Well-written chick lit?

(56 Posts)
mimolette Fri 28-Jun-13 09:28:03

Please don't flame me, but am after some easy reading! Can anyone recommend any well-written, not too cringey chick lit (or even mum lit)?
Or anything easy going and funny (eg really loved The Common Reader)?

superbagpuss Fri 28-Jun-13 09:31:20

some of Sophie kisella books are easy reading
the time travellers wife

jungletoes Fri 28-Jun-13 09:36:18

I've always loved Fay Weldon.

tripfiction Fri 28-Jun-13 12:46:43

Really like:

Veronica Henry (she has a new book out shortly set on the Orient Express)

Michelle Jackson
Carole Matthews
Kate Kerrigan

Hope you find something you like!

MarianForrester Fri 28-Jun-13 12:49:04

The Trials of Tiffany Trott by Isabel Wolffe.

Really funny light reading

DuchessofMalfi Fri 28-Jun-13 12:53:19

I don't know what defines a book as chick-lit really, but some books I've enjoyed recently have been The Innocents by Francesca Segal (a modern take on The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton), Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann, and This Is How It Ends by Kathleen MacMahon.

I'm currently about half way through The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman, which is very good. It's set during WW2 and the Nazi Occupation of Czechoslovakia. I don't want to give away too much but it's pretty sad though.

burberryqueen Fri 28-Jun-13 13:00:21

The Camomile Lawn - Mary Wesley

Nepotism Fri 28-Jun-13 13:02:37

India Knight's first couple of books.

StickyProblem Fri 28-Jun-13 13:03:15

Marion Keyes. Shouldn't really be called chick lit, it's like modern Tolstoy! Rachel's Holiday, The Other Side of the Story, and the latest one (can't remember) are the best, although if you read the whole lot in order you'll get to know the whole Walsh family and enjoy them more.

devilinside Fri 28-Jun-13 13:22:12

I second Veronica henry, also Lesley Lokko

SkiBumMum Fri 28-Jun-13 13:30:18

Jojo Moyes is good

I like Jojo Moyes and Emily Barr - easy reading but a bit more to it than most chick lit. Emily Barr stuff has got a bit samey but I loved Backpack and Baggage in particular.

Also try Douglas Kennedy - his books are normally pretty light reading but still well written.

superbagpuss Fri 28-Jun-13 13:39:57

Emily Barr is very good

mimolette Fri 28-Jun-13 15:37:10

Thank you, everyone - off on to amazon now smile

eurozammo Fri 28-Jun-13 15:39:35

Polly Williams and Marion Keyes are my faves.

I love all of Sophie kinsellas shopaholic series. Also the lindsey Kelk I heart series are brilliant.

BOF Fri 28-Jun-13 16:43:34

I've just read This Is Where I Leave You, by Jonathan Tropper, which is a great easy but thoughtful and funny read. If you enjoyed The Silver Linings Playbook or David Nicholls/Nick Hornby stuff, you'll love this. I know they are male authors, but I maintain that they basically write chicklit, even if they get taken more seriously than women who write humorously about love and family.

JessieMcJessie Sat 29-Jun-13 07:09:16

Lucy Dillon.

Alfonso1 Sat 29-Jun-13 08:58:35

Second Marion Keyes and I recently read and liked Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon

tumbletumble Sat 29-Jun-13 16:39:41

I like Penelope Lively and Anne Tyler

phoenixfox Sun 30-Jun-13 00:04:48

Catherine Alliott, Catherine Alliott, Catherine Alliott! The best and funniest chick lit ever! Personal favourites are Rosie meadows regrets, Olivia's luck and a married man. I keep giving Rosie meadows regrets away to people and then having to buy it again to reread it.

GW297 Sun 30-Jun-13 00:12:01

Definitely Marion Keyes. I've also just read Sophie Kinsella's Wedding Night and enjoyed it.

Yes to Silver Linings Playbook and Marian Keyes.

Definitely check out Douglas Kennedy, The Pursuit of Happiness. I love it. Also Kate Morton, Amor Towles and if you want proper chick lit Jenny Colgan.

DramaAlpaca Sun 30-Jun-13 00:33:55

Cathy Kelly. A bit formulaic but always a nice, light read.

highlandcoo Sun 30-Jun-13 09:49:37

I generally avoid chick lit but I do like Marian Keyes for her sense of humour, Rosie Thomas - Other People's Marriages is really well-written - Douglas Kennedy and Mary Wesley.

MildredH Sun 30-Jun-13 10:01:32

I have a heavy going job and love a bit of light hearted reading ( thank god for kindles where noone can see what tripe I'm sometimes reading).

