Ten women’s novels every author should read – Jill Knapp
Jill Knapp, author of What Happens to Men When they Move to Manhattan, the first in the Chase series, shares the top ten women’s fiction books that all aspiring writers should read. ♥
1. Something Blue by Emily Giffin– I don’t think any Women’s Fiction list would be complete without this book. It’s the quintessential chick-lit novel and probably one of the first books that really got me into “binge” reading. Giffin describes the ultimate struggle, being in love with someone completely and utterly unattainable, and described with such beauty and heartache what it feels like to love that person. Definitely one of my favorite books of all time.
2. What’s Your Number? by Karyn Bosnak – Hilarious, witty, and easy to read. Also the way she describes her leading man is perfect. We could all take a page out of this book. It touches on the shame a lot of women feel from sleeping with “too many men”, or at least societies idea of too many men. And the book leads the main character down a path of acceptance and love.
3. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer – Anyone who even remotes knows who I am had to know I was going to list these books. Never have a read such a compelling love story (please stop laughing at me). Another person had asked me an article on how to create romantic tension, and I think we could all learn a valuable lesson about that from reading these books. The way Bella describes being around Edward, and not being able to physically be with him (because he’s a vampire and could kill her by accident) is heartbreaking. Even on their wedding night, she has to beg him to make love to her. The next morning she wakes up covered in bruises, and after that, his guilt is so overwhelming that he won’t so much as kiss her again. When she finally becomes a vampire and says to him “you’ve been holding back,” I think we all breathed a sigh of relief that the two of them could finally have their love story, without the fear that Bella was somehow get killed.
4. Foreplay by Sophie Jordan – Possibly the only New Adult novel I’ll put on this list, which is odd because I am a New Adult author! This book had me hooked from page one but I must put in a disclaimer … there is a lot of sex in this book. So if you don’t like reading something with that much adult content, it might not be for you. Having said that, it’s a great read, very well written, and very relatable.
5. Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger – Another one of my favorite books of all time, and a must-read! I drew a lot of inspiration from this novel, it’s one of the most accurate portrayals of living in New York City I have ever read.
6. The Lying Game series, by Sara Shepard – Bringing it to Young Adult, but still within the genre of chick lit, these books have it all. Romance, drama, best friends, high end fashion, and murder. I’ve never devoured a series the way I have these books!
7. Almost Royalty by Courtney Hamilton – One of the funniest books I have ever read, hands down. Hamilton describes what she refers to the eco-chain of dating in California. A very honest look at dating, and at friendship. I can’t imagine anyone not loving this book!
8. The Break-Up Doctor by Pheobe Fox – The best way to describe this book would be to say that it is classic chick lit. The main character starts off very stable and takes a turn somewhere towards the middle and the book really kicks off from there. A real page turner, the definition of a beach read.
9. The Selection series by Kiera Cass – One word, amazing. If these 3 books don’t get turned into movies, than there is no sanity left in this world. Another Young Adult series, yes, but at 29 years old I devoured these books like a slice of Oreo cheesecake. Romance, love triangles, danger, death, Kings and Queens, dystopian, and 25 girls competing to become a princess. These books literally have it all.
10. How To Tell Toledo From The Night Sky by Lydia Neitzer – Now I will disclose to you, that I have not finished this book yet. Having said that, I am enjoying it so much I felt I had to include it on this list. This book is for a more mature audience. The writing is beautiful, the story is incredibly original. Every chapter I read I am more and more engrossed.
A Native New Yorker, Jill Knapp spends her time blogging for Huffington Post writing about New York City, dating, and relationships. She also holds an M.A in Psychology and has taught at the college level for over three years.