I am in two different book clubs, so I try to finish two books a month. Some months are harder to keep up with than others, but I try my best. When a book really sucks me in, I can finish it quickly. Here are the five books that I found to be interesting, easy, and fast reads (mainly because I loved them and found them highly entertaining).
Book #1: The Hunger Games by, Suzanne Collins
This book was great! It was fast moving, and easy to read. I liked the futuristic setting and developing romance between characters. If you are queasy reading about violence, then this book may not be for you. It’s not gory, but there is violence. I have also read the other two books in this series (Catching Fire and Mockingjay). I loved them all! These books are in the young adult section, but adults seem to love them too (like the Twilight or Harry Potter series).
Book #2: Shanghai Girls by, Lisa See
This book was really good. The characters were very complex. I loved reading about the Asian culture and what was going on in Shanghai. It shows the relationship between two sisters, their escape to America, and their life after making it to California with their “paper husbands.” It was very educational, entertaining, and emotional. I heard Lisa See’s book, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is also wonderful. It’s on my “to read” list.
Book #3: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
This book also was very educational as well as entertaining. It takes place in the Guernsey Islands during the war when the Nazi’s where invading. The character interaction is interesting, and the idea that the book club they spontaneously created “saved” them was fantastic. There was so much to the story line, and after just a few chapters I couldn’t put it down.
Book #4: Loving Frank by, Nancy Horan
This book based on the life of architect Frank Lloyd Wright was highly fascinating. Again, it is historical in nature. It’s a love story, and follows his relationship with mate (Mamah Borthwick Cheney) through many trials and tribulations. The end is quite shocking (historically accurate), so don’t make the mistake of Googling the real story before you finish the book if you don’t already know it. I made that mistake and wish I hadn’t. I got too wrapped up in the story I wanted to know everything about the characters, but I wish I had not read that part before I finished the book.
Book #5: Bitter is the New Black: Confessions of a Condescending, Egomaniacal, Self-Centered Smartass, Or, Why You Should Never Carry A Prada Bag to the Unemployment Office by, Jen Lancaster
This book is completely different than the others I liked. It is really light and comedic. I was laughing the entire time, and I could relate to many of the situations the author, Jen Lancaster, went through. It is a quick and fun read. She has many other books out as well that are on my list. I think the reality TV book looks good (My Fair Lazy). It’s one I think I will be able to relate to, as I am a reality TV show junkie.
* What are your favorite books? I am also working on my 5 favorite books of all time (which is very difficult to do, as I love so many!).