More on fluff

Per Autumn’s request, I have been trying to think of some favorite fluff. She has unwittingly exposed one of my deep insecurities. I don’t think I am very good at recommending books to people. Reading is very personal, and what if I recommend something I really like and people hate it? I will feel rejected. Also, when people ask me for book recommendations, I go completely blank. I don’t know why that is.

So, anyway, less therapy and more books. Here are some favorite fluffy books and authors of mine.

-Maeve Binchy. I don’t think she ever topped the greatness that is Circle of Friends, but some of her others are very good too.
-Rosamunde Pilcher. I prefer September to The Shell-Seekers. Oh, and some of her shorter stories were pretty good.
-I hear Sophie Kinsella (Shopaholic series) is pretty good, but I haven’t actually read her.
-Grace Livingston Hill. Here’s where I admit that I read the same books my great-grandmother loved. They take me back to a simpler time, and I like that. Marcia Schuyler is my favorite, and less preachy than a lot of them.
-Robin Jones Gunn. I liked her stuff better when I was in high school, but she’s good for a quick read.
-The Cadfael mystery series. These are pretty short, but I always enjoy them.
-Nicholas Sparks. *swoon*
-The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith.

I also like to read YA stuff when I’m in the mood for something lighter. The subject matter isn’t always light, but they’re often shorter. I TA’ed for a YA lit class, and really enjoyed reading a lot of the material. And I don’t know if Harry Potter counts as fluff, but I will go ahead and mention him here. Share your favorite fluff, too – I am always looking for light reading.

(Mike read something that said that, when someone asks you what you’re reading, you should always mention three books. But I only read one book at a time. I think three sounds pretentious if I am only reading one. What do you think?)

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