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In search of a “light read”

There are times when I want to read a book that’s a “light read.” A book that isn’t going to make me cry or have me peeking around corners for psychopath serial killers. An easy read – a beach read, perhaps.

With this particular genre of books, it’s difficult for me to find a title I like. In a recent post (Books I Couldn’t Put Down), I wrote about my reading life as a parent – how I really need books to be compelling page-turners to maintain my interest. That works really well with genres like murder mysteries or psychological thrillers. But with books that we’d call a “light read”? It’s trickier for me to find one that keeps me turning the pages. I’m not a big fan of romance, and if the plot of the book doesn’t contain a little bit of mystery or suspense, then I lose interest quickly and end up abandoning the book.

When I find a light read that’s enjoyable for me and keeps me turning the pages, it’s a happy surprise. Which is why I wanted to share a few of those favorites for others who might share in my quest.

If you’re looking for a light read that’s still a great book, I recommend:

  • Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley.
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. (This is my number one recommendation anytime someone is looking for a light read.)
  • Young Jane Young, by Gabrielle Zevin.
  • Boomsday by Christopher Buckley.
  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. 
  • Anxious People by Fredrik Bakman.
  • The Readers Of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. 
  • No Way To Treat A First Lady, by Christopher Buckley.
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.
  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. 
  • Confessions Of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella.
  • Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding. (I often gift this book to people who say they aren’t readers – such a funny, enjoyable read.)
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.
  • About A Boy by Nick Hornby. (I think other Hornby books would probably fit in this category; I remember also liking Juliet Naked, How To Be Good, and A Long Way Down.)

Feel free to share your favorite easy, light reads. Happy reading!

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