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message 1: by Kristin (new)

Kristin | 53 comments Hi friends!

This summer, as usual, consisted of a few classics and a few BIG books. I'm re-reading "The Outsiders," my favorite from my youth, currently. I'll be done with that before the end of the weekend.

Next on my list was Dostoevsky's "Brothers Karamazov" but I think I've changed my ming and want something light to end the summer on.

Don't usually do much in the way of chick-lit but both "Confessions of a Shopaholic" and "Time Traveler's Wife" are on my list. If not either of those, do you have any suggestions? Thank you!


message 2: by Fiona (new)

Fiona (bookcoop) Starter for Ten A Novel by David Nicholls is a light hearted funny book... though probably doesn't have much appeal outside the UK maybe unless you know what University Challenge is?

Inconceivable by Ben Elton about a couple trying for a baby with fertility problems. It's a comedy, I promise you lol!


message 3: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne (Bellamy22) | 610 comments Anything by David Sedaris!?? He is hysterical


Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews (SilversReviews) | 154 comments Breathing Room by Susan Elizabeth Phillips




message 5: by Raymond (new)

Raymond P | 13 comments Fiona wrote: "Starter for Ten A Novel by David Nicholls is a light hearted funny book... though probably doesn't have much appeal outside the UK maybe unless you know what Universit..."

I think I'm going to check out that Inconceivable book.




message 6: by Diane (new)

Diane Hotel Pastis A Novel of Provence by Peter Mayle is fun for light summer read; as well as Prodigal Summer A Novel. I also agree with Suzanne that a Sedaris book would be a hoot!


message 7: by Maria (new)

Maria (mInks05) | 481 comments how about the Thursday Next books from Jasper Fforde? fun, light hearted and very entertaining.

if you're willing to read romantic/chic lit, but not that fluffy harelquin stuff, check out the Chicago Stars series from Susan Elizabeth Philips, or the Malibu & Ewe series from Christie Ridgway.


message 8: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Aug 23, 2009 01:35PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (SusannaG) | 1733 comments How about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society?

Katherine, by Anya Seton, is a lovely historical romance.

Fiona - is University Challenge anything like College Bowl?


message 9: by Lisa (last edited Aug 23, 2009 01:41PM) (new)

Lisa Vegan (LisaVegan) Jasper Fforde and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society are both great choices.

I'd recommend Nick Hornby 's The Polysyllabic Spree or Housekeeping vs. The Dirt .

They're very funny autobiographical essays, and they're about books & reading.


message 10: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (pearlady) | 44 comments Sophie Kinsella has another one out called "Remember Me?" it's a pretty quick read, and you don't have to have read the Confessions... books first. :)


message 11: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jentubbs) | 48 comments The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is great!! also, I'm reading the Gun Reader by Hugh Laurie...it's a thriller...but is also extremely hysterical!! I'm about half-way through and I just started yesterday...pretty quick read, but really good!!


message 12: by Fiona (new)

Fiona (bookcoop) Susanna wrote: "How about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society?

Katherine, by Anya Seton, is a lovely historical romance.

Fiona - is University Challenge anything like College Bowl?"


Err it's where different universities get a team of boffs together and have a really stuffy quiz show thing with questions I can NEVER answer.



message 13: by Lori, Super Mod (last edited Aug 23, 2009 04:10PM) (new)

Lori (TNBBC) | 9012 comments Mod
The Princess Bride
Post Office
A Spot of Bother
Motherless Brooklyn

Sookie Stackhouse series
Odd Thomas Series
Dexter Series

A wide range of lighter, quicker reads that are thoroughly enjoyable!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (SusannaG) | 1733 comments Yes, that would be College Bowl. Was a TV show here in the states in the 60s, but it's still contested - I played in the 80s.


message 15: by Kristin (new)

Kristin | 53 comments Thanks to all of you for the suggestions. I'm printing this page and heading straight to the library - then the beach - this morning!


message 16: by Diane (new)

Diane Kristin wrote: "Thanks to all of you for the suggestions. I'm printing this page and heading straight to the library - then the beach - this morning!"

Sounds like a GREAT summer day, Kristin!


message 17: by Calli (new)

Calli Rose | 2 comments Suzanne wrote: "Anything by David Sedaris!?? He is hysterical"

I'm reading David Sedaris right now, he's hilarious.


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