Looking for Chick Lit Recommendations

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You wouldn’t know it from my blog but I enjoy reading good chick lit from time to time. I like reading them whenever I feel like I’m in a reading slump or whenever I feel the need for a feel good book. My favorites are Jennifer Crusie’s Bet Me and Welcome to Temptation and all three of Julie James’ books. Some of my girlfriends love reading these kinds of books as well so I’ve recommended these books several times. Several of my copies are with my friends right now.

I’d love to find more books similar to those that I’ve mentioned. I don’t even know the difference between chick lit and contemporary romance, they feel like the same genre to me. I would appreciate anything with humor (the kind that can make you laugh out loud in the middle of reading a scene) and characters that you can relate to. What are some of your favorite chick lit or contemporary romance novels? πŸ™‚

42 thoughts on “Looking for Chick Lit Recommendations

  1. Oh! I love Jennifer Crusie is fantastic! I really love Sarah Addison Allen (who is a little more like Crusie than the rest), Sophie Kinsella, Abby McDonald, Lindsey Kelk, Robert Rave, and Kerry Reichs. Okay, I’m sure there are more I’ve forgotten, but those are a few of my favorites.

    Good luck with differentiating between cont. romance and chick lit! I write reviews at Chicklitreviews.com and still have yet to figure that one out. It’s especially hard for me being in the US, where chick lit isn’t quite so “big” as it is in the UK.

    Hope this helps! Happy reading!

    • Jennifer Crusie is awesome, isn’t she? I have Sarah Addison Allen’s books but I haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. Are they chick lit? I thought they more of magic realism. I have to look up the other authors that you mentioned!

      I think chick lit and contemporary romance is basically the same although we use the term “chick lit” more here in the Philippines. Most of my girlfriends have been asking for chick lit recommendations, that’s why I thought it would be good to write a post about it.

      • Allen’s books probably would be classified as magic realism, but the line could be blurred very easily. There’s so little “magic” in it, just enough to make her books sparkle I think. Still, probably not straight chick lit.

      • Absolutely bump them up! She’s fantastic! And really quick to read. Be warned…you may want to eat while reading, there’s some type of food in each that makes it so delicious! She has another coming out in a couple of months as well. πŸ™‚

      • LOL okay then, no need to convince me, I’m going to bump them up my list! And thanks for the warning about the food, I should have snacks on hand while reading. I’ve seen the cover of the new one. Maybe I could order that together with The Girl Who Chased the Moon.

      • Hehe…yes, snacks would be good. πŸ™‚

        I’d definitely order them together. I have yet to be disappointed by one of her books. Very enjoyable. If you happen to read Tales of Whimsy – Juju’s site, that’s where I originally discovered her books.

      • The Girl Who Chased the Moon isn’t available here so I might have to order it from Book Depository. I don’t follow Tales of Whimsy but I’ll go and look it up.

  2. i love julie james too! she’s a classic! funny and fun and sexy πŸ™‚

    I love: The Girl Most Likely by Rebecca Sparrow. Very fun – a fave.

    Sophie Kinsella is a lot of fun. Her novel Can You Keep A Secret very much reminds me of Julie James style. I loved it. I also loved Remember Me by her. Absolutely check her out.

    I know a lot of people enjoy Meg Cabots adult novels but I haven’t read any.

    Jennifer Weiner is another one you could check out from the library. She wrote one that was made into a big screen Cameron Diaz Movie: In her Shoes. She’s a bit more contemp than funny (I think)

    That’s it from me πŸ™‚ Most other ones I can think of aren’t the fun, rom-com feel but more literary πŸ™‚

    • I love Julie James! I can’t wait for A Lot Like Love to be released nest year!

      I looked up The Girl Most Likely in Goodreads and it looks good so I’ve added it to my wishlist. πŸ™‚

      I don’t know why but I’m really not a Kinsella fan. I couldn’t relate to Becky Bloomwood and her addiction to shopping. I gave Can You Keep a Secret a try but didn’t really like it either.

      I haven’t tried any of Meg Cabot’s adult novels either. I’ll wait for someone’s endorsement before I give them a try.

      In Her Shoes looks interesting! I’ve added it to my wishlist as well. Maybe I can watch the movie after reading the book.

      You’re right about rom-com, that’s definitely the kind of book that I’m looking for. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the recommendations!

  3. I really adore Emily Giffin. I’ve read four out of her five books and they’re really great, complex, emotional stories about love, relationships, friendship, and a whole lot of other issues (infidelity, whether or not the decision to remain child-free is a deal breaker, etc.).

    • Oooh Emily Giffin looks good. I think her covers are nice too. I believe I’ve seen her books around but never really gave them much thought. But now that you mentioned them, I’ve added several of her books to my wishlist!

