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April 26, 2006



Light, romantic and sexy, okay... I love Nora Roberts Born in trilogy (start with Born in Fire, then Ice, then Shame). Anything by Constance O'Day-Flannery (time-traveling romances) and for the funny you can't beat Jennifer Cruise and her novel Welcome to Temptation. Julie Garwood's ealier novels were all romance and funny too, (The Bride, The Wedding, For the Roses, Lyon's Lady) but she's moved on to all mystery and shlock so I don't go for her new ones. Jennifer Weiner's Good in Bed has a great heroine that made me laugh and cry (it was better than Cats!) and Donna Andrews has a whole series that makes me chortle and snort. The first is Murder with Peacocks which while is a mystery is still also romantic and charmingly funny. I hope some of these are to your taste and I can't wait to hear other suggestions- I'm looking for a few great books myself. All the best on your trip.


You've probably read "Bridget Jones's Diary", right? If not, it's pretty plane perfect, in my opinion: Light, amusing, not involved. Personally, I love a good Agatha Christie, preferably a 'Miss Marple' mystery. I'm glad that you're asking this. I can get ideas for my summer reading by mooching off your comments.


I steer more towards the mystery genre, but Linda Howard's are all basically romance novels with the mystery bonus...very light, sexy, and keep you turning pages...

Misty P.

I may be quite a bit late on some of my reading choices forgive me if these are old news... I don't have time to read very often but when I do I devour 3-4 good sized books in a matter of weeks. Anyway, here it goes; Jennifer Weiner - Good in Bed (inspiring, chin up-type story), Jodi Picoult - My Sisters Keeper (sad but also hopeful, deals with a sister who has a rare form of leukemia and has a very surprise ending, very cool how people's lives intertwine), Arthur Golden - Memoirs of a Geisha(can't even describe this book other than beautiful and amazing). I have a bunch of other books that I think are amazing but they're more along the fantasy fiction (but not typical fantasy fiction, kwim?) and they do require a little bit more thinking. If you want a list feel free to email me. Have fun on your trip!


I recommend Connie Willis to absolutely everyone-- To Say Nothing of the Dog, specifically, unless I know the person well. But that may not be to your taste.
I like Anna Maxted's earlier books, Getting Over It and Running In Heels. The last one I read wasn't what I wanted, but I do like those.


Time Traveler's Wife is engrossing. It does have some sadness (and infertility) but it is just so fascinating and cleverly written. I also love me some John Irving. Anything of his!

liz s

I'd take any of Jennifer Weiner's books. Good in Bed was great, In Her Shoes, equally good, but I really loved Little Earthquakes.

liz s

I'd take any of Jennifer Weiner's books. Good in Bed was great, In Her Shoes, equally good, but I really loved Little Earthquakes.


hahahah! I'm glad Diana admitted it first.

I have NO suggestions but I already had an Amazon window up so I could add to my wish list, LOL!



Anything by Sophie Kinsella is good, they are very light and easy. She wrote the whole Shopaholic series and "Can you keep a Secret" is a good one too. Otherwise I'd recommend Julie Garwood, Dorothy Garlock, and Judith Mcnaught (her older ones are better). Have a Great time!



The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory – Not exactly light (600+ pages) but SO good!

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld – Not for everyone but one of my favorites.

Enjoy your trip!


Anything by Jane Green - very light, but fun and entertaining.


I've recently discovered Anne Lamott. If you (like me) have been living under a rock when it comes to books then you'll love her writing - but chances are you already know her and I'm posting a useless comment. :-) Aaaaaaaanyways. She's good! Fun! Interesting and thought-provoking (not so sexy), not too heavy, easy to pick up and put down. Great book.


Have you ever read the Clan of the Cavebear or the other books in that series? They're quite interesting/entertaining and #2 and #3 have some hot and heavy sex scenes...


How about cute, quick and funny? I finished reading "A Girl Named Zippy" by Haven Kimmel a few weeks ago and never laughed so much. It's told from a a young girl's POV as she grows up in a v. small town but it is written in a v. mature way. My favorite line is when she says that she'd sniff leaded gasoline until she was retarded if she could and that's what her heaven would smell like.

You could use a good laugh and who doesn't like the smell of leaded gasoline?

Laura K.

My most recent favorite - The Devil Wears Prada. Hilarious!!! Makes fun of the fashion industry, and a very easy read!

