Tuesday, May 7, 2013

ttt: light and fun books

This week's Top Ten Tuesday on the Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Books When You Need Something Light and Fun. And you know what I learned?

I don't read light and fun books.

Well, I do, of course, or I couldn't write this list, but amongst the dozens of books I read each year, light and fun books are rare. I had to do some very careful scanning of my Goodreads bookshelf before I was able to find ten books that are even worthy of the adjectives light and fun.

It's not that I don't like light and fun books. I do (especially when they're as good as the ten listed below!). But I do prefer darker, more mysterious reads. That said, if anyone has any light and fun book recommendations, I would be thrilled to hear them. I'm clearly not an expert.

Top Ten Light and Fun Books

1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (by Douglas Adams). Hilarious and very clever. It's a classic for a reason.

2. Anna and the French Kiss (by Stephanie Perkins). Despite some issues with the logistics/characters, I was completely charmed with this story of a girl in Paris.

3. Where'd You Go, Bernadette (by Maria Semple). One of my favorite books I read last year. Funny, quirky, full of charm and wit. Loved it.

4. Let's Pretend This Never Happened (by Jenny Lawson). This is the only nonfiction book on the list. It's a memoir and it's absolutely hilarious. One of my favorite books of this year.

5. How I Became a Famous Novelist (by Steve Hely). An outlandish look at the publishing industry and what makes a book good vs. what makes it popular.

6. I Capture the Castle (by Dodie Smith). There are some dramatic moments, but when I think of this book, I think mostly of the pretty sisters, their old castle of a house, their crazy (and often nude) stepmother, and their romances with the cute neighbor boys. It's not completely light, but it's definitely fun.

7. Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone (by JK Rowling). Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!

8. The Princess Diaries (by Meg Cabot). Awkward teen Mia finds out she's a princess. If that doesn't qualify as light and fun, I don't know what does.

9. Submarine (by Joe Dunthorne). Very charming and funny. The story of a strange British boy trying to figure out his first relationship, his parents' relationship, and the rest of his life.

10. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (by Sherman Alexie). A combination of very sad (and heavy) and very fun (and light). It's the story of a boy trying to balance his life on an Indian rez with his new life as a student at a rich all-white school. It even includes cartoons!

What are your favorite light and fun reads?


  1. I have Anna on my list, too. I listened to the audio of Let's Pretend and cracked up while driving around. Great list!
    Natflix&Books' TTT

    1. Comedies are the best choice for audiobooks! If you haven't read them, I'd really recommend Mindy Kaling's "Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me?" or Tina Fey's "Bossypants" the next time you're wanting an audiobook. They're both very funny and not hard to follow (a requirement for me when I'm listening to a book). Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Looking at this Tuesday's topic, I kind of realised exactly the same thing as you. Which is why I didn't even make a list. But if I had, I would have also added Bernadette, for sure. Oo and I can't wait to have time at some point to read I Capture the Castle.

    1. I think you'll like it! I Capture the Castle, I mean. It's not too serious, but it's got a lot of heart and it's a great coming-of-age story.

      And I <3 Bernadette!

  3. Nice and varied list! I've been meaning to read I Capture the Castle. And I love all the Harry Potter books, but yes, the first one is definitely the lightest.

    1. I hope you do and I hope you love it :-) And of course (of course!) I love all the Harry Potter books as well. And whenever I've reread them, the humor is always what most surprises me. I always forget how funny some bits are!


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