Thursday, May 8, 2008

Pirates and Palette Cleansers

Not two things one would normally put together, but that's what happened Monday evening. At the Pirate gathering, we talked about the books we were currently reading or had just finished. Since I had just made it through Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell--a good book, but loooong--I said I was looking for something short and light as a palette cleanser. "What would that be?" Jenny asked. Good question. For me it depends what I've been either reading a lot of or having trouble getting through. Usual cleansers are:

--Margaret Atwood
--Neil Gaiman
--A good funny book
--Short stories
--A good mystery (Sometimes easier said than done. Just ask D.B.)
--Children's/YA since I'm always looking for books to recommend to the nieces and nephews
--Maybe non-fiction

I don't usually go for things like chick lit or romance, the usual easy reading fare. Predictable and poorly written just don't relax me. And before I get a ton of nasty comments, I know there are good reads in both genres, but I haven't found many lately. Could be I'm looking in the wrong places, but there are a lot of things I'm pretty sure I'll like already on the nightstand, and on the bookshelves and stacked in the corner so searching is a low priority for me right now.

Any particular genre or writer you turn to when you've been reading things that are too heavy or not your cup of tea?


Mishell said...

I don't have a particular genre writter I read (unless you count Stephen King), but I can say that I just read Nora Robert's book Blood Brothers and found it very light and entertaining. I'm usually not a romance reader, but I like the supernatural aspect of the book, and that helps me to put up with the romance aspect. I think I'll by the second part of the trilogy on Tuesday. Granted, Roberts is no Jane Austen when it comes to romance, neither is she Stephen King when it comes to the supernatural, but it's entertaining and allows me not to think about what I'm reading. That's nice to do, sometimes.

Mishell said...

Wow! I just noticed all the typos in my last post. Makes me think I need to take a class or something!