Yesterday I was visiting with Camey (of 40 Books for Camey) over a cup of coffee and, as we are wont to do, we started talking books. She hasn’t been interested in our recent book club books because they are too heavy and, now, she is in the mood for light books that make her happy. We all go through that phase, don’t we? We want to be entertained and close the book with a smile on our face. Sometimes, if we are in a reading slump, reading books such as that will kick-start us back into the “heavier” books that leave us just as satisfied, but thoughtful.
I suggested Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, which we have both read. But, re-reads are sometimes good at a time like this and Outlander is compelling and very sexy. (Our husbands love it when we read Outlander.) Then, I suggested Georgette Heyer who is my most recent fluffy book author. When trying to describe Heyer, I said it was like reading meringue. Camey loved the description so, of course, I’m posting about it. Below, in no particular order, are five books that make me happy, that leave me with a smile on my face.
Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis (Review) – If you have seen the movie with Rosalind Russell in the lead role then you can understand why the book will leave you laughing. It is one a truly laugh out loud novel.
The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer – Picking which Heyer is my favorite is like picking my favorite kind of ice cream – all kinds are my favorite! I don’t discriminate when it comes to Heyer or ice cream. But, The Grand Sophy has the best heroine of the bunch.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (Review) – after getting used to the epistolary style, the book moved quickly with rather interesting characters and a unique setting.
The Scarlett Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy – Camey bought this yesterday at my suggestion. It is a quick read and loads of fun. I think I read it for the first time in one day at my mother’s house on her suggestion. I need to put it on my re-read list.
Coming Home by Rosamund Pilcher – this is also one of my comfort reads (books that I pick up when I’m feeling blue, which is a slightly different category than Reading meringue). Coming Home is a wonderful coming of age story set in pre-World War II and during the war with one of my favorite heroines. It is the longest book on the list but every time I finish it, I’m left with a sadness because I don’t want it to end.