Angela Haupt lists fifteen books to lift your spirits in her article for the Washington Post, and I’ve already read four of them. In case you need a pick me up, here they are with my reviews:
- Redhead by the Side of the Road by Tyler
- Beach Read by Emily Henry
but my next book really is a beach read – says so in the title. I’ve started reading, and so far, it seems to be a romantic comedy starring Jonathan Franzen and Jennifer Weiner in their famous literary feud. The two main characters are writers, accidentally living in houses across from each other and each has a summer to write a book. To encourage a new muse in their writing, they agree to write in the other’s genre. The Franzen character, known in the book as serious Gus, will write a happily-ever-after romance, and the Weiner character, with the name January Andrews agrees to write serious stuff.
Her list includes Anxious People by Backman. I’m not a fan of the author, so will probably skip it, but if you are looking for a story about an inept bank robber who takes prospective buyers hostage during an open house, you might try it.
Others on her list promise some fast, mindless, and satisfying reads; I plan to look for them:
- Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis – romance and humor
- You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria – romantic fun on a soap opera
- The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune – fantasy – been on my to read list for a while
What feel good books have you been reading lately?