10 Lovely Chick Lit Books to Read on Your Next Vacation

Going on vacation can be a great time to catch up on your reading. And some of the best books to bring along on a trip fall under the category of "chick lit." These fun & entertaining books feature women finding love, overcoming obstacles, and discovering the things that truly matter in life. Whether you're going abroad or having a relaxing "stay-cation" at home, these ten books are must-reads. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

10 Lovely Chick Lit Books to Read on Your Next Vacation

Title Author
1. The Little Things Jane Costello
2. The Second Chance Cafe Alison Kent
3. The Shortest Way Home Miriam Parker
4. The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs Matthew Dicks
5. A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out Sally Franson
6. Objects of My Affection Jill Smolinski
7. The Woman Who Met Her Match Fiona Gibson
8. The Love Detective Alexandra Potter
9. Third Time Lucky: Notting Hill Gossip Victoria Browne
10. Happiness for Beginners Carole Matthews

Things To Bring on Your Next Vacation

  • A good book
  • Travel size toiletries that won't take up too much space
  • Keep your dirty clothes separate from the clean ones with a laundry bag
  • A money belt for easy access to cash & cards
  • If you're traveling with kids, you might want to bring along some games
  • Depending on your preference, either a backpack or some nice luggage
  • Cozy pillows can improve any long flight or car trip
  • If you're going to a country where you don't know the language, a translator can be a big help
  • A travel mug for your coffee or tea

8 Great Chick Flicks

  1. Mean Girls (2004)
  2. Pretty in Pink (1986)
  3. Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008)
  4. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
  5. Clueless (1995)
  6. Legally Blonde (2001)
  7. Little Women (1994)
  8. 13 Going on 30 (2004)

What Works in Women's Fiction?

In Depth

There's nothing better than curling up on the beach or settling into a long train ride with a truly captivating book in tow. Being on vacation and getting totally absorbed in stories of cool, curious heroines solving mysteries, cracking crime, or finding romance in unlikely places is a fantastic way to unwind. Here, in no particular order, are some amazing chick lit titles to take with you on your next trip.

Coming in at #1, we have Jane Costello's "The Little Things." Everything was going right for Hannah. She had an amazing job and an incredible relationship until she was unceremoniously fired and her fiance got transferred to Dubai for the foreseeable future. While trying to put the pieces of her once perfect life back together, she gets a surprising job opportunity to look after her four nieces and nephews. But being a full-time caretaker, she'll learn, isn't all it's cracked up to be.

This witty, well-crafted work explores how quickly our lives can change when we're busy making other plans.

This witty, well-crafted work explores how quickly our lives can change when we're busy making other plans.

For #2, we get "The Second Chance Cafe" by Alison Kent. The foster care system hasn't been kind to too many people in Kaylie's life. She's the exception: she found a wonderful, caring foster mother who taught her how to find the sweetness in life. But when Kaylie's search for meaning and belonging brings her back to her Texas hometown to start a cafe, she doesn't count on meeting the charismatic Tennessee Keller, a carpenter who can help Kaylie build her dream storefront and her dream life, if she'll only take a chance on him.

At #3 is Miriam Parker's "The Shortest Way Home." Reaching the end of grad school, Hannah is excited about what life has in store for her. She's engaged, has a dream job, and is ready to take the world by storm. But when she and her fiance visit a Sonoma winery, Hannah realizes that her high-powered life in New York isn't what she wants anymore. Abandoning all the hopes and dreams she's ever had for herself, Hannah embarks on a new, exciting journey to find out who she really is and what she truly wants.

For #4, we have "The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs" by Matthew Dicks. Caroline has had enough. For years she's sat idly by as life dealt her blow after blow. When she decides to let off some steam at a PTO meeting, she feels herself coming to life. With her newfound courage to guide her, she decides to take a trip back to the scene of her first trauma, when a childhood friend betrayed her. But will her plans for revenge set her free, or keep her trapped in resentment forever?

For years she's sat idly by as life dealt her blow after blow.

At #5 is Sally Franson's "A Lady's Guide to Selling Out." When Casey is offered a high-paying job at an exclusive ad agency, she leaps at the chance to put her English degree to good use by crafting clever campaigns for her clients. But as she gets deeper into the world of advertising, she realizes that being a "sell-out" isn't as easy as it looks. Will she find a way to keep her integrity and her job, or will she have to strike out on her own path after all?

Coming in at #6 is "Happiness for Beginners" by Carole Matthews. Thirty-eight-year-old Molly couldn't be happier. She runs a farm that doubles as a school for children with different educational needs and loves her work dearly. When the handsome father of a prospective student comes calling, however, she finds herself wondering if she can do justice to his troubled son. When it comes to the future of Hope Farm, Molly realizes she needs to take a leap of faith to get the love she deserves.

In the #7 slot is Jill Smolinski's "Objects of My Affection." Things haven't been going great for Lucy. She's just been dumped, her money situation is tight, and worst of all, she needs to sell her home just to get her son the help he needs to overcome his drug addiction. When she's offered a cushy gig organizing the home of a painter and prolific hoarder, she seizes it instantly. But cleaning up Marva Meier Rios' dirty work isn't as easy as she thought.

Things haven't been going great for Lucy.

With an old flame and a new love soon competing for Lucy's attention, she knows that it's not just Marva's closet that she needs to set in order. This story of rebirth and unexpected connection is sure to warm even the coldest heart.

For #8 we get Fiona Gibson's "The Woman Who Met Her Match." Lorrie is enjoying her life as a single forty-something woman. Online dating is tiresome, and she's happy enough with just her kids and her job. What she doesn't count on is the dashing Antoine Rousseau re-entering her life. Thirty years ago, the charming Frenchman swept her off her feet. Today, things are a bit more complicated, but Antoine, with his promise of romance and travel, makes a compelling case for throwing better judgment to the wind.

At #9 is "The Love Detective" by Alexandra Potter. Love is a mystery to all of us, but no one is more dedicated to getting to the bottom of the cold case than Ruby Miller. She's devoted her life to solving the mysteries of everyday romances all around her, helping happy couples find each other and stay together. But will her commitment to her craft blind her to the possibility of her own happy ending?

But will her commitment to her craft blind her to the possibility of her own happy ending?

Finally, at #10, is Victoria Browne's "Third Time Lucky: Notting Hill Gossip." When four old friends reconnect in New York, they have a lot of catching up to do. Londoner Sarah is only in town for a while when she meets an enchanting Formula One driver who promises to steal her heart away. Her friends, however, aren't so sure. Can Jess, Beth, and Laura protect their naive friend, or is it already too late?