Happy Tuesday book lovers! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the lovely gals over at The Broke and The Bookish. This topic is so spring-appropriate: Top Ten Books When You Need Something Light and Fun. In other words, brain candy reads! Or fluffy reads! (Yes, admire my cool bookish slang…)
1. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell - This is such a great book. Adorable big hunk of a guy Lincoln has a job monitoring employee email usage at the local newspaper office, and he ends up falling in love with Beth while reading the emails of her and her friend Jennifer. There are email conversations, and they are hysterical.
2. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie – This is basically the best romance novel ever. There’s misunderstandings, snarky characters, real friendships, real conversations, delicious food, carbs, great shoes, and a grumpy cat. I read this book probably at least once a year.
3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – If you’re more of a classics lover, then I think Northanger Abbey is a good pick. It kind of mocks the whole Gothic novel craze of the times, and Austen is still young and trying to figure out this whole writing thing. It’s a lot of fun.
4. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling – Famous for her role as Kelly Kapoor on The Office, Mindy talks about her love of comedy and her various musings on life. This was really funny, and Mindy is totally that girl that everyone would love to be friends with. There have been a lot of female comedian books out lately, and I think this one is my favorite.
5. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell – This is really a short, hilarious book that is just amusing tidbits from booksellers and librarians. Good for a laugh.
6. The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey – This is actually the first book of the Tales of the 500 Kingdoms series, and they’re really fun books. Lackey takes a known fairy tale and turns it on it’s head, usually with an element of romance involved. I think there are six out in the series, and I can’t wait till another one comes out.
7. Tales of the Ketty Jay series by Chris Wooding – Okay, technically these aren’t exactly fluff or brain candy books, but I love them. There’s a lot of action and witty, sarcastic banter that just makes these books so darn fun to read.
8. The Pirates! series by Gideon DeFoe – These goofy, tiny little books can straight crack me up. (Can you tell yet that I really value humor in the books I read?) The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists was the inspiration for the movie Pirates! Band of Misfits. The books are WAY funnier.
9. The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy – Feel like reading something intended for 11-year olds? Here you go! This book shows the side of the fairy tales that you don’t see – the Princes’ points of view. There’s a lot of silliness, and it’s a quick read.
10. Wishcraft series by Heather Blake – Are cozy mysteries your jam? Well this series is adorable! Some inhabitants of this little town tend to have a special “craft” or magical power, and the series focuses on one witch who can grant wishes. Of course, murders pop up in town because that’s how these kind of books work, but the stories themselves are so damn cute and sappy.
Now don’t you want to grab one of these and go lay in the sunshine and read? I do. What are your light-hearted book recommendations?