With the holiday coming up tomorrow, I thought it might be a great time to discuss brain candy books — what have you read lately that you can’t wait to recommend to friends? What are you eager to read again? (Let’s try something new — please preface your comment with the category of the book you’re recommending, to make it a bit easier if you’re looking for a Thriller or Sci-Fi or Romance book it’s easy to find new suggestions!)
For my own $.02, I just finished The Power, by Naomi Alderman (affiliate link), recommended by Auntie M — she made me promise to read it and even though dystopian novels aren’t really my thing right now I was surprised how quickly I loved the book and the author. Here’s the squib from Amazon:
In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there’s a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power–they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.
Other brain candy books I’ve read lately that I’d recommend:
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Like I’ve noted before, my reading definitely tends towards the trashy/fun romantic comedies in my off hours when I’m not reading more serious parenting/blogger/other work-related reading — they’re one of my favorite ways to relax after a stressful day. Also note if you’re reading very silly, fun things like romance books: the Kindle is incredible for this.
- If you like Sophie Kinsella (rom coms without too many bedroom scenes): The Hating Game and Act Like It were both great; I’d put Eligible and The Royal We into this category also.
- If you like Julia Quinn (more traditional romance books): The Duchess Deal was laugh out loud funny, and I’ve kind of binge-read everything from Tessa Dare and Sarah MacLean. (*whispers*: If you liked 50 Shades, try Kresley Cole.)
- Kids’ Books: I’m rereading a ton of Gordon Korman books with my son — he loves I Want to Go Home and we’re reading the Bruno & Boots books, although I think a lot of them are out of print now… If you’re looking for a funny high school book, I’ve always loved Don’t Care High and highly recommend! Has anyone read any of his more recent books?
- Books on my reading list: I haven’t had a chance yet to read my old college friend’s new book, but a shoutout to Aimee Agresti and Campaign Widows, which is getting great reviews… I’d also like to read Fire and Fury (well, listen to it — one friend noted that she loved it so much she wanted to go to the gym). I also may try some sci-fi books my husband passed along to me because they weren’t his cup of tea, mainly Annihilation and The Stone Sky.
I’d love more recommendations for funny books — The Power was about as heavy as I can take things right now! What are your favorite brain candy books or other summer reading, ladies?