Today’s prompt at The Broke & the Bookish is the books you pick up when you need something light and fun. I have a TON of go-to comfort reading books, you guys. I re-read fairly often based on my mood. There isn’t a book on this list I haven’t read more than once (and the majority of them a lot more than that).
Also, once I finished this list and looked it over, I made an agreement with myself not to worry too much about how many of these books that I consider “light and fun” involve murder to some degree. I AM COMPLETELY NORMAL AND SANE.
1. The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts. (How gorgeous are those covers?) These days, this series is probably the first thing I turn to when I need a pick-me-up. The books feature four best friends that run their own wedding business. Their deeply rooted camaraderie never fails to hit me in the feels – I absolutely love the way they’ve formed their own family. I absolutely adore all the men they fall in love with along the way as well. Sigh. I wonder if I have time for a re-read right now…
2. Anything by Jennifer Crusie. She is one of my comfort read picks from way back. Bet Me is one of my absolute favorite reads of all time, but the majority of her books are fabulous. Her characters are all quirky and bizarre and – most importantly – hilarious. Seriously, she’ll have you laughing before you know it. I get so invested in her characters that I can get a little emotional too, but that doesn’t stop these books from being super fun to read.
3. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean. I love historical romance, and this is probably my favorite book in the genre. A spinster decides to take her life into her own hands and ends up tangling herself up with a renowned rake. (ha, tangled up. I crack myself up.) From smoking to fencing to dueling – these characters make this book anything but boring!
4. The Blair Mallory duology by Linda Howard. HA. I laugh just thinking about these characters. They’re so funny that the books are a little on the silly side even though there are actual murders going on around them. If you like contemporary romantic suspense – seriously. Youhavegottoreadtheseimmediately. Blair Mallory is the smartest dumb blonde you will EVER meet.
5. Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters. I am a sucker for strong female protagonists in historical fiction, you guys. Amelia Peabody leads the bunch – I will never ever be able to get enough of this woman. And I know I’ve mentioned this several times on the blog, but what’s one more? If you like the Parasol Protectorate series, you should be arrested if you haven’t given this series a try as well. Amelia is both equally charming and equally deadly with a parasol!
6. Old School Nora Roberts trilogies. By “old school,” I mean the trilogies she wrote in the 90s and early 2000s. The Three Sisters Island and Irish Gallaghers trilogies are the two I’ve reread the most, but they’re all pretty good.
7. Slightly Scandalous by Mary Balogh. I’ve mentioned this awesome historical romance series, the Bedwyn saga, several times. This is the third of the series, but it stands alone just fine. It is definitely one of my two favorites out of all of them, and the other one takes place during a war, and even my twisted brain knows that isn’t “fun.” This is a take on the “fake engagement leads to love” trope – and it is done brilliantly.
8. Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. Talk about a comfort read from way back – Anne is my first book love, and she and Gilbert will always be the characters I turn to when I need to get lost in another time and place. It absolutely doesn’t get any better than this series.
9. The Wallflower Quartet by Lisa Kleypas. This series is so great – it shows four women who are having no luck on the marriage market banding together to find each other husbands. Watching them fall in love one by one is super fun and charming. From rakes to…well, more rakes.
10. Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster. This has to be the sweetest book on the planet. Whether you’re 12 or 112, you should be able to fall head over heels for this one. (Plus, you can read it for free!)