Light Reading (perfect for vacations)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Every now and then, I appreciate a book that is perfect for a 'light read.' That to me means any book that is easy to pick up and go through, without feeling the need to give so much effort to read it and understand it. I particularly love this choice after having read something emotional or heavy, or something difficult to read and take in. Here are some of the books that I think are great if you're looking for something light, perfect for vacations, I think. 

  • Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
    Genre: Young Adult
    This is one of my favorite light reads. It basically is all about an epic road trip. Two teenagers embark on an adventure, and the best part of this book were all the various lists of things they had: music playlists for every mood in the trip, snack stops, among others. It totally made me want to go on a road trip after this. It's a cute, sweet, and fun story. 
  • Paper Towns by John Green
    Genre: Young Adult
    I gravitate toward 'trip' books, because let's face it, trips are light and fun. Paper Towns is another example of that. Again, it is a simple book with pretty relatable characters. 
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
    Genre: General Fiction 
    Charming novel! This is perfect for any book lover. It involves a bookshop and mysterious characters. I think it's light and quick enough to take with you on a trip!
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
    Genre: Chick Lit
    Sophie Kinsella made me obsessed with Chic Lit. This series surrounding Becky is very easy to read, and great to use to pass the time. 
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    Genre: Fiction, Dystopian/Scifi
    I loved reading this book. I wish I could read it again for the first time, because it was brilliant! This is a perfect read for anyone who enjoys nerd and pop culture, video games, and the 80s. Read my full review here. 
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
    Genre: Memoir
    I wanted to eat SO. MUCH. PASTA. after reading this! It's an enjoyable book, fun to read about someone who goes all out with life. I would love to say I would do the things she did here, like travel and try different cuisines, but I probably would never get to do those anytime soon. 
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
    Genre: Memoir
    This book has some darker underlying themes here, but overall, it's light and easy to read. It's inspirational enough, and really makes the reader want to go on a hike! I love the outdoors, and it made me fall in love with it even more. 
Those are just some of the books I think that are good if you're looking for some light reading. Do you agree, disagree? Do you have any other books you think should also be included? Recommend away! 


  1. Ready Player One is a great light read. It may even qualify for a light re-read! I loved Confessions of a Shopaholic too. I need to check the others. I keep looking for light reads, but never quite get one when I really want one.

    1. I just read Ready Player One last year and I can't wait to reread it again! It's fantastic.

  2. The Shopaholic series is definitely perfect light reading! I also think anything by Meg Cabot or Jennifer Weiner are great for a quick fun read.

  3. Some of these books are on my all-time favorite list...READY PLAY ONE and MR PENUMBRAS 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE for sure! Girls love the Roger and May's Epic Detour.

  4. This is an excellent list! Thank you for sharing these.

    Good luck with Bloggiesta!

  5. I loev reading lighter books on vacation, especially if they are travel books! I've read all the ones on your list except for Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, so obviously I'll have to take that one on my next road trip.