To me, being asked for a book recommendation is an honour. Someone trusts ME to suggest a book worthy of her precious free time. I don't trust many people to recommend books - they have to REALLY sell a book to me before I'll take a chance on frittering away my precious free time on depressing "I am woman, hear me complain" stories or feeling like a moron because I can't keep the intricate plot developments of historical fiction straight.
So, when a friend e-mailed me with this request, I gave it some thought:
"I keep forgetting to ask you if you have any good books to lend me. I am looking for something light and fun to read. ... I think the last book I read was The
Kite Runner. Good but not as good as I had heard it would be...maybe too
much build up."
I'd hardly call the Kite Runner light and fun. I liked it, but light? not so much.
Here is what I'm lending her:
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Kinsella is best known for her Shopaholic books, but I prefer her stand-alone stories.
Lady Luck's Map of Vegas by Barbara Samuel
A little heavier, but quirky. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
This was over-hyped to me by the time I read it, but if I don't play it up too much, I think my friend will enjoy it.
A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
Another quirky pick. A series of vignettes about the author's life growing up in small-town Indiana. Easy, funny.
What would you recommend as light and fun?
I was amazed at the number of books on my shelf that I've read but don't consider good enough to recommend. Might be time for a serious purge.