I just finished Fern Britton- The Holiday Home. Also recently enjoyed Amy Bratt can't recall exact title but something about the antenatal group.

I'm watching this thread for suggestions for my next read! smile

Salbertina Sun 30-Jun-13 10:16:41

Zoe Heller Jane Green Mary Wesley emily Barr india knight fay weldon
Joanna Trollope

MalkieFraser Sun 30-Jun-13 15:30:12

Jojo Moyes and Emily Barr are greatsmile

Fairyloo Sun 30-Jun-13 15:34:08

Emily Barr my current fave after reading 5 back to back on holiday and now mourning!!!

DuchessofMalfi Sun 30-Jun-13 18:15:38

I forgot to mention one I read a couple of weeks ago, which I thought was very good - Pear Shaped by Stella Newman.

AvonCallingBarksdale Sun 30-Jun-13 20:25:42

You Had Me At Hello - v easy read, can't remember who it's by, though!

Theselittlelightsofmine Sun 30-Jun-13 20:34:52

I liked the personal shopper series by Carmen Reid smile

Theselittlelightsofmine Sun 30-Jun-13 20:36:25

And the school run by .............


Sophie ?something?

GW297 Sun 30-Jun-13 20:41:30

Sophie King

VianneFox Sun 30-Jun-13 20:42:50

Yes to Catherine Alliott. Also have enjoyed a couple of Adele Parkes and Carole Matthews. Oh and another-for the life of me I can't remember her name but she was a writer/producer on 'spaced' and married to ricky gervais

GW297 Sun 30-Jun-13 20:43:03

You had me at hello by Mhari McFarlane. Enjoyed both!

oddslippers Sun 30-Jun-13 20:44:26

Lisa jewell books are always a good read

Erics James books are excellent with complex plots and some good twists whilst generally being happy easy reading

if you want a good weepy that's beautifully written try Never Change by Elizabeth Berg

EnlightenedOwl Sun 30-Jun-13 22:22:17

just reading and enjoyed very much on Kindle quartet of books by Janet Tanner - starting with The Black Mountains, only £2 each

I meant Erica James. Obviously

mrsmindcontrol Mon 01-Jul-13 14:46:14

Adele Parkes

Theselittlelightsofmine Mon 01-Jul-13 20:57:19

The mummyfesto by Linda Green


BOF Mon 01-Jul-13 21:25:04

I read Erica James' ^The Queen Of New Beginnings^- it was quite a satisfying romp,mand very funny in parts.

drwitch Tue 02-Jul-13 16:39:58

the horsey ones by fiona walker are like the best of jilly cooper without the snobby/racist/dubious attitudes to body fat bits
Jane Fallon is the one that viannefox is talking about
Anna Maxted wrote a brilliant book about anorexia called running in heels
cause celebre (by helen fielding aka the bridget jones one) is very good as well

DStone Tue 02-Jul-13 18:39:14

Jojo Moyes - brilliant! And quite a few to choose from...

Chubfuddler Tue 02-Jul-13 18:41:38

Nancy Mitford.

Boonyjinkies Tue 02-Jul-13 18:55:20

Jane Green and Victoria Clayton

GW297 Tue 02-Jul-13 20:04:07

Jane Costello too! Girl on the Run was my favourite.

HenriettaPye Tue 02-Jul-13 20:08:08

Paige toon! Love her books

decaffwithcream Tue 02-Jul-13 20:09:08

I really can't see Anne Tyler or Penelope Lively as chick lit. Great authors though.

decaffwithcream Tue 02-Jul-13 20:10:21

Second Joanna Trollope, Sophie Kinsella and the earlier Emily Barr books.

Try Christina Jones, particularly Jumping To Conclusions and the one about the greyhound. The later ones get a bit too silly with all the magic spells, though Heaven Sent has good characters.

tumbletumble Wed 03-Jul-13 06:55:28

Maybe you're right decaff. I struggle a bit with the definition of chick lit.

i absolutely love milly johnson and melissa hill

LaQueen Thu 04-Jul-13 21:07:22

I liked Jane Green for a while...but, then it just got too twee, and saccharine.

Lisa Jewel is slightly more edgy.

Catherine Alliot is okay...but, she's written too much. She's started emplying the same plot devices...I think in 3 separate books, she has the female protagonist adopting a faux accent, for a joke, but then is forced to continue in said faux accent, when she realises (to her horror) that the person she's speaking to, has the same accent hmm

GW297 Thu 04-Jul-13 23:28:47

Lindsay Kelk has a new one out.

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