Sometimes, after a long hard day at work or school, the last thing you want to do is pick up a book. I don’t know about you, but I feel this so often, I think the only time I actually read for pleasure is when it’s the summer but even then other things seem to take priority and all I want to do is sleep instead of read. In order to remedy this problem, I figured I’d search out books that would not be assigned in a literature class. This means, you don’t have to think too hard and if you do, it’s because you want to. Reading books that are fun or that can enjoyed wrapped up in a giant blanket are some of the best nights I have ever had and they truly give me a chance to unwind after a weekend of shennanigans.
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
While the television series is no doubt a hit, so are the books but did you know that they are not exactly the same? I was late into the Game of Thrones scene and decided to read the book as I waited for my Netflix discs to come in the mail. I was eager to see some of the twists and turns I had read come to life on screen but that was not the case! In fact, the television series had some of its own twists! That being said, the premises are both extremely similar and have the same characters but where they diverge makes seeing and reading different experiences.
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
I first started reading The Fellowship of the Ring when the series and movie became a big hit. If I liked the movie, I thought, why wouldn’t I enjoy the book? Turns out I was seriously wrong and couldn’t even finish it. I was disappointed. The book has been praised for ages why can’t I get into it! Also, I could not keep all the characters straight. While in the movie it was pretty obvious who people were, I didn’t get visuals in The Fellowship of the Ring and Saruman and Sauron started to sound a lot like the same person. This is why I recommend The Hobbit. The Hobbit was originally written for a younger audience and because of this, is a pretty easy and smooth read that still holds The Lord of the Rings feel and explores Middle Earth in a very fun way.
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
While the name Stephanie Meyer may evoke both negative and positive connotations, I think that The Host is something completely different from The Twilight Series while still being a fun and easy read. The Host is Meyer’s contribution to adult literature but still manages to give us romance like Twilight did, albeit slightly more believable if you can get past the whole alien in your brain thing. This book is great to snuggle up to on a rainy night.
Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
This is probably a Twilight series that Stephanie Meyer would not approve of. It’s a little bit racy and the whole series can be considered smut to some but after a long day laboring over textbooks and equations, this is exactly the type of book that I need. This series has been a New York Times bestseller and can appeal to both genders. This is the first book to the series which features a strong female character who basically keeps all the bad guys, like werewolves and vampires, in check.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
Honestly, if you don’t like Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, you probably won’t like this book because it has many parts from the original book but just additional text added on to incorporate the zombie story. Basically, it’s the original with more badassery. Some love it and some hate it but it’s definitely worth a try if you want something new in your library.
Lovelies, what are some of your favorite books to unwind with?