recommend me an easy but addictive read

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avocadogreen Thu 17-Apr-14 18:18:46

I need distraction. Going through a messy separation and I have found myself drawn to Closer magazine and Eastenders for light relief, ignoring my poor Kindle. It has to stop!

Can anyone recommend something fast-paced and entertaining, not too heavy, definitely not romance. Usually I love authors like Maggie O'Farrell, Audrey Niffenegger, Ian McEwan, Dave Eggers... I recently read Gone Girl and enjoyed that, also loved the new Bridget Jones.

melrose87 Thu 17-Apr-14 19:26:59

I find celebrity autobiographies/biographies quite good to read and they aren't too strenuous! I enjoyed Cheryl Cole's autobiography - it was an easy read and was quite addictive. Also recently read the book that Amy Winehouse's father wrote about her career, fame and problems. That is quite a sad read for obvious reasons but kept me hooked. Depends who you're interested in really.

I'm reading a book called Before I Go To Sleep by S.J Watson at the moment. Similar to Gone Girl (which I liked) and seems good so far.

yesnoyesnoyesno Thu 17-Apr-14 19:30:32

Room by Emma donoghue

EyelinerQueen Thu 17-Apr-14 19:32:53

I really wanted to love both Gone Girl and Before I Go to Sleep but found both frustratingly disappointing.

In a similar vein and much much better is Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes.

Chopsypie Thu 17-Apr-14 19:35:04

Try the night circus. Little bit of romance but not much and it's a fascinating story, really unusual.

Wishfulmakeupping Thu 17-Apr-14 19:35:08

Yy to Room great book.
I liked before I go to sleep but the ending was a but disappointing.
Read 'me and emma' and 'this perfect world' recently and they were both fab

Foosyerdoos Thu 17-Apr-14 19:36:56

Tales of the City books by Armistead Maupin. The chapters are short and the characters are very engaging.

ilovenetmums Thu 17-Apr-14 19:38:35

The goldfinch long but amazing

avocadogreen Thu 17-Apr-14 19:42:44

Some good suggestions- I love Tales of the city, actually maybe I will reread them. In fact wasn't there another sequel recently...?

I have read Room, I really enjoyed that. Before I Go To Sleep sounds popular, I will have a look. Thanks!

Kleptronic Thu 17-Apr-14 19:47:55

Terry Pratchett is my chick lit. He just loves humans.

Waswondering Thu 17-Apr-14 19:48:28

Cazalet chronicles.

I've just finished The Innocents. Really enjoyed it.

Rommell Thu 17-Apr-14 19:51:56

Sorry to hear about your separation and hope that you are in a better headspace soon.

Books that I enjoy for a bit of light relief:

Wise Children by Angela Carter. Little bit of the magical realism that she is known for but really it's a very engaging romp with good strong likeable characters that moves at a cracking pace.

The Collector Collector by Tibor Fischer - life, the universe and everything as seen through the eyes of a precious pot. Yes, it's the kind of creative writing exercise that bored you to tears at school, but here it's done by a master who whips in a breathtaking amount of scenes and people, all done with a wit that made me if not laugh out loud then at least chuckle, even when I was sitting on my own with it.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt - kind of like being let into the coolest clique that existed at your 6th form/uni group.

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde - genuinely funny with lots of in-jokes about literature which if you have even a passing knowledge of the 'classics' will make you laugh and nod and feel like a genius for getting.

BaileysOnRocks Thu 17-Apr-14 19:53:37

Any Paige toon book, she's fabulous!

pootlebug Thu 17-Apr-14 19:54:54

The Rosie Project
Miss Buncle's Book
Miss Pettigrew lives for a day

TurnOverTheTv Thu 17-Apr-14 19:55:53

The Husbands Secret. Took me a day to read. I couldn't put it down!

Hiphopopotamus Thu 17-Apr-14 19:57:18

The Hunger Games - written for adolescents, so very easy read. But very very addictive!

Foosyerdoos Thu 17-Apr-14 19:57:19

The Days of Anna Madrigal was released recently Avo, I re read the earlier ones recently in preparation but I am saving the new ones for my hols.

I also like Bill Bryson if I want something not to taxing and cheery.

5ofus Thu 17-Apr-14 19:58:29

Wool by Hugh Howey.

Actually I think a teen read but it grabbed me.

SpringyReframed Thu 17-Apr-14 20:01:56

The first book I managed to read in those dark days you're going through was Eat Pray Love. It really cheered me up. I then watched the film several times, and took up yoga grin

mmack Thu 17-Apr-14 20:02:24

Do you ever read crime? The Jo Nesbo Harry Hole books are very addictive and would keep you reading for weeks. Or The Passage by Justin Cronin. I couldn't put it down when I was reading it last year. Or any of the Curtis Sittenfeld books, all very readable and not romances.

Ubik1 Thu 17-Apr-14 20:03:10

I read alot on nightshift and it had to be reasonably easy and addictive so I don't resort to daily mail website instead.

I enjoyed The Hunger Games trilogy fir sheer escapism (which is what you need) also Stoner was good -nothi g really happens but it is beautifully write .

I also like Jon Ronson for a bit of popular journalism -The Psychopath Test and Themwere very good.

Oh also any Daphne Du Maurier -she is a master storyteller, Rebecca especially.

Also Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy -it is unputdownable and good quality writing: " Every man carries the seeds of his own destruction" never a truer word written.

Ubik1 Thu 17-Apr-14 20:04:49

I would rather read the DM website than read Eat Pray Love grin

EyelinerQueen Thu 17-Apr-14 20:09:15

Now that The Hunger Games has been mentioned I feel like I can recommend A Song of Ice and Fire without losing credibility grin .

They are seriously addictive books. I read the lot in a couple of months and I was an absolute fantasy hater. I have never felt so completely immersed in a fictional world!

MincingOnBy Thu 17-Apr-14 20:10:26

Quick and easy light reads for chick lit/funny - Sophie kinsella, Marian Keyes, Jodi picoult, Alexandra potter - be careful what you wish for

Good thrillers - shutter island, the millennium trilogy by stieg Larsen if you haven't already read them, child 66 by Tom rob smith, Linwood Barclay, Sophie Hannah

I also second hunger games, and if you like those try divergent by Veronica Roth.

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