Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Best Light Reads

I enjoy reading thrillers, but every now and then you need a light read that does not involve murder, mayhem, torture or massive amounts of intrigue. Sometimes a nice fun story is just what the doctor ordered. In this blog I'm going to list some of my favorite light reads and maybe a few of the high octane thrill rides that allow me to appreciate a fun story.

Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel by Laura Dave
Georgia Ford learned important secrets. The secret number of grapes it takes to make a bottle of win: eight hundred. The secret ingredient in her mother's lasagna: chocolate and the secret behind ending a fight: hold hands. This is a heartbreaking, funny and deeply evocative novel about love, marriage, family, wine, and the treacherous terrain where they intersect.

Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living by Jason Gay
I was going to write a brief synopsis...but then I read the authors summary and I decided to leave this summary to the Thurber Prize winning author who says it best (aka Jason Gay the author). 
"The book you hold in your hand is a rule book. There have been rule books before--stacks upon stacks of them--but this book is unlike any other rule book you have ever read. It will not make you rich in twenty-four hours, or even seventy-two hours. It will not cause you to lose eighty pounds in a week. This book has no abdominal exercises. I have been doing abdominal exercises for most of my adult life life and my abdomen looks like it's always looked. It looks like flan. Syrupy flan. So we can just limit those expectations..." What this book is, is hilarious. If you need a relaxing look at life...this is it. You will laugh and maybe even find a little truth about yourself. 

The World's Largest Man: A Memoir by Harrison Scott Key
A sly, witty and heartfelt tribute to a father who was much like Paul Bunyan and how his son came to appreciate the man, he could never be. Winner of the Thurber Prize.

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris
Comma, comma, comma chameleon is just the beginning of this fantastic and hilarious account of The New Yorker Magazine page 'Ok-er' and her 35 years of checking for punctuation pitfalls. If you are a comma killer, like me, you will truly enjoy this hilarious story.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
A wonderfully charming story of a widow, Arthur Pepper who finds a charm bracelet that his wife would never have owned, yet she did. This lovely homebody decides to venture forth and find out what he never knew about his wife of many years. A truly beautiful story that should not be missed.

Out of Warranty by Haywood Smith
This is a fantastic story about a widow who has no additional health coverage besides medicare. It's the story of how she searches for a husband for better coverage. A funny laugh-out-loud story that will make you smile. It also has heartfelt moments that make it truly irresistible. 

Thrillers filled with death, mayhem and intrigue. Note some of these are books in a series. I strongly advise reading the first book in the series (which is in parenthesis) before reading the book on my list. Many of these stories have strong character development so you may lose something if you haven't read the series in order. 

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs (Moon Called is the first in the series.) 
The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly
A Perfect Obsession by Heather Graham (Flawless)
The Whistler by John Grisham
Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of the Sands)
Wait for Dark by Kay Hooper (Haven)
Orphan X by Greg Hurwitz
You Don't Want to Know by Lisa Jackson
Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb (Naked in Death)
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson
The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

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