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When it comes to reading, I'm a girl with a penchant for the macabre and the heavy. A combined love for horrors and for classics means that my favourite books tend to fall into two categories; the niche horror and the dusty tome. In short, few of the books on my shelf can really be considered 'easy readers'. That said, I do enjoy something a little less brain-painful when I'm on the go - particularly on the train journey from uni to home, and vice versa. I don't know how or why I formed the link between being on the move and having an easier book to read, but it's a link that stands solid and one I imagine (or hope) some of you share. Perhaps, like me, you like to have a few easy-readers on hand to follow up a heavier text in order to cleanse the palette, so to speak. Or maybe you're just not one for a book you really have to plough through. Either way, these are five of my favourite 'easy reader' books, and I hope you enjoy them! 

1. THE OUTSIDERS (S.E. Hinton) 

If you're into books at all, I'm taking it for granted that you've at least heard of, if not read The Outsiders. The classic teenage rebellion story, this novel is actually home to two of my favourite fictional characters ever written (Sodapop Curtis and Dally Winston, if anyone was curious). While there are some rather upsetting scenes towards the end of this one, it's an all around pretty easy read. One I really implore you to read if you haven't already, even if you feel you've outgrown the lust for teen rebellion. 

2. WEDDING NIGHT (Sophie Kinsella) 

 I'll be the first one to say that, while I'm not opposed to it, I'm not the biggest fan of 'chick-lit' either. There's nothing wrong with it, it just generally doesn't float my boat. That said, I find Sophie Kinsella (real name Madeline Wickham) to be absolutely hysterical. Now, I know she's probably most famous for her Shopaholic series, which gave us Isla Fisher's rom-com masterpiece Confessions of a Shopaholic, but I honestly think that she's got some stand-alone gems (spoiler alert; she appears again later on in this list). Wedding Night is a perfect example of this; it's ridiculous and sometimes cringeworthy (in the best way) but also hilarious and believable. An all-round great book, whether you're looking for an easy-reader or just a nice, feel-good novel.


I won't spend an immense amount of time on this book because I wrote a whole review on it a while back, which you can read here. I will say for it that it is a perfect follow up to a heavier or more upsetting text, as a kind of 'brain-rinse'. It's short, sweet, light-hearted and funny. An absolute recommendation to anyone who likes to laugh. 

4. FLUSH (Virginia Woolf) 

This is the oldest and perhaps most unusual book on the list. Generally, when one thinks of 'easy readers', Virginia Woolf is not the first person to enter one's mind. However, I recently finished reading Flush for the first time as a part of my uni course, and I can honestly say that it's definitely one I'd consider as an on-the-train read. While there are definitely some deeper undertones and analyses that can made from the book, at face value it's a nice, easygoing story about the life of a very special dog. Again, does contain some upsetting scenes. 

5. TWENTIES GIRL (Sophie Kinsella) 

As promised, another Sophie Kinsella book. This one - as well as being hysterically funny and endlessly entertaining - is one that actually holds a very special place in my heart; bought at a service-station WH Smith's on a Year Eight roadtrip, this was the first proper 'grown up' book that I ever purchased for myself, and I absolutely cherish it. One of those books that I can read over and over again and never get bored of. Highly recommended by me. 

So those are my top five easy reader/on the go books. What are your favourites? Let me know! 

Happy reading, 
Jazz xo 

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