Top Ten Light and Fun Comfort Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. I’m so in need of some light and fun recs right now, so I’m happy to see this week’s topic. I like lighter reads in the spring/summer or anytime I need a little cheering up. Not all of these books are non-stop laugh riots but they have a good blend of laughter, depth, and romance.

On the list are some of my favorite comfort reads, and some more recent faves:

1. Anna & The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – One of my favorite go-to feel good reads. In fact, I may have to re-read Anna and Lola again before Isla’s release. (Review)

2. The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding – Really touching read about a new mother daughter relationship, musical theater, romance, and Los Angeles. I wanted to read it again as soon as I finished. (Review)

3. Also Known As by Robin Benway – Benway’s writing is so witty, and this spy themed novel is a lot of fun. Her novel Audrey, Wait is also a blast. (Review)

4. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick – This is not LOL funny, but there are some heart-warming moments, and I’m in love with the Garrett family. I recently re-read as an audiobook and it is a new favorite comfort read. As far as I know this is a standalone book but it would be cool if Fitzpatrick would write a companion book. (Review)

5. A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger – This book is about a carefree summer gone wrong, and has great character development, and a realistic story. (Review)

6. This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith – I’m reading this right now and it’s very cute. Just what the doctor ordered. Great setting, romance and laughs.

7. Losing It by Cora Carmack – A funny, sexy NA novel. If you haven’t clicked with a NA book, don’t give up yet- Carmack has a fresh and witty voice. The companion book Faking it is a treat as well. (Review)

8. Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday – A black comedy type murder mystery that is lots of fun. There are many LOL moments in this one. (Review)

9. How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer – Just started this one because it looks like the very definition of light and fun. It’s about a girl who works at a Fairyland theme park with a boss from hell.

10. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling – Humorous memoirs are always fun comfort reads for me. I’ve read this book and listened to the audio but haven’t reviewed it yet – oops! If you are a fan of The Mindy Project like I am you need to check this out. Mindy has a great sense of humor.

What are your favorite light and fun comfort reads?


43 thoughts on “Top Ten Light and Fun Comfort Reads

  1. Merin says:

    Also Known As made my list, too! I loved that one. 🙂

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    1. Lucy says:

      Oh good! Benway’s books are so fun.

  2. fishgirl182 says:

    i think anna and the french kiss is a totally cute, summer read. and i still need to read lola. oops. i have only read one kody keplinger book but really liked it. a midsummer’s nightmare is def on my tbr list. and can you believe i still have a copy of the mindy kaling book (in hardcover) that i haven’t read yet? apparently i fail at read the books. haha. at least summer is coming and maybe i will get some of these books read.

    1. Lucy says:

      I hear ya about being buried in books 🙂 The Mindy book is just over 200 pages I think if you’re ever in the mood for some comedy this summer. Think you’ll like Lola too!

  3. Rory says:

    Is that the new cover of Anna and the French Kiss? If so, I approve, I really didn’t care for the original.

    1. Lucy says:

      Yup, the re-designed Anna & Lola covers are out in July.

      1. Rory says:

        Ahh…thank goodness. It’s a shame when a super cute book has a cheesy cover.

  4. marissa says:

    oh so many on my TBR. I really need to get to it!

    My Top Ten

  5. Nemo says:

    I’ve not read any of these, but one should never underestimate the value of fluff!

  6. ChrissiReads says:

    Ah I want to read This Is What Happy Looks Like. Fab list 😀

  7. lmaxon87 says:

    Anna and the French Kiss and Also Known As are on my to-be-read list! Great list!

  8. theairtwit says:

    Humorous memoirs are great to read. I have so many of them sitting on my TBR list, still, and Mindy Kaling’s book is one of them. I hope you enjoy the rest of Jennifer E. Smith’s books, too.! I’m saving that one for summer vacation (:

  9. beckireads says:

    I really enjoyed reading your list. I totally agree with Anna being a great light and fun read. I’ll have to checc out some of the other books on your list.

