Yes, I love to read literary fiction and,
yes, I love to read massive nonfiction tomes,
but, trust me, I love Light-&-Fun, too.
When the world gets Too Serious,
when we have heaps of books to shelve in the library,
and children are trying to read-read-read and come to the Chapter Book Picnic,
and inventory's not quite done,
and everyone's cranky,
I turn to Light-&-Fun.
You can't do better than Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.
You get Africa, delightful characters, a little mystery, and the soothing idea
that those of us who are bigger girls are nothing more than "traditionally built."
There's the whole Moving-and-Starting-Over genre that I love to read.
You know this kind of story.
Person buys a house in a place where he barely speaks the local lingo
and begins a brand-new life.
Almost always a catastrophe, but that just adds to the fun.
How about the kind of books I call Challenge Books?
A person takes on a big challenge and tries to do something difficult
for a set period of time, usually a year. These are always interesting and snappy.
And the people usually end up failing to meet their challenge or just becoming slightly better,
so it makes those of us who don't attempt to become happier or healthy a little smug.
And there are always the traditional Light-&-Fun books, like little mysteries,
or gentle romances, or escapist action and scifi tales, or wonderful travel narratives.
Any recommendations for me? What do you turn to when the world is Gray and Cold?
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