When I think of the literary genre often referred to as ‘Chick Lit,’ I immediately think Bridget Jones’ Diary. They are all built on the same platform…Meet our protagonist, X. She is thirty-something, possibly 20-something. X speaks to her audience in the first person, obviously, and tends to be quick-witted and sarcastic. She is trying to make it in the corporate world. Her parents paid a fortune for her education and yet, what do you know, she hates her job. X is hopeless when it comes to relationships. Also, shenanigans ensue for poor, poor X, until she realizes that the man of her dreams may have been right under her nose the entire time.
Lather, rinse, repeat, right?
But here’s the thing. I think that there are some books that fit this platform. Let’s call them The Beach Reads. These are the Good in Beds and the Sex and the Citys and the Devil Wears Pradas and the Can You Keep a Secrets and the Something Borroweds. But, I think Chick Lit gets a bad rap, mostly because of its name.
A Chick Lit book, really, by nature, is meant to be a book that is written for a female reader. And I am here today to give you a top ten of sorts; Ten Books I Think Every Woman Should Read. Now, I could probably sit here and spit out about 100 books I think every woman I know should read…but these are the first ten that came to mind, and if you haven’t read them, HOP TO IT:
1. Love Walked In – Marisa de los Santos
2. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
3. The History of Love: A Novel – Nicola Kraus
4. The White Queen (The Cousins’ War) – Philippa Gregory
5. In the Time of the Butterflies – Julia Alvarez
6. The Postmistress – Sarah Blake
7. The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
8. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
9. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel – Lisa See
10. Love in the Time of Cholera (Oprah’s Book Club) – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
So…what do you think should be on this list too?
Ali Martell, is the managing editor of Canada’s Premier Parenting Site, The Yummy Mummy Club. She is also a writer, an ellipticizer, a mother, a wife, a lion-tamer, a diet coke quitter, a juggler, a getter-of-drinks. She is Canada’s Emma Pillsbury and her three children tell her that she is a DOF (destroyer of fun). She is learning to use her camera better and love her thighs more. You can read more from Ali on her blog, Cheaper Than Therapy.