2 other books I like:

Susan Gillman's Hypocrite in a Fluffy White Dress

Laurie Notaro's Idiot Girls Adventure Club (or something like that)

Both of these are memoirs and sooooo funny! Not what I'd call sexy, but hilarious stories and a good laugh!

Laura K.

PS - I'm glad you posted this, because I'm getting some really good book suggestions from everyone's comments. :)


I've been riding out serious, stuck at home for the 2nd time dealing with it in 2 months, depression. I've been loving the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. They are mysteries with romance and humor enough to make me laugh aloud even when feeling really rotten. I really like them because they are never over-the-top with the sex scenes, yet that part is there.


I agree with Liz any Jennifer Weiner novel. They are easy to read, but not boring. They are chick lit, but not garbage.


Yes yes yes yes YES to The Time-Traveler's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger) and The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean Auel) (plus books 2, 3, and 4 of the same series). Those are my two favorite books of all time (and that is saying something).

That being said, I was going to recommend Jodi Picoult's books, especially My Sister's Keeper. Definitely not 'light, romantic, and sexy' (child conceived to be a sibling donor for her older sister with leukemia, but decides at age 13 that she doesn't want to be a donor anymore, = big legal battle)... but still engrossing.


I've recently read three of Jennifer Weiner's books, and really enjoyed them all ... "Little Earthquakes", "In Her Shoes" and "Good In Bed". I think they're perfect airplane/travelling reading. Moxie has them listed on her blog, if you want to check them out further.


I agree with the "Little Earthquakes" reccomendation. Also, (just pretend I did quotes or underlined them!)

Memoirs of a Geisha
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Time Travelers Wife
The Life if Pi (but it is a thinker)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
The Eyre Affair (have not read it yet but am going to)
These Lovely Bones (The Lovely Bones? It made me cry, though)
The Nanny Diaries


I love Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It's actually the beginning of a Trilogy, which includes "Dragonfly in Amber" and "Voyager". Also, "Remembrance" by Jude Deveraux is great.

Tammy W.

I hope I'm not too late on suggestions, but I think I have the perfect book for you.

Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kay Andrews

It is set in Atlanta (author lives/lived there), and it is an absolutely hilarious mystery/romp. It is light and has a bit of romance. It will definitely give you a feel for Atlanta.

I grew up not far from Atlanta, and it is absolutely my favorite city. Reading this book was like going home for me.

BTW, what part of Atlanta will you be going to? I can probably give you a heads up on the area. Have a great trip.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips is also a good, light, sexy read.


I haven't read the others comments.. but the Bad Girl Creek books are great.. It's by Joanne Mapson... and the first is Bad Girl Creek, then Along Came Mary, and there is a third one... but all 3 were good... or you can just start on the first one... I loved it, and the characters are good. I take like 1 day to read a book, can't put them down.


I was going to recommend The Nanny Diaries but I see that someone already did. It's a light and entertaining read.

I did not get to comment on your previous post, and I just want to say that I am so so so sorry. I'm thinking about you lots.


Loving the suggestions. I tend to read really heavy stuff, so I'll spare you my contributions...

Oh, and I am slow so I just noticed the TMBG subtext on your title- I love that group!


Someone already suggested it but the "Shopaholic" series by Sophie Kinsella was great. There almost no thinking involved. They're funny, and ridiculous...like brain candy (no nutrition but oh so good!)
I ADORE "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon but it is a long booke. Even still I've read it 4 times. A beautiful love story about a time traveler in Scotland.
If you like fantasy written for young adults (like Harry Potter) you'd probably like "Eragon" by Christopher Paolini. It's about a boy that finds a dragon egg and must fight the evil King that wants it. It's first in a trilogy (but only 2 books are written right now).
Apparently I like books in a series!! Well, I think you'll have plenty of good books from which to choose.

Jennifer C.

I'm not sure if you read fantasy books, but if you do, or even if you don't :), you have to read "The Unexpected Dragon" by Mary Brown. I LOVE it, and have read it so many times...


Anything by Elizabeth Berg. I'm usually a lurker but since nobody has mentioned her yet I thought I'd put it out there. Relatively short, easy, but interesting reads.


"Catch Me if you Can," the book is even better than the movie!


