Top Ten Light/Fun Books

May 7, 2013

Fun fact: I didn’t think I was going to make it to ten! Even though I do like a fun book, I guess I do not read enough of them. OR the light and fluffy books are not that great. So! Something to be mindful of, authors. I need more fun books. Make that happen.

Top Ten Tuesday

1. Meg Cabot owns this category for me. OWNS. I was reading her book in the dentist’s waiting room once, and someone commented that it must be great because I had been laughing/giggling THE WHOLE TIME. So, yes. Meg Cabot. If you haven’t read her before, I’d start with The Princess Diaries or 1-800 series for YA lit and The Boy or Heather Wells series for adult lit. LOVE.

2. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding is a lot of fun. Bridget Jones is a nut, and I love her for it.

3. I am currently listening to Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park in the car, and words cannot express how fun and funny she is. I love that kid. She makes me laugh so much, not matter what kind of funky mood I might be in.

4. The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart. I love the Roo books in general, but the first one is just full-on Roo with all of her wackiness and neurosis.

5. The Bard Academy books by Cara Lockwood. If you are a big lit nerd like me, then ghost teachers (Jane Austen, Ernest Hemingway, Emily Brontë, etc) coupled with book characters that come to life and engage in all kinds of crazy shenanigans with the school/students might just speak to you.

6. Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer deals with some heavy subjects, but it’s just so darn hopeful that it reads light. I just feel good/better after reading it.

7. You know what’s a lot of fun? The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Super fun book. Better than the movie. Soooooo much better than the movie.

8. I didn’t read past the third book because I felt like the books got mean-spirited, but the first two Georgia Nicolson books by Louise Rennison are laugh out loud funny. Literally. On public transportation, even.

9. I read The Bum Magnet by K. L. Brady poolside, and it was the perfect, perfect read for sitting by the pool or the beach. I highly recommend it for that purpose.

10. 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter was my go-to recommendation for anyone wanting something fun and light. The beginning is a smidge dark, but after that, everything is wacky fun.

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  1. Lucy

    When I was reading Junie B. with my daughter we were both cracking up. Glad to see her on your list! Bridget Jones and Angus are LOL funny too. The Boyfriend List is one I want to check out sometime. These all sound very fun!

    • Akilah

      My daughter is 14, and we still laugh at Junie B. together. Those books are the best.

  2. ChrissiReads

    I can’t believe I haven’t read any Meg Cabot yet. She is on my TBR pile though. Great list!

    • Akilah

      Meg Cabot is so great. SO GREAT. Definitely check her out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. When my daughter was sick, I read some of Princess Diaries to her, and she couldn’t stop giggling.

  3. Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books)

    I had a really hard time with this topic, too. Light and fun books are, apparently, not something I read very often! It’s funny with Junie B. Jones — my kids have all ADORED them, but I just find them obnoxious 🙁 They certainly are light and fun, though. Definite kid pleasers. Thanks for your other suggestions!

    • Akilah

      Some of her antics are a bit much for me, but I love her interactions with the other kids. Mostly, I like enjoying her from a distance, knowing she’s not mine.

  4. melissa1lbr

    I am seriously lacking in the Meg Cabot department. I’m not sure I’ve ever read anything of hers! And I loved Hope was Here – super hopeful, as you said.

  5. Rory

    I agree with Meg Cabot. On occasion I find the paranormal vampire romance thing a tad ridiculous, but I really enjoyed Insatiable. It was fun and fluffy and didn’t require much thought – and we all need books like that sometimes!

  6. Natalie (@NatflixandBooks)

    I always turn to Meg Cabot for a light read to. I love Heather Wells and the “Boy” series. I love the Ruby Oliver series by E. Lockhart, too. Great list!


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