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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Distractions From the Cares of the World - In Other Words "Fluff" Reading

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?


  1. First let me thank you for visiting my BTT post today.

    I like cozy mysteries also, and I've read quite a few of Lillian Jackson Braun books about the Siamese cats, I have three on my bookshelf just waiting to be opened and read. They are always a fun and light book to read.

    But when I am in a tired or in a reading slump I lean toward light romance. I haven't read Seabiscuit by Elin, I have A Summer Affair by her waiting to be read right now. I have so many books to be read and so little time, like the famous saying goes.

  2. Thank you for some titles that will help when a light read is needed. Thank you for stopping by my place.

  3. Crime Brulee sounds fabulous, definitely something light and fun.

    Here's mine:

  4. For me it's anything that's not too demanding :-)

  5. I've heard good things about the "Cat Who" books. Thanks for reminding me.

    House Millar - BTT


  6. Nice choices. I love cozy mysteries as a way to just forget about all that has happened on a hard day.

  7. I use chick lit as a distraction because they generally require very little concentration and I can whip through them quickly. I also enjoy humour when I need a laugh but I haven't found anything recently I have really enjoyed - Erma Bombeck is my favourite of all time.
    I love cozy's - they are a comfort read but I haven't had the chance to read many lately.

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out


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