Book Reviews





Good mood reads

I read a lot of deep, dark, heavy stuff by choice, but I dont always take things so seriously. I like to shake things up a bit now and then with a silly, humourous or girly book to regain a balance! Finding the sort of thing I'd like in genres I'm unfamiliar with, however, is not such a fun task. So I thought I would list some of my favourite feel good books for if you are ever on the lookout for "cheery" inspiration!

Starter for Ten by David Nicholls

The story of a bumbling small-town guy as he moves to University and enters University Challenge.
If you were born in a certain era, this book will be hilarious. If you were born out of a certain era, this book is still very funny. If you've seen the film "coz it had the hot fawn from Narnia in it"... just.... get the book. It's incomparible. I read and re-read this book. The characters and the story are brilliant - and it's all spiffingly British!

Harry Potter by J K Rowling

The story of The Chosen One and He Who Shall Not Be Named: for the memories.
Harry Potter is my go-to "relax" choice because I grew up reading it and I associate the pages with carefree, stressless, irresponsible times. It also brings back memories of the sheer suspense, excitement and "guessing what will happen" with my brother while waiting for the next installment to come out!

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

The antichrist raised by "a nice family".
This book bridges the gaps between my favourite (dark) genres and comedy like you would not believe. Every time I read it, I find something new to grin at. Of course, it's an unwritten truth universally acknowledged that the Pratchett/Gaiman partnership is an unholy match of brilliance that should never have really been allowed to exist before mortal beings.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Darcy without the misfortune of having to see him as Colin Firth. (Sorry Colin)
Who can deny anyone the enjoyment of this story? Elizabeth is, so far, the only "chick-lit heroine" I have ever been able to abide! It's all whimsical, it's "I do very much endeavor to believe", it's lush and it's beautiful. And it ends just as it should!

Which actually leads me nicely to...

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen / Seth Grahame-Smith

Silly, silly fun.
The only reasons I can give are all of the above PLUS ZOMBIES!

"Witty" journalist books. ie: How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran and the Jeremy Clarkson books

Agree or disagree, love or hate. It's fun for everyone.
I like these kind of books because you can open them at any page and spend five minutes maximum getting some kind of emotional reaction. Like a literary shot! A lot of people hate journalists who throw their opinions down to the wind and shout about them in a non scientific way - but I think it takes guts and I respect them for it. And who says any of us have to agree with them?! It's even better if they're actually funny with it.

So thats my top picks - what are yours?

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