TTT is a meme by The Broke and the Bookish and this week’s topic was supposed to be about audiobooks, but since most of us haven’t been listening to all that many audiobooks, I picked an older topic. Summer may be over, but light-hearted reads aren’t seasonal IMO. Here are some of our picks:
- The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan: I don’t know why I feel like this was light and fluffy? It was fantasy and adventure and kind of angsty? But I breezed through this series and I still remember it fondly. I think that’s reason enough for me to include it in this list.
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: I wouldn’t categorize the sequel as light and fluffy, but this one definitely was IMHO. Usually, romance makes me kind of nervous because I keep rooting for the wrong ships, but this one worked out nicely.
- Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour: I am honestly shocked that I haven’t read more by LaCour. She writes beautifully and this novel in particular is like a warm hug.
- The Turtles of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye: Sure it made me homesick, but I still enjoyed it. Stories that are rooted in a specific place–especially one that I’ve been to–are relaxing to read, I feel.
- Gotham Academy, Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl: Despite being set in Gotham city and being a mystery/adventure kind of story, I felt very at ease with the characters and the way their story progressed. Definitely the kind of book I’d take to the beach. 🙂
So, there’s not really any rhyme or reason to these books – they’re just books that make me feel good when I read them, books that make me happy!
- Anything by Terry Pratchett. The Discworld books really aren’t all that light and fluffy, but they’re just wonderful, and every time I feel the need for a pick-me-up, I always know I can rely on the late, great Sir Terry to whisk me away from the everyday into a far more entertaining, not to mention hilarious, world.
- Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne : Few stories are as sweet and wonderful as the stories set in the Hundred Acre Woods. The beautiful friendships between Winnie the Pooh, Piglet and Christopher Robin kind of make me a little misty eyed. I’ve always been a worrier, and growing up (and still now, because you’ll always be a kid to your parents), my dad would say “be brave, little piglet”. What more can I say?
- Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery: Oh how I love Anne! A spunky, fiercely independent, loyal, stubborn dreamer and writer who just can’t help being herself, regardless of the consequences, I have loved these classic Canadian stories since I was a little girl, and I often find myself returning to them when I feel the need of a positive, comforting reading.
- The Jeeves and Wooster stories by P. G. Wodehouse : If you’re in the mood for a laugh, these hilarious stories about a good-hearted but completely inept socialite and his mysteriously brilliant manservant are perfect. Mistaken identity, love triangles, meddling relatives, judgemental aunts, and complicated plans that inevitably go array make for delightfully engaging escapes from the everyday.
- All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot: Like a lot of children, I grew up pretty obsessed with animals, and loved reading absolutely anything I could about animals of all kinds. I adored James Herriot’s stories about being a country vet in the Yorkshire Dales – his characters were so colourful and memorable, his love and respect for animals was always apparent, and the countryside setting seemed so comforting. The stories were always a delightful escape into a world so far removed my own.
I am the queen of light and fluffy reads. Here’s my list:
- Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Kissing by Louise Rennison
There’s a reason the Georgia Nicolson series is so famous. It is very…hmm, out there as far as humour goes but it is not racy as the name suggests. The novels are just a very hilarious, very silly coming of age story about Georgia and her pals. It will make you giggle.
- Finishing School series by Gail Carriger
Written crisply, this one does have its intense moments but for the most part it’s full of the absurd and the manners. It’s fun.
- Beauty is the Beast manga by Tomo Matsumoto
Contains the densest heroine who absolutely loves food and the hero who may or may not like the girl. The characters are all intensely individual and eccentric, the art is beautiful, and it’s only 5 volumes. Fun times.
- Precious Stone trilogy by Kerstin Gier
Not gonna lie, the series title is weird as heck but this is in translation so maybe it sounds better in German? Anyway, this is very funny and very light, especially if you like time travel and hot guys.
- Geek Girl series by Holly Smale
A geek girl who becomes a model. This is very funny but you know, the more recent volumes have been more sombre and somewhat heartbreaking.