Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish, where the writers, like me, are particularly fond of lists.
This week’s topic is…Top Ten Books When You Need Something Light and Fun.
I’m a firm believer that reading should be an escape more often than not, so I’m loving this week’s topic, and extending it slightly to include comfort books as well.
1. Anything by Nora Roberts
I feel like Roberts appears in my list most weeks regardless of topic, but she really is an author who can whisk you away to another world where you know there’ll be a happy ending. I find her books well-written, with good pace and great characters.
2. J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
I’ve picked the first three in the Harry Potter series, because after that the books get pretty dark, and can’t really be classed as light and fun. The earlier books are much more easy-going, and definite comfort reading.
3. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
A great book when I want to dip into something witty, funny and about a part of the industry I work in, although not my part.
4. Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot
I’m a big fan of Cabot, back from the days of The Princess Diaries, through her other stuff like the Missing series, and up to her adult novels. Size 12 is Not Fat is the first of the Heather Wells mysteries, and is a great light and fun read (despite the fact that it’s about murder).
5. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
A magical fairytale for adults.
7. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Okay, this is a book I’ve mentioned in most of my lists, but it’s just such a good book. When I’m looking for something light and familiar, this is one of my go-to novels.
8. The Peacock Garden by Anita Desai
I got awarded this book when I completed a reading challenge at my public library years and years and years ago. It comes in at a mere 71 pages, but they’re 71 pages of beautiful writing (and illustrations) about a young girl, Zuni, who with her family takes shelter in a mosque in August 1947 when Pakistan and India were formed. Being of Pakistani heritage, this book is pretty special to me, as it was the first time I read a story with a Pakistani girl as the protagonist.
10. The Sweetness of Life by Francoise Heritier
This book is just a list of all the tiny, everyday things that make up life. It puts a smile on my face.
What are your favourite light and fun reads? What books do you go to for comfort?