30 Fun Books To Read
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I’ve always enjoyed reading. I easily get sucked into stories, completely unaware of my physical surroundings, and utterly ensconced in the words on the pages.
There’s no better feeling than not being able to put a book down. To finishing a fun novel in one curled-up-on-the-couch-with-a-blanket sitting (a-hem, I’m looking at you Harry Potter and Hunger Games). To enjoying a completely UNserious series simply because it’s easy to read, and the story is fun and magical, and completely different than real life.
My early obsessions began with Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green Gables, and Nancy Drew. (In fact, part of me wants to reread all of them now, as an adult. I wonder though…would I love them as much?)
And, give me a series, because if a book’s really good, I never want the story to end.
These days it’s harder to find time to read. Any extra time outside of work is devoted to the family or to my writing.
I’m not complaining, mind you. It’s just how it is.
During our week-long summer beach vacation, I try to shut down all things digital and READ. Like, multiple books. In a week. It’s both refreshing, relaxing and energizing! It’s also hard to find any other time during the year to make that happen.
Joining a book club certainly helps, and mine was just resurrected again this past spring. We average a book a month, sometimes stretching it out a little longer between reads and meetings. Because, busy. And, life.
And there are rules in my book club, like: must be fiction, a mix of old books and new, not too serious, not all one genre. I love it because it keeps me from
obsessing over only reading YA sci-fi fantasy epic novels. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
The other helpful thing I’ve tried this year is Audible. As in, audio books. On my phone. In the car. During my commute.
GENIUS. Also, it’s not cheating. I still totally prefer the traditional book (or my Kindle), when I have the time to actually physically read.
So, let’s say you’re in the market for some new books, but maybe you don’t know what to read, and perhaps you’re not part of a book club to help inspire you. And maybe you don’t feel like digging into something super serious, or grown-up, or intense. Or maybe you do?
Well, you’re in luck! Jen and I have pulled together some fun books to read—both books we’ve read and love, and those we’d like to read. Order a book, visit the library, or check out Audible—whichever you choose, just get started!
30 Fun Books To Read
1. The Night Circus
2. Harry Potter Series
3. The Hunger Games Trilogy
4. His Dark Materials Trilogy
5. Outlander Series*
6. All Souls Trilogy
7. The Girl on the Train
8. Eat, Pray, Love
9. Garlic and Sapphires
10. The Hobbit and the Lord of The Rings Trilogy
11. Millennium Trilogy
14. A Game of Thrones Series*
15. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children*
16. Primates of Park Avenue
17. Leaving Time
18. The Forever Bridge
19. The Nightingale
20. Sharp Objects
21. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
22. We Thought You Would Be Prettier
23. This is Where I Leave You
24. The Help
25. The Time Traveler’s Wife
26. Yes Please
27. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
28. Julie & Julia
29. Key Trilogy
There are SO many awesome books out there. These 30 only skim the surface! They’re enough, however, to get you started — or to hopefully give you one new book to read that you’ve never heard of before. Look for more great lists of books to read from us in the future!
Try the audiobook!
What’s on your reading list?
A friend recommended the Outlander series to me. I have been meaning to pick up the first book.
I’ve been meaning to for over a year, and just haven’t. I need to, soon!
So many goodies and some great suggestions! I was actually just looking at the golden compass series for my son! and i’m going to check out outlander as well!
I loved The Golden Compass and other two books, and my sister got the trilogy for my 10 year old. She’s going to start them soon!
So many books, so little time! Thanks for reminding me of some of my favourites, and some of the ones I keep meaning to read. I’m such a book nerd. Can’t wait to devour some of these this summer 🙂
I wish I had more time to devour books like I used to! I love reading. 🙂
Holy crow! This is an amazing list. I’ve read many of them so you have listed some of my favorites. Most recently I finished Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. She is one of my favorites – I’ve read most, if not all, of her books and she never fails to get me in the end! I am reading Girl on the Train now and so far, so good. I’m keeping this list for the books I haven’t read yet. I’m always looking to add to my never ending ‘want-to-read’ shelf.
I did the audiobook for The Girl on the Train, and it was *excellent*.
I have read quite a few of the myself, but now I am definitely adding a few more to my list. So thank you as I am always looking to see what books I can add on and enjoy 😉
I’ll be heading on vacation soon, so I’ll be looking for a couple new ones, too!
I love Eat,Pray, Love and Nora Roberts for the beach! I need to check Kristin Hannah’s new one out! I just devoured Andre Agassi’s autobiography OPEN. If you are a tennis fan you will be shocked at how honest he is.
I haven’t read a Nora Roberts book in a while, so I’m due. They’re so easy (in a good way)!
great list! loved girl on the train and sharp objects especially!
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