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Top Ten Books When You Need Something Light and Fun
Reading something light is always great after reading an armful of darker/heavier reads. I love fantasies and apocalyptic novels, but sometimes I need a break to read something lighter like a fun paranormal romance or a contemporary novel. Sometimes I even read a lighter read alongside a heavier one to balance it out, now that I'm finding myself reading two books simultaneously.
The following are my top ten picks.
The Lux series by Jennifer L. ArmentroutA cocky (with great reason!) alien boy-next-door, a normal, human girl-next-door-meets-book-blogger (hey, I can relate!), romance, angst, and adventure makes this series one of my top picks for light reads. While there is still danger and adventure and scenes that have me reading the pages with bugged out eyes, hoping and praying to the book gods that the characters will be okay and PLEASE don't kill my favourites, Author!, this is a series that, though I've only read them all once, I see myself re-reading in the future to take a break from the heavier stuff.
Harry Potter series by J.K. RowlingNot a series a lot of people (myself included) would consider to be light, but I have read and re-read this series so many times that I know what to expect. And because I know what to expect, I can handle the heartache and feels this series gives me when I do need a break from the heavier stuff. (It also helps if I just read the first and second book when the characters are still babies and innocent and are battling gigantic snakes and diaries and trolls and worrying about their potions finals :D )
Goddess Test series by Aimee CarterRomancey plus a fun twist to the Persephone myth.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David LevithanOne of the only books by John Green that don't make me want to tear my heart out and put it in a box so I don't have to feel anymore (the other being An Abundance of Katherines). It's funny/witty/clever, and a great LGBT read to boot.
The Iron Fey series by Julie KagawaYes, it's full of feels, but the world of the Iron Fey is a lot less dark (I suppose) than many of the other books on my shelf, more specifically Julie Kagawa's other series, Blood of Eden. Plus with Puck around to make me laugh (almost) every scene he's in, that makes it easier.
Unearthly series by Cynthia HandA love triangle, part-angel/part-humans, and cutesy/romancey scenes makes this series a fun, lighter read. Despite the fact that the love triangle didn't go the way I wanted it to and actually made me cry in sadness (why else would I cry? - Courtney shakes her head at her unnecessary wording but refuses to erase it) for the guy not picked... Yeah, it happened.
Trylle trilogy by Amanda HockingRomance, troll-humans (beautiful ones!) called Trylle, magic, and a love triangle (that works out in my favour for once!!!!*).
The Nightworld series by L.J. SmithPrior to the Secret Circle and Vampire Diaries series, the author wrote another great paranormal series called Nightworld. Each book (the ones I own, anyway) contains three stories of forbidden paranormal love that I love love love. Bonus: each story intertwines. Suckfactor: the conclusion has not yet been written and I've no idea if it ever will :(
Aaand I'm stuck.
There's nothing else on my shelf I could classify as light - that I've read.
A few I anticipate to be lighter reads:
Fateful by Claudia Grey
Angel Fire and Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly
All of Kelley Armstrong's books
Ruby Red by Kiersten Gier
Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowan
Between the Lines by Samantha Van Leer and Jodi Picoult
Hereafter and Arise (two separate titles) by Tara Hudson
Violet Midnight by Lynn Rush
Looking back, so many of the books on that list still make me feel incredible feels, but the cute, romance scenes balance out (and honestly sometimes overshadow - not in a bad way!) the darker parts of the books and make them light reads to me.