Ok, we admit it. Sometimes here at The Literary Man we take a break from our constant search for literary high art perfection and stick our noses in what we like to call a real page turner.
Some of us return to the old west through Louis L’Amour. Some of us like to get our pulses racing following Jason Bourne. Some of us love the sexy romance of Harlequin while still others like the mysteries of Janet Evanovich. For me, when given the choice, I will always like the prim romance and humor of good British Chick-Lit. Settling into one of these is the literary equivalent of being curled up cozy like on a cushioned bay window watching the rain with the most fragrant cup of Early Grey steaming beside you while swapping hilarious and heart warming stories with your best friend of all time. Perfection.
So as the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer, I hereby present you with our top 7 Chick-Lit (British and otherwise) books of all time. We hereby define Chick Lit in this way: Books written by women for women, in which humor is great, romance is greater (and discretely discussed), writing is witty and quick, and love always wins in the end.
7. A Walk in the Park, by Jill Mancell
6. Bad Heir Day, by Wendy Holden
5. Bridget Jones’ Diary, by Helen Fielding
4. The Devil Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger
3. One Fifth Avenue, by Candice Bushnell
2. Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, by Marian Keyes
1. Confessions of a Shopaholic, by Sophie Kinsella
These books may not be National Book Award contenders, but in a world with as much pain, sadness, and cruelty as ours has in it, every once in a while it’s nice to be reminded that friendship brings hope, that no one is perfect, and that love can always swell the heart and triumph over all.