Every now and again, I sit and look at my stack of books that are waiting to be read. And then, I don’t read any of them.
It’s not because I don’t want to read them. After all, they wouldn’t be in my “To Read” pile (or Audible library) if I didn’t. It’s just that, well, sometimes… they all feel a little too cerebral.
Don’t get me wrong. I like to read thought-provoking, stimulating, meaty novels. They can help us understand ourselves and the world around us. They make us think. But you know, sometimes you just need to unwind with an easy breezy book.
Think of it like this: all those heavy, thought-provoking books are meals; but those light, easy-to-digest books are snacks. And sometimes, I’m really just in the mood for a snack.
Not every book you read has to be deep, sending you on a journey of introspection. Sometimes, you just want to escape reality for a little while with a book that pulls you in. And that’s where these books come in.
These are the books that help you escape. They are entertaining, and they will keep you reading! Some are full of drama, while others will take you on adventures through time and space. You’ll find humor, exploits, and mystery. But mostly, you’ll find some stories that you just can’t put down. All of these “snacks” are fun, quick, and easy reads that will keep you entertained while not being very thought-provoking.
That’s What Frenemies Are For by Sophie Littlefield and Lauren Gershell
Julia Summers is a Manhattan socialite who seems to have it all. When her friends all flock to the Hamptons for the summer while Julia is stuck in the city, she decides to turn her spin instructor into a fitness superstar to impress them. Things begin to fall apart when her husband is arrested, her friends turn their backs on her, and the fitness instructor begins to realize the power of her newfound stardom. It’s a glimpse into the world of rich Upper East Side moms, and it’s full of pettiness and drama.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Although the book takes place in 1999 and 2000, it is still a relevant and funny portrayal of relationships in the now-normal digital age, as an office romance blossoms one email at a time. Lincoln is tasked with monitoring emails at his new company. He starts reading the emails between coworkers and friends Beth and Jennifer. Although he knows that he should send them a warning, he lets the inappropriate use of office email slide. He’s hooked on reading their messages, and eventually develops feelings for one of them.
Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan
I’m sure that most mothers know what it’s like trying to be that Pinterest-perfect mom impressing everyone. That’s what Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom is attempting. But like so many of us, she’s failing miserably. So, as you can imagine, when the mommy blog maven she idolizes has a Motherhood Better boot camp, she jumps at the chance to become the perfect mommy she strives to be. It’s a hilarious, over-the-top, and realistic look at motherhood that will hit on some hard motherhood truths and reassure you that you’re not alone. This is a reminder that there is no such thing as a “perfect” mom, only great ones.
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
I quite literally read this book in a single day. I lazed around on the couch, only getting up for bathroom breaks or food, and read the whole thing. David Sedaris has a remarkable ability to make people laugh, even when he’s recalling some of the most serious or unsettling events from his life. Sedaris is back at it again with Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, a collection of several autobiographical essays. It spans his upbringing in North Carolina, his relationships with his quirky and dysfunctional family members, and his time in New York City and France. And yes, his sister Amy Sedaris in the books is that Amy Sedaris, from Strangers With Candy. If you read this one and really enjoy Sedaris’ wit and humor, he’s got plenty more where that came from. Check out Holidays on Ice or Calypso.
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Allan Karlsson has enjoyed a long and eventful life and is now living in a nursing home. A big celebration of his upcoming 100th birthday is in the works, but Allan isn’t really interested in the party. So, he does what any other 100-year-old man would do, he escapes! He climbs out the window and has quite the hilarious and unexpected journey, involving an elephant, some unpleasant criminals, a suitcase stuffed with cash, and more. Of course, Allan has already had an eventful life, full of the most important events of the 20th century.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Genetics professor Don Tillman is a little… socially challenged. He struggles when it comes to finding a serious relationship. Though he is convinced he is just not wired for true love, he knows that statistically speaking, there’s probably someone for everyone. He embarks on the “Wife Project,” using the orderly, scientific way to go about finding the perfect partner. Don creates a questionnaire to find someone who meets all the right criteria. But when he meets Rosie, who doesn’t fit most of it, he realizes that the art of love isn’t a science. It’s an entertaining and heartwarming story for sure.
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Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
This book is full of drama and suspense, as a group of high school juniors is apparently keeping a deadly secret. Oh, and their friend has mysteriously vanished, and someone is threatening and blackmailing them. I didn’t think that this would be my kind of book, but I definitely read it with a quickness. Even if you’ve already seen the TV series of the same name, do yourself a favor and read this book. Although the characters are the same, the TV show was just loosely based on the entire Pretty Little Liars series of novels. The show was still a guilty pleasure of mine, but the books are better. If you enjoy this first one, there are fifteen more in the series waiting for you.
Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison
If you have ever been curious about what goes on in the Playboy mansion, or what it’s like being one of Hugh Hefner’s harem of blonde girlfriends, This tell-all from ex-girlfriend Holly Madison will spark your interest. It’s much more honest than the reality series The Girls Next Door – which Madison starred in – because we all know reality TV isn’t real anyway. And if you like listening to audiobooks, Madison herself recorded it, so you can hear her words directly from her own mouth. Madison also wrote a follow-up book chronicling her time in Vegas after the mansion (The Vegas Diaries: Romance, Rolling the Dice, and the Road to Reinvention), in case you find yourself invested and need to find out what happens to Madison next.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
I first read this book when I was 10 or so, so I know that it’s really recommended for younger readers. However, I revisited it again as an adult and I found plenty more to appreciate. Because it’s recommended for kids 10-14 (or so), it’s clearly an easy read. That doesn’t make the story any less fascinating, though. Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin embark on a journey through space and time as they work to save both their father and the entire world. It’s a war between light and darkness, good and evil. And if you really enjoy it, this book is actually the first of four in L’Engle’s Time Quintet.
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
Telling the story of the Zombie War from the perspective of those who fought it, World War Z will keep you on the edge of your seat. Max Brooks travels the world after the end of the war, conducting a series of interviews. The personal accounts in the book take place all over the world, and even in outer space. The collection of individual accounts describes the social, political, religious, environmental, and economic changes that occur as a result of the zombies. While that sounds a little more thought-provoking than some of the other books on this list, this is one of those books that you just can’t put down. And it does have some eerie similarities with what’s been going on in the real world…