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Best easy reads of 2021

It's the last week of the year, lovely little Internet friends, and so we're doing some more end-of-the-year wrap-ups!

This is number four of the five I've planned for you, leading up to the long-awaited reveal of my best books of 2021 (spoiler alert - that list is long). The one we're doing today is my Best Easy Reads of 2021 - namely, books that are not known for their literary quality, but are enjoyable and fun to read without sacrificing readability for the sake of not being difficult.

Basically, what I mean is this is a list of books that I really enjoyed reading and were very light and fun, but also were funny, with plausible dialogue and plots.

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It, by Elle Cosimano: A delightfully implausible romcom of a mystery writer who accidentally gets mistaken for a hitwoman and then just... runs with it. Would never happen in real life; didn't stop this book from being compelling, gripping, wonderful fun. The second book in the planned series is out February 1st and I, for one, cannot wait. Reviewed in full here.

Brexit Romance, by Clémentine Beauvais: A very silly, very funny romcom about a woman in London who sets up a fake-marriage agency to facilitate the acquiring of British and European nationalities post-Brexit. Mistaken identity, wilful miscommunication and misinterpretations, ridiculous political dialogue, and hilarity abounds.

The Wisteria Society for Lady Scoundrels, by India Holton: A romcom about the early suffragette movement, but where the suffragettes are magical lady pirates who have flying houses and carry poisoned letter-openers. It's bonkers and utterly ridiculous, but also so much fun. The next book is out in April and I can't wait.

The Jane Austen Society, by Natalie Jenner: A fluffy, easy historical fiction about the formation of the Jane Austen Museum in Chawton. Everything happens for a reason and everything works out in the end; but this book was an uplifting, enjoyable story in a moment when I really needed it and for that I will always recommend it to people who need a book that makes them feel good.

Love Orange, by Natasha Randall: A dark comedy about addiction and incarceration and mental illness. Strangely compelling, very well written, and an absolute breeze to read even though it was thought-provoking and raised a lot of interesting questions and themes.

Second First Impressions, by Sally Thorne: A very sweet, very wholesome romance that also features some embezzlement with a very sexy cinnamon roll of a hero. Some surprisingly literary writing for a romance, as well. Reviewed here.

Happy reading,

Amélie xx

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I’m Amélie, I love books and reading, and I also love talking about them.

I’m incredibly lucky to be bilingual, so I read books in both French and English, and will talk about both of those on here – although I will do more in English, since I know that’s probably what the majority of the people who ever find this blog will be interested in!

I also like history, traveling, Shakespeare, coffee, cheese, musicals, Italian Baroque art, the ballet, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You, flowers, makeup, high heels, and baking. Yes, I’m a walking cliché. I am aware.

Please do tweet at me with any suggestions/book recommendations/thoughts.

In case you’re curious – yes, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of all time.

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