My Top 5 Chick Lit Books
by Juliet Madison
It’s hard to pick favourites when there are so many fabulous books out there, but these are the five books that stand out for me (in no particular order – c’mon, it was hard enough picking five books, I can’t possibly put them in order!!)…
1. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella:
This is my favourite of Sophie Kinsella’s books… maybe it’s because I write stories with a hint of the supernatural in them too, or maybe it’s because it simply hit all the right buttons for me. It was fast-paced, funny, the character had a clear goal to achieve (find a missing necklace), and many obstacles in her way. Plus, it had a ghost! Not a scary, run-for-your-life ghost, but a wacky, annoying, dancing ghost! I found the interactions between Lara and her great aunt Sadie very entertaining, and I enjoyed this book immensely.
2. 29 by Adena Halpern:
I picked up this book as a gift for someone who always jokes that they are still twenty nine, even after the years keep passing, and I started reading it and ended up getting a copy for myself! It’s about seventy-five-year-old Ellie who makes a wish on her birthday to be twenty nine again for a day, and it comes true. It was a hoot to watch her navigate modern life as a young person, not to mention deal with her irritating fifty-five-year-old daughter who didn’t know where her elderly mother was! This book also played a role in inspiring me to write my own age-change book, Fast Forward.
3. The Babymoon by Melanie La’Brooy:
As a mother myself, I could relate to just about everything in this book, as the reader follows the character Isabelle through her first pregnancy and childbirth. The author poked fun at all the ‘challenges’ pregnancy presents, and I found myself laughing out loud and nodding my head in understanding. As an Aussie myself, I also loved the author’s Australian writing style.
4. What Kate Did Next by Lisa Heidke:
When I first started out writing novels, this was the first Australian chick lit book I read, and it was like coming home. Yes! I thought. This is what I want to read and write. Lisa writes in an honest, funny style, with a unique voice I was immediately drawn to. Her stories have universal appeal, and I related to this one in particular as it was about a mother trying to regain her own identity, follow her passions, and balance work with family life. A great, fun read!
5. Heaven Can Wait by Cally Taylor:
Wow, what an original, entertaining novel this was. The subject matter might sound depressing, but the book was far from it. I loved how the author broke the ‘rules’… the main character, Lucy, dies in the first chapter! She has the opportunity to become a ghost so she can be around her grieving fiancé, but is given a seemingly impossible task to complete in order to be able to stay with her true love. What I loved about this book was the unique, quirky, characters, and I just had to keep reading to see what happened in the end, and it turned out just the way I wanted!
Juliet Madison writes humorous and heartwarming fiction and is the author of Fast Forward. She lives near the beach on the New South Wales south coast in Australia, where she homeschools her son, writes fiction, and does her best to avoid housework.