So I was hanging out with Rachel the other night for a drink while she was in the city (my god, I am so lucky that she comes to the city every now and then, and we can meet up), and we got to talking about books.
I was in the middle of reading The Road, but I had come to the conclusion that I could not keep reading it. Too intensely heartwrenching, scary, and real. I need something fun and light, but still interesting.
She suggested a few options, including To Say Nothing of the Dog, a revisit of the Harry Potter series, and anything by Sarah Vowell or David Sedaris.
I recently read Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and I’ve read the other Sedaris collections–loved them all. (Loved making a fool of myself on the bus as I guffawed.) Other recent reads include Heyday (ugh, no) and The Red Tent (it was fine).
Though I say I’m looking for light, I must say that I have never enjoyed reading chick lit, so that kind of stuff isn’t going to interest me. (Good in Bed? Wanted to throw the book across the room, I found it so trite. And . . . that’s the only chick lit I’ve read. (wait! i liked Bridget Jones, actually.)) But things like Ruth Reichl‘s memoirs or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time were fast, light, enjoyable reads.
I’m looking for things that don’t teach me some kind of moral lesson, don’t make me wonder how I might handle the onset of an apocalypse, nothing that has characters in a world devoid of hope. (Is that too much to ask?) So I open the comments to all your book suggestions!