Growing up and attending school within the U.S. education system meant reading a ton of books I didn’t want to read–The Scarlet Letter immediately comes to mind. But while I was struggling to get through whatever classic I had been assigned, I would take a break, curl up on a Saturday, and get through a whole chick lit young adult novel in one sitting. On more than one occasion I’ve stayed up until the wee morning hours (4 or 5 a.m.) in order to finish a book because I needed to know what happens. So it’s safe to say I’m a book-lover–and chick lit is my favorite genre.
Chick lit, which refers to literature written for and mainly appealing to women, is often brushed off as silly or trashy fiction with weak female characters. Of course, if you’ve read chick lit, you know that is a complete misconception. Sure many chick lit novels contain a romance aspect or plot, but they also delve into the main character’s professional life, as well as their relationships with family and friends. The best chick lit deals with all aspects of a woman’s life, not just her love life. I’m not the first or only person who’s defended chick lit, though, so has Jamie Beckman of The Frisky. But, since I’ve read many, many chick lit novels–both for women and young adults–I thought I’d list some of my favorite authors who specialize in women’s fiction, as well as some of my favorite novels.