Booking Through Thursday is a weekly bookish meme hosted here. This week's question is as follows,
"You’ve just had a long, hard, exhausting day,
and all you want to do is curl up with something light, fun, easy, fluffy, distracting, and entertaining.
What book do you pick up?"
When I am exhausted mentally or physically I love to pick up a cozy mystery. While I enjoy the odd light chick lit such as the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella, I also love curling up with a cozy mystery at the end of a long day. I find them both entertaining and enjoyable while offering a welcome diversion from day to day conundrums. One of my favourite types is a culinary mystery. Last year I came across Nancy Fairbanks' books, one of which I reviewed, Crime Brulee, which was a fabulous and lighter read featuring food writer, Carolyn Blue, who unwittingly discovers a dangerous mind when she looks into the mysterious disappearance of a close friend and finds herself in danger in New Orleans. Complete with several authentic recipes of the area. Loved it! Another in a similar vein, Sticks and Scones by Diane Mott Davidson, sits at my bedside waiting for just the right moment to be devoured!
I recently discovered Lillian Jackson Braun and with delight read and reviewed two of her fabulous books, The Cat Who Moved a Mountain and The Cat Who Turned On and Off. They are light reads with a touch of humour, generated mostly by the star Siamese cats in the books. They are not too serious and present a rather refreshing presentation of a who-done-it featuring a journalist and his two mischievous Siamese cats.
Those are just a few examples of how I like to relax and unwind while not partaking of a heavy read. What do you like to read to distract you from the cares of the world? Do you prefer a light mystery or chick lit or manga or humour? A little humour goes a long way. I heard Tina Fey's memoir, Bossypants, especially the audio book, is fabulous and hilarious, though at times crude. Perhaps it would be a good "read" at the end of a yucky day. Suggestions, anyone?