It’s that time again! Top Ten Tuesday!
(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the awesome folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. You should totally check them out!)
Today’s Top Ten: The top ten books to read when you need something light and fun. OK, I generally don’t read much in the “light and fun” category, but I am going to give this week’s top ten the good old college try.
1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling — Hands down one of my favorite series, and one of the first books that got me into reading, Harry Potter is one that I re-read over and over again. Young adult, so it doesn’t go too deep, but not too fluffy.
2. The next In Death book by J.D. Robb — OK, so this isn’t generally what people think of when they think “light and fun”. They generally involve brutal murder. But they also have a healthy dose of romance, wit, and are short reads that keep me engaged. For me, that is just as important as “light and fun”.
3. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory — Tudor England, romance, intrigue. This is something I turn to again and again.
4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon — (Or whatever book in the series I am currently on). These monster-sized books are rarely called light and fluffy, but the romance is so lovely, the characters engaging, and the story just makes me weak in the knees with wanting to know more. I love these books. A lot.
5. P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern — AKA The-Book-That-Pretty-Much-Always-Makes-Me-Cry.
6. Graphic novels. While they can have just as much story in them as novel novels, I find that graphic novels are generally lighter. My current favorites are the Buffy series (Xander in an eyepatch!) and Locke and Key. Both very entertaining.
7. Soulless by Gail Carriger — Paranormal steampunk romance with a healthy dose of English wit? YES PLEASE.
8. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer — OK, I really debated putting this on here. For the longest time, I would re-read this book every so often, and burn through the series in about a week flat. The reason? It really sang to 13-year-old me. And when I wanted to forget being an adult and forget being chronically ill, I could just pick up this book and BOOM I was 13 again, and boys were the only thing that mattered. But the last time I tried to read it, I found I had a hard time forcing myself through it. I was really finding I had outgrown it. So for nostalgia more than anything, it is on here.
9. Sophie Kinsella — To be honest, I have only read one book by her (I’ve Got Your Number) but I think based on what I saw there, if I was in desperate need for a chick-lit book, I would pick up one of her others.
10. Redshirts by John Scalzi — This is one of the most hilarious books I have read. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and if you don’t take it too seriously either, it is a wonderful romp through the science-fiction genre and Star-Trek meta.
I had a horrendously hard time putting this list together. The main reason is simple. I have exceedingly little patience for young adult romance, and that is what a lot of “light and fluffy” is considered to be. So… with that in mind, does anyone have any recommendations? I don’t mind romance, as long as it isn’t of the trite variety.