0

chick lit

87 books.

read

The Girl He Used to Know

by: Tracey Garvis Graves
Ave. Rating: 3.97
Pages: 291
Year Published: 2019
View on Goodreads
"4.5. What a sweet love story! I completely connected with the narrator and often found myself in tears as she expressed her difficulties in navigating the world. I felt a similar connection to the narrator of The Rosie Project - another romance novel containing people with spectrum disorders.

The last few chapters had me heart-sick - reliving trauma we've all had to go through. I agree with others' reviews that the ending was abrupt, but I think her personal journey had concluded.

This would have been 5 stars if not for the level of steam - too much for my taste. It's a shame - I really felt like the detail there detracted from the story."
- katelynn
09/19/2019
read

An Irish Country Doctor (Irish Country #1)

by: Patrick Taylor
Ave. Rating: 3.88
Pages: 351
Year Published: 2007 (2004)
Date Read: 09/26/2014
View on Goodreads
no image available

Remedial Rocket Science (Chemistry Lessons, #1)

by: Susannah Nix
Ave. Rating: 3.65
Pages: 262
Year Published: 2017
View on Goodreads
read

People We Meet On Vacation

by: Emily Henry
Ave. Rating: 4.17
Pages: 382
Year Published: 2021
Date Read: 06/06/2021
View on Goodreads
read

I Was Told It Would Get Easier

by: Abbi Waxman
Ave. Rating: 3.71
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2020
Date Read: 05/30/2021
View on Goodreads
no image available
read

One to Watch

by: Kate Stayman-London
Ave. Rating: 3.94
Pages: 417
Year Published: 2020
View on Goodreads
"This was the perfect way to indulge my secret bachelorette craving without actually having to watch real-life horrible people act so dumb. For anyone who has ever enjoyed anything in that franchise, this is a must read! It was sweet and had a lot of real moments for a book I'd consider to be my "junk food" reading. "
- katelynn
04/29/2021

If You Only Knew

by: Kristan Higgins
Ave. Rating: 4.11
Pages: 416
Year Published: 2015
View on Goodreads

Little Beach Street Bakery (Little Beach Street Bakery #1)

by: Jenny Colgan
Ave. Rating: 3.87
Pages: 416
Year Published: 2014
View on Goodreads

I'll Be Seeing You

by: Suzanne Hayes
Ave. Rating: 4.11
Pages: 313
Year Published: 2013
View on Goodreads
read

The Unhoneymooners

by: Christina Lauren
Ave. Rating: 4.02
Pages: 400
Year Published: 2019
View on Goodreads
"This was light and fun, with enough humor and cheese to satisfy every rom-com lover. I ate this up! I found this a perfect palate cleanser between heavier books. I could've done with a bit less steaminess (it just felt gratuitous at times), but overall I loved the characters and the relationships!"
- katelynn
08/20/2019
read

The Almost Sisters

by: Joshilyn Jackson
Ave. Rating: 3.96
Pages: 357
Year Published: 2017
View on Goodreads
"I did not connect with protagonist for a while into the book, so it took me some time to get into it. But once I did I could not be stopped! There is a central conflict/mystery in the book and towards the end I found myself thinking, "These characters and the stories of their relationships growing and changing are so good, I don't really care if the mystery gets resolved." 👏 The romantic scenes had 0% cheese and 100% sweetness, it was the best. I loved watching the protagonist grow in her feelings of motherhood and her vision / calling for her own life. It was inspiring!

The idea of a Second South was a very helpful illustration. It's one I'll have to chew on for a while."
- katelynn
06/05/2018
read

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1)

by: Graeme Simsion
Ave. Rating: 4.01
Pages: 295
Year Published: 2013
View on Goodreads
"From the very beginning, I was completely endeared to the narrator. I rooted for him so much the whole book - I loved the way he thought through things and undertook personal growth so methodically. My heart broke for him, wanted to hug him and encourage him at so many points along the way.

