would personally pick for my study “A Simple Favour” and “Worth The Wait”. But I would greatly appreciate if you have any suggestions.

  • Netta

    Thanks for this “menu” of chick-lit reads.  Every so often, in between the more serious stuff and the shoot-em-up jazz, I find it is just lovely to settle in and read a girly-girl book.  They always seem to be about relationships of all sorts and about making connections and fixing disconnects.  

    I especially like your pithy and well-written synopses.  I’ll go hunt them up, I think.  Needing a good schmooze-y book right about now.

  • Jay

    I know someone that would really appreciate this list that you have provided and I am going to direct the person to this post. Like you said these books are ideal for girls and although I love fictional books, I don’t think a guy would really enjoy books meant for females. What do you think, do you think a guy can still enjoy reading these types of books?

  • Rasa

    The Evidence Of The Affair sounds marvelous. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. Love that it’s actually expressed only through letters. In my opinion it makes it more real, more enjoyable and in some sense maybe more relateable. I bet my husband would love this one too. He really enjoys the unconventional stuff.

    Speaking of unconventional stuff. Have you read the “The Man I Think I Know”? You probably have, but still wanted to ask – is it actually any good?

    I’m really not into these what you people call unlikely love stories. It’s just my personal opinion and preference, so I much rather watch movies and read books of the conventional love stories. All in all I enjoy those much more. Either way, I have to admit though that if it’s actually good, I might reconsider. I guess it depends most on the love story more than anything.

    If you get the chance, would really appreciate a response!

    Have a Wonderful Day!

    Rasa

  • Maureen

    I find these type of books a very quick read.  They are perfect if you are travelling and especially if you are stuck in an airport.  They are also good to just cozy up with near a fireplace and with a nice cup of tea.I am glad for the reviews since when you see them in a store it takes a long time to decide about which one to buy.  Your information on this site makes that so much easier.  These books along with a kindle would make great gifts for someone.

  • Nuttanee

    I have seen both Big Little Lies and A Simple Flavor. So far the movies and the tv show are amazing but you know nothing can comepare to a book. On the show or the movi they edited out so many little things and I love all of those little details they left out. Have you seen them? Do you think they are close to the books? Nevertheless, I will check the books out. Might try We Were Mothers, it has a nice twist. Thanks for the review. Will check them out.

    • Jayde Butcher

      I believe in reading the books first as they are always better versions, I willl read these then watch the movie or tv show for them. 

  • Cory Haasnoot

    My mom and wife love reading these chick-lit books. I have seen them spend hours reading and really getting into them. I like the term chick-lit I have never heard of that before. I will have to let my mom and wife know about this article so they can see if they like one of the books that you have on here.

  • Seun Afotanju

    Nice books i will say but i would have loved horrific book that does make me happy when i read them because i love picturing what could possibly happen if i was in the picture, but all the same those are nice books my girl would love to have so i am gonna get some for her. Thanks for helping me with good books to choose from.

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