Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen FieldingRead about another novel on the list.
Begun as a satirical column in the British paper The Independent, Helen Fielding’s Bridget suffers the sex, love, and body image obsessiveness perpetuated by women’s magazines. Her diary was released in novel form in 1996. The story follows Bridget, a single 30something, as she learns (kind of) that the goals she’s been focusing on aren’t what’s most valuable in life. But it’s Bridget’s voice, acerbic and sparing no one (herself included) that make this diary a gem. (The third installment of Bridget’s diary, Mad About The Boy, was released earlier this year.)
Bridget Jones's Diary also appears on Gigi Levangie Grazer's list of six favorite books that became movies, Caryn James's top five list of recent novels that channel classics, Sean O'Hagan's list of the ten best fictional hangovers in print, film and song, Christina Koning's list of the best of chick-lit, and a list of eight books for the broken-hearted.