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  • #692609 Reply

    Hey everyone,
    I need some book recommendations! I can’t handle any more political or heart wrenching reads right now. Light, funny, or thrillers/mystery are my normal go-to genres. What are you reading right now?

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    FannyBrice

    I’ve had a couple duds lately, but I really enjoyed Lilian Boxfish Takes A Walk, about an 80 yr old woman reflecting on her life – the book takes place in 1980, but you get her life story from her first job in the 1920s to becoming one of the first female advertising execs, her marriage, etc. I really loved it. It’s both funny and mildly heart wrenching.

    I also just finished The Arrangement which was….ok. There were some funny bits and it was light, but also I’ll probably forget all about in a few weeks.

    I was looking for some easy summer chick lit and found Maybe in Another Life, and I hated it. Ugh. The characters were so flat and one dimensional and just annoying.

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    LisforLeslie

    Just finished Isaac Asimov’s Caves of Steel. Pretty good. Can recommend if you like sci-fi/ mystery.

    Also just finished a biography of Vincent Price by his daughter Victoria. It’s unnecessarily long, but the guy was a lot more interesting than I ever knew. And did you know you could buy famous art (originals) from Sears back in the 60’s? Price made that happen. There are Rembrandt etchings out there that folks got at SEARS.

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    Vathena

    Following. I’m currently about halfway through Liane Moriarty’s “What Alice Forgot” and I’m really enjoying it. Definitely on the lighter side, so far. I’ve previously recommended Curtis Sittenfeld’s “Eligible”, and I also liked “The Nest”. All somewhat light, well-told tales of family angst (Eligible is a modern take on “Pride and Prejudice”). “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple. “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. Slightly heavier, but I liked “Arcadia” by Lauren Groff, and “State of Wonder” and “Commonwealth” by Ann Patchett.

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    Sara

    I really enjoy various series by Robyn Peterman. She describes her stuff as “snarky paranormal romance.” They’re lighthearted, sometimes a bit over the top, but they’re really entertaining. She does offer the 1st in each series free at her website. Warnings for curse words, for those who are easily offended, but I think they’re part of the books’ many charms. http://robynpeterman.com/free-books/

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    FannyBrice

    I second everything Vathena recommends! Though I haven’t read Eligible yet, but I do like Sittenfeld.

    Also, Vincent Price’s daughter was on the Stuff you missed in history class podcast talking about her book – he & his wife were very interesting people! Bios aren’t usually my thing but I might give that one a shot.

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    Copa
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    Ooh, great thread! I’m curious to hear everyone else’s responses.

    The last book I read that I really, really loved was All the Light We Cannot See. It was the first time in a long time that I didn’t want to put a book down. Not sure it’s as light as what you’re looking for (it’s set in WWII), but I highly recommend picking it up at some point.

    I started reading Big Little Lies to see what all the fuss was about then promptly lost my iPad. 🙁

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    ktfran
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    I LOVED the Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. So good. I’d say that’s my favorite book in recent memory. I also dig Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache novels. I’ve read them all in sequence. A couple are a little more boring than others, but man, I like the world she creates + mystery suspense.

    I’ve always had an affinity for Mary Higgins Clark. Her earlier books are better. I started reading my mom’s books in, IDK, 7th grade. So,I still read them.

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    Vathena

    Oh man @Copa, “All the Light” was SO good. I read it a couple of years ago and it’s what got me back into pleasure-reading, post-baby/maternity leave. Big Little Lies was great. I think Liane Moriarty is my new go-to for “literary chick lit”. It’s not really a light read, but a page-turner that stuck with me: “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel.

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    Station Eleven is my go to recc. It’s one of my favorite novels.

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    K

    @FannyBrice – if you’re a fan of Sittenfeld, you must read Eligible! Prep is still my favorite of hers, but I did really enjoy Eligible.

    Regarding the paintings from Sears – makes me think of this line from “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant” by Billy Joel – “They got an apartment with deep pile carpet and a couple of paintings from Sears.”

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    K

    Oh, and as for recs: Anything by Curtis Sittenfeld (Prep is my favorite, as I mentioned above). I think soon it’ll be time for my 5th or 6th rereading of it. I liked Sharp Objects and Dark Places by Gillian Flynn more than I liked Gone Girl. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom is one of my favorite books that I’ve read in recent years, but it does have some sad moments.

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