Although this book won't change my life, the experience of it was so incredibly heart-warming and fun that it's an easy 5-stars. It's also lead to some interesting discussions on Asperger's and what it means to be "in love" - which have been very edifying!"
- katelynn
05/01/2018

Well Met (Well Met, #1)

by: Jen DeLuca
Ave. Rating: 3.86
Pages: 335
Year Published: 2019
View on Goodreads

The Cactus

by: Sarah Haywood
Ave. Rating: 3.61
Pages: 384
Year Published: 2019 (2018)
View on Goodreads

The Wedding Date (The Wedding Date, #1)

by: Jasmine Guillory
Ave. Rating: 3.6
Pages: 317
Year Published: 2018
View on Goodreads
no image available

Waiting for Tom Hanks (Waiting for Tom Hanks, #1)

by: Kerry Winfrey
Ave. Rating: 3.51
Pages: 259
Year Published: 2019
View on Goodreads
read

The Opposite of Everyone

by: Joshilyn Jackson
Ave. Rating: 3.9
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2016
View on Goodreads
"Joshilyn Jackson has quickly gotten herself into my top 5 favorite authors. This is my third novel I've read by her, and as with the others it's given me all the feels.

I didn't connect with the protagonist right away (similar to some of Jackson's other novels) but by the end I understood her and was rooting for her. I love the way a new, unusual sort of family was pieced together out of so much brokenness. It was so beautiful and moving! There were lots of tears with this ending."
- katelynn
04/16/2019

Necessary Lies (Necessary Lies, #1)

by: Diane Chamberlain
Ave. Rating: 4.26
Pages: 368
Year Published: 2013
View on Goodreads

When We Believed in Mermaids

by: Barbara O'Neal
Ave. Rating: 4.19
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2019
View on Goodreads
no image available
read

Midnight at the Blackbird Café

by: Heather Webber
Ave. Rating: 4.07
Pages: 336
Year Published: 2019
Date Read: 04/07/2021
View on Goodreads

Two Steps Forward

by: Graeme Simsion
Ave. Rating: 3.72
Pages: 384
Year Published: 2018 (2017)
View on Goodreads

Tara Road

by: Maeve Binchy
Ave. Rating: 3.91
Pages: 648
Year Published: 2000 (1998)
View on Goodreads

That Summer

by: Jennifer Weiner
Ave. Rating: 3.85
Pages: 432
Year Published: 2021
View on Goodreads
read

Belong to Me (Love Walked In, #2)

by: Marisa de los Santos
Ave. Rating: 3.87
Pages: 400
Year Published: 2008
View on Goodreads
"This book hit two sweet spots for me: fascinating and complex characters, and beautiful language. And I love relationships that turn around! I do think all of the blurbs I’ve read summarizing this have done terrible job. "
- katelynn
09/14/2019

Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1)

by: Talia Hibbert
Ave. Rating: 3.87
Pages: 373
Year Published: 2019
View on Goodreads
no image available
read

The Flatshare

by: Beth O'Leary
Ave. Rating: 4.09
Pages: 394
Year Published: 2019
View on Goodreads
"4.5

This was wonderful. A few notches above normal chick-lit. It wasn't your typical rom-com that only lightly touches on some difficult issues. The difficult issues were central, they were important. The characters were charming but also struggling. And there was enough humor to grease the wheels."
- katelynn
09/14/2020
read

At Home in Mitford (Mitford Years, #1)

by: Jan Karon
Ave. Rating: 4.12
Pages: 413
Year Published: 2005 (1994)
Date Read: 12/01/2006
View on Goodreads

Don't You Forget About Me

by: Mhairi McFarlane
Ave. Rating: 3.87
Pages: 433
Year Published: 2019
View on Goodreads
read

The Persian Pickle Club

by: Sandra Dallas
Ave. Rating: 3.79
Pages: 196
Year Published: 1996 (1995)
View on Goodreads
"A quick and entertaining read. It has great characters and an interesting mystery that keeps you guessing. Very heartwarming! I'll definitely be checking out more by this author."
- katelynn
08/10/2014
no image available

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

by: Ruth Hogan
Ave. Rating: 4.02
Pages: 293
Year Published: 2018
View on Goodreads
read

Love Lettering

by: Kate Clayborn
Ave. Rating: 3.71
Pages: 307
Year Published: 2019
View on Goodreads
"4.5

This book was a delight to read. I loved all of the lettering talk - it was so fun and creative!

