Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The 4 Best Chick-Lit Authors

Chick-Lit is a newer sub-genre of fiction geared toward women that addresses common issues in love, family, and relationships. The chick-lit genre does often border on romance, but overall tends to focus more on difficult situations that the women protagonists usually overcome.

Sophie Kinsella, Jane Green, and Candace Bushnell are examples of well-known, popular chick-lit authors; however, I have decided to highlight my four favorite authors from this genre below. Each of the authors featured in this post write intelligent, intriguing novels with unforgettable heroines.

1) Kathleen Tessaro

With beautiful prose and genuine, unforgettable, romantic stories that suck you in, Tessaro's novels are perfect for all your moods -- especially the sad ones. Each of Tessaro's four novels are extremely feminine and will make you feel even more beautiful after reading them. Another great component about Tessaro's novels is that her protagonists are intelligent women and lack the ditzy ramblings, mishaps and silliness prevalent in most other chick-lit novels. Although all of Tessaro's novels are stand-alone novels and can be read in any order, I recommend starting with The Flirt (2007) because it's my favorite! Her other novels are Elegance (2003), Innocence (2005) and The Debutante (2009). Her newest novel is entitled My Sin and is due to release sometime in 2012.

          The Flirt       Elegance       The Debutante: A Novel

Our reviews of Kathleen Tessaro:
Dreamworld Book Reviews -- The Debutante
Dreamworld Book Reviews -- The Flirt

2) Isabel Wolff

Isabel Wolff's writing style just seems to get classier with every new release she puts out. If you enjoy reading the light-hearted and humorous spectrum of chick-lit, I definitely recommend beginning with Wolff's first novel, The Trials of Tiffany Trott (1998) and reading her novels in the order in which she wrote them. Although each of Wolff's novels are stand-alone, you will appreciate her talent in addition to her stories, which have progressively become better and better as the years have passed. Another bonus to reading Wolff is that most of her novels are typically longer than average at over 400 pages, yet the pace of her stories are comfortable and perfect, so its highly unlikely you'll zip through it too fast or on the flip-side, grow bored. My favorite novels by Isabel Wolff are Out of the Blue (2001), Rescuing Rose (2002) and A Vintage Affair (2009). Her latest novel is The Very Picture of You, which is due to release in October 2011.

             A Vintage Affair: A Novel      Rescuing Rose (Red Dress Ink)      Trials of Tiffany Trott

Our review of A Vintage Affair:
Dreamworld Book Reviews -- A Vintage Affair

3) Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern's novels are the most emotional I've ever read, so make sure you've got a box of tissues nearby when you read the lyrical and poetic love stories of Ahern. P.S. I Love You (which was also made into a movie starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler) is one of my all-time favorite novels about a young woman who loses her husband to a fatal illness and is told to perform certain tasks by her husband through a series of letters he leaves to her before his death. The rest of Ahern's novels are just as enchanting and some even contain elements of fantasy which make for highly original and entertaining reading. Since Ahern resides in Ireland, most of her novels have alternate titles depending on where you live. My other favorites (in the American title versions) are Love, Rosie (2004) and If You Could See Me Now (2005). Her latest novel is The Time of My Life, due to release in October 2011.

            P.S. I Love You      Love, Rosie      If You Could See Me Now

Our past reviews of Cecelia Ahern:
Dreamworld Book Reviews -- If You Could See Me Now
Dreamworld Book Reviews -- There's No Place Like Here

4) Beth Harbison

I love reading about Beth Harbison's growing popularity with each new release -- especially since her first novel, Shoe Addicts Anonymous, is rumored to become a movie soon! Each of Beth Harbison's five novels are like chick-lit candy; they're hilarious, fun, light, and in some cases, nostalgic for readers in their 30s and 40s. Harbison's novels are pure entertainment and the perfect pick-me-up for any occasion or mood you may be in. As a personal preference, I tend to veer away from chick-lit that is too ridiculous and over-the-top unreal, but in Harbison's case I make an exception because she's got a loving, carefree and humorous style. Better yet, Harbison is an author you will buy without reading the synopsis of her novels because each one is guaranteed to please no matter what the case. My favorite Harbison novels are her first two "Shoe Addict" novels entitled Shoe Addicts Anonymous (2007) and Secrets of a Shoe Addict (2008). Her latest three novels are Hope in a Jar (2009), Thin, Rich, Pretty (2010) and Always Something There to Remind Me (2011).

             Shoe Addicts Anonymous ($9.99 Ed.)      Secrets of a Shoe Addict      Hope in a Jar

Our reviews of Beth Harbison:
Dreamworld Book Reviews -- Always Something There to Remind Me
Dreamworld Book Reviews -- Thin, Rich, Pretty
Dreamworld Book Reviews -- Secrets of a Shoe Addict
Dreamworld Book Reviews -- Shoe Addicts Anonymous

Who are your favorite chick-lit authors?

1 comment:

  1. I am glad that chick-lit can stand on its own and not have to be in the shadow of romance. My favs are Beth Harbison, Candance Bushell, Sophie Kinsella.


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