I haven’t joined in with a meme in forever but I always see this one around quite late in the day and think, “Gosh what a great subject, I’d loved to have posted that today!” So I’m hopping back in as and when the topics interest me. Last week’s didn’t inspire much in me so I’m starting here. Light and fun! I even put together my own button for it.
Funnily enough I actually struggled a lot with this one because I read so much dark, gritty stuff and it’s hard to consider something “light and fun” when there are terrible things happening or I’m finding myself frustrated.
1. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente – Oh man. Oh man. The publisher sent over a copy when this was released in the UK and I loved it so much. Very much Alice in Wonderland for the modern reader. Great for kids and adults alike.
2. Harry Potter and the Whatever the Feck You Like by J.K. Rowling – Would you believe I still haven’t reread these since first reading them in my teens when they were being freshly released?! They’re my favourite series by a mile, always always had to have the new one which I’d gobble up, and I’ve never reread them. Shameful.
3. Morganville series by Rachel Caine – And these became my new Potter. Up to book 14 and finishing later this year *stifles a sob* the Morganville books really broke the mould on teen vampire fiction and I just can’t get enough of them, finding myself able to read them when I’m half asleep, surrounded by noise, and all sorts. I recommend them to everybody.
4. When I Fall in Love by Miranda Dickinson – Ooh I totally thought this one was a Christmas chick lit because of the cover image but it so wasn’t. It was actually set around April time, I believe, but the fact that I didn’t get what I expected didn’t matter one bit because it was such a delight to read. Heartbreaking in places, sure, but it pieces those broken bits of your heart back together too. Loved it.
5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – Ahhh, maybe these will be my new Potter when Morganville ends? Because book two is imminent (I believe it’s due to be released around September time?) and I’m dying to get my hands on it. In fact, there are four prequel novellas I still haven’t read and I’m not sure why. Throne of Glass blew my mind.
6. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – I still haven’t read Stardust or Coraline so The Graveyard Book remains the only children’s book of Neil’s I have read and it just contained the perfect amount of creepy that reading it, I knew I would have adored it as a kid.
7. The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – Oh the trilogy of four. You were wonderful to me during a hard time, especially the first one. With such classic lines as, “Ford, you’re turning into a penguin. Stop it!” I can’t not include this one.
8. Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger – Well.. I’ve only read Soulless so far but I have the rest and I’m very much hoping to read them for Seriously Series at some point this year because Soulless was a delight!
9. Meet Me At The Cupcake Café by Jenny Colgan – Now, I’m sure I might like Sweetshop or the Chocolate in Paris one more than Cupcake Café, but I haven’t read those yet so who knows! There’s something delightful about reading a normal chick lit heroine discover her dreams by opening a cupcake café and binning her crap boyfriend in such style. I hope they make this a movie because it’d be a classic.
10. Discworld by Terry Pratchett – Okay, so.. I actually really struggle with Pratchett for some reason I can’t fathom. I adored him in my teens (around the same time I was reading Potter and Buffy tie-ins) but these days I struggle. I love his writing style, I giggle, I love the stories and the characters.. but I inevitably find myself bored after a little while. Nevertheless, the Discworld books are very much perfect when you need a light and fun read.
What are your top ten fluff books for when you don’t want to have to think? Perhaps when you’ve had a long day or might be joining in with a 24 hour read-a-thon.