  10. veganyanerds says:

    I agree with 1 & 2 and I want to read 3-6 and 9!

  11. I am going to have send this list to my friend for her niece! I think this is a perfect summer reading list for her 🙂

  12. I really want to read The Reece Malcom list! I know I’d love it. Zoe is one I want to get my hands on as well. Great list, Lucy!

  13. I hope to get To My Life Next Door soon. Of course, Anna & the French Kiss and Losing It are great picks 😉 I want to reread them right now.

  14. Some of these are already on my list. I need to catch up! Thanks, as always, for sharing! 🙂

  15. BermudaOnion says:

    I’ve got This is What Happy Looks Like on audio and I’m anxious to read it! I haven’t read any of the other books on your list. :/

    1. Lucy says:

      I considered picking up the audio of Happy- your review will probably make me wish I had it! Hope you love it.

  16. Smash Attack says:

    I had no idea Deadly Cool would be funny as you describe. I want to read it…one day!

  17. I really need to read Anna & The French Kiss and Also Known As! Both are sitting on my shelf. Contemporaries are not usually my thing but they do seem to make good light and fun reads.

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    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert

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  18. Candice says:

    I love this list! So many of these I want to read. Especially Mindy Kaling’s book; this one has been on my TBR list for ages!

  19. Sapir says:

    GREAT LIST!! I am really dying to read How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True. I’ve read so many great reviews of it and it sounds sweet and cheerful.
    I’ve heard good things about This Is What Happy Looks Like too.
    Thanks for sharing!!

    Sapir @ Diary of a Wimpy Teen Girl

  20. Anna and the French Kiss made my list too.
    I had to add some of these to my TBR/wish list because they sound so good. 🙂

  21. I’ve heard Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is good but I haven’t had the chance to read it yet. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  22. nezbots says:

    Yes, I love Mindy! I just recently started watching the Mindy Project, and it’s hilarious.

    1. Lucy says:

      Yay! I think Mindy Project’s getting better and better.

  23. So many romances are light! I really want to read Also Known As though (I love spy and espionage books). Awesome list!

  24. Quinn says:

    Yes, yes, yes to Deadly Cool and AKA. And I completely forgot to include Anna and the French Kiss. Grr!

    I can’t wait to read Zoe, and I just checked out Losing It yesterday from the library. I’ve seen it on a few lists, today. 🙂

    1. Lucy says:

      That’s awesome you found Losing It at the library. Can’t wait to hear what you think!

  25. Mindy is so funny! I thought about putting her on mine as well. I think Anna is a staple an a lot of people’s lists. I wasn’t in love with Zoe as much as Smart girls but it was still adorable <3

    1. Lucy says:

      I’ll have to check out Smart Girls- thanks for the rec!

  26. OMG. How did I forget to put Anna and the French Kiss on my list?! I might need to go back and edit my post because this is unacceptable.

    1. Lucy says:

      Anna is a popular one today, and I like the variety on your list 🙂

  27. Okay so My Life Next Door is just sitting on my shelf and I need to read it! I forgot I had it! thanks for the reminder ! 🙂

  28. Maggie says:

    Wow, I’ve read 6 of these and the other 4 are on my TBR list. Great list!

  29. Brittany says:

    I love your choices, Lucy!!! Anna and Also Known As were some of my favorite picks too!

  30. TrishaDM says:

    Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me was on my list too. Interestingly, I can’t stand The Mindy Project. I tried to watch a few episodes because I loved the book and just couldn’t do it.
    A few others on your list are on my TBR list.

  31. Jennifer says:

    Yay for Losing It making your list!!!! Cora’s my sister, so she’ll be very happy! I really need to read A Midsummer’s Nightmare!

    Thanks for stopping by my TT.

    YA Sisterhood

  32. Anna and the French Kiss is the next book on my pile to read! Should be starting it any day now, and I’m in the mood for something light and fun so it will be perfect.
    – Annette

  33. MsJohannah says:

    I really enjoyed Deadly Cool! I’m right now reading Anna & The French Kiss.

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