Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Top Ten Books When You Need Something Light & Fun

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at my other blog, The Broke and the Bookish.

As I was putting this list together I realized something. I read a lot of serious and intense books. 

Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket.
In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat.
The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist.
Because of envelope 4, Ginny and a playwright/thief/ bloke-about-town called Keith go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous-though utterly romantic-results. But will she ever see him again?
Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it's all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.

Fun story, lots of humor and beautiful countries as a backdrop. What's not to like?

 When Desi Bascomb gets discovered by the elite Facade Agency–royalty surrogates extraordinaire–her life goes from glamour-starved to spectacular in a blink. As her new agent, Meredith, explains, Desi has a rare magical ability: when she applies the ancient Egyptian formula “Royal Rouge,” she can transform temporarily into the exact lookalike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?
Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras....

 Desi is adorable, and awkward and endlessly hilarious. The situations she finds herself in!

 Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.

This is just a fun, cute story with loveable characters and a heartwarming story.

“I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.” So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York?

 Humor, New York, Bookishness. Basically all you need for a great read!

 Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined. 

For the Austen obsessed, or even just someone who enjoys a hilarious romantic comedy with an imperfect MC.  

 Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets: 
Secrets from her mother: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur. 
Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world: I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is.
Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger... Until Emma comes face-to-face with Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her.  

Oh Emma... Never fails to make me laugh. The things that come out of her mouth... 

 Flavia de Luce, 11, is an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison. In the summer of 1950, a series of inexplicable events strikes her home, Buckshaw, a decaying English mansion. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.
For Flavia, both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw

Flavia is delightful. Absolutely hilarious. I'd really like to see her meet Sherlock Holmes. That conversation would be priceless. 


"Demons, or no Demons, I will get Tanner and Baker together.”
Jimmy is a brand-new agent assigned to the most difficult case the Lovers Angels Corporation, a supernatural matchmaking service, has seen in centuries: the Tanner-Baker case. Jesse Tanner and Danni Baker have been neighbors for years. Getting them together should be a walk in the park, and every tactic Jimmy employs should work—in theory. However assaults of suspected Demonic mischief ultimately tangle the situation so badly it will take a small miracle to organize a happy ending for Tanner and Baker.

An adorable Romantic Comedy written by a friend of mine from high school. Light fluff, humor. It's all there. 

After one break-up too many, Samantha wants to find Mr. Right. But she is completely inexperienced in the game of love…until she meets up with Harrison, a condescending student from Britain who puts Samantha and her roommates under his wing. By the end of the semester, he vows to find a boyfriend for all of them.
Now, the only snag to snagging Mr. Right is that Mr. Wrong keeps getting in the way. 

Another cute romantic comedy. The characters are hilarious, and you'll be left smiling as you turn the last page. 

For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite ... Kendra and her brother Seth have no idea their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws give relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies...

A cute MG series. Wonderfully creative and positively delightful to read.

Well? What do you think of my list? Have you read any? Here is the real question though: I need more light reads! What books do you suggest??? Leave a comment and let me know!


  1. Sophie Kinsella is absolutely one that I turn to when I need a fun and light read. That one you mentioned is one of my favourites by her!

    Austenland is one I would love to read. I love modern P&P adaptations. IT looks great.

    Hope you have a good week :)

  2. I'd totally recommended other standalones by Sophie Kinsella and anything by Jill Mansell! Her novels are always light and funny and I love them! Also, I read The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom last week and it was really funny as well :)
    Oh, and YES to Princess for Hire, Princess Academy, Austenland and Can You Keep a Secret! Love those books!!

  3. I have Can you Keep a Secret? on my list, too. Fablehaven looks interesting, I haven't heard of it before. Great list!
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  4. Great list! Austenland was fun, and I love Princess Academy. Some of the others I have yet to try.

  5. I read a lot of 'serious' books too. The only one I've read is Fablehaven, and it really was a fun MG read. Your list looks great and there are a few that I really want to read on here like Lily and Dash, and The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

  6. I love Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and Princess Academy, but I thought they were too serious haha. I haven't read the others, though, maybe I'll check them out!


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