Books That are Entertaining but will not Hurt Your Brain

14 Jul

…yet not so simple that you’ll feel dumber after you finish it.  These books are solidly written but not particularly controversial, entertaining but can be put down.  Pairs well with the pool or beach or traveling.  Also good as a chaser to a really thought-provoking novel.

These books make super book club picks for newer clubs still feeling out the preferences of their members.


1.  Saving Cee-Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Officially categorized as Adult Fiction, but borderline Young Adult.  First person story of an 12-year old girl who begins living with her grandmother and maid in Savannah, Georgia after her mentally ill mother passes away.

2.  The Firm by John Grisham

A newly graduated Harvard lawyer takes a job with a powerful firm in Tennessee, only to find that their practices are not exactly above-board.

The Firm

 3.  The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

A girl’s father’s murder is being released after 23 years in prison.  The man’s son is a lawyer fighting to prove his innocence.  The 2 of them form a sort of relationship and work to move past the losses they’ve both experienced.

The Scent of Rain and Lightning

4.  The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Told from the perspective of Enzo, a golden retriever nearing the end of his life.  It is pretty touching, especially for those who have pets.

The Art of Racing in the Rain

5.  The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The story about Lily, a girl who witnessed her mom’s murder when she was four.

The Secret Life of Bees

6.  The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Mary Boleyn becomes the newest conquest of King Henry VIII, and she is expected to play the part to bring her family fame and fortune.  It is not, however, as easy as one might expect.

The Other Boleyn Girl

7.  American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

Alice grows up as a part of the baby boomer generation and falls in love with a man who ends up becoming president of the United States.

American Wife

8.  Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

The fictional life of a famous geisha named Sayuri born in the late 1920s.

Memoirs of a Geisha


Read all of these?  Message me for more –  I can certainly add to this list!

Do you have any books you would add?

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