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The Greatest Chick Lit Books Of All Time

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List of the best chick lit books ever. The genre of women's literature provides some of the greatest books of all time, and these books have passionate followings. From modern stories about women trying to make it through vast metropolises to classic tales of love in the English countryside, Chick Lit usually provides at least one book that turns up in peoples list of favorites.

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  • 1

    First Published1813-01-28

    SubjectsPopular literature, Literary, Education, 19th century, English Language

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Satire, Novel of manners, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality,...  more

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    #24 of 331 The Top Must-Read Books of All Time#37 of 169 Books You'll Never Finish Reading

  • 2

    The Devil Wears Prada

    Lauren Weisberger

    First Published2003


    Genres (Book)Roman à clef, Chick lit, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Devil Wears Prada is a best-selling novel by Lauren Weisberger about a young woman who is hired as a personal assistant to a powerful fashion magazine editor, a job that becomes nightmarish as...  more
  • 3


    Jane Austen

    First Published1815-12

    SubjectsPopular literature, Literary, Education, Linguistics, Women

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Children's literature, Comedy of manners, Fiction, Comedy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Emma, by Jane Austen, is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance. The novel was first published in December 1815. As in her other novels, Austen explores the concerns and...  more

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    #76 of 315 300+ Great Books of the Western World#4 of 20 Audible's Best Original Dramas, Ranked

  • 4

    First Published1811

    SubjectsPopular literature, Literary, Education, 19th century, English Language

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Children's literature, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen, and was her first published work when it appeared in 1811 under the pseudonym "A Lady". A work of romantic fiction, better known as a comedy of...  more


    #122 of 704 Books That Changed Your Life#4 of 61 Novels with the Best Love Stories

  • 5

    Jane Eyre

    Charlotte Brontë

    First Published1847-10-16

    SubjectsPopular literature, Social class, Morality, England

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Bildungsroman, Fiction, Novel, Gothic fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Jane Eyre is a novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë. It was published on 16 October 1847 by Smith, Elder & Co. of London, England, under the pen name "Currer Bell." The first American edition was...  more

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    #16 of 71 Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving#74 of 102 The Best Books for Teens

  • 6

    The Nanny Diaries

    Nicola Kraus, Emma McLaughlin

    First Published2002

    Genres (Book)Chick lit, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Nanny Diaries is a 2002 novel by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, both of whom are former nannies. The book satirizes upper class Manhattan society as seen through the eyes of their children's...  more
  • 7

    The Lovely Bones

    Alice Sebold

    First Published2002

    SubjectsLiterary, Murder, Afterlife, Literary criticism

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Lovely Bones is a 2002 novel by Alice Sebold. It is the story of a teenage girl who, after being raped and murdered, watches from her personal Heaven as her family and friends struggle to move on...  more

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    #95 of 103 The Best Selling Books of All Time#311 of 1,236 The Best Novels Ever Written

  • 8

    Bridget Jones's Diary

    Helen Fielding

    First Published1996

    SubjectsSelf-image, Career, Marriage, London

    Genres (Book)Comic novel, Chick lit, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Bridget Jones's Diary is a 1996 novel by Helen Fielding. Written in the form of a personal diary, the novel chronicles a year in the life of Bridget Jones, a thirty-something single working woman...  more
  • 9

    First Published2006-05-26

    SubjectsLiterary, Circus

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Fiction, Novel, Historical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Water for Elephants is a historical novel by Sara Gruen, written as part of National Novel Writing Month....  more
  • 10

    Valley of the Dolls

    Jacqueline Susann

    First Published1966

    Genres (Book)Romance novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Valley of the Dolls is a novel by American writer Jacqueline Susann, published in 1966. The "dolls" within the title is a slang term for pills used only by Susann. The term dolls also represents the...  more
  • 11


    Jane Austen

    First Published1817-12

    SubjectsLiterary, Education, Literature, Classics, 19th century

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Suspense, Children's literature, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Persuasion is Jane Austen's last completed novel. She began it soon after she had finished Emma and completed it in August 1816. She died, at age 41, in 1817; Persuasion was published in December of...  more
  • 12

