For some reason, the library’s book discussion books this year seemed to have been dominated by World War II historical fiction. I didn’t mean that to happen when I chose the books, but somehow that’s what we ended up with. Many of them were good — The Alice Network in particular — but I find I need to read books that are less stressful now.
If you are finding yourself looking for books to relax with, try some of these:
- Anything by Terry Pratchett: his Discworld books are funny and full of endearing characters.
- Good Omens by Neil Gaiman. This has been made into a series on Amazon Prime.
- Many classic children’s books: the Harry Potter series, Secret Garden, Wrinkle in Time.
- Most books by Jane Austen, but Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion in particular.
- Anything by Carl Hiaasen. His very crazy criminals, politicians and environmentalists in Florida will take you to another world.
- The Martian by Andy Weir. That really takes you to another world.
- Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. One of the staff favorites and stands up to a re-read.
- A good mystery! Since many mysteries have a definite conclusion and the bad guy usually gets his/her comeuppance in the end, these books make a good stress-reliever. Agatha Christie, Louise Penny, Spencer Quinn, and Tony Hillerman are some authors I would recommend. Stay away from those Nordic mysteries!
- Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Series — especially the audio. Lisette Lecat captures the voices of the main characters perfectly.
- Some of the classic westerns would also be relaxing for the same reasons as the mysteries.
- Gayle G. finds thriller series relaxing. Maybe it’s because you know the hero will return in the next book!
- While not all of Bill Bryson’s books are funny, several of them are. A Walk in the Woods and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid are good reads.
Goodreads has a list with some more titles. What books do you find help you relax?