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"Chick lit" is a term for books that are written for women about modern issues with romance and career, often with characters in their 20s or 30s. These easy, fluffy reads are favorites to bring on vacation or to the beach. Below, are five favorite authors who excel at this style of writing, creating lovable, vibrant characters readers quickly grow attached to.05of 05
Marian KeyesDavid Levenson / Getty Images
This Irish bestselling author has delighted readers with books such as Anybody Out There, Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married and Rachel's Holiday. To date, over thirty million copies of her books have sold.04of 05
Jennifer WeinerRob Kim / Getty Images
Jennifer Weiner does not like the term "chick lit"-and has publicly spoken out against unfair gender bias in publishing. "… when a man writes about family and feelings, it's literature with a capital L, but when a woman considers the same topics, it's romance or a beach book… " she told The Huffington Post in a 2010 interview. In Weiner's works, her characters work through self-esteem issues and tough relationships in books such as Good in Bed (and its sequel-Certain Girls), The Guy Not Taken, In Her Shoes and Goodnight Nobody.03of 05
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Hailed as the "queen of chick lit," Green has handfuls of popular titles to choose from. Many include themes like female friendships, infidelity, and family. Check out , Swapping Lives, The Other Woman, Babyville: A Novel or Spellbound.02of 05
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Madeleine Wickham published several successful novels but has achieved the most success with the books published under her pen name Sophie Kinsella. She hit a nerve with women who can't resist a sale with Confessions of a Shopaholic and the many Shopaholic sequels. She also pleased readers with the bestselling The Undomestic Goddess01of 05
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Start with Bridget Jones' Diary and see if you don't fall in love with Fielding's quirky characters. Diary was named as being one of the ten novels that defined the 20th century-and who says chick lit doesn't have value? Other titles to consider include Cause Celeb and Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination.