Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over there at The Broke and the Bookish. I'd love to share my lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
This is an interesting one this week. I thought about which genre I'd like to choose and so I decided to go for women's fiction as this is the genre that I read most. This is also a much maligned genre. There is a lot of negativity surrounding this genre, it's name and it's authors. Now I am always quick defend these books and their authors and so I thought I'd throw a top ten books for those who have never read women's fiction before to try and ease those who think that they won't enjoy women's fiction into it.
1. Dearest Rose by Rowan Coleman. This is an excellent book to start with, it has depth, it covers serious issues and yet it leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy in the end. An excellent read.
2. Take a Look at Me Now by Miranda Dickison. One of my favourites and something which involves a strong female, some fab scenery and some great scenes involving food. This book is light but with hidden depths and a strong storyline!
3. The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. This is a real thinker of a book and one where you can really identify with the main character. It's a biggie but still a quick read!
4. A Hundred Pieces of me by Lucy Dillon. Something again to make you think. What 100 things would you keep if that was all you could have? Again, a super quick read because it's just so hard to out down!
5. The Greatest Love Story of All Time by Lucy Robinson. This is so funny and with some real laddish humour, something which will appeal to those who don't fancy anything too fluffy!
6. The House We Grew Up in by Lisa Jewell. This is part mystery, part saga and part drama. It's got serious substance and so is another great starting point.
7. Sophie Kinsella is obviously a major queen in this genre and so if you've read no women's fiction before then I think a really good starting point would be this author. I think rather than start with the shopaholic series, I would start with Twenties Girl, part historical and part present day Women's fiction.
8. If you want a good dose of Yorkshire humour then you can't go wrong with a bit of Milly Johnson. Any of her books are well worth a read, my favourite being the Yorkshire pudding Club!
9. Bridget's Jones is another obvious choice. Helen fielding has a trio of books featuring this fab heroin and is an excellent choice whether you are a women or a man reading women's fiction!
10. Finally something else to tickle you. Jane Costello. Such a fab author, her books are funny and so easy to read. My particular favourite is The Wish List, something great to start with particularly if you've recently got to or are approaching thirty!