This would have been a homerun 5 star if not for the graphic open-door stuff. It just felt ... unnecessary."
- katelynn
05/30/2020

Summer Island

by: Kristin Hannah
Ave. Rating: 3.97
Pages: 416
Year Published: 2002 (2001)
View on Goodreads
no image available
read

The Bookshop on the Corner (Scottish Bookshop, #1)

by: Jenny Colgan
Ave. Rating: 3.84
Pages: 336
Year Published: 2016
View on Goodreads
"If reading a book is like consuming a meal then this book is purely dessert. I loved it - so feel-good and relatable as an avid reader, a great setting and interesting characters. The romance brought the ending down a little for me, but like dessert I think I had just had too much by that point. Too much sweet."
- katelynn
12/09/2018
no image available
read

I'll Be Your Blue Sky (Love Walked In, #3)

by: Marisa de los Santos
Ave. Rating: 4.08
Pages: 320
Year Published: 2018
View on Goodreads
"Although I didn't love this one as much as the last one, it was still great. Her writing is so RICH and romantic. It sweeps you along, puts you right into a setting with all of its feelings."
- katelynn
06/15/2021
no image available
read

The Late Bloomers' Club

by: Louise Miller
Ave. Rating: 3.79
Pages: 325
Year Published: 2018
View on Goodreads
"4.5 - Perfectly lovely. Everything about this synopsis screams Hallmark Movie! But what you get is actually well-written and anything but cliche. Every moment that could’ve been kitschy, the author managed to make sweet, genuine and insightful. I ate this one up!"
- katelynn
01/03/2021
no image available

Matchmaking for Beginners

by: Maddie Dawson
Ave. Rating: 3.96
Pages: 382
Year Published: 2018
View on Goodreads
no image available
read

What Alice Forgot

by: Liane Moriarty
Ave. Rating: 4.07
Pages: 476
Year Published: 2010 (2009)
View on Goodreads
"Another perfect book from Liane Moriarty.
Motherhood, marriage, identity - she explores topics with such a delicate balance of depth and humor. I devour them."
- katelynn
02/18/2021

The Hating Game

by: Sally Thorne
Ave. Rating: 4.11
Pages: 387
Year Published: 2016
View on Goodreads

The Life Intended

by: Kristin Harmel
Ave. Rating: 4.07
Pages: 341
Year Published: 2014
View on Goodreads

I'd Give Anything (Love Walked In, #4)

by: Marisa de los Santos
Ave. Rating: 3.75
Pages: 272
Year Published: 2020
View on Goodreads
read

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

by: Jojo Moyes
Ave. Rating: 4.25
Pages: 369
Year Published: 2012
View on Goodreads
"Wow, so many emotions. This is a story and a perspective that I will chew on for a while. Even though I called the ending from the very beginning, it was still completely engrossing. Very well written and careful handling of a difficult topic."
- katelynn
07/02/2015
read

Ayesha at Last

by: Uzma Jalaluddin
Ave. Rating: 3.89
Pages: 368
Year Published: 2019 (2018)
View on Goodreads
"This was everything that a retelling (in this case, Pride and Prejudice) should be. It was loosely in the same structure and had some nice dialog moments that specifically called back to the original. It was similar enough to recognize the retelling but not too similar to feel unnecessary.

The characters had depth, and I enjoyed being immersed in a culture I don't know a lot about. I learned a lot.

It wasn't a slam dunk for me, but it was close!"
- katelynn
02/10/2020
read

Circle of Friends

by: Maeve Binchy
Ave. Rating: 4.04
Pages: 740
Year Published: 2007 (1990)
View on Goodreads
"4.5

This was just the medicine I needed for a hard time. It was full of wonderful characters, a strong sense of place and a great story. It was cozy through and through. Over 700 pages read like 200.

Towards the end it took a sadder turn than I was expecting, but still great!"
- katelynn
03/24/2020
read

The Chaperone

by: Laura Moriarty
Ave. Rating: 3.86
Pages: 367
Year Published: 2012
View on Goodreads
"Very interesting story and great characters, but the worldview/moral stances taken made me sad."
- katelynn
04/23/2016
read

Beach Read

by: Emily Henry
Ave. Rating: 4.05
Pages: 380
Year Published: 2020
View on Goodreads
"The chemistry! Oh man, this author deals with hard issues (pain and grief and betrayal) in a charming setting with one of the most engaging romances I've read in a while. Well done!"
- katelynn
05/18/2021