    • What are the Emily Giffin books that you’ve given a try but didn’t end up liking?

      Like I mentioned above, I gave the Shopaholic series a try and just couldn’t get into them. I couldn’t really relate to Becky although I know several of my friends like her as a character.

      • I tried her most recent one…The Heart of the Matter. Didn’t really care for it, but I’ve had people tell me her Something Borrowed set is much better and they weren’t huge fans of the recent one either. So, definitely worth trying, I seem to be in the minority on that one.

      • All right, thanks for the feedback! I looked up the summary for her most recent one and it doesn’t look as interesting as the earlier ones. I think I should start with Something Borrowed.

  4. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella is pretty good πŸ™‚ I also enjoyed Undomestic Goddess a lot.

    Most of the chick lit I read are Christian chick lit, but they’re not preachy and they’re still very funny. πŸ™‚ Try looking for the Ashley Stockingdale series by Kristin Billerbeck (What a Girl Wants, She’s Out of Control and With This Ring I’m Confused) and the Phoebe Grant novels by Laura Jensen Walker (Dreaming in Black and White and Dreaming in Technicolor).

    If you want to go local, Amazing Grace by Tara FT Sering is pretty fun to read. And of course, Mina Esguerra’s My Imaginary Ex and Fairy Tale Fail πŸ™‚

    • I’ve read Undomestic Goddess and I found it just okay.

      I’ll take note of the Christian chick lit recommendations that you mentioned. I remember I’ve already seen you mention the Phoebe Grant novels, probably in a Filipino Friday post.

      Oooh I’ll look for the local authors that you mentioned. Those are the ones being sold for P150, right? I used to collect those back in college.

      • Yes it’s Php150. The Summit ones are too thin IMHO but the ones from Anvil (Amazing Grace by Tara FT Sering) is thicker so it feels like it’s worth the price:)

        I forgot to mention Table for Two by Marla Miniano. It’s a Summit book too, and I liked that a lot. πŸ™‚

    • I know, that’s why I hesitate in buying them, I feel like they’re too thin. Although they’re fun and very easy to read. I just wish they were cheaper (or thicker).

      All right, I’ll take not of Table for Two also. πŸ™‚

  5. I dont know if she would count but Jodi Picoult is a good author. Some of her novels involve family and love. Also after you read them , you are always left thinking “What would I have done in that character’s situation” . Jodi makes you think about situations you never would think about on your own with her novels. Shes a good author.

    • Thanks for the recommendations, Ashley! I’m not sure either if Jodi Picoult is considered chick lit since I’ve never read any of her books but I’ll look them up.

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  7. Chachic, The Girl Who Chased the Moon is available at National for P599. I haven’t read it yet, but I loved Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen.

    You might want to try Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner too.:)

  8. Chachic you might want to try reading Stay by Allie Larkin; its a debut novel w/c I know you’ll surely like. Check her profile on facebook. Try to read Life After Yes by Aidan Donnelly Rowley, a debut novel as well w/c you’ll surely love too. Claire Cook books are so good it’s worth more than being a beach read; I loved reading her latest book”Seven Year Switch”; her other books are Must Loved Dogs, Life’s a Beach and The Wildwater Walking Club. Try reading Marissa delos Santos’ Love WAlked In and Belong to Me; good thing these books are sequential so you’ll appreciate it.

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  10. Sometimes you just need a good fluff read huh? Well, I would for sure recommend reading the Bridget Jones Dairies if you haven’t already done so. Both brought tears of laughter they were so dang funny.

    • Yes, to reading fluff! I’ve never read the Bridget Jones books! I’ve seen the movies but I never thought to pick up the books. Thanks for recommending them, I’ll keep them in mind. πŸ™‚

  11. Hi chachic! It’s been a while since i’ve had time ti myself and i basically read all your posts since mid-october! I love jennifer crusie too but that’s a funny thing to say i guess since i’ve only read “Bet Me”. I’m not much of a Kinsella fun, i’m more a Meg Cabot junkie. If you want something funny and light i recommed her Queen of Babble series. I liked her Boy Meets Girl series too because it is unlike anything i’ve read, but not as much as queen of babble. Of course, you have to read sarah addison allen’s books too! πŸ™‚

    • Wow Anne, you read all posts dating back to mid-October? That’s a lot! I’ll look into Meg Cabot’s books. I think I’ve read a couple of her YA books but I haven’t tried her adult chick lit.

      I am hoping to read Sarah Addison Allen’s books before the year is out! I even ordered Girl Who Chased the Moon from the Book Depository and I hope the book arrives within the week.

  12. Kinsella fan i mean haha and sorry for the other typos. My phone’s keyboard hates stubby fingers . Btw, what Crusie book should I read next? Thanks chachic! Love reading your blog as always! And thanks for my books πŸ™‚

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