    Little Women

    Louisa May Alcott

    First Published1868

    SubjectsLiterary, Adolescence, New England, Women, 19th century

    Genres (Book)Coming of age, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott, which was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. Alcott wrote the books rapidly over several months at the request of her...  more

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    How Louisa May Alcott's Real Life Inspired 'Little Women'#14 of 171 35+ Books Everybody Lies About Having Read

  • 13

    Something Borrowed

    Emily Giffin

    First Published2005-03-10

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Comic novel, Chick lit

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Something Borrowed is a 2005 chick lit novel by author Emily Giffin. The novel concerns morals regarding friends and relationships. It addresses the stigma against single women in their thirties and...  more
  • 14

    First Published1996-05-22

    SubjectsWomen, Louisiana

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a 1996 novel written by Rebecca Wells. It follows the novel Little Altars Everywhere. In 2005, Wells wrote Ya-Yas in Bloom and then The Crowning Glory of...  more
  • 15

    First Published2000-05-01

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing is a 1999 collection of linked short stories by Melissa Bank. The stories follow the main character Jane Rosenal, starting with her life at age 14. The Girls'...  more
  • 16

    The Notebook

    Nicholas Sparks

    First Published1996-10-01

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Notebook is a 1996 romantic novel by American novelist Nicholas Sparks, based on a true story. The novel was later adapted into a popular film of the same name, in 2004. The Indian Bollywood...  more
  • 17

    First Published1958

    SubjectsCall girl, Café Society

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novella

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Breakfast at Tiffany's is a novella by Truman Capote published in 1958. In it, a contemporary writer recalls his early days in New York City, when he makes the acquaintance of his remarkable...  more
  • 18

    The Time Traveler's Wife

    Audrey Niffenegger

    First Published2003

    SubjectsTime travel

    Genres (Book)Romance novel, Speculative fiction, Novel, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Time Traveler's Wife is the debut novel of American author Audrey Niffenegger, published in 2003. It is a love story about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel...  more
  • 19

    First Published2001

    SubjectsYoung adult, Women, Friendship, Video, Film

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Young adult literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a bestselling young adult novel by Ann Brashares published in 2001. It follows the adventures of four best friends — Lena Kaligaris, Tibby Rollins, Bridget...  more
  • 20

    Memoirs of a Geisha

    Arthur Golden

    First Published1997-09-23

    SubjectsWomen, Japan, 20th century, History, Geisha

    Genres (Book)Historical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Memoirs of a Geisha is a historical novel by American author Arthur Golden, published in 1997. The novel, told in first person perspective, tells the fictional story of a geisha working in Kyoto,...  more

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    #22 of 29 29 Books Only Basic B*tches Love#30 of 110 The Best Novels About World War 2

  • 21

    Terms of Endearment

    Larry McMurtry

    SubjectsCancer, Drama

    Genres (Book)Fiction

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  • 23

    First Published1993-03

    SubjectsLiterary, Poverty

    Genres (Book)Bildungsroman, Fiction

    Original LanguageAmerican English

    Bastard out of Carolina was the first novel published by author Dorothy Allison. The book, which is semi-autobiographical in nature, is set in Allison's hometown of Greenville, South Carolina....  more
  • 24

    Mrs Dalloway

    Virginia Woolf

    First Published1925-05-14

    SubjectsLiterary, Literature, Classics, English Language, England

    Genres (Book)Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Mrs Dalloway is a novel by Virginia Woolf that details a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a fictional high-society woman in post-First World War England. It is one of Woolf's best-known...  more

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    #43 of 47 The Greatest Experimental Literature#3 of 17 The Best Virginia Woolf Books

  • 25

    Daughter of Fortune

    Isabel Allende

    First Published1999

    SubjectsLiterary, California, 19th century, Adventure, Emigration

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageSpanish Language

    Daughter of Fortune is a novel by Isabel Allende, and was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection in February 2000. Isabel Allende says "of her female protagonist in Daughter of Fortune, Eliza, that...  more
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