5 Easy Reads You Can Read in a Weekend
If you’ve ever happened to catch me mid-rant, there’s a 99% chance it’s about hair texture, beauty oils, gender equality, spinach in smoothies or how much I bloody love Liane Moriarty (it’s called a #BelRant). I love her SO MUCH that I pre-ordered her new book Nine Perfect Strangers the day Dymocks sent me an email saying it was coming out. (Very unnecessary as when I went in to collect, there was copies everywhere but you can never be too careful when it comes to books.)
If I had to put my finger on why I’m so obsessed with her, my finger would be sitting on this word: easy. No, she isn’t easy (I don’t know her THAT well), but her books are just so easy and enjoyable to read. I just gobble them up with my eyes! Often quicker than I gobble up hot chips in my gob (and I gobble chips VERY quickly).
So I got to thinking about ‘dem easy to read books. Books you devour without even trying, books you fly through barely batting an eyelash, and I realised I know a bunch of them – 5, in fact. (What a coincidence!)
Here are 5 eye-gobblers for you. (And yes, let’s make eye-gobbling a thing.)
1. Nine Perfect Strangers By Liane Moriarty
As mentioned: me love Liane. It’s borderline creepy – and when I say borderline, I mean definitely. (Also she totally lives on Sydney’s Northern Beaches which is where I live ‒ I mean, isn’t it meant to be?!)
In Nine Perfect Strangers, nine strangers (go figure) attend a health retreat that promises to change their lives ‒ and change them it does, although not really in the way they had in mind…
This woman knows how to write a story. I’ve read all her books (obvs) and loved them, but not a word of a lie, Nine Perfect Strangers is in my top 3.
2. THe Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan
I know they say don’t judge a book by it’s cover but I did – and golly gosh, was it worth it!
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes is about Masha. A woman whose grief has overwhelmed her entire life and whose favourite spot to hang out is the local cemetery. But while at the cemetery she meets two special people: Sally Red Shoes and Kitty Muriel. Outcasts who don’t really give a hoot about what anyone think, and who start to help Masha change her bleak outlook on life.
This book is sweet, warm, and full of wit. It made me smile like a goof ball. (And what is life without goof-ball smiles?)
3. Holding up the universe By Jennifer Niven
I know this is YA, BUT I DON’T CARE! YA have such great themes and stories. (Just checking to make sure everyone knows that YA stands for Young Adult? I didn’t. I saw it on GoodReads and started using it so I look hip with the kids. Is it working?)
Holding Up The Universe is about Libby and Jack, two teenagers coming to terms with their unique and un-mainstream qualities. Sometimes accepting them, and sometimes fighting against them.
If you read my blog regularly (hint, hint), you’ll know I loved All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. This is not as upsetting (no tissues required), but just as easy to read.
4. Everything I Never Told You By Celeste Ng
I still think about this book and I read it last year ‒ which is clearly a sign of a great book.
It’s the sad story of Lydia: a teenage girl trapped between her parents insecurities, struggling to make everyone happy while making herself dreadfully unhappy.
I love how Celeste Ng tells a story, and I particularly love the way she writes about racism. I think she represents racism in it’s true form: not outlandish or extremist behaviour but the slight jabs, the assumptions, the underlying message of “you’re different”. It’s powerful stuff.
5. It Ends With Us By Colleen Hoover
Ah, the Hooves. She’s one of the few authors to get a self-published book on the New York Times Bestseller list! Wowza, amiright?
I love her stories and the themes she writes about. It Ends With Us really resonated with me. It’s a story we would all be familiar with: domestic violence plaguing a family – and it’s the family you’d least expect.
Hoover based this book on her own story and it portrays powerful issues in a unique way. It Ends With Us breaks down the assumptions we all make about situations like family violence and homelessness. Instead Hoover shows how people find themselves in the hardest of situations – and how it’s even harder to change it.