Magic Hour

by: Kristin Hannah
Ave. Rating: 4.13
Pages: 451
Year Published: 2007 (2006)
View on Goodreads

Good Company

by: Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Ave. Rating: 3.44
Pages: 320
Year Published: 2021
View on Goodreads
read

Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones, #1)

by: Helen Fielding
Ave. Rating: 3.79
Pages: 288
Year Published: 1999 (1996)
View on Goodreads
"Summed up in one word : trashy. It has funny moments but overall it dragged and the movie was better."
- katelynn
01/30/2013
read

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty

by: Joshilyn Jackson
Ave. Rating: 3.93
Pages: 322
Year Published: 2012 (2010)
Date Read: 12/04/2018
View on Goodreads
no image available
read

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

by: Jennifer Ryan
Ave. Rating: 3.95
Pages: 371
Year Published: 2017
View on Goodreads
"This was a sweet, light story that reads super fast. It feels strange to classify a WWII story as “light” but it felt that way (maybe in comparison to some other novels read recently).

I didn’t love the epistolary/journal style - it seemed awkward and unrealistic. And the “twists” were rather obvious and unsurprising.

I enjoyed the read though. I didn’t want to put it down. The characters were charming with good development. "
- katelynn
02/03/2018
no image available

The Accidental Beauty Queen

by: Teri Wilson
Ave. Rating: 3.64
Pages: 304
Year Published: 2018
View on Goodreads
no image available
read

How to Walk Away

by: Katherine Center
Ave. Rating: 4.08
Pages: 302
Year Published: 2018
View on Goodreads
"This was sappy and sweet and silly (although some of the content was definitely serious and treated with respect). Chick lit that is entertaining and at times thought provoking but not life-changing."
- katelynn
11/07/2019
read

Calypso

by: David Sedaris
Ave. Rating: 4.08
Pages: 273
Year Published: 2018
Date Read: 08/03/2018
View on Goodreads
read

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)

by: Kevin Kwan
Ave. Rating: 3.87
Pages: 403
Year Published: 2013
Date Read: 04/30/2019
View on Goodreads
no image available

Sweet Sorrow

by: David Nicholls
Ave. Rating: 3.82
Pages: 405
Year Published: 2019
View on Goodreads
read

Winter Solstice

by: Rosamunde Pilcher
Ave. Rating: 4.18
Pages: 454
Year Published: 2000
View on Goodreads
"This is a cozy story with lots of Scottish Christmas atmosphere and it has moments of sweetness. But overall it drags. "
- katelynn
12/17/2020
read

The Jane Austen Society

by: Natalie Jenner
Ave. Rating: 3.75
Pages: 320
Year Published: 2020
View on Goodreads
"4.5

This was a surprise hit for me! I did not have high hopes - reading it only because of book club. I love Jane Austen books but I am by no means a super-fan and I generally avoid any "fan fiction". I could go without excessive talking about her too, but this book!

It has such a rich cast of characters. They had such complex issues, I was rushing to the end to see them grow and find some peace. I loved watching them make connections with each other and the way books provided a bridge across such huge social, economical and age divides."
- katelynn
08/05/2020
read

In Five Years

by: Rebecca Serle
Ave. Rating: 3.83
Pages: 266
Year Published: 2020
View on Goodreads
"4.5- This book is shockingly great! It has the dressing of a typical romantic dime-a-dozen chick-lit novel - which I have nothing against. But boy, the ending is so surprising in the best way!

It starts out a lot like One Day in December, which I abandoned. What kept me going in this one, (even though the overarching plot was slightly predictable), was the great writing. And then in end it takes a complete left turn, which I LOVE. There is a lot of depth to this novel."
- katelynn
04/18/2020
read

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes

by: Diane Chamberlain
Ave. Rating: 4.11
Pages: 522
Year Published: 2006
Date Read: 05/20/2018
View on Goodreads
read

Love Walked In (Love Walked In, #1)

by: Marisa de los Santos
Ave. Rating: 3.72
Pages: 307
Year Published: 2006 (2005)
View on Goodreads
"I'd put this on the low end of 4 stars - maybe even 3.75 stars. I loved Clare and everything from her child-like perspective. Her love of books and her thoughtful way of viewing life. I found Cornelia incredibly annoying though. She had some good moments, but overall the sappiness was too much. Blegh.

There was definitely good writing in there, and I'm still excited to continue in the series to get to the last book which is highly recommended."
- katelynn
06/04/2018
read

Big Little Lies

by: Liane Moriarty
Ave. Rating: 4.28
Pages: 458
Year Published: 2014
Date Read: 09/19/2018
View on Goodreads
read

First Frost (Waverley Family, #2)

by: Sarah Addison Allen
Ave. Rating: 3.97
Pages: 296
Year Published: 2015
View on Goodreads
"This story plunged me right back into that wonderful, magical Waverly world. Even the most simple plotlines (and this was a very simple story) are completely enchanting! I certainly don't think this followup novel was as riveting as the first, but I still loved it. Sweet characters, beautiful language, easy-to-relate-to issues handled in thoughtful ways, all wrapped up in a lovely package with just the littlest bit of magic."
- katelynn
11/03/2019
no image available
read

Big Summer

by: Jennifer Weiner
Ave. Rating: 3.63
Pages: 368
Year Published: 2020
View on Goodreads
"3.5
I immediately connected with the protagonist on this one. The story ended quite sad, surprisingly. Some of the plot points were a bit far-fetched, but overall it was a sweet message."
- katelynn
08/19/2020
read

Mrs. Mike (Mrs. Mike, #1)

by: Benedict Freedman
Ave. Rating: 4.15
Pages: 320
Year Published: 2002 (1947)
View on Goodreads
no image available

One Day in December

by: Josie Silver
Ave. Rating: 3.92
Pages: 394
Year Published: 2018
Date Read: 11/17/2019
View on Goodreads
read

The Friend Zone (The Friend Zone, #1)

by: Abby Jimenez
Ave. Rating: 3.89
Pages: 372
Year Published: 2019
View on Goodreads
"Sweet. Felt fairly genuine (for the genre). I did cry at the end, which hasn't happened in a while.

Definitely requires a content warning though - language and open door scenes."
- katelynn
06/11/2020

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler

by: Kelly Harms
Ave. Rating: 3.83
Pages: 332
Year Published: 2019
View on Goodreads

The Things We Keep

by: Sally Hepworth
Ave. Rating: 3.96
Pages: 338
Year Published: 2016
View on Goodreads
read

The Lost Husband

by: Katherine Center
Ave. Rating: 3.86
Pages: 304
Year Published: 2013
View on Goodreads
"I would initially categorize this book as a guilty pleasure, but (1) I don't believe in guilty pleasures with books. Don't feel guilty! You like what you like! And (2) it was actually pretty decent. It had a lot of depth - told from the perspective of a widow with young children (a position my mom was in when she was 30 years old). I feel like the emotions and process she went through was pretty authentic. And with most chic lit, it was very entertaining and a breeze to get through.

It gets a three from me because of this breakdown in my ratings:
5 - Love it, will probably read it again and recommend to others.
4 - Enjoyed it a lot, probably won't read it again but will recommend it to some people.
3 - Finished it, sometimes enjoyed it. Wouldn't recommend to most.
2 - I never have twos because if I think a book is going to be a two, I don't finish it.

I was very entertained this book but probably wouldn't recommend it unless you already love chic lit. I used to read it a lot as a teenager but now it's just too much cringing."
- katelynn
01/01/1970

The Perfect Couple

by: Elin Hilderbrand
Ave. Rating: 3.95
Pages: 480
Year Published: 2018
View on Goodreads
read

A Walk to Remember

by: Nicholas Sparks
Ave. Rating: 4.18
Pages: 240
Year Published: 2004 (1999)
Date Read: 09/18/2006
View on Goodreads

Haven Point

by: Virginia Hume
Ave. Rating: 4.04
Pages: 384
Year Published: 2021
View on Goodreads

Regretting You

by: Colleen Hoover
Ave. Rating: 4.24
Pages: 363
Year Published: 2019
View on Goodreads
no image available

The Cafe by the Sea (Mure, #1)

by: Jenny Colgan
Ave. Rating: 3.87
Pages: 416
Year Published: 2017
View on Goodreads

Falling Together

by: Marisa de los Santos
Ave. Rating: 3.58
Pages: 360
Year Published: 2011
View on Goodreads