I am so busy now with the little ones and everything else that the ONLY thing I can read now is light, fun and brain-candy - some recent favs are Rachel Gibson, Susan Elizabeth Phillips (her recent Match me if you can was cute) and some romantic suspense including Karen Rose and Karen Robards.


I listened to The Myth of You and Me by Leah Stewart and I loved it. The reader had a great voice but I think the book would be just as good.

Jen A

I'm not much help on book suggestions b/c my best recommendations are Harry Potter and The DaVinci Code, and I think everyone and their uncle has already read those, LOL. How are you planning to entertain the girls? We're taking our 2 year old on her first flight this summer, and I'm at a loss as to how to keep her entertained.


Bitter Is The New Black is just what you're describing. I bought it for my vacation last month- let me know if you want it and I'll give you my copy.


I recently finished a chick-lit-y novel called "Love Walked In." Pretty well written and not depressing, as I recall.

I'm also a fan of frothy British novels, esp. those by Jane Green, Jenny Colgan, Marian Keyes. One other favorite is Raffaella Barker, who has two novels about domestic country life with small children--really freaking funny, and quite light.

Best of luck with the escapist literature! Let us know what you choose!


Oh GOlly Lolly so many people have already told you great ones, and I am so far down.. anyhow my 2 or 3 cents.
Anything by Mave Harmen or Mike Gayle, they are both English authors and their writing is light and witty and typical dry British humour that has me giggling like a school girl.
My very favorite book in the world is "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett, it's a historically acurate fiction of the building of a cathedral that took 2 generations. I loved it... it's a long read though and if you aren't a history or anthrpology geek like me you may not like it as much. Or another great read? My website... oh I couldn't help it... no one comments on mine and I"m dying for more poeple to leave me comments. You have so many can I just have a few??? Please?
have fun at the wedding,
oh yeah the whole out of town weddings? I have the best, I am getting married in June, and I have to go out of town for it, we are going where most of the people are. Aren't we the most considerate couple ever???


One of the other posters recommended Susan Elizabeth Phillips which is wonderful as is Rachel Gibson... however if you like historicals Eloisa James is good, as is Johanna Lindsey and Julia Quinn. Modern day ones are Lori Foster is very good... I'm all about a good romance that I can drift away in and not have to worry about something bad happening. As for comedic value - Laurie Notaro - Idiot Girls Action Adventure Club. Short stories but very good and very laughable.


I'm dittoing Bitter is the New Black.

Adding Charmed and Dangerous by Candace Havens and anything by MaryJanice Davidson (high ratio of sexy), Robin McKinley (less sexy, but excellent reads), and Georgette Heyer (nice frothy regency romances).

Margaret Maron is good if you like mysteries.


Seconding Weiner's 'Good in Bed' and Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books, and adding Jennifer Crusie's 'Welcome to Temptation'. Fabulous, fabulous hero.

(Avoid Shopaholic unless you actually enjoy books where you want to smack the heroine on every other page...!)

Jennifer C.

Ok, have another one-"City of Dreams" by Beverly Swerling. It's really good, has a lot of parts that show what medicine was like long ago.


Janet Evanovich's Plum books are great fun -
Start at the beginning with One for the money.


I am way late on this, but I had to think of books I like and ask my mom and friends. I am a fan of Nora Roberts, her latest three are good (start with Blue Dhalia). I also love JA Jance for a bit of mystery. Start with her JP Beaumont series, I think the first one is Till Death do us Part. She has so many twists in her book sometimes I dont have a clue who it is!


"Always the Bridesmaid". So far entertaining and perfect fodder if you are going to a wedding ;)


I only read a few authors. I love Daniel Stele and Patricia Cornwell. Patricia Cornwell writes from the perspective of a medical examiner. Her early books where all a series about a serial killer- AWESOME. I cant often put them down! Then her later books were able murders she solves, falling in love and her life. ALL wonderful! Danielle Steele's are mostly romance but all very good! I think my favorite was Malice. I also like Vanished, Accident and a few others. I still have them all as I collect them. If you want me to send you a few to borrow, you can just return them when you are done! Just email me and let me know!!!!!!!!!!



Shanna Swendon's Enchanted, Inc. is just plain candy. I love brain candy!

Jen H.

Have you ever read anything by Rosamund Pilcher? I love anything by her. Kind of like a meatier Maeve Binchy. I love my BritLit (if you can call that literature).

Also, Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King - not your typical Stephen King, which is why I love it.

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