Good leisure reads for this time of year (books)?

  1. I just finished my last scholastic semester of my BA program before student teaching :yahoo: - and so I've got some nice free time on my hands before I begin. I need some reading suggestions! I typically love chick lit - nothing too sad. I enjoy funny books (ala the shopaholic series) - nothing scary. Youthful... gimme some suggestions!

  2. Here are some:
    1. Prozac Nation- Elizabeth Wurtzel
    2. The Pact- Jody Picoult
    3. My Sister's Keeper- Jody Picoult
    4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings- Maya Angelou
    5. The Slow Moon by Elizabeth Cox- I am reading this now and it seems to be really good.
  3. Right now I'm reading 740 Park: The Story of the World's Richest Apartment Building; it's nonfiction but pretty interesting. If you're looking for fiction, definitely take a look at Out, by Natsuo Kirino. It's about four Japanese women who work the night shift in a factory; one night the youngest woman strangles her abusive husband in a rage and asks the others for help. There's a lot of interesting themes and the narration is great, with all the dark humour staying intact through the translation.
  4. I love classics..Pride and Prejudice! Any book by Jane Austen is great. Sorry, you may not like these books because you mentioned you like comedy.
  5. My Auntie just bought me one of these:

    There's so many to choose from. The one I read was so great I've gone out and got three more from waterstones today.
  6. Also, try any of the books from Red Dress Ink - they are fun reads!

    I also recently read "Girls of Riyadh", by Rajaa Al-Sanea. It's kind of chick-lit, a cross between Sex and the City - the relationships, wealth, and luxury vs. the tradition and constraints for females in Saudi Arabian society.

    It's a fun book, but also provides insight into the limitations and problems that these women face. I believe the book was frowned upon in many countries, possibly even banned in Saudi Arabia?

    I think it may only be available in hardback. I couldn't put it down......
  7. I like the Vic Beckham book,as well as some useful fashion tips she's actually quite a funny girl!!!! Bit of an eye opener really!!
    I do like science fiction,but not the really heavy stuff I read a series By Peirs Anthony,quite old now but very tongue in cheek and quite clever,lovely amusing light reading ,its the Xanth Series if I remember rightly.
    Porn by Irvine Welsh,the guy who did Trainspotting is hilarious,but definately NOT for the faint hearted or easily offended!!!!
    I'm not sure if you'd now him in the US but Stephen Fry does good intelligent,witty and very amusing reads.
    And my all time favourite Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee,its quite nostalgic about kids growing up in the Cotwolds,amusing and makes me a bit dreamy,